PARK CITY, Utah (Jan. 25) – Recreational skiers can now make turns with some of America’s greatest ski champions in a unique clinic from the U.S. Ski Team. Olympic and World Championship medalists Donna Weibrecht, Doug Lewis, Phil Mahre, Heidi Voelker, Trace Worthington and Shannon Bahrke will host this year’s “Ice Men” ski clinic at Deer Valley Resort during the 2012 Visa Freestyle International World Cup, allowing participants a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to improve their performance while receiving VIP treatment and viewing privileges during the competition.From Thurs., Feb. 2 until Sun., Feb. 5, the six skiing legends will conduct three days of on-hill coaching and performance evaluations, while athletes show off their skills nearby at the World Cup event venue. The three on-snow days will be evenly split between a race clinic, moguls workshop and guided free skiing. Additionally, all participants will receive a tour of the USSA’s renowned Center of Excellence training facility nearby.

“The Ice Men clinic is a special program that offers our donors a once-in-a-lifetime chance to learn from the best in the world,” said USSA President and CEO Bill Marolt. “There is nothing that better defines our organization than getting on snow and experiencing the sport. For our donors to be able to participate with these great athletes during a World Cup is the epitome of what we’re about.”

All proceeds from the clinic will benefit the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation. These funds provide athletes of the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing with the best possible training, equipment and coaching in their quest to be best in the world at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

“The Ice Men program ends up being one of my favorite skiing experiences each year,” said Olympic silver and bronze medalist Shannon Bahrke. “It brings together excellent skiers, great company and good food all in support of the best team in the world! I am very humbled and honored to be a part of it.”

A limited number of spots are still available for this year’s clinic. For more information regarding the upcoming Ice Men clinic at Deer Valley Resort, please visit foundation.ussa.org.

About the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation is the nonprofit, fundraising arm of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), the national governing body of skiing and snowboarding. With an organizational vision to be the best in the world in Olympic skiing and snowboarding, the foundation raises money to support year-round athlete training, development, competition and educational needs of world-class athletes pursuing their Olympic dream. The USSA receives no federal funding or subsidy moneys and operates solely through private donations from individuals, corporations and foundations. Some of the major giving programs include Olympic hospitality, major gifts, the Gold Pass program, special event fundraisers, VIP on-snow clinics and planned giving. The Foundation was incorporated in 1964 as a 501(c) 3 organization and is based in Park City, UT.

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