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Sustainability

U.S. Ski & Snowboard, a national and global leader in snow sports, is committed to addressing climate change and stewarding sustainability of winter sports. Millions globally are inspired by winter sports and enjoy healthy, active lifestyles in winter environments. Climate change threatens our winter environments with receding glaciers, rising sea levels, volatile weather cycles and less snowfall.

NEW ACCIDENT REPORT DETAILS 2015 AVALANCHE DEATHS

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
October, 22 2018
Bryce and Ronnie Athlete Snow Safety Foundation

PARK CITY, Utah - Clarity of avalanche warnings as well as lack of snow safety education and knowledge of the local ski environment by athletes and coaches were primary issues cited in a report detailing the 2015 avalanche deaths of two U.S. Ski Team athletes. The skiers had not seen avalanche warning reports so were unaware of the danger and unfamiliar with the nature of off-piste skiing at the European resort.

A comprehensive accident report was released Monday (Oct. 22) to the public and the avalanche education community by the Bryce and Ronnie Athlete Snow Safety Foundation (BRASS). The report will be used as a tool by BRASS to advocate for changes in snow safety warning systems as well as expansion of education to prevent future accidents.

The report was produced for the BRASS Foundation by noted avalanche safety expert Bruce Tremper, the retired director of the Utah Avalanche Center, and contains official reports of the Austrian agencies responsible for management of the accident.

Bryce Astle (Sandy, Utah) and Ronnie Berlack (Franconia, N.H.) were killed January 5, 2015. They were among a group of six athletes skiing on the Rote Karl run off the Gaislachkogel lift in Sölden. The athletes were in the resort west of Innsbruck attending an on-snow training camp. The morning of the accident, they were free skiing on the mountain after heavy snow forced cancelation of planned training sessions. The report outlines the fact that the athletes did not know they were skiing in an uncontrolled area of the resort and there was no English language signage.

“The accident was a great tragedy for our families and our sport,” said Steve Berlack, father of Ronnie and a ski coach himself. “But we are committed to using this accident as a platform for change so that something like this doesn’t happen again.”

The report outlines precise details of the morning, citing a variety of situations that led to the accident. With new snow, avalanche warning conditions were at Level 3 that morning, on a scale of five, indicating danger was ‘considerable.’ The report cited that the skiers and coaches did not have a distinct understanding of the danger level and that signage at the lift was not clear. 

“Our initiative from the accident is to improve snow safety culture,” said BRASS Foundation Board Chairman Jamie Astle, father of Bryce. “It’s a two-pronged approach for us. First, we will look at ways we can influence the avalanche safety community to improve warning systems. Second, we will advocate for greater avalanche education, especially for ski racing athletes and coaches.”

Since its formation in 2016, BRASS has been active in the avalanche education community. Last Spring, BRASS helped fund a series of three-day on-snow avalanche education sessions for U.S. Ski Team athletes and coaches at Snowbird, Utah, certified by the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE). 

Earlier this month, Cindy Berlack, mother of Ronnie, lobbied avalanche safety officials at the International Snow Safety Workshop in Innsbruck, Austria. Over 1,000 snow scientists and safety managers were in attendance. Berlack was seeking an evolution of the warning scale used by resorts as well as universal multilingual signage standards.

In Sölden this week, officials will unveil new English-language signage across the resort as well as dedicating a memorial to the two athletes along the road leading to the Rettenbach Glacier race course where the Audi FIS Ski World Cup opens Oct. 27-28.

“The entire Sölden community has rallied around our sons and taken aggressive steps to make their mountain safer for all,” said Steve Berlack. “Cindy found a welcome reception by the avalanche community at the ISSW workshop. We already feel we’re having a positive impact.” 

BRASS and Sölden will hold a reception on Wednesday, Oct. 24 to announce the changes leading up to the weekend World Cup opener.

The snow safety foundation will continue its work in America this winter, notably on the educational front. A BRASS-produced film Off Piste, featuring a recreation of the accident as well as comments from noted athletes Mikaela Shiffrin, Bode Miller, and Ted Ligety, will be released to the public in November. BRASS will also prioritize its efforts to bring more educational programs to skiers.

NBC Sports Gold Launches Direct-to-Consumer 'Snow Pass' With Access to Seven Winter Olympic Sports

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
October, 22 2018
NBC Sports Gold Pass
The NBC Sports "Snow Pass" will kick off the 2018-19 season Oct. 27 with the FIS Ski World Cup women's giant slalom in Soelden, Austria.

