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Bristol Mountain unveils world class freestyle training facility

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Bristol Mountain is upping its efforts to attract world class talent.

It already has an impressive history of developing Olympic caliber skiers and snowboarders. Now, it could become a training destination for the best of the best across the globe.    

On Monday, they unveiled their brand new high point terrain park and freestyle aerial jump training and competition site.

“One of our freestyle coaches had kind of been putting a bug in our ear over the past couple of years and this year, we had a lot of support from the community and a lot of support from the freestyle community so it really took off this year,” said Steven Fuller, Vice President of Bristol Mountain Ski Resort.

It’ll be one of the premier facilities across the country.

“You could actually hold an Olympic event at this site, you could hold any event, a World Cup, Olympics, whatever you want,” said John Kroetz, the coach of the freestyle team at Bristol Mountain.

Team USA plans on training on Bristol’s slopes prior to the start of the World Cup in January.

Six of their members grew up skiing at the resort, a big incentive for the project. One of them, Chris Lillis, says this will put Rochester area skiing on the map.

“I love seeing who’s going to be kind of on my back the next couple of years, you know maybe see who’s going to be taking my Olympic spot in 2026 or something like that,” said Lillis.

The goal of the project is to draw bigger events to Bristol Mountain. The resort also hopes it’ll attract international teams looking to train prior to competitions in Lake Placid.

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