Mikaela Shiffrin sat down with the guys from 120 Sports to talk about why she loves ski racing, how the Olympics impacted her career, her thoughts on college and more. Oh, and how much she loves pasta.
COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO (Oct. 4, 2015) – Copper Mountain, home of the U.S. Alpine Ski Team Speed Center, has officially begun snowmaking in preparation for the 2015-16 season. Copper is scheduled to celebrate its 2015-16 Opening Day in just 32 days, on Friday, November 6 to coincide with the Putnam Investments NASTAR Pacesetting Trials and the annual Nature Valley First Tracks celebration. In addtiion to ensuring a solid snow surface for early season guests, snowmaking resources are focused around the Speed Center.
FRANCONIA, NH (Oct. 1, 2015) – U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) ski racers from across the east will benefit from a newly designated USSA Training Site with the Mittersill race and training venue at Cannon Mountain Ski Area in Franconia, NH. The new training venue is the result of a partnership between the USSA and the State of New Hampshire, Franconia Ski Club and Holderness School—all of which have a rich history in the sport. Aggressive project timelines may allow for on-snow training as early as the 2015-16 season, and the venue will impact thousands of USSA alpine racers in the east.
PARK CITY, UT (Oct. 1, 2015) – World Cup ski racing may be coming back to New England in 2016. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, along with its resort partner Powdr, Corp., is proposing an Audi FIS Ski World Cup at Killington, VT this week during meetings of the International Ski Federation (FIS) in Zurich. The submission comes after years of work by the USSA to find an opportunity to bring World Cup ski racing to the most populated region of the country.
The proposed November, 2016 World Cup would include women’s giant slalom and slalom races. Among the athletes could be U.S. Ski Team superstars Julia Mancuso, Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn. If accepted by FIS, the dates would be Nov. 26-27, 2016, Thanksgiving Weekend. The race would fill the weekend traditionally hosted in Aspen during the season in which the Colorado resort is holding the World Cup Finals in March, 2017.
From local ski hills to the PyeongChang Olympics, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) encompasses all athletes that share a passion for skiing and snowboarding. We explore what makes each skier and rider a champion with stories from the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing, next to kids winning a NASTAR medal, landing their first cork 7 or joining a club team. Alongside USSA’s mascot Champ, take a look at how all of these athletes strive to be Best in the World. In this installation, Alpine Press Officer Megan Harrod sits down with Lila Lapanja to discuss #WhatMakesAChamp.
There are people whose paths you cross in life that have a big spirit. Something about them is just, well, different. U.S. Ski Team member and 2014 NorAm slalom champion Lila Lapanja (Incline Village, NV) is one of these people. Both on and off the hill, an amalgam of balanced intensity, grace, flow and a little bit of mystery emanates from Lapanja.
COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO (Sept. 25, 2015) – Copper Mountain, home of the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center, will act as host to the Putnam Investments NASTAR Pacesetting Trials on Friday, November 6. It will be the first time NASTAR will have the official pacesetting trials since 1993, when a young rising star on the U.S. Ski Team named Daron Rahlves came out firing and won.
Headlining the national pacesetting trials will be Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), along with an impressive list of both current and former U.S. Ski Team athletes including World Champion Daron Rahlves, two-time Olympian Kaylin Richardson, World Championship medalist AJ Kitt, Olympic gold medalist Diann Roffe and more.
MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, CA (Sept. 23, 2015) – Veteran U.S. Ski Team member and 3x Olympian Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) is excited to announce the talented young athletes who have been named to the 2015-16 Stacey Cook/Sun Valley Ski Tools (SVST) Competition Team. Scholarship recipients are chosen based on passion and dedication to the sport, community involvement and character.
The relationship between Cook and SVST runs deep, beginning when SVST was an original sponsor of Cook early in her career. “I think there were about six athletes that SVST said they’d choose to sponsor based on character rather than results, and then all six of us made the U.S. Ski Team," reflected Cook. "They had quite a bit of foresight.”
PARK CITY, UT (Sept. 21, 2015) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) announced today the promotion of Eastern Regional Development Coach Martin Guyer to the position of Eastern Region development director.
Since joining USSA two years ago, Martin has done an exceptional job as a development coach, bringing vision and energy to the Eastern Region. He has brought athletes and club coaches together for innovative training projects. He has recalibrated the focus toward fundamental skill development around the SkillsQuest model and has built the Eastern Regional Training Group into a functional layer within the national pipeline. Under Martin’s leadership in 2015, Eastern Region athletes won four Junior National titles at the U16 and U18 levels. The Eastern Region also a captured the Regions Cup at the U18 National Championships.
This page is for USA Athletes wishing to compete in non-Europa Cup FIS races in another country - excluding Canada. All athletes intending for a foreign non-Canadian race will be considered confirmed. If your athlete's itinerary changes and you no longer wish to be entered into an international race for which they have been intended, please let Chip Knight (chip.knight @ussa.org) know immediately. Deadline for intent is 28 days before the first Team Captains' meeting of the series.
Bryon Friedman encompasses a lot of identities. The American Downhiller was on the U.S. Ski Team for 10 years, but is also an outrageously talented musician, a ripping big mountain skier and now heads up an ecofriendly business that produces handmade bamboo ski poles. We sat down with Friedman to hear about how he defines himself now that he’s done ski racing.