Volunteers sought for pre-Olympic freestyle camp

— Volunteers are needed to help make this week's pre-Olympic freestyle camp at the Steamboat Ski Area a success.

The camp, which officially opened today, will run through Feb. 5.

Spokesman Jeff Good said volunteers are needed to help prepare the mogul run and jump hills each morning. Volunteers can earn lift tickets based on the number of hours they work.

"We need people to slip, we need some people to chop and basically prepare the course for the U.S. skiers each day," Good said.

Workers completing seven hours on the hill can earn a single-day lift ticket. Workers who volunteer to chop (the very labor-intensive job of preparing the landing hills) can earn a single-day lift ticket after just working four hours.

Volunteers who work multiple days more than 45 hours can earn 5-and-5 value passes for their efforts.

The weeklong camp will be the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team's final stop before the squad heads to Utah and the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

Jim Schneider, senior director of skier services for the Steamboat Ski Area, said about a dozen volunteers have been showing up each day. He was hoping for about 25 volunteers to make the camp a success.

People interested in donating some time to the cause should call Lynn Masters at 870-6323.

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