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Cody Oates comes back to his AVSC roots

AVSC staff report

Cody Oates

Stapleton Training Center Venue Manager —As a fifth generation Aspenite, skiing has always been a big part of Cody Oates' life.

He fondly credits his mother Cherie for sharing her passion for skiing with him. Cherie is an AVSC alum who later went on to be a part of the U.S. Ski Team during the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics.

Cody grew up watching his older brother Jeremy participate in AVSC and could not wait to follow in his footsteps.

As a teenager. Oates was heavily involved in skiing and hockey, spending the majority of those years, in both sports, coached by Johno McBride.

After graduating from the University of Colorado, Oates moved back to Aspen and rejoined the AVSC team as a "weekend coach."

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In 2014, Oates' former coach, Johno McBride returned to AVSC and with the simultaneous addition of the Stapleton Training Center, Oates saw it as a great opportunity to be a part of something from the ground up.

As the Stapleton Training Center venue manager, Oates has enjoyed working closely with the Aspen Skiing Co. and learning the ropes of venue operations from some of ASC's top leaders.

When it comes to the future of skiing, he hopes that all demographics throughout the Roaring Fork Valley continue to have exposure and access to the sport.

"It's (skiing) just what we do here in Aspen," Oates said.

U.S. Revolution Tour – Ski

Joey Lang was able to take the last qualifying spot for finals while Gage Carr landed his first run with all new tricks.

Overall, AVSC athletes got off to a great start and threw down solid runs.

"The goal for this first contest was to get everyone back to skiing the same as they did at the end of last season. Everyone achieved that goal, and I am very proud of how they did," said Peter Olenick, AVSC freeskiing coach.

USSA Rocky Mountain Freestyle Moguls

Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club hosted 22 women and 33 men at the USSA Rocky Mountain Freestyle Moguls competition at Aspen Highlands last weekend.

At 232 meters long with an average grade of 27 degrees, the Stapleton Training Center moguls course is the first and longest moguls venue to open in North America for the second year in a row.