PARK CITY, UT (Nov. 18, 2015) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) is mourning the loss of one of its veteran officials and leaders. Bob Dart, 64, passed away from a reported heart attack on Nov. 17 while working on the mountain at Winter Park Resort where he served as director of mountain maintenance. UPDATE: A celebration of Bob's life will be held beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6 at Winter Park's West Portal Station. His family is suggesting donations in his name to the Winter Park Sports Education Foundation, which he helped to establish.
The cancelled womens' Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom from Levi, Finland will be rescheduled in Aspen.
Aspen was already scheduled to host women’s slalom and giant slalom races as part of the Nature Valley Aspen Winternational and will now host two slaloms and the GS to accommodate the canceled race from Levi. Aspen will host races Friday through Sunday, Nov. 27-29, including the originally scheduled events as well as the make up slalom.
UPDATED ASPEN SCHEDULE (times MT) Fri. Nov. 27: giant slalom 10:00 a.m./1:00 p.m. Sat. Nov 28: rescheduled slalom from Levi 10:15 a.m./1:15 p.m. Sun. Nov. 29: slalom 10:00 a.m./1:00 p.m.
NATURE VALLEY ASPEN WINTERNATIONAL TV SCHEDULE (times ET) Sat. Nov. 28 – 3:30 p.m. – Women’s Giant Slalom – NBCSN - LIVE Sun. Nov. 29 – 3:00 p.m. – Women’s Slalom – NBC - LIVE
U.S. Ski Team Renews Spyder as Exclusive Apparel Partner
BOULDER, CO (November 12, 2015) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) announced today that is has renewed its long-standing partnership with Sypder, the U.S. Alpine Ski Team’s apparel partner, for an additional four years through 2020. As part of the agreement, Spyder will continue to serve as the team’s exclusive apparel partner through the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics.
“We are proud to have established such a strong partnership with the U.S. Ski Team over the past 26 years, and to have launched innovations that have empowered the team through some of the most prestigious competitions and medals,” stated Julia Hansen, President of Spyder. “Spyder and the U.S. Ski Team truly inspire each other to reach new heights of performance every time, and we are honored to continue powering these elite athletes with products designed to provide a competitive edge.”
PARK CITY, UT (Nov. 12, 2015) – The upcoming Putnam Investments NASTAR National Pacesetting Trials at Copper Mountain, CO on Saturday, Nov. 21 will be the first stop in a series of events that will bring past U.S. Ski Team stars to resorts around the nation. The popular NASTAR recreational ski racing program allows skiers of all ages at any participating resort to compare their times to top Olympic stars like Ted Ligety through a sophisticated handicapping structure.
NASTAR and the U.S. Ski Team have named a series of regional pacesetters who will take their times from the National Pacesetting Trials in Copper Mountain out to regional resorts. At those regional trials, pacesetters from each of the 120 participating NASTAR resorts will have their handicaps established so that they can essentially bring Ted Ligety’s par time back to their local resort.
LAS VEGAS (Nov. 11, 2015) – The 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships at Vail/Beaver Creek, which attracted record spectators and broadcast ratings for alpine ski racing in America, received top honors Tuesday with presentation of the Best Pro Multi-sport/Multi-discipline Award from SportsTravel magazine at its annual TEAMS conference in Las Vegas. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) and the Vail Valley Foundation (VVF) were jointly honored for their innovation in producing an extraordinary World Championships.
The February, 2015 event attracted more than 200,000 spectators over the 14-day Championships. It set U.S. broadcast records for the sport with live coverage from every event on NBC and NBCSN, plus live streaming on NBC Sports Live Extra, and had a media impact of more than 800 million.
PARK CITY, UT (Nov. 10, 2015) – Olympic champion Julia Mancuso will undergo hip surgery Wednesday at The Steadman Clinic in Vail CO, which will keep her out of the Audi FIS Ski World Cup during the 2015-16 season.
The recovery timeline is uncertain at this point though she hopes to be back on snow in late March, Mancuso will take a conservative approach to recovery that will set her up for success in Korea in 2018.
QUOTES Julia Mancuso If I were to try to push through, get more treatments and try to ski this season, I would just be setting myself back towards the real goal, which is PyeongChang 2018. My goal is to be strong enough to freeski at the end of March, but conservatively, it depends on the outcome of the surgery.
OBERHOFEN, Switzerland (Nov. 10, 2015) – The International Ski Federation’s governing FIS Council this weekend confirmed the 2016-17 Audi FIS Ski World Cup calendar. The approval paves the way for Killington to be added as an opening women’s event in November, followed by the men’s Birds of Prey World Cup at Beaver Creek and the World Cup Finals in Aspen to finish the season.
The traditional U.S. swing in early season will kick off Thanksgiving weekend Nov. 26-27, 2016 at Vermont’s Killington resort with a women’s giant slalom and slalom. The weekend is traditionally held at Aspen, which will isntead play host to the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals March 15-19, 2017. Beaver Creek Resort will continue with its traditional speed and GS weekend Dec. 2-4, 2016.
Inspired by the official U.S. Ski Team mascot Champ, the Team kicked off a content series asking athletes and fans about the moment they truly felt like a champion. Hundreds responded using the hashtag #WhatMakesAChamp to try and win a trip to the NASTAR Pacesetting Trials at Copper Mountain to race Olympic champion Ted Ligety.
Ligety sorted through athletes young and old, from the east coast and the west, from new racers to experienced professionals, and here is who he chose...
1) GOLD MEDAL GRAND PRIZE – Auden Pankonin, Hudson, WI – Welch Village
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (Nov. 5, 2015) – U.S. Ski Team’s Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) has been nominated for Best Male Olympic Athlete in Team USA’s Best of the Year awards. The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) announced a total of 26 male, female and team finalists for this year’s awards. Fans are invited to vote for their favorite athletes and teams at TeamUSA.org/Awards through Friday, Nov. 20.
In the midst of a challenging 2015 season, Ligety brought his A game to the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek. There, he took home a gold medal in giant slalom and a bronze in the combined, making him the second most-decorated U.S. skier in World Championships history.
At the end of the 2014-15 season, the U.S. Alpine Championships took place on an uncharacteristically warm day at Sugarloaf in Maine. World Cup winner and longtime U.S. Ski Team member Steven Nyman sat in first at the super G after 29 racers. The crowd at Sugarloaf, the TV audience and those watching live timing all assumed Nyman had taken yet another national title and had started to pay attention to other things. Journalists began writing the articles with Nyman as the headline. But then, bib 30 came down and the audience glanced up at the scoreboard to see young Drew Duffy slide into first place by four hundredths of a second.