Heavy snow at the top of the Olympic race hill and rain at the bottom forced postponement of the opening of the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships at Squaw Valley (Sarah Ely/USSA)
SQUAW VALLEY, CA (March 20) - Over a foot of wet snow at the top of the Olympic giant slalom hill at Squaw Valley has pushed back the opening of the 2013 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships to Thursday. Men's and women's GS will now be contested on Thursday, followed by men's and women's super G Friday. The weekend schedule kicks into gear with men's slalom on Saturday and the event capping women's slalom on Sunday. NBC will air a special Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships show on March 24 at noon ET.
Overnight snow has forced the race jury to bump the opening of the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships to Thursday with men's and women's giant slalom.
Men's and women's super G will remain as scheduled for Friday with men's slalom Saturday and women's slalom Sunday.
The U.S. Ski Team enters the event after closing a historic Audi FIS Alpine World Cup season that produced 33 podiums from 10 different athletes, including 18 victories.
For the first time in U.S. Alpine Championships history, the event will be carbon neutral, thanks event sponsor Carbon Lightouse.
Squaw Valley will also host the final Audi Ski Challenge, a U.S. Ski Team Pro/Am race and celebrate U.S. Ski Team Day with a Dawn Patrol ski with the Team.
The U.S. Championships are a culmination of the ski racing year which brings together the U.S. Ski Team and hundreds of young athletes from U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association club programs from across the country to battle for titles in super G, giant slalom, slalom and combined. The Tom Garner Memorial Trophy is also presented to the top performing region at the Championships.
NBC will air a special Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships show on March 24 at noon ET.
Thursday, March 21 8:45 a.m. - Women's giant slalom, first run 10:30: a.m. - Women's giant slalom, second run 1:00 p.m. - Men's giant slalom, first run 2:30 p.m. - Men's giant slalom, second run 3:00 p.m. - Audi Ski Challenge - Nature Valley NASTAR Venue 4:00 p.m. - Awards and Music - KT's Deck
Friday, March 22 9:00 a.m. - Women's super G 12:00 p.m. - Men's super G 3:00 p.m. - Opening Ceremonies, Awards, U.S. Ski Team Autograph Session
Saturday, March 23 7:00 a.m. - U.S. Ski Team Day Dawn Patrol 9:00 a.m. – Men’s slalom, first run 12:00 p.m. – Men’s slalom, second run 2:00 p.m. - U.S. Ski Team Pro/Am Race - Julia's Gold 2:00 p.m. - Awards and Music - KT's Deck
Sunday, March 24 9:00 a.m. - Women's slalom, first run 12:00 p.m. - Women's slalom, second run 2:00 p.m. - Awards and Music - KT's Deck