What: New training facility for snowboarders and freeskiers to safely train big air jumps while landing on an inclined airbag.
- Two jumps (large & medium) with artificial in-run to landing airbag.
- Two jumps (large & medium) on-snow.
Link to design: https://snowparktech.egnyte.com/dl/oOUPm2aUeu
Video: Airbag Progression
Where: Utah Olympic Park - Park City, Utah
Design: Industry leader Snow Park Technologies (snowparktech.com) will lead the design team in coordination with U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) and Utah Olympic Park (UOP).
Impact: Allow development and elite level athletes to train in greater volume in a safe training enviornment year-round.
Elite level training for slopestyle and big air skiing and snowboarding athletes impacting 18 current Olympic medal opportunites, increasing to 24 when big air skiing becomes an Olympic event anticipated in 2022.
Training access for all USSA clubs to train at the facility coordinated by UOP. Local clubs are anticipated to use the facility frequently year round. Regional clubs will have the ability to host camps in Park City combining the airbag training facility and the USSA Center of Excellence for training opportunities.
This is a critical training facility needed to compete at the international level. Comparable facilities are being researched and developed currently by Great Britian, Canada and Switzerland.
Timeline: Design / Feasibility May- July 2016
Fundraising May 2016 - May 2017
Construction October 2016 - May 2017
Open for Training June 2017