STAMFORD, Conn. – NBC Sports Gold, NBC Sports Digital’s direct-to-consumer live streaming product, launched “Snow Pass” today, giving fans access to live and on-demand domestic and international competitions of seven Olympic winter sports from October 2018 through April 2019. “Snow Pass” will feature an unprecedented 700+ hours – including nearly 100 exclusive hours – of coverage of FIS alpine skiing, nordic combined, ski jumping, cross-country skiing, freestyle skiing, biathlon, and snowboarding events. The 2018-19 “Snow Pass” is available for purchase now for $69.99 by visiting NBCSportsGold.com.

“Coming off the success of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, the appetite for winter sports coverage has never been greater,” said Portia Archer, Vice President, Direct-to-Consumer Services, NBC Sports Group. “Whether it’s the thrill of the downhill, the endurance of cross-country, or the majesty of the ski jump, we’re excited to give fans more content than ever before.”

A complement to the hundreds of hours of Olympic winter sport programming airing across NBC, NBCSN, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, and their respective digital platforms [hyperlink], “Snow Pass” includes every remaining stop of the World Cup season for each of the seven sports, including exclusive live and on-demand coverage of many alpine skiing events, beginning Oct. 27. The pass also features live and on-demand coverage of the FIS World Championships, which take place every other year, from February–March 2019.

NBC Sports Gold holds the exclusive rights to all FIS events held in Austria and will stream the first FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup races of the 2018-19 season from Soelden, Austria, on “Snow Pass” on Oct. 27-28.

NBC Sports Gold is available on Apple iOS, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku and online at NBCSportsGold.com. NBC Sports Gold is powered by Playmaker Media, NBC Sports Digital’s technology service which provides end-to-end support for companies in need of best-in-class live streaming and VOD solutions. Click here for more information.

Following is the schedule for NBC Sports Gold’s 2018-19 “Snow Pass” (organized by sport):

Date Event
  ALPINE SKIING
Oct. 27 - 28 Soelden, AUT
Nov. 17 - 18 Levi, FIN
Nov. 24 - 25 Killington, USA
Nov. 24 - 25 Lake Louise, CAN
Nov. 30 - Dec. 2 Beaver Creek, USA
Nov. 30 - Dec. 2 Lake Louise, CAN
Dec. 8 - 9  St. Moritz, SUI
Dec. 8 - 9  Val d'Isere, FRA
Dec. 14 - 15 Val Gardena, ITA
Dec. 14 - 16 Val d'Isere, FRA
Dec. 16 Alta Badia, ITA
Dec. 21 - 22 Courchevel, FRA
Dec. 22 Madonna di Campiglio, ITA
Dec. 28 - 29 Bormio, ITA
Dec. 28 - 29 Semmering, AUT
Jan. 5 - 6 Zagreb, CRO
Jan. 8 Flachau, AUT
Jan. 12 - 13 Adelboden, SUI
Jan. 12 - 13 St. Anton, AUT
Jan. 15 Kronplatz, ITA
Jan. 18 - 20 Wengen, SUI
Jan. 19 - 20 Cortina d'Ampezzo, ITA
Jan. 25 - 27 Kitzbuehel, AUT
Jan. 26 - 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER
Jan. 29 Schladming, AUT
Feb. 1 - 2 Maribor, SLO
Feb. 2 - 3 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER
Feb. 5 - 17 World Championships - Are, SWE
Feb. 22 - 24 Bansko, BUL
Feb. 23 - 24 Crans-Montana, SUI
Mar. 2 - 3 Kvitfjell, NOR
Mar. 2 - 3 Sochi, RUS
Mar. 8 - 9 Spindleruv Myln, CZE
Mar. 9 - 10 Kranjska Gora, SLO
Mar. 13 - 17 World Cup Finals - Soldeu, AND
   
Date SKI JUMPING
Nov. 16 - 18 Wisla, POL
Nov. 23 - 25 Ruka, FIN
Nov. 30 - Dec. 2 Nizhny Tagil, RUS
Nov. 30 - Dec. 2 Lillehammer, NOR
Dec. 7 - 9 Titisee-Neustadt, GER
Dec. 14 -16 Engelberg, SUI
Dec. 15 -16 Premanon, FRA
Dec. 29 - Jan. 6 Four Hills Tournament, Europe
Jan. 11 - 13 Liberec, CZE
Jan. 12 Sapporo, JPN
Jan. 18 - 20 Zao, JPN
Jan. 18 - 20 Zakopane, POL
Jan. 25 - 26 Sapporo, JPN
Jan. 26 - 27 Rasnov, ROU
Feb. 1 - 3 Oberstdorf, GER
Feb. 2 - 3 Hinzenbach, AUT
Feb. 8 - 10 Ljubno, SLO
Feb. 8 - 10 Lahti, FIN
Feb. 15 - 17 Willingen, GER
Feb. 16 - 17 Oberstdorf, GER
Mar. 8 - 17 Raw Air Tournament
Mar. 16 - 17 Nizhny Tagil, RUS
Mar. 21 - 24 Planica, SLO
Mar. 23 - 24 Chaikovsky, RUS
   
