Solitude Joins Venue Line Up for 2019 World Championships
SOLITUDE, UT (Aug. 25, 2016) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) announced today that Solitude Mountain Resort will host the snowboardcross and ski cross events for the 2019 FIS Freestyle and Snowboard World Championships. In preparation for the World Championships, Solitude will host a test event, featuring a snowboardcross FIS World Cup and Grand Prix skicross event, Jan. 19–22, 2017. The test event will be the second stop on the U.S. Grand Prix tour for the 2016-17 season.
The World Championships, awarded to Utah in 2014, is scheduled for Feb. 1–10, 2019 and will bring the best freestyle, freeskiing and snowboarding athletes to three resorts in the Wasatch mountains. In addition to the events at Solitude, Deer Valley Resort will host aerials, moguls and dual moguls, and Park City Mountain will host halfpipe and slopestyle snowboarding and freeskiing.
PARK CITY, UT (Aug. 24, 2016) – Earlier this month, four U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) athletes took time out of their busy training schedules to learn from some U.S. military veterans. As part of a joint effort between the USSA, the National Ability Center (NAC) and the Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs, athletes came together with a group of veterans to swap stories about representing their country in different ways and overcoming adversity.
“I’ve always had a big respect for the military and all the men and women who serve our country,” said Cole Johnson, U.S. Snowboarding snowboardcross team member. “I think what they do is awesome, and I’m grateful to have been able to share this experience with them.”
Troy Murphy's skiing skills extend far beyond the moguls course.
"I like doing everything,” Murphy says. “I don’t get into the park [much] now, but even a couple of years ago, I’d still go whenever I could. I think that it builds a good air awareness and if you’re hitting big park jumps, moguls jumps don’t really seem that scary.”
Murphy sat down with GrindTV to talk about his passion for backcountry skiing, his intense summer training and preparing for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
Chloe Kim has been making a big splash in the snowboarding community, and the rest of the sport world is taking notice. Her sponsor Monster Energy takes a look at her 18 podiums and her rise to the top.
PARK CITY, UT (Aug. 11, 2016) – With multiple World Cup podiums and an Olympic bronze medal on his resume, there’s no denying that Bryon Wilson is a talented mogul skier. This week, Wilson will have the opportunity to showcase another talent, wood carving, when he makes his artistic debut at the annual Kimball Arts Festival August 12-14 in Park City, UT.
Wilson’s interest in art began at a young age. Drawing is big in his family and, during weekends up at his grandfather’s cabin, he would draw while his parents were out fishing. Wilson got in to carving when he was 16 years old thanks to Al Beavis, a family friend and chainsaw carver in Butte, MT. He spent every day after school up in Al’s garage, learning the tricks of the trade.
When Wilson moved to Utah to pursue his skiing career full time, he worked with local Salt Lake City carver Reese Almond to develop his abilities, specifically carving realistic trout.
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 order to fly again, ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson (Park City, UT) has had to relearn how to walk. After multiple knee surgeries and recoveries, Sarah is working hard at physical therapy and in the gym in order to get back on snow for the 2016-17 season and remains steadily focused on one thing: Olympic gold in 2018.