PARK CITY, UT (Sept. 17, 2015) – Young girls ages 8 to 18 will spend an afternoon training alongside Olympians and U.S. Ski Team stars when the Fast and Female Champ Camp returns to the USSA Center of Excellence in Park City, UT on October 4th. U.S. Ski Team members Liz Stephen, Katie Ryan and more will host an afternoon full of athletic activities and inspirational stories. Registration for this year’s camp is limited to 150 participants.
PARK CITY, UT (Oct. 5, 2015) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) has announced the promotion of Grand Prix Tour Director Eric Webster to senior director of events. He has worked full time with the USSA for over 10 years, serving as Grand Prix tour director since 2004. In his new role, Webster will be responsible for the management and implementation of all the USSA’s elite event properties.
“Web has been an integral part of making U.S. Grand Prix freeskiing and snowboarding events which are some of the best in the world,” said USSA Vice President, Events Calum Clark. “His leadership will be invaluable as we continue to produce and host world class events across the United States.”
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.
PARK CITY, UT (Oct. 3, 2015) – U.S. Freeskiing, and the entire U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association family, joined the Park City community in mourning the passing of Sam Jackenthal, a wonderful young man and a remarkable athlete. The 16-year-old freeskiing champion passed away this week from injuries suffered in a training accident in Australia several weeks ago, with his family at his side.
A Park City native, Jackenthal grew up on the mountain and was passionate about freeskiing. Last winter, skiing for Team Park City United, he won the combined title (slopestyle, halfpipe, big air) at the USSA Junior Nationals. His coach Chris ‘Hatch’ Haslock remembered him as ‘a treasured member of the Team Park City United Family and one who always brought the highest level of competition, character, humor and camaraderie with him to the hill.
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.