alpine racing

AVSC

Heavy snow and cold temperatures allowed a new Aspen training venue for skiers, snowboarders and adaptive athletes to open earlier than expected. AVSC’s Stapleton Alpine Training Venue opened Saturday. That’s at Aspen Highlands. 

Organizers call the venue “world class” and one of the best early season training grounds. It will cover 35 acres and feature downhill courses, moguls, jumps and rails. It’s meant for alpine racers, freestyle skiers and snowboarders, adaptive athletes and most of all, for the 2300 kids the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club serves. 

Roger Witney/USSA

This week marks the end of our Road to Sochi series. For 22 weeks, we’ve followed a dozen local athletes as they worked their way toward competing in the Winter Olympics. Most didn’t make it because of injuries and fierce competition. Still, four athletes are there, competing for Team USA. Today we take a look back at the twelve athletes and their quest for an Olympic chance.