The Winter Park Competition Center is one of those branches of the Winter Park Resort that seems to fly under the radar, but nevertheless provides a crucially important role in skier and snowboarder development as well as major competition hosting.
Aside from the multitude of ski and snowboard programs for kids and teens, the Winter Park Competition Center has established a first-rate reputation in the ski industry for staging competitions of all disciplines.
This weekend, the very best FIS level skiers from USA, Canada, Japan and other countries will be showing their stuff while trying to become the Nor Am champion for 2008 at the Nor Am finals in Winter Park. Top athletes from the US and other nations including Canada and Japan will rip it up on the Ambush mogul course and in the Railyard in the half-pipe.
From March 18-22, the 2008 USSA Rocky/Central J4 Junior Olympics will be held at Winter Park Resort. The event features the highest level of racing in North America for the J4 age class (racers born in 1995 and 1996 ages 11-13) including the fastest racers from eighteen states covering Colorado, New Mexico, and Midwest states as far east as Michigan and Ohio. Races will be held on super G, giant slalom and slalom courses on the Hughes trail, with an opening ceremony held at the base of the resort on March 19.
In 2007, the Resort stepped in at the 11th hour to stage the United States Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association Championships, and I understand that the Winter Park Resort has officially won the bid to host the 2009 championships as a result.
The Competition Center is truly a flag bearer for the Winter Park Resort as a whole, as not only does it enhance the ski area’s reputation for excellence in competition hosting, but draws athletes and their families from all over the world to lodge here and experience our laid-back, friendly, small-town way of life.