Moving Slowly: It's Not Easy for BZ


PARK CITY, UT (Oct. 9, 2015) – Try telling an alpine ski racer who specializes in speed to move slowly. It’s not easy. Tommy “BZ” Biesemeyer (Keene, NY) is no exception. After sustaining an ACL and MCL injury in 2014, Biesemeyer had to come to terms with the fact that he had pain that never really went away. Now, Biesemeyer has done the work...

Surviving an Earthquake in Chile


On September 16, an 8.3-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Chile, killing at least 12, evacuating over a million people, destroying more than 400 homes and triggering a 16-foot tsunami off the coastline.

World Cup, Europa Cup, National Training Group and D Team athletes were training in Chile during the quake—split up between...

Hall of Fame Coming to Aspen


ASPEN, CO (Oct. 7, 2015) - The legendary Colorado ski community of Aspen has been selected as the 2016 site of the induction ceremony and Skiing History Week for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame. The week of April 5-10, 2016 will feature skiing, skiing history presentations, awards ceremonies, a film festival and first tracks with Hall...
Fairall Receives Empowerment Grant


TRUCKEE, CA (Oct. 5, 2015) – The High Fives Foundation has awarded 26-year-old Nick Fairall (Andover, NH) an Empowerment Grant to bring the Olympic ski jumper to the CR Johnson Healing Center for specialized rehabilitative treatments this week.

Shiffrin Discusses Her Career…and Cooking


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.


Snowmaking Begins at U.S. Ski Team Speed Center


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...

USSA Announces Mittersill Training Site


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...

USSA Proposes World Cup At Killington


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...

Lila Lapanja: What Makes A Champion


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,...

Stephen Wins Ski Jump Hill Climb


PARK CITY, UT (Sept. 26, 2015) - Olympian Liz Stephen (E. Montpelier, VT) of the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team held off a hard-charging Veronika Mayerhofer of Austria to claim the win at the Red Bull 400 hill climb at the Utah Olympic Park. The event, which attracted over 400 athletes who climbed a 400-meter course up the HS134 meter ski jump...

NASTAR Pacesetting Trials Coming to Copper


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 Saturday, November 21. 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...

Stacey Cook/SVST Scholarship Recipients Announced


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,...

Guyer Named Eastern Region Development Director


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.

USSA and WSJ-USA Expand Relationship


PARK CITY, UT (Sept. 21, 2015) – Following a decision by Women’s Ski Jumping USA (WSJ-USA) to focus more on its successful Fly Girls development program, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) will take on an expanded role in managing women’s elite ski jumping starting this fall. Program elements for the elite team will remain in place...

Bryon Friedman: Embracing the Mountain Lifestyle


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...

Athletes Safe After Earthquake in Chile


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,...

U.S. Championships Coming to Lake Placid


LAKE PLACID, NY (Sept. 16, 2015) – Lake Placid’s Olympic Ski Jumping Complex will be the site of the U.S. Ski Jumping Championships on Sunday, Oct. 11. The normal hill championship will take place on the HS100 meter hill in Lake Placid as part of a full weekend of ski jumping during the annual Flaming Leaves Festival, Oct. 10-11, which also...

Third in Grand Prix Series for Englund


ALMATY, Kazakhstan (Sept. 13, 2015) - American Nita Englund (Florence, WI) came away from the final two weekends of FIS Ski Jumping Summer Grand Prix with a big step forward in her international career, taking fifth in Sunday’s finale to finish third overall. Nina Lussi (Lake Placid, NY) was 21st, her best finish and fourth straight...

Podium for Nita in Almaty


ALMATY, Kazhakstan (Sept. 12, 2015) - Nita Englund (Florence, WI) put in one of the most impressive performances of her career, finishing second in a FIS Ski Jumping Summer Grand Prix Saturday in the Olympic bid city of Almaty. Englund soared 99.0 and 91.5 meters to finish behind Grand Prix leader Sara Takanashi of Japan on the HS106 meter jump...

Oh How the U.S. Ski Team Loves Ohau


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.