Winter4Kids Awards Top Skiers with $75,000 Purse Prize at First-Ever U.S.-Based NorAm Cup Parallel Event
On Friday, Winter4Kids at the National Winter Activity Center—the nation’s first and only fully dedicated youth winter sports facility—announced the winners of the first-ever NorAm Cup parallel event in the United States hosted in partnership with U.S. Ski & Snowboard and the International Federation of Skiing (FIS). Fans from the tristate area attended to watch members of the Land Rover U.S. Alpine Ski Team, Alpine Canada (Canadian National Ski Team) and club skiers from Canada, university skiers and beyond, compete in an action-packed, fast-paced race under the lights.
The men's winner was Jett Seymour of the University of Denver (DU), while the Land Rover U.S. Alpine Ski Team's Ben Ritchie was second, and Dartmouth's AJ Ginnis was third. On the women's side, Foreste Peterson of Team X Alpine was victorious, while DU's Storm Klomhaus was second, and the U.S. Ski Team's AJ Hurt rounded out the podium in third.
“I am really excited,” said Foreste Peterson, Team X Alpine. “This is my first-time skiing in New Jersey. I want to thank Winter4Kids for putting this event on, it was a great experience from the course conditions to the volunteers. I am really happy with how I performed and I’m thankful for this opportunity.”
“I’m happy to be here to be here,” said Jett Seymour, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. “This was an exciting NorAm race in New Jersey, especially for it being my first time in the state. I’m glad to have been able to race at Winter4Kids.”
The NorAm Cup which took place in Vernon, New Jersey at Winter4Kids, offered a new format with head-to-head competition between some of the best alpine athletes in the world for $75,000—the largest prize offering yet.
“Tonight, we hosted the first-ever NorAm Cup parallel ski race in the U.S. right here at Winter4Kids,” said Schone Malliet, CEO of Winter4Kids. “We’re thankful for all of our volunteers who allowed this event to be a success, as well as friends and family who came out to support. It was our pleasure to present competitors that have come from far and wide to showcase their talent, with a significant reward.”
The NorAm Cup strives to prepare athletes for the FIS Ski World Cup, and U.S. Ski & Snowboard is promoting this format at the grassroots level, in an effort to develop future World Cup parallel champions. The event features a head-to-head slalom with a knockout format each round. It is an exciting event for spectators and a unique opportunity from a broadcast standpoint, showcasing multiple world-class athletes from North America. Winter4Kids is the nation’s only nonprofit dedicated winter activity program and facility for youth only, serving school-age children of all economic backgrounds.
U.S. Ski & Snowboard has had a long relationship with the National Winter Activity Center and Winter4Kids since its first season in 2015.
Currently, Land Rover U.S. Alpine Ski Team athletes Keely Cashman and Bridger Gile are leading the NorAm overall standings for women and men, respectively.
We Are Winter4Kids!
Winter4Kids is a youth-focused, nonprofit organization that changes lives through winter activities. We provide mentor-based, experiential learning and encourage kids to have FUN while mastering Snowboarding, Nordic and Alpine skiing. Our programs deliver incremental physical activity and have been designed to inspire our participants and build confidence in an educational environment. Winter4Kids is located at the National Winter Activity Center in Vernon, NJ. This facility is totally dedicated to making unimaginable dreams inevitable opportunities for youth. For more information about Winter4Kids, please visit www.winter4kids.org.
About U.S. Ski & Snowboard
U.S. Ski & Snowboard is the Olympic National Governing Body (NGB) of ski and snowboard sports in the USA, based in Park City, Utah. Tracing its roots directly back to 1905, the organization represents nearly 200 elite skiers and snowboarders in 2019, competing in seven teams; alpine, cross country, freeski, freestyle, snowboard, nordic combined and ski jumping. In addition to the elite teams, U.S. Ski & Snowboard also provides leadership and direction for tens of thousands of young skiers and snowboarders across the USA, encouraging and supporting them in achieving excellence. 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.
Release courtesy of Winter4Kids.org.