Need for speed? The U.S. Ski Team heads to Copper.
Photo: U.S. Ski Team
Two miles of A-netting—the permanent stuff, set with steel cables and concrete—lines the slopes, along with five miles of movable B-netting set using some 4,500 poles. In between, rock-hard manmade snow is shaped to mimic the very terrain athletes will encounter on various World Cup courses. And the 2,300-foot vertical drop is enough to test their conditioning, as racers can hit speeds up to 75 mph. The Ski Team calls it “the only full-length downhill training available anywhere in the world during this time of year.”