As usual, Wolf Creek Ski Area got plenty of early-season snow this season, so much so that the United States Mogul Team has chosen the southern Colorado mountain for training.
Through Nov. 19, 20 members of the team and their coaches will pound the bumps on Alberta Face—that has been blessed with about 100 inches of the white stuff so far this season.
Coaches and technical assistants have set up flags and built jumps on the slope, which is served by the Treasure chairlift, making it a perfect location for those on the lift to check out the knee-pounding skills of some of the best mogul skiers in the world. Training sessions run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day, except Thursday, Nov. 17, which is an off day.
Included in the training will be 2010 Olympic and world champion Hannah Kearney, of Vermont, who is gunning for another World Cup this season. Also on the bumps will be Olympic bronze medalist Bryon Wilson, a Butte, Mont., native who skis for the Wasatch Freestyle Foundation in Utah. Six other members of the nation’s A team will train, as well as members of the national B and C teams.
On Saturday, Nov. 19, the entire team will be on the outside deck of Wolf Creek Lodge to meet fans and sign autographs.
The World Cup mogul season begins in Ruka, Finland, on Dec. 10. The team comes to North America in mid-January for three events in mogul courses in Lake Placid, Calgary and Deer Valley, as part of the nine-event season in moguls, which combines with other freestyle events to crown an overall World Cup champion.
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