Latest News – November 8
Ski Cooper’s XP Passes On Sale Again for $99
It’s baaaaack! The best value in skiing returns for the 2014/15 ski season!
This ski pass looks just like a season pass, and entitles the holder to 4 days on the slopes, with no restrictions and no blackouts. The 4 days can be used anytime during the operating season, and do not need to be used consecutively.
Do note, however, that just like a season pass, the XP Pass is non-transferable and non-refundable. That means it will have your name and your picture on it, and only you can use it. At just $99, you’re only paying $24.75 per day! Where else can you find a deal like that??? That’s what we thought… nowhere! But you better hurry, because availability is limited. Once they’re gone, they’re gone!
Ski Cooper Hosts “Cross” Training Center & Events
At Ski Cooper’s Annual Meeting on Oct. 18, General Manager Dan Torsell announced that the ski lodge has a new working partnership with the International Snowboarding Training Center (ISTC), the United States Ski Association (USSA) and the United States of America Snowboard Association (USASA).
These groups, in cooperation with Ski Cooper, will be developing a Skicross and Boardercross training and event course on the ski mountain, located several miles north of Leadville, Colo.
“We’re cautiously excited about this,” explained Torsell outlining the economic and public relations benefits of hosting a course, which will bring in teams from around the world, including South America, Australia and Europe.
The frame work for the partnership started when ISTC/USSA/ USASA were looking for a new venue, after several years at Copper Mountain. But, as Torsell explained, “Copper Mountain has got so many other things going on right now, that they were unable to give this group the time that they needed, or enough course.”
After the groups toured, researched, and measured out at Ski Cooper they brought their findings about what areas of the mountain might work for their vision. In return, those had to meet up with Ski Cooper’s requirements. At the top of that list, Torsell did not want the course trail to intersect with the rest of the mountain trails. In the end, it was determined that “Trails End” will be the home of the new ISTC/USASA/USSA Skicross and Boardercross events and training.
“Another plus to their plan was that they want to come to Ski Cooper during a time when we have a difficult time getting skiers to come, in January, after the holidays,” said Torsell. The events would continue through mid-February.
All three groups will be bringing in their own experts to develop and build the course. They will also be working closely with Jason Gusaas, Assistant Professor, Ski Area Operations at Colorado Mountain College – Leadville, who has years of course-building expertise.
Recently the crews were laying out one mile of communication wire for the course, which will be used for timing and other data collection once the snow has piled up, creating some of the best track in the high country!
Ski Cooper video of crews running communication wire.
Some Background on Boarder and Skicross Sports
Boardercross (BX) is a snowboard competition in which a group of snowboarders (typically four or six) start simultaneously atop a winding, inclined course and race to reach the finish line first. Following theinitial timed seeding runs, racesare run asuntimed elimination heats, quarter-finals and semi-finals – where the fastest half of the field progress to the next round – until placingsare decided in thefinal.
The name of the sport is derived from motocross, as the course designs are similar in features to motocross courses. BX courses are typically quite narrow and include cambered turns, various types of jumps berms, rollers, drops, steep and flat sections designed to challenge the riders’ ability to stay in control while maintaining maximum speed. Due to the tightness of some boardercross courses, it is not uncommon for racers to collide with each other mid-race, adding to the thrill of the sport.
Boardercross was part of the Winter X Games from 1997-2012. At the X Games, the sport was originally referred to as Boarder X. Following negative public reaction to the event’s cancellation for 2013, it returned in 2014.
Ski Cross (Skier-X) is a type of skiing competition. Itis based on the snowboarding discipline ofboardercross . Despite its being a timed racing event, it is often considered part of freestyle skiing because it incorporates terrain features traditionally found in freestyle.
In a time trial or qualification round, every competitor skis down the course, which is built to encompass both naturally occurring terrain and artificial features like jumps, rollers, or banks. After the time trial, the fastest 32 skiers (fastest 16 if not 32 competitors) compete in a knockout (KO)-style series in rounds of four. A group of four skiers start simultaneously and attempt to reach the end of the course. The first two to cross the finish line will advance to the next round. At the end, the final and semi-final rounds determine 1st to 4th and 5th to 8th places, respectively.
Competitors are not allowed to pull or push each other during the KO finals. Any intentional contact to the other competitors will be penalized by disqualification or exclusion from the next race.