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Training taking off on Buttermilk Glacier

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Rails, a mogul course and two air bags provide summer training opportunities for local athletes who are using the Buttermilk Glacier. There will be an open house at the facility from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday.
Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club photo |

Freestyle and freeskiing athletes are stretching the season in Aspen.

The “Buttermilk Glacier” is hosting athletes for late training for the third consecutive season.

The brainchild of former AVSC athletic director Greg Needell, who was struck by the mounds of Winter X Games snow that remained well into spring, the glacier now is an integral part of the club’s late spring and summer training program.

“It’s really exciting to continue to use the snow we have,” said Buttermilk Mountain Manager Susan Cross. “Preserving this snow has certainly made an impact on local training for the kids.”

In the remnants of the Winter X Games halfpipe, there is a mogul lane, three rails, a tabletop and two airbags to allow Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club athletes to practice.

Training camps are runing now and will continue through at least July 3.

Eric Knight, AVSC director of freestyle and freeskiing, said that at just $200 a week, “athletes can take part in our camps for a month for less than it would cost to go to a commercial camp somewhere else for a week.”

The features are being funded by the AVSC Capital Campaign, now in its home stretch but in need of about $4 million to reach its final goal.

The community is invited to learn more about the campaign as well as summer camps during an open house at Buttermilk from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday.

Light refreshments will be served on the back deck of Bumps restaurant.

Attendees are asked to use the Inn at Aspen for access because of construction in the Buttermilk parking lot.

“It’s really cool when you’re driving upvalley to see somebody in flight,” said parent Tori Campisi, who has three athletes in the AVSC late-season training program. “To see this little preservation of snow, it just reminds you that we are a skiing community.”

The snow depth is actually deeper than it looks from the street and is up to 12 feet in places, according to Cross. It’s able to accommodate additional features for this late season.

new features this year, including a mogul lane. AVSC mogul specialist Aaron Lee said being able to ski bumps at home is a huge help to he and his brother, Colby, who “normally would have to go to Park City for this training.”

For more information about the camps or Monday’s public event, go to teamavsc.org.

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