Timberline Named Official Training Site For US Ski Team, US Snowboarding, US Freeskiing

Timberline Named Official Training Site For US Ski Team, US Snowboarding, US Freeskiing

Timberline's Palmer Snowfield in February. (Timberline)

Oregon's Timberline Lodge and Ski Area has joined Copper, Mammoth, and Soelden as official U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) training sites.

Home to the Palmer Snowfield, Timberline has long been known as a summer training site for U.S. Olympic athletes.

“Timberline has a long and storied history as a summer training site for The United States Ski Team. From Tony Sailer, Billy Kidd, Steve and Phil Mahre to Ted Ligety; from Cindy Nelson and Picabo Street to Julia Mancuso and Mikaela Shiffrin ... All have trained at Timberline in the summer as well as virtually all other U.S. Olympic Alpine athletes," commends Timberline's president, Jeff Kohnstamm.

US Ski Team at Timberline

Olympic athletes in all disciplines, including alpine racing, snowboarding, freestyle and freeskiing, will participate in summer training at Timberline.

“This partnership really allows us to ramp up what we are dong there, training more extensively, across more teams,” USSA’s  Luke Bodensteiner told SnoCountry.com.

The 2017 summer training season is especially important. The 2018 Winter Olympics, taking place in PeongChang, South Korea, are only a year away.

Palmer Snowfield Timberline

“Getting time on snow in really specialized venues like Timberline are make and break for our team. Creating that access, with priority to training space, bringing teams for pretty extensive periods of time, is going to make a real difference for us in the Olympics,” Bodensteiner told us.

Although it will not eliminate the need for international travel, the ease and accessibility of the Palmer snowfield will mean less time U.S. athletes will have to be traveling for summer training.

Timberline also offers a hard-to-find facility in the summer: a half pipe.

U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing will be training in High Cascade Snowboard Camp's and Windells Camp's terrain parks, where they’ll find a full 22-foot halfpipe, 22-foot pipe with airbag, large jump to airbag, and every type of freestyle feature found in today's top terrain parks. That coupled with camp-specific handle tows will allow team members to access parks without lapping Palmer chair.

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