Snowmaking attracting Germans to A-Basin |

Snowmaking attracting Germans to A-Basin

Ryan Slabaugh

The inclusion of snowmaking into Arapahoe Basin has put the mountain on the ski-racing map, a place it rarely used to tread.

Marty Gotantas, ski school racing director, has been busy booking time on the High Noon run for local, national and international teams.

For example, the head coach for Team Germany will bring his women’s and men’s team to train next week. Then, the University of Colorado will bring its squad to train before the college season begins. Already, Gotantas is close to filling the 2004-05 early season schedule with teams anxious to find snow.

“It’s important,” Gotantas said. “You become more known around the world. Keystone will come online shortly. But all the teams are booking space in different venues.”

Another first for the Basin is night skiing. Tonight, Team Summit kids will be training under four huge construction lights, according to coach Rob Worrell. The crew will be hiking 20-meter sections to work on skill stations.

“I had this third-grader who’s chomping at the bit to compete,” Worrell said. “I asked if he minded hiking. He said, “No way.'”

Quantum Sports Club and Team Summit are training daily near the base.

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