Date CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING
Nov. 24 - 25 Ruka, FIN
Nov. 30 - Dec. 2 Lillehammer, NOR
Dec. 8 - 9  Beitostolen, NOR
Dec. 15 -16 Davos, SUI
Dec. 29 - Jan. 6 Tour de Ski
Jan. 12 - 13 Dresden, GER
Jan. 19 - 20 Otepaa, EST
Jan. 26 - 27 Ulricehamn, SWE
Feb. 9 - 10 Lahti, FIN
Feb. 16 - 17 Cogne, ITA
Mar. 9 - 10 Oslo, NOR
Mar. 12 Drammen, NOR
Mar. 16 - 17 Falun, SWE
Mar. 22 - 24 Quebec City, CAN
   
Date NORDIC COMBINED
Nov. 24 - 25 Ruka, FIN
Nov. 30 - Dec. 2 Lillehammer, NOR
Dec. 22 - 23 Ramsau, AUT
Jan. 5 - 6 Otepaa, EST
Jan. 11 - 13 Val de Fiemme, ITA
Jan. 19 - 20 Chaux Neuve, FRA
Jan. 27 Trondheim, NOR
Feb. 2 - 3 Klingenthal, GER
Feb. 9 - 10 Lahti, FIN
Feb. 20 - Mar. 3 World Championships - Seefeld, AUT
Mar. 9 Oslo, NOR
Mar. 13 Trondheim, NOR
Mar. 16 - 17 Schonach, GER
   
Date FREESTYLE
Nov. 4 Modena, ITA
Nov. 23 - 24 Stubai, AUT
Dec. 7 - 8 Val Thorens, FRA
Dec. 7 Ruka, FIN
Dec. 7 Copper Mountain, USA
Dec. 12 Arosa, SUI
Dec. 15 -16 Thaiwoo, CHN
Dec. 16 Montafon, AUT
Dec. 21 Secret Garden, CHN
Dec. 22 - 23 Innichen, ITA
Jan. 12 Font Romeu, FRA
Jan. 12 Calgary, CAN
Jan. 18 - 19 Laax, SUI
Jan. 18 Lake Placid, USA
Jan. 19 - 20 Idre Fjall, SWE
Jan. 25 Seiser Alm, ITA
Jan. 25 Blue Mountain, CAN
Jan. 25 Mt. Tremblant, CAN
Feb. 2 - 9 World Championships - Park City, USA
Feb. 16 - 17 Moscow, RUS
Feb. 16 - 17 Feldberg, GER
Feb. 16 Calgary, CAN
Feb. 22 - 23 Tazawoko, JPN
Feb. 23 - 24 Sunny Valley, RUS
Feb. 23 Minsk, BLR
Mar. 2 - 3 Shymbulak, KAZ
Mar. 2 - 3 Secret Garden, CHN
Mar. 9 - 10 Mammoth Mountain, USA
Mar. 16 - 17 Quebec City, CAN
Mar. 17 Veysonnaz, SUI
Mar. 22 Tignes, FRA
Mar. 23 Oslo, NOR
Mar. 30 Silvaplana, SUI
   
Date SNOWBOARDING
Nov. 3 Modena, ITA
Nov. 24 - 25 Beijing, CHN
Dec. 8 Copper Mountain, USA
Dec. 12 Carrezza, ITA
Dec. 14 Cortina d'Ampezzo, ITA
Dec. 14 - 15 Montafon, AUT
Dec. 20 - 22 Secret Garden, CHN
Dec. 22 Cervinia, ITA
Jan. 8 - 9 Bad Gastein, AUT
Jan. 12 Kreischberg, AUT
Jan. 18 - 19 Laax, SUI
Jan. 19 Rogla, SLO
Jan. 19 - 20 Kazan, RUS
Jan. 26 Seiser Alm, ITA
Jan. 26 - 27 Moscow, RUS
Feb. 1 - 10 World Championships - Park City, USA
Feb. 15 Calgary, CAN
Feb. 16 - 17 Pyeongchang, KOR
Feb. 23 - 24 Secret Garden, CHN
Mar. 2 Baqueira Beret, ESP
Mar. 9 - 10 Erzurum, TUR
Mar. 9 - 10 Mammoth Mountain, USA
Mar. 9 Scuol, SUI
Mar. 16 Veysonnaz, SUI
Mar. 16 - 17 Quebec City, CAN
Mar. 22 Oslo, NOR
Mar. 23 - 24 Winterberg, GER


