In addition to $53 million in incentives to Keep the US Olympic Committee in the area, including a new downtown office building and renovations for the Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs Mayor Lionel Rivera announced April 1 that the city would help develop a Lake Palcid-style "winter sport training facility" on Pikes Peak, including lift-served downhill ski runs, a nordic ski track and ski jumps.
"We all know a facility like this is a natural fit for Pikes Peak," Rivera said. "I'm just glad the Olympic committee was here to twist our arm and complain until we had reason to build it."
The facility will also include one of the world's longest luge courses, stretching from near Barr Camp to Green Mountain Falls, and including at least two loop-de-loops.
Some Pikes Peak residents are objecting to the plans, particularly people living in Green Mountain Falls, where the Olympic Committee has proposed building an indoor ice-rink for its latest exhibition sport, yeti wrestling.
"Those yeti's could get out and eat the ducks in our duck pond," said long-time resident Dick Bratton.
City Council members said they would reconsider the proposal April 2, since today is April Fool's Day.