Athletes from China’s national team — including 2014 Olympic silver medalist Xu Mengtao — are the first team to train at Bristol Mountain’s new freestyle aerial training facility. They’re training for the upcoming FIS World Cup Freestyle Aerial competition, set for Jan. 19 in Lake Placid, New York.
Bristol Mountain broke ground in July on Challenger Trail, the new location for the third freestyle aerials training site in the United States. (Others are at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid and the Utah Olpympic Park in Park City.)
Construction of the project involved reshaping the terrain on Challenger and adding 38 new low-energy-use HKD snow guns from the base to the top of the trail, according to a release from Bristol Mountain. The venue management collaborated with the freestyle aerial coaching staff from the U.S. ski and snowboard team on the project throughout the summer, with coaches visiting the site.
Improvements planned for the future include a permanent building for competition judges and coaches to view the site, as well as fixed lighting.