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Third Annual 'Train for Gold' Hits the Road

February 3, 2005

WINTER PARK, Colo. — All aboard! This year, ride the historic Ski Train as it skates into Winter Park for The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation's third annual Train for Gold event. Train for Gold, scheduled for March 4, is a rewarding way to support the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Teams while reveling in a unique outdoor experience.

Four hundred lucky donors will join elite athletes of the past and present on the slopes at Winter Park— a $300 gift entitles donors to a round-trip ticket on the Ski Train, a full day of skiing or riding, breakfast, lunch and snacks throughout the day, as well as NASTAR racecourse entry and a commemorative gift. At a higher level of contribution, supporters will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to spend the day tearing up the slopes with an athlete or alumni of the U.S. Ski or Snowboard Team— chasing gates on the NASTAR course, playing in the pipe and park, or pushing the limits of their shock absorbing body parts on an epic bump run.

Train for Gold is the only major fundraiser for the US Ski and Snowboard Team held in Colorado. The teams survive solely on the generosity of individuals, corporations, and sponsorships, as they do not receive federal funding. The proceeds from this benefit directly support the development and preparation of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team athletes for national and international competition, including World Cups, World Championships and the Olympic Winter Games.

"Train for Gold is unique because it draws attention to a worthy cause through the sport itself—you get to be a part of the action while showing your respect and admiration for our finest athletes, said Andy Daly, president of Gore Peaks, LLC and chair of the Train for Gold committee. "We are thrilled that Train for Gold will take place once again this year, with Winter Park hosting one of the Ski and Snowboard team's most noteworthy fundraisers. Train for Gold also gives supporters the opportunity to spend time with Bill Marolt, CEO of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Teams, who will be providing an update on the teams' extraordinary successes to date and the key factors that have contributed to their achievements.

The Ski Train leaves from Denver, crosses the Continental Divide and offers breathtaking views of the Colorado landscape unseen from anywhere else. Lunch will be served at The Lodge at Sunspot, located at the summit of Winter Park. The Ski Train departs Mar. 4 from Denver's Union Station at 7:15 a.m. and arrives just steps from the Zephyr lift at approximately 9:30 a.m. The train will depart the same afternoon at 4:15 p.m.

In addition to individual tickets, sponsorships are available at the Presenting, Gold, Silver and Bronze levels. For more information on tickets or sponsorship, call (435) 647-2023 or email dspeer@ussa.org.

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