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.
All U.S. Ski Team members training in South America are safe and accounted for after an 8.3-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Chile. Athletes from the World Cup, Europa Cup, National Training Group and D Team are currently in Portillo, La Parva and Valle Nevado. Many felt the tremors and some have been evacuated from their hotels, but all are fine and bracing for aftershocks. Conditions will be evaluated in the morning.
PARK CITY, UTAH (September 11, 2015)—As the American Downhillers head south to Chile for their second on-snow training camp of the season, we take a moment to reflect on our New Zealand camp one last time before diving into Portillo.
In a love affair that began a few years ago, Head Men’s Coach Sasha Rearick stumbled upon a small, family-run snow field called “Ohau” (pronounced "oh-how') nestled between the Ohau Range to the west in the Main Divide and the Ben Ohau range to the east. Since then, the relationship has grown to include both men’s and women’s tech and speed teams, across all levels.
PARK CITY, UTAH (September 10, 2015)—When the October issue of Esquire hits the stands this month, American Downhiller Steven Nyman will grace cover 3 (inside back cover) in a Spyder ad featuring new lifestyle apparel available fall 2015.
The strategy behind the media buy stems from Spyder’s desire for growth beyond the mountain. “Spyder is known for its skiing apparel, but in order for us to continue our growth we must look at opportunities that are natural extensions for the brand,” said Brady Collings, Global Marketing, Spyder Active Sports. “We currently provide the alpine skier everything they need for winter. We will always deliver to our consumer technical, innovative products that last, but what happens when the snow melts? Where does our consumer go?” With this mentality, Collings and his team are now offering year-round apparel with the same innovation and performance characteristics that supports their consumer in all aspects of life.
Ask any U.S. Alpine Ski Team athlete or staff member, and they’ll tell you that training in New Zealand is unique. Sure, the skiing is world-class and there is top-notch support provided from the three partner ski areas, Ohau, Coronet Peak and Roundhill, but both athletes and staff seem to agree that the New Zealand camp was particularly productive this year. Now that the teams have all returned and the women’s World Cup speed team is back on snow in Portillo, let’s take a deeper look at what went down, down under.
Call it El Niño, the conditions in the Southern Hemisphere this year have been supreme. The snow gods paid a visit to New Zealand for both the men and the women, giving them the chance for some powder days and heli-skiing adventures at Mt. Cook for the ladies and Mt. Aspiring for the men, respectively. The winter snow provided for some good technical training across all groups as well—from the development group to the World Cup level.
QUEENSTOWN, New Zealand (September 1, 2015)—After the dual slalom kicked off the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ, the Games wrapped with a slalom and a giant slalom at Coronet Peak near Queenstown. Brennan Rubie (Salt Lake City, UT) grabbed the sole American podium, taking third in the GS.
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. #WhatMakesAChamp