ABOUT NBC SPORTS GOLD

NBC Sports Gold is NBC Sports’ direct-to-consumer live streaming product that provides sports fans with access to exclusive premium sports events and content, live and on-demand, at an affordable price. Launched in 2016 with a single cycling product, NBC Sports Gold currently offers 11 individual sports “passes” – eight national (Premier League, Cycling, Track & Field, Figure Skating, Speed Skating, Rugby, Pro Motocross -- also available internationally, and Snow, which consists of seven Winter Olympic sports); two regional (Blazers and Philly); and two international (Notre Dame Football & Pro Motocross). In 2019, NBC Sports Gold will add PGA TOUR LIVE and INDYCAR. More sports are expected to be added soon. Among the premium events and content offered by NBC Sports Gold are 150 Premier League matches; the Tour de France and many more prominent cycling races around the world; USA Track & Field and IAAF Diamond League events; domestic and international figure skating competitions; every Gallagher Premiership Rugby match; the entire 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship season; 700+ hours of seven Winter Olympic sports; and all Notre Dame Football home games for international fans.

Trains, Planes, and Automobiles, Trish O’Brien-Style

By Elise Saarela
October, 22 2018
Trish O'Brien
Tricia Mangan and Nina O'Brien are currently back on snow in Austria training prior to the World Cup kickoff in Soelden, Austria Oct. 27.

U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes travel all over the globe to train and race at premier mountain resorts, but do they ever get the chance to venture beyond the slopes? To visit uncharted territory in the form of cityscapes? Explore culture in small alleyways with cobblestone streets, or hop on a bike and take it all in? Pop into cafes to grab a flaky, buttery croissant with a latte while tracing the movement of the city with their eyes?

Travel in Europe

Two up-and-coming tech athletes from the alpine B and C Teams, and fellow Dartmouth College students—Nina O’Brien (Edwards, Colo.) and Tricia Mangan (Derby, N.Y.)—recently took advantage of being overseas while at a prep period camp. The traveling duo, otherwise known as “Trish O’Brien” (make sure to check out their Ski Racing column), left their bulky ski bags with their coaches and headed to Amsterdam and Berlin for a week and a half of adventure.

“A big part of the challenge is that when we’re on a ski trip, we’re there to ski and perform our best,” reflects O’Brien, “not only does that mean traveling with tons of ski bags and gear, but we also have to be rested and energized on the hill.”

Mountain Lifestyle

This was the first time both O’Brien and Mangan had enough time between camps to squeeze in some sightseeing. The two had been training in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, and at the indoor slope at Ski & Snowboard Centre Snow Valley in Peer, Belgium with an unusual—and very welcomed—break between prep period camps. They were able to temporarily hop off their skis and hop on a two-hour train to Amsterdam, as well as a quick flight to Berlin. “Trish and I have been talking about doing a sightseeing trip for years, but this fall was the first time everything fell into place,” says O’Brien.

O’Brien and Mangan made the perfect pair for this adventure. They have both been interested in seeing Berlin since their German 1 course at Dartmouth. And they loved the idea of being able to see Amsterdam, with sticking to a tight budget and quenching their desire to see as much as possible in the little time they had. With O’Brien’s knack for finding great food and Mangan’s stellar navigation skills, the two were able to see, and experience, a lot.  

Exploring a different kind of scenery

It’s no surprise these two remained active while sightseeing. In order to see as much as possible, O’Brien and Mangan biked everywhere. According to O’Brien, they managed to bike 40 miles in the two days they were in Amsterdam. Biking was their main mode of transportation, which is reflective of the European lifestyle. “I absolutely loved that everyone rode bikes and was fit and friendly and it was beautiful,” reflected Mangan. Matcha ice cream on the daily, picnics in the parks, dancing wherever they went, and an overall feeling of gratitude for the experience was common on Trish O’Brien’s adventures.

Taking in the street art.

O’Brien felt the same gratitude towards the quick trip, noting that it was a chance to take a small break between intense training camps. “I love the small European mountain towns that we visit in the winter,” says O’Brien, “but it felt refreshing and invigorating to bike the canals of Amsterdam, check out a Banksy exhibit, walk the East Side Gallery in Berlin, and see some more hidden gems in each city.”

The two athletes are currently back on the snow for intense training prior to the World Cup kickoff in Soelden, Austria Oct. 27, but they are glad to have a chance to experience something new.

“I would 100 percent recommend traveling even for a couple of days after a training camp,” says Mangan. Not only did she and O’Brien get the chance to experience something outside of mountain life, gifting them a rare sense of freedom in the life of a professional ski racer, but they were able to do it together. “We both agreed that traveling together made the experience SO much more fun. We make a pretty good team,” stated O’Brien.

With healthier minds and rejuvenated souls, “Trish O'Brien” is ready to take on the season, and hopefully, experience some new cultures along the way!

Nina, Resi and Trish
Nina, Resi Stiegler, and Trish take a break from the mountain in Squaw in 2017. 

