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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. 

On CrossCurrents today, the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club is hoping to wrap up its capital campaign by the end of this year. Guests are Mark Cole, executive director and Barbara Frank, development director at AVSC.

 

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The Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club has four alums competing in the Sochi Olympics this year. Tyler Lindsey, Walt Evans and Amy Throm talk about the program.

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A training program for paralympic athletes in Aspen is in need of funding. Federal dollars that once paid for the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club’s adaptive program ran out this fall. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs supplies the money and amounts for clubs like AVSC usually range from $250,000 to $500,000 dollars per year.

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Not all of the athletes who train in Aspen will be heading to the Olympics, some will compete in the Paralympics, which are also held in Russia. These Games in March feature events like alpine skiing, biathlon and wheelchair curling.

Seven athletes on the U.S. Paralympic National Team train in Aspen. And, they’ve got a good shot at making the Paralympic team. Kevin Jardine works with the U.S. Olympic Committee and helps out in Aspen, with the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club’s Adaptive Program. He spoke with Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen.

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We're following Roaring Fork Valley athletes training for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia next February for a series we're calling The Road to Sochi.  Over the next few months we’ll Introduce you to home-grown athletes and what it takes to be at the top of their sport.