- Associated Press - Monday, May 16, 2016

EAST BURKE, Vt. (AP) - One of the country’s elite ski racing academies has announced plans to build a new $2.8 million indoor training facility on Vermont’s Burke Mountain.

Burke Mountain Academy officials plan to open the state-of-the-art Ronnie Berlack Center sometime in the late fall. The facility is named after a 2012 BMA graduate who was killed in an avalanche in Austria along with a fellow U.S. Ski Team prospect in January 2015.

BMA spokeswoman Jodi Flanagan says the complex will include 6,000 square feet of turf field in addition to a 4,700-square-foot training area complete with rubberized floors and workout equipment.

Steve Berlack, Ronnie’s father, says the project represents a “major milestone in BMA’s history.”

Donations from the BMA community will cover the facility’s design, construction and first five years of operating expenses.

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