 

NBC Sports To Broadcast 150+ Hours of Alpine Coverage

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
October, 19 2018
Birds of Prey NBC
NBC will broadcast the 2018 Birds of Prey on both NBC and the NBC Sports Networks. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

STAMFORD, Conn.  NBC Sports will showcase 150-plus hours of 2018-19 FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup programming, including nearly 90 hours of coverage on the Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, and more than 70 hours spanning NBC, NBCSN, NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app, OlympicChannel.com, and the Olympic Channel app.

Additional FIS Alpine Skiing coverage will also be available on NBC Sports Gold – NBC Sports’ direct-to-consumer live streaming product – and the Olympic Channel digital platforms. Among the events exclusive to NBC Sports Gold are the season-opening races in Soelden, Austria on October 27-28. Further details will be announced Monday, Oct. 22.

U.S. Olympic gold medalists Mikaela Shiffrin, Lindsey Vonn, and Ted Ligety, as well as Steven Nyman, Travis Ganong, Ryan Cochran-Siegle and Tommy Ford headline the U.S. Ski Team in 2018-19. Vonn, a three-time Olympic medalist, is four wins away from tying Ingemar Stenmark’s World Cup record of 86 victories, which has stood for nearly three decades. The 34-year-old recently announced that she plans to retire following the season, whether she breaks Stenmark’s record or not. Shiffrin, who won gold in giant slalom at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics and has three Olympic medals to her name, is the two-time defending overall World Cup champion.

NBC Sports’ 2018-19 FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup schedule also includes events in Lake Louise, Alberta (Nov. 24 – 25, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2); Killington, Vt. (Nov. 24 – 25); Beaver Creek, Colo. (Nov. 30 – Dec. 2); St. Moritz, Switzerland (Dec. 8 – 9); Wengen, Switzerland (Jan. 18 – 20); and the FIS World Alpine Skiing Championships in Åre, Sweden (Feb. 2 – 17).

The season culminates with more than 15 hours of coverage of the 2018-19 FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals in Soldeu, Andorra, beginning March 13.

STREAMING COVERAGE OF FIS ALPINE SKIING WORLD CUP
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming platforms for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will provide streaming coverage of the 2018-19 FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup events airing on NBC, NBCSN and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value for their subscription service, and making high-quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app are powered by Playmaker Media and available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.

All linear coverage on NBCSN will stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. All linear coverage on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will stream on OlympicChannel.com and the Olympic Channel app, in addition to NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

Follow the latest Alpine Updates for broadcast and streaming schedules.

Zermatt Wrap: Bring On World Cup Season

By Lara Carlton
October, 18 2018
Olivia Giaccio  Zermatt Training Camp
Olivia Giaccio and her teammates tackled a full top-to-bottom mogul course in Zermatt, Switzerland. (Olivia Giaccio/Instagram)

The U.S. Moguls Ski Team wrapped a very successful annual training camp in Zermatt, Switzerland, on October 16. The idyllic resort town provided a home away from home for athletes and staff on their journey to podiums this competition season.

While it has been a busy summer of training on the water ramps at the Utah Olympic Park, and at three on-snow camps at Mount Hood, Ore, Zermatt was the real kick-off to the season, providing the first opportunity for athletes to ski a full mogul course (220-260 meters with a top and bottom jump). Additionally, the Zermatt course also met the International Ski Federation (FIS) competition standards and provided an opportunity for athletes to work on their whole performance.

“Zermatt is one of my favorite places to get back on snow after a long summer of training. It’s arguably one of the most beautiful places in the world, and it also has a training site that offers a ton of different challenges each day. From various snow conditions to white-out blizzards, it forces you to mentally prepare yourself for anything the season may throw at you.” - Casey Andringa, U.S. Moguls A Team.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Those who’s down in whoville like Christmas a lot

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Why Zermatt? “From late September through October, Zermatt is the place to be as it is one of the only mogul courses open for training,” explained U.S. Ski & Snowboard Moguls World Cup Coach Caleb Martin. “Zermatt provides dry, winter snow, similar to what athletes will ski on during the competition circuit. This is different from our summer camps in Squaw or Mount Hood, where we’re skiing in ‘corn’ or slushy conditions.”

Considered a high altitude training site at 12,000 feet above sea level (more typical for competitions is around 7,000-8,000 feet), the course at Zermatt offers great training as the contours of the slope change. The top half of the course is an easy-moderate pitch of 22-25 degrees, while the bottom half rolls over to 28-30 degrees. This translates into an easier top jump scenario with a more difficult bottom air approach.

“Because of the change in slope and different jump scenarios, athletes are challenged to use different techniques and tactics, helping to make them well-rounded skiers,” Martin explains.
 


