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Countdown to the 2022 Olympic Winter Games

Mason To Host USASA All-Female Level 100/200 Coaches Clinic

By Andrew Gauthier
November, 9 2018
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PARK CITY, Utah (November 9, 2018) – U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s new slopestyle and big air national development coach Nichole Mason is set to host the first ever all-female USASA freeski and snowboard Level 100 and 200 clinics from Dec. 3-6 at Copper Mountain, Colo. The Level 100 clinic will take place Dec. 3-4 and will target intro level coaches who will be working with Phase 1 and Phase 2 athletes. The Level 200 Clinic will take place Dec. 5-6 and will target more experienced coaches who have been working with athletes for a number of years and whose goals are to expand their knowledge and skill set to better work with Phase 3, 4 and 5 athletes.

To participate in the the Level 100 class you must be at least 18 years old, currently working as an active coach, registered as a member of USASA and work over 60 hours per season. Additionally, you must have your clinic registration verified by a supervisor/program director of a USASA or USSA program, USASA Regional Series Director or a supervisor of an AASI/PSIA member ski or snowboard school. Lastly, you must have a First Aid/CPR Certificate from a qualified provider, USOC Safesport certification and CDC Heads Up certification. Level 200 prerequisites include all of the above with the addition of a Level 100 certificate. Click here for more detail on course prerequisites.

Mason is one of the many snow sport enthusiasts who started her career as a young competitive athlete with USASA. She coached Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club for five years, where she was the 2017 U.S. Ski & Snowboard Domestic Coach of the Year, and Development Coach of the Year. Mason went on to be the first-ever female coach in her current position with U.S. Ski & Snowboard. Through empowering the female community and bridging the gap between USASA and U.S. Ski & Snowboard, these all-female clinics will create new opportunities for both female athletes and industry professionals.

“I am excited about this new project on several levels,” said Mason. “First, the partnership between U.S. Ski & Snowboard and USASA to reach the common goal of strengthening our coach education curriculum is critical. In addition, we look forward to providing a broader spectrum of support to our female coaches in the industry. This clinic provides an opportunity to talk openly about the struggles women encounter being in a male-dominated industry, what we can do together to slowly change that dynamic and empower female athletes in the sport. We historically have significantly lower numbers on the female side for both coaches and competitive athletes. Our goal is to strengthen the female coaching community and watch that empowerment trickle down the line to keep more female athletes in the sport.”

USASA has 20 clinics currently scheduled across the United States. For additional information or to register for another clinic visit

About USASA:

The United States Snowboard and Freeski Association is the first step in the Olympic pipeline. USASA is represented by 32 regional series and made up of over 5000 athlete members, 1000 + coaches, officials, and judges and hosts over 500 snowboard and freeski events annually at over 120 resorts nationwide. The USASA National Championships are held annually at Copper Mountain, Colorado and span twelve days with over 1,800 participants making it the largest snowboard and freeskiing event in the world and is entering its 30th year.  USASA aims to facilitate fun and fair events for all ages across the country, to attract snowboarders and freeskiers, promote their development, provide member education, and influence the future of our sports.

About U.S. Ski & Snowboard

U.S. Ski & Snowboard is the Olympic National Governing Body for ski and snowboard sports in the USA. One of the oldest and most established sports organizations worldwide, directly tracing its roots back to 1905, the organization, based in Park City, UT, provides leadership and direction for elite athletes competing at the highest level worldwide and for tens of thousands of young skiers and snowboarders in the USA, encouraging and supporting all its athletes in achieving excellence wherever they train and compete. By empowering national teams, clubs, coaches, parents, officials, volunteers and fans, U.S. Ski & Snowboard is committed to the progression of its sports, athlete success and the value of team. U.S. Ski & Snowboard receives no direct government support, operating solely through private donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations to fund athletic programs that directly assist athletes in reaching their dreams and achieving the shared goal of being Best In The World.

Media Contact
Andrew Gauthier
U.S. Ski & Snowboard Marketing and Communications Manager