Donner Summit, CA (September 30, 2008) — Skier and Boarder-Cross events will make their Olympic debuts at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, and today Sugar Bowl unveiled plans to build and maintain the country’s only season-long, event-specific training course for skier and boarder-cross athletes heading to the games. Tunnel 41, located off the Mt. Judah Express quad chair on Sugar Bowl’s eastern side, will be ground-zero for athletes in training, honing their skills in hopes of a podium finish in Vancouver. “We’re obviously very excited to now have a dedicated skier-cross course on which to train,” said Sugar Bowl-sponsored athlete and former U.S. Olympic Team downhiller Daron Rahlves, “and we’re certainly appreciative of Sugar Bowl’s efforts and support to grow the discipline. This will directly equate to better chances of medaling at the games.” Taking notes from the Utah Olympic Park’s popularity with the general public, Sugar Bowl will allow all skiers and boarders to experience the Olympic-level course first-hand, with access to the run when professional training is not in session. “While the skier-cross course will greatly help our Olympic athletes in training, the skiing public should also have access to and experience the thrill of riding an Olympic-caliber course, and we will therefore accommodate accordingly”, said Sugar Bowl General Manager Rob Kautz. The course is scheduled to open during the 2008/09 season as conditions permit.
Sugar Bowl has also announced numerous upgrades and additions to the Switching Yard Terrain Park for the coming season, including “pocket park” features that enhance flow and ski-through ability, a relocation of the half-pipe to now be incorporated into the overall terrain park mix, and an added emphasis on the park user’s guest experience. “Often times we see adults taking their kids to the park, but just dropping them off and not dropping in themselves” explained terrain park designer JP Martin. “What we’re aiming to accomplish with our park is a user-friendly design in which all skiers and riders, regardless of ability, will equally enjoy the features and the runs. A customer service and guest experience-driven staff will ensure an accommodating and inviting atmosphere”. Comprising most of the acreage off the Mt. Judah Express, skiers and riders will now see a dedicated area of the mountain in which to enjoy the terrain park, half-pipe, and skier/boarder-cross runs.
Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, in operation since 1939, is located on Tahoe’s Donner Summit just 3 miles off I-80. It is the closest major resort on the western front of the Sierra’s, just three hours from San Francisco and 45 minutes from Reno. Offering an average of 500″ annual snowfall on vast and varied terrain with an exceptional focus on customer service, Sugar Bowl strives to deliver a “more fun, less hassle” experience. For more information on Sugar Bowl please visit www.sugarbowl.com or call (530) 426-9000.