(Tess Johnson/Instagram)


Training camp is broken into four-day blocks: three days of training followed by an “off” day. During the first two blocks, athletes work on skills in the flats, moguls in sections and increase the degree of difficulty in their jumps. Throughout the camp, the number of top-to-bottom runs steadily increases as fundamental training in sections decreases. By the last days of training, athletes are skiing at least six top-to-bottom runs: what they would expect to perform on a competition day.

“In World Cup competition athletes can ski up to four runs during a mogul competition and up to six runs during a dual mogul competition (not including the two to three warm-up runs they take before the competition starts),” U.S. Ski & Snowboard Head Moguls Coach Matt Gnoza explained. “By skiing top to bottom runs in training, the athletes can put together the skills they’ve worked on in specific areas like jumps and turns, and combine them to work on their entire run package.”

Athletes look forward to this particular camp each year as they get to put together all of their summer training into actual ski runs.

"I started performing a new trick: a back full twist. I just started doing this trick on snow this summer, so it felt really good to put in in a top to bottom run on a difficult course," Tess Johnson, U.S. Moguls A Team

It takes a village to create champions, which is why a full complement of staff travels with the team to Europe. On site at Zermatt was head coach Matt Gnoza; strength coach Josh Bullock; mogul coach Caleb Martin; aerial coach Vladamir Lebedev; physical therapist Chuck Williams; and nutritionist Allen Tran. It is this crew’s job to prepare and inspect the training course and landings each day, provide on-snow coaching, leads morning warm-ups, and after-ski strength and conditioning care, provide physical therapy care and review video and training plans each evening with the athletes.

A typical training day starts at 7:30 a.m. for Gnoza, Martin and Lebedev when they meet at the base of the lift to load for course prep. Athletes load by 8:30 a.m. and begin their warm-up routines by 9 a.m. with coach Bullock. After some flat ski work and a course inspection, athletes begin on-course training by 10:15 a.m and ski until about 1:15 p.m., averaging between 12 and 20 jumps and 10 runs a day. Coaches will stay until 2 p.m. when the glacier closes to prepare the slope for the next day. Athletes have a short break to eat and change before working with Williams in physical therapy sessions, and or strength and conditioning workouts with coach Bullock, which start at 2:30 p.m. and run until about 5 p.m., when athletes and coaches review video from the day.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The boys are back in town.

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“Zermatt is by far my favorite training camp. The course is always really tough, which I enjoy and think really helps us prepare best for the upcoming season. Zermatt is such a crucial camp for our team because it’s the first look at a World Cup level course for the season. We kind of get to see how we’re looking against every other country.” - Jaelin Kauf, U.S. Moguls A Team.

Training in Zermatt is a clash of opposites: the scenery is spectacular, and the challenges are even more so. To get on snow from town, staff and athletes take a gondola and two aerial trams to get to the top - commute times can sometimes run as long as two hours. And because Zermatt is one of the only mogul courses open at this time of year, there can be 200-plus athletes from across the globe all vying for practice time. All of those skis on the same snow causes erosion on the course to the point that the glacial ice starts coming through between bumps and jump landings, which get packed out rapidly.
 


(Tess Johnson/Instagram)


While these extraneous factors can cause the impact of training on athletes’ bodies to be that much more intense, the opportunity to be back skiing full runs is priceless.

“Zermatt is an important time in the prep period to combine skill-based training from earlier this summer with strength and endurance work done in the gym to start to see the end product develop in top to bottom runs,” Gnoza said. “Once athletes get up to speed in their top to bottom training, we can try different trick combinations and tactics. We eventually come up with a ‘run package’ that they can perform any time and any place that has the potential to put them on the podium.”

"I have a few new tricks up my sleeve as well as improved skiing technique that I was able to integrate into my competition runs on a consistent basis. I feel as though I'm coming away from a productive three weeks more prepared than I've ever been for the competition season ahead." - Olivia Giaccio, U.S. Moguls A Team

So what is next for the Moguls Team? After their jetlag wears off they will be back training in Park City, Utah at U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s Center of Excellence. Then it is off to Kaprun, Austria, for their next training project. The U.S. Moguls Team competition season kicks off December 7, 2018, in Ruka, Finland, with their season-opening World Cup event.

Keep up with the U.S. Moguls Ski Team on Facebook and on Instagram.
 

Cross Country Staff Announced Named for 2018-19 Season

By Reese Brown
October, 18 2018
Matt Whitcomb and Chris Grover
U.S. Cross Country Team Coaches Matt Whitcomb and Chris Grover at 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, Korea. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard - Sarah Brunson)

The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team today announced their coaching and support staff for the 2018-19 season that begins in Ruka Finland with the first FIS World Cup on November 24 & 25.  The Season will be highlighted by major events including the Tour de Ski and the World Championships in Seefeld, Austria.  

