Winter sports enthusiasts can try the luge firsthand in the 2006 Verizon Luge Challenge, which will be held at six ski resorts this winter, including Pennsylvania’s Liberty Mountain Resort. USA Luge international medalists, athletes, and coaches will be on hand to teach adults and children (age 10 or older) the basics of accelerating, steering, and stopping. After receiving this elementary training, participants will be able to take practice runs on a recreational version of a luge sled down a timed track, complete with curves. The event is free; no lift ticket or experience is required.
Scouts will be on hand looking for top youth performers. The best will be invited to participate in screening camps at the USA Luge training facility in Lake Placid, New York.
There will also be prizes awarded, a live DJ providing music, and complimentary refreshments.
“With the USA Luge team preparing for Torino, interest in the sport will be at an all-time high this winter,” said Pat Hennebry, Director of Sponsorships at Verizon. “The Verizon Luge Challenge allows participants to taste the thrill of luge in a safe setting, while also building recognition for the sport and encouraging support of our national team.”
The Luge Challenge will be held at Liberty Mountain Resort from January 28-29, 2006. The Challenge will also be held at different dates at New York’s Thunder Ridge Mountain Resort and Whiteface Mountain; Wachusett Mountain in Massachusetts; Waterville Valley Ski Resort in New Hampshire; and Ski White Pass in Washington state.
To learn more about the event, visit www.verizon.com/luge. To learn more about the sport of luge, visit www.usaluge.org.
M. Scott Smith is the founder and Editor of DCSki. Scott loves outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, kayaking, skiing, and mountain biking. He is an avid photographer and writer.
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