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U.S. Alpine Championships Kicks Off at Official Training Site Copper Mountain

By Megan Harrod
November, 13 2020
Women's Speed Team
Land Rover U.S. Alpine Ski Team athletes have been training at the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center in the "bubble" at Copper Mountain, Colo. for the last couple of weeks. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

Land Rover U.S. Alpine Ski Team athletes will take on the rescheduled 2020 U.S. Alpine Championships at Official Training site Copper Mountain, Colo. starting on Monday, Nov. 16 and running through Sunday, Nov. 22. The schedule is tentative and subject to change. 

Copper Mountain is closed to the public and plans to open on Nov. 30 for the 2020-21 ski season. Due to COVID-19, U.S. Ski & Snowboard together with Copper Mountain has created protocols to ensure consistency with local and state regulation, including no spectators or media on site. A massive amount of planning and energy went into creating the COVID-19 protocol, led by U.S. Ski & Snowboard High-Performance Director Troy Taylor and Lead Physical Therapist Gillian Bower in collaboration with Copper Mountain’s staff to create a safe environment for athletes and staff. 

This event will replace the 2020 U.S. Alpine Championships, which were scheduled for last March in Panorama, CAN, and Aspen, Colo. Both events were cancelled due to COVID-19. U.S. Alpine Championships at Copper Mountain, Colo. are slated to include the disciplines of men’s and women’s slalom, giant slalom, super-G, and downhill. 

U.S. Alpine Championships Event Schedule 
(Subject to change)

November 16, Giant Slalom – Women – Copper Mountain, Colo.
November 17, Giant Slalom – Men – Copper Mountain, Colo. 
November 18, Downhill Training – Men and Women – Copper Mountain, Colo. 
November 19, Downhill – Men and Women – Copper Mountain, Colo. 
November 20, Super-G – Men and Women – Copper Mountain, Colo. 
November 21, Slalom – Women – Copper Mountain, Colo. 
November 22, Slalom – Men – Copper Mountain, Colo.

U.S. Ski & Snowboard events are contingent on local and state health department approvals based on existing and future COVID-19 rules and regulations. U.S. Ski & Snowboard sanctioned event attendance is optional. U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes and staff should not feel pressure to travel to train or compete. All sanctioned training camp and event policies and protocols are subject to change based on local, state, and federal public health orders, updated guidance from the USOPC, or updated U.S. Ski & Snowboard policies.