The World Cup coaching staff has been incredibly consistent in the years leading up to PyeongChang and now leading into a World Championship year.  Chris Grover enters his ninth season as head coach and is joined by veteran coaches Matt Whitcomb and Jason Cork. 

"The stability of the staff has created a platform upon which we’ve been able to build better and better support for the athlete.  We have a staff that knows what it takes to support medal-winning skiers at the World Championships." - Chris Grover

On the development side, Bryan Fish has been promoted to Cross Country Sport Development Manager.  This is a new position and will allow Fish to continue as the driving force with the development pipeline and become a larger player in the national cross country scene.  He will be supported by new hire Mackenzie St. Onge, a recent Dartmouth Graduate. 

Cross Country Coaches and Staff
Head Coach:  Chris Grover
World Cup Coach:  Matt Whitcomb                           
World Cup Coach:  Jason Cork                                             
Cross Country Sport Development Manager:  Bryan Fish                           
D-Team Coach:  Gus Kaeding                                                                                  
Cross Country Sport Coordinator:  Mackenzie St. Onge                  
Communications Manager:  Reese Brown

Service Staff
Head of Service:  Oleg Ragilo           
World Cup Service:  Jean-Pascal Laurin
World Cup Service:  Andrew Morehouse      
World Cup Service:  Tim Baucom                             
World Cup Service:  Eli Brown     
     

U.S. Alpine Ski Team Staff Announced for 2018-19 Season

By Megan Harrod
October, 17 2018
Sasha Rearick takes over as men's development coach.
Sasha Rearick, shown here celebrating with Ted Ligety following his 2012 Soelden World Cup victory, takes the helm as the men's development head coach for the 2018-19 season. (Getty Images)

The U.S. Ski Team announces its alpine coaching staff for the 2018-19 season, which kicks off with the first FIS Ski World Cup event of the season in Soelden, Austria October 27-28. The season features two domestic U.S. FIS Ski World Cup events, including a women’s tech series at Killington, Vt. and a men’s speed and giant slalom series at Beaver Creek, Colo. The pinnacle event will be the World Championships, hosted by the magical town of Åre, Sweden. 

Jesse Hunt rejoined the U.S. Ski Team as alpine director in spring 2018, a role he formerly occupied with the team from 2002-09. During Hunt's previous tenure as alpine director, the team had incredible depth and talent, featuring now-alumni Bode Miller, Daron Rahlves, and Julia Mancuso, as well as current team members Lindsey Vonn (Vail, Colo.) and Ted Ligety (Park City, Utah). “Winning at every level” became the mantra associated with Hunt as NorAm titles, World Junior Championships, Olympic and World Championship medals, and World Cup globes were all secured while he was at the helm of the program. With a renewed focus on development as a result of findings from “Project 26”, U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s athlete development initiative, Hunt looks to make a cultural shift and get back to that “winning at every level” mantra.

Speaking of “winning at every level,” a notable shift for the alpine staff includes former men’s head coach Sasha Rearick, who has moved to the men’s development team. He, along with Marjan Cernigoj—who leads the women’s development team—will bring their vast industry knowledge across all levels to this young squad of up-and-comers. Former U.S. Ski Team athlete Dane Spencer joins the men’s alpine speed team staff under John "Johno" McBride, while former men’s speed assistant coach Pete Anderson will bring his expertise to the men’s Europa Cup team. He will be joined by Martin Andersen and Josh Benge.

Karin Harjo will once again be working with the women's speed team, along with Chip White. Harjo remains to be one of the few female coaches on the World Cup circuit. Last season she moved over from women's tech to women's speed and made an immediate impact, receiving great praise from White as well as the athletes. During the 2018 season, the women's speed team boasted the fastest women's downhill team in the world. Harjo brings a unique perspective and great energy to the group...she's the perfect combination of hardworking and humble. As she told the Associated Press last year prior to the Olympics, "I didn't choose to be a coach because I was female. That's where the gender part to me is actually kind of foreign. It's like, 'Well, why wouldn't I do this?' We have the opportunity now to become whatever we want to be. That's the mentality I've brought into coaching and into the sport."

Karin Harjo chats with Lindsey Vonn after Vonn's 82nd career win in Are, Sweden. 
Karin Harjo chats with Lindsey Vonn after Vonn's 82nd career win in Åre, Sweden in 2018. 


Anticipation is building for the upcoming season with Vonn chasing Ingemar Stenmark’s all-time win record of 86 World Cup victories (she currently has 82 to her name) and Mikaela Shiffrin (Avon, Colo.) going for her third-straight overall World Cup title and her fourth consecutive World Championships slalom gold. Ted Ligety will be fighting to reclaim his World Championship giant slalom gold, Steven Nyman (Sundance, Utah) and Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, Calif.) are both returning from injury to World Cup action, and keep an eye out for podium-potential athletes Tommy Ford (Bend, Ore.) and Ryan Cochran-Siegle (Starksboro, Vt.), who are looking to pick up where they left off last season. These athletes are joined by a host of up-and-coming talent—all looking forward to an exciting season of ski racing that lies ahead.

