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Countdown to the 2022 Olympic Winter Games

2021 U.S. Alpine Championships Kicks Off in Aspen on Monday

By Megan Harrod
April, 4 2021
Land Rover U.S. Alpine Ski Team
Land Rover U.S. Alpine Ski Team athletes pose in Toblach, Italy after a training block prior to the final races of the season in Europe. (Ryan Mooney - U.S. Ski Team)

The 2021 U.S. Alpine Championships will kick off on Monday with men's slalom for the Land Rover U.S. Alpine Ski Team and will run through April 16th at Aspen Highlands. The event will include men’s and women’s downhill, super-G, giant slalom, slalom, and alpine combined.

The U.S. Alpine Championships will take place after Highlands has closed for public skiing this season and restrictions will be in place to ensure compliance with COVID-19 health and safety protocols. This means no spectators and limited media will be invited to the event. 

While FIS Ski World Cup mainstays like Breezy Johnson, Mikaela Shiffrin, Paula Moltzan, Jackie Wiles, Bryce Bennett, and Travis Ganong will be getting some much-needed R&R, tackling sponsor shoots, equipment testing, and/or hitting the gym in preparation for the 2021-22 Olympic season, regular World Cup point scorers such as Nina O'Brien, Bella Wright, Laurenne Ross, AJ Hurt, Ben Ritchie, Luke Winters, and Jared Goldberg will headline the event in Aspen.

Katie Hensien, Jett Seymour, Sam Morse, and Middlebury College athlete Erik Arvidsson—who had a breakout year on the World Cup highlighted by an eighth-place in downhill at the World Cup in Saalbach, Austria as well as two Europa Cup downhill victories—are also expected to compete. 

Aspen was originally set to host the 2021 NorAm Cup Finals from April 5-16, though COVID-19 and travel restrictions between the U.S. and Canada forced the removal of the event from the schedule. Aspen was quick to step up, expressing interest in hosting the U.S. Alpine Championships at Aspen. 

The 2021 U.S. Alpine Championships at Aspen is contingent on local and state health department approvals based on existing and future COVID-19 rules and regulations. FIS, U.S. Ski & Snowboard, the local organizing committee, and Aspen Snowmass are taking a unified approach consistent with guidance from federal, state, and local health authorities. 

2021 U.S. Alpine Championships at Aspen - (Revised) Event Schedule
Monday, April 5, Slalom National Championships, Men
Tuesday, April 6, Giant Slalom National Championships, Men
Wednesday, April 7, Super-G/Alpine Combined National Championships, Men
Friday, April 9, Downhill Training, Men/Women
Sunday, April 11, (Two-Run) Downhill National Championships, Men/Women
Tuesday, April 13, Super-G/Alpine Combined National Championships, Women
Thursday, April 15, Giant Slalom National Championships, Women
Friday, April 16, Slalom National Championships, Women

Media Contacts:
Aspen Snowmass
Tucker Vest Burton, (970) 300-7020, tvestburton@aspensnowmass.com  

U.S. Ski & Snowboard
Megan Harrod, (435) 714-9393, megan.harrod@usskiandsnowboard.org