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Snowflex top spot for off-season training

Summer 2013 : Liberty University News Service

Peak riding season for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts has begun at Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre as beginners and aspiring professionals flock to this unique attraction in the summer months.

“It’s one of the only places in North America where you can ride year-round,” said Drew Sherwood, manager.

Scott Stevens, one of the top-five ranked snowboarders in the world, has traveled from Massachusetts to practice at Snowflex. Other nationally known riders to frequent the facility include Tim Humphreys of California and Yale Cousino of Vermont, two regulars on the Dew Tour.

Snowboarder Chris Willett, the younger brother of U.S. Olympic hopeful Eric Willett, has traveled from Breckenridge, Colo., and a few British Olympians have tried out Liberty’s slopes — skiers James “Woodsy” Woods and Katie Summerhayes, as well as snowboarder Jamie Nicholls, who will compete in the Winter Games in Russia in 2014.

Beginners have their chance, too. Each summer, Snowflex assembles a talented staff of coaches to lead weeklong day camps for elementary-aged newcomers in June and overnight camps for progressive riders in July.