Fifteen of the top snow riders in the state join to promote Colorado’s snow industry

Denver, CO – September 24, 2002…Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) announces today its athletes for the 2002-2003 freeride team, Team Colorado. Team

Colorado is a premier group of male and female snowboarders and skiers who represent Colorado. In its first year, Team Colorado will featuring some of the best snowboarders and skiers in the world. The team will represent Colorado at events, assist with the marketing of the Colorado snowboard and ski experience and promote winter sports in Colorado. Team members were chosen on their athletic ability as well as their abilities to act as a representative for Colorado snowboarding and skiing.

“Our goal with Team Colorado is to have these top athletes represent Colorado and assist us in spearheading a variety of grassroots marketing projects aimed towards the younger market,” says Rob Perlman, President and CEO of Colorado Ski Country USA. “It is a new, innovative program that not only helps promote the Colorado snowboard and ski industry, but also allows us a way to support and expose our athletes around the state.”

Athletes were nominated by CSCUSA’s 24 member resorts in the spring. Resumes were reviewed and team selection was based on athletes who had not only accomplished quite a bit in their careers to date, but also athletes who showed a lot of potential. In fact, youth and the potential for future success was an important consideration. Many team members are currently affiliated with and represent their home resorts in Colorado as well.

“One of the exciting things about this team is that we can help some of Colorado’s younger kids start to reach their potential, so it’s a win, win situation,” says Perlman. “It was also very important to have athletes from a wide variety of ski resorts. The individuals on the team reflect the diversity and excellence that people associate with Colorado.”

“These kids are some of the hottest up-and-coming athletes in the state,” says team manager Tom Winter. “They’re the kind of people that you’ll be hearing a lot about this winter and in the future.”

“I’m shocked and honored,” says team member Chris Albers, who snowboards out of Beaver Creek. “I had some really good results last year in the competitions I entered and I guess people noticed. I love Colorado and I’ll be proud to represent the state this winter. Colorado has some of the best snowboarding in the world and I’m excited to spread that message.”

TEAM COLORADO ATHLETES FOR 2002/2003:

Chris Albers, Snowboarder, Beaver Creek

Rob Bak, Snowboarder, Vail

Rachael Baskfield, Snowboarder, Crested Butte

Gretchen Bleiler, Snowboarder, Snowmass

Clif Dimon, Snowboarder, Crested Butte

Leslie Glenn, Snowboarder, Keystone

Brent Meyer, Snowboarder, Copper Mountain

Megan Pischke, Snowboarder, Vail

Dan Shaw, Snowboarder, Winter Park

Chris Del Bosco, Skier, Vail

Bryan Harris, Skier, Monarch

Christopher Hawks, Skier, Breckenridge

Travis Mayer, Skier, Steamboat

Peter Olenick, Skier, Aspen

Steele Spence, Skier, Aspen

Rex Wehrman, Skier, Arapahoe Basin

For more information, to schedule an interview with any of these athletes or to obtain athlete bios, please contact Team Manager Tom Winter @ 970-476-1495 or tom_winter@hotmail.com.

Colorado Ski Country USA is the trade association for the 24 snowboard and ski resorts in the state.