The U.S. Ski Team athletes have the Star Fire trail on North Peak all to themselves. They also are training on Spring Dipper on Dercum Mountain. The front of the mountain is open to the public.
Athletes on the mountain include development skiers all the way up to the World Cup level. Among the stars are Olympic gold medalist Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, Calif.), two-time World Championships silver medalist Lindsey Vonn (formerly Kildow; Vail, Colo.), World Cup downhill winner Steven Nyman (Provo, Utah), and U.S. downhill champions Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, Calif.) and Kaylin Richardson (Edina, Minn.).
"Keystone again is stepping up to help support our training at all levels by allowing us exclusive access and to control the snow environment specific to our training," said U.S. Alpine Director Jesse Hunt. "Last year we had great training at Keystone and our athletes had a strong season. We look to build upon that success."
The men's alpine World Cup is at Beaver Creek Resort Nov. 29-Dec. 2. The women's Aspen Winternational World Cup is the following weekend, Dec. 7-9. The Chevrolet U.S. SnowboardingGrand Prix tour kicks off Dec. 14-16 at Breckenridge. The alpine Super Series NorAm races also will be in Colorado with races Nov. 26-29 for the men at Keystone, and Nov. 28-Dec. 1 for the women at Winter Park.