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Extreme makeover: Aspen edition

Aspen Valley Ski Club completes first phase of $15 million project to revamp training arena

Screen Shot 2013-11-16 at 1.00.49 PMASPEN — One of the nice things about having a race hill above 8,000 vertical feet in the heart of the Rocky Mountains is that it takes only several million dollars to have prime early-season training in the month of November.

The Aspen Valley Ski Club (AVSC) facilities are currently undergoing a major facelift as part of a proposed $15 million project to revamp the ski and snowboard arena on Aspen Highlands.

The initiative includes not only increased snowmaking capabilities, but also a complete redesign of the hill to better accommodate a variety of disciplines, plus a 2.5K cross country loop and enhancements to the club’s backyard, including a trampoline and airbag setup.

AVSC athletes currently travel to places such as Loveland and Copper Mountain (hours away over a couple serious passes) for preseason training and Park City, Steamboat and the like for summer tramps and ramps. It’s estimate to collectively cost parents and the club $30,000 per year, so the capital improvements, advocates say, will offer some cost savings in the future, as well as provide a better training experience for local athletes.

Read more about the specific improvements proposed at AVSC in Issue 2 of the digital magazine here

Geoff Mintz

Associate Editor

Geoff Mintz is a former alpine ski racer who cut his teeth at Ragged Mountain and Waterville Valley, N.H. After graduating from Holderness and UVM, he relocated to Colorado, where he worked as an instructor at Beaver Creek prior to pursuing a career in journalism. He currently lives in the woods above Vail with his wife, Colleen.

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