Olympian Ted Ligety has been cruising the slopes of Copper Mountain for a few weeks now. The U.S. Ski Team star and Olympic Gold Medalist has been race training at Copper, in preparation for the F.I.S. World Cup season. Now he'll be an ambassador to Copper and all resorts owned by Powdr Corp.

"Copper is really the best place to train early season," says Ligety. "Here at Copper, it's really also one of the only places with a lot of vertical this early in the season. There are no other places in the U.S. or even the world, with the kind of conditions Copper has, especially in October and November." Copper's north-facing slopes, long runs, and early season snowmaking lets many regional and international racers train there, including the U.S. Men's and Women's Alpine Ski Teams.

The resort has received plenty of real snow from storms blowing through Colorado. Copper checked in with 28 inches of powder in three days in November.

Ligety will represent Copper Mountain as well as other Powdr Corp resorts such as Park City, Killington, Pico, Mt. Bachelor, Boreal, Soda Springs, Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort, and Gorgoza Tubing Park.

Copper Mountain will also host the 2011 Visa U.S. Halfpipe Grand Prix and USASA Nationals in April.

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