NorAm races moved to Copper Mountain as Vail’s Golden Peak is still not open
Local ski racers, freeskiers and snowboarders heading to Summit County to train
While it may look white atop Vail Mountain’s Golden Peak venue, the new competition arena is not yet ready for prime time.
A North America Cup slalom event was scheduled to take place at Vail on Golden Peak on Monday and Tuesday, with men and women scheduled to race on both days, but those slalom races have been moved to Copper Mountain.
Vail Resorts has not provided a response as to why the competition venue is not ready or when locals can expect to see ski racing action. Snowmaking has been underway for weeks on Golden Peak, though no information on Golden Peak’s estimated date of opening was available at time of publication.
The North America Cup is an international competition circuit which provides top finishers with entries into World Cup events.
The North America Cup’s Alpine ski racing season began Thursday with athletes from more than a dozen nations competing in a giant slalom competition at Copper Mountain.
Swedish ski racer Estelle Alphand won the event, with Britt Richardson of Canada finishing second and Roberta Melesi rounding out the podium in third. The top-finishing American on the day was Allie Resnick of Vail in eighth, with another local racer, Ava Jemison, finishing 0.31 seconds behind Resnick for ninth.
But local ski racers aren’t the only ones heading from Vail to Copper for on-snow opportunities. Copper has also hosted freeskiers and snowboarders in recent days as park and pipe options are not currently available on Golden Peak.
Copper Mountain will also host the first World Cup halfpipe competition of the season Dec. 6-11 as the U.S. Grand Prix heads to town. The event will double as an Olympic qualifier for freeski and snowboard athletes.