Legacy Training Centre opens at RED

New legacy centre helps future wold class racers

  • Aug. 28, 2014 11:00 a.m.

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Ski racing is a powerful, dynamic sport where winners are defined by mere hundredths of a second. The new Legacy Training Centre at RED Mountain Resort is set to pull ahead of the pack thanks to ultra-modern snowmaking, FIS slopes and an unparalleled dedication to quality and convenience. B.C.’s RED Mountain Resort is the home of ski racing in Canada and this proud legacy of speed is where the new centre gets its name. Legacy is set to open November 15.

“RED surveyed race families and ski teams from around the world to find out what really matters to them—and we incorporated these ideas into Legacy,” explains Christine Andison, President of Red Mountain Racers. “We want you to shave time and have a great time.”

Building a truly next level training centre at RED meant building a venue that will hold up to the special demands of pre-season training. To that end, The Legacy Training Centre has invested over $1.5 million on state-of-the-art snowmaking to make sure that RED is “racer ready” in early November.

In 2014, RED purchased T 40 snow guns by Techno/Alpin of Italy, the world’s foremost snowmaking experts. “Temperatures on RED are cold enough for snowmaking around late October and we’ll start blowing snow the second the mercury tells us we can,” said Don Thompson, RED’s General Manager.

Legacy is a partner project between Red Mountain Racers, Community Futures Development Corporation, Columbia Basin Trust, The City of Rossland and RED Mountain Resort. “We’re proud to have partners that understand the importance of ski racing to RED’s history and future,” said CEO Howard Katkov. “A modern venue like this is a great way to acknowledge the mountain’s ‘legacy’ while moving our infrastructure forward for another 150 years of speed. Legacy will be THE place to bash gates next winter.”

“The economic stimulus that this project will bring not just to Rossland but the whole area is tremendous,” stated Mayor Greg Granstrom. “We all look forward to the success of this venture and seeing athletes and families enjoying all Rossland has to offer.”

“Community Futures Development Corporation promotes sustainable community economic development initiatives within the region and is tremendously excited to be part of this partnership and to assist in the development of the Legacy Training Centre at RED Mountain Resort,” said Don Freschi, General Manager. “The benefits of this project for the community, the Red Mountain Racers and for RED Mountain Resort are exceptional and fit perfectly within our mandate.”

“The Columbia Basin Trust is proud to partner with Community Futures in support of snowmaking and the Legacy Training Centre at RED Mountain Resort,” said Neil Muth, President of CBT. “This project is the fruition of years of effort by the Red Mountain Racers and we appreciate the partnership and goodwill between the non profit organization and RED Mountain Resort.”

“Legacy could mean an additional 5,000 skiers here before and after the regular ski season. Needless to say, this is a major boon to the resort and our great town,” adds Thompson.

The facilities at the Legacy Training Centre offer athletes all the comforts of a fuss-free training experience, while making sure  parents can enjoy the action while still keep in touch with work and home. The training lanes at Legacy are the exact slopes as the actual FIS race courses and are conveniently located adjacent several high-quality lodging options, meaning families don’t have to take multiple lifts to get to Legacy. The venue will feature six slalom and two GS lanes for 2014 with plans to grow to include mogul ski training and slopestyle in the near future.

For more information about The Legacy Training Centre please contact Phil Patterson atphil@redmountainracers.com or (250)-362-7384 ext 220.

 

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