October 26, 2010 – Lakewood, Colo. – Just in time for this year’s PSIA-AASI Team Training, the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI) have extended their partnership with Copper Mountain as the official training site of the PSIA-AASI Teams through 2011.
The PSIA-AASI Teams have been training at Copper Mountain since the 1980’s. Copper Mountain’s excellent early-season snow conditions and slope-side facilities for indoor events are what draw the teams to the mountain each year.
“We are excited to extend our partnership with Copper Mountain,” said Andy Hawk, marketing director of PSIA-AASI. “Copper has proven to be an exceptional partner for many years and we thank them for their continued commitment to excellent early-season preparation.”
PSIA-AASI Team Training 2010 is taking place at Copper October 23-28, where the teams are preparing presentations for Interski 2011 in St. Anton, Austria, learning and reviewing new instruction techniques, as well as meeting with PSIA-AASI Official Suppliers and members of the media. This year PSIA-AASI will be celebrating 50 years as an association, so many preparations for the celebration as well as Interski 2011 will surround this year’s event.
“We are thrilled to have PSIA-AASI returning for yet another Team Training. Copper is proud to be known as one of the premier training venues in North America and we are excited to include PSIA-AASI amongst our visiting teams this season,” said JP Chevalier, Copper’s Director of Ski Services and previous PSIA Alpine Team Member from 1987-1991. “As a former team member, I have vivid and fond memories of my days at Copper on the team. So many things have changed, but Copper is still a unique and amazing venue for the teams to congregate annually.”
Last season Copper hosted more than 100 teams along with PSIA-AASI at their mountain, including the U.S. Ski Team for early season training. Copper is located 75 miles from Denver with 2,450 acres of skiable terrain. They plan to open for the 2010-11 winter season November 11.