Information on how to watch the 2019 FIS Ski Alpine World Cup will be released in due course.

Former U.S. Ski Team downhiller Marco Sullivan dials in his Birds of Prey line with Coach Scotty Veenis.
Former U.S. Ski Team downhiller Marco Sullivan dials in his Birds of Prey line with Asst. World Cup Speed Coach Scotty Veenis in 2014.


2018-19 ALPINE STAFF
Chief of Sport: Luke Bodensteiner
Alpine Director: Jesse Hunt
Alpine Development Director: Chip Knight
Alpine Communications Manager: Megan Harrod
Alpine World Cup Medical Coordinator: Gillian Bower
Alpine Europa Cup Medical Coordinator: David Quammen

MEN
Team Manager: Gwynn Watkins

Men’s World Cup Speed
Head Coach: John McBride
Assistant Coach: Scotty Veenis
Assistant Coach: Chris Beckmann
Assistant Coach: Dane Spencer
Fischer Ski Service: Leo Mussi
Ski Service: Thomas Buergler
Ski Service: Giorgio Gay
Physiotherapist: Sam Eiler

Men’s World Cup Technical
Head Coach: Forest Carey
Assistant Coach: Ian Garner
Assistant Coach/Strength and Conditioning Coach: Joshua Applegate
Head Ski Service Ted Ligety: Alex Martin
Ski Service: Danijel Andesilic

Men’s Europa Cup
Head Coach: Pete Anderson
Assistant Coach (Tech): Martin Andersen
Assistant Coach: Josh Benge
Strength and Conditioning Coach: Michael Bingaman
Ski Service: Marko Skube
Ski Service: Jesse Cassidy

Men’s Development
Head Coach: Sasha Rearick

WOMEN
Head Coach: Paul Kristofic
Team Manager: Meghan Arigo

Women’s World Cup Speed
World Cup Speed Head Coach: Chip White
Assistant Coach: Karin Harjo
Strength and Conditioning Coach: Bob Poehling
Physiotherapist: Sara Chavez
Ski Service: Zoran Knezevic
Ski Service: Gregor Koprivnik
Ski Service: Dusan Kaps

Lindsey Vonn
Head Coach: Alex Hoedlmoser
Physiotherapist: Lindsay Winninger
Strength & Conditioning: Alex Bunt (Red Bull)
Press Manager: Claire Abbe Brown
Head Ski Service: Heinz Haemmerle

Women’s World Cup Technical
Mikaela Shiffrin
Coach: Mike Day
Coach/Strength and Conditioning Coach: Jeff Lackie
Atomic Ski Service: Johann Stroebl
Physiotherapist: Regan Dewhirst

Women’s World Cup Technical and Europa Cup
Head Coach: Magnus Andersson
Assistant Coach: Kris Shampeny
Ski Service: Miguel Oveido
Ski Service: Bart Mollin

Women’s Development
Head Coach: Marjan Cernigoj
 

2018-19 Snowboard and Freeski Staff Adds Depth

By Andrew Gauthier
October, 16 2018
PyeongChang Freeski Slopestyle Olympic Silver Medalist Nick Goepper with Head Coach Mike Jankowski at the 2018 Olympics.
PyeongChang Freeski Slopestyle Olympic Silver Medalist Nick Goepper with Head Coach Mike Jankowski (U.S. Ski & Snowboard).

The U.S. Freeski and Snowboard Teams have announced their staff for the 2018-19 season, which continues with the FIS Snowboard and Freeski World Cup big air in Modena, Italy on Nov 3.

The U.S Freeski & Snowboard Team welcomes Ashley Deibold as halfpipe, slopestyle, big air, and parallel giant slalom sport development manager. As a longtime industry veteran and 2012 U.S. Ski & Snowboard Domestic Coach of the Year, she is ready for the challenge ahead. Deibold has large shoes to fill replacing Abbi Nyberg, who recently left the organization after 17 years to spend more time with her young family.

“I am very excited to return to an industry I have so much passion for,” said Deibold. “Helping athletes achieve their dreams is a joyful way to spend my days. I feel very lucky to be in this position. Although Abbi is irreplaceable, I look forward to the opportunity and challenge of carrying on and expanding upon the amazing work she has done."

Additionally, Katie Fieguth shifts her role as freestyle program manager to sport development manager for snowboardcross and skicross along with moguls and aerials.

Continuing on the theme of athlete development, other notable changes within the coaching staff are focused on the rookie teams. Nichole Mason has joined U.S. Ski & Snowboard as snowboard national development coach for slopestyle and big air. Mason joins U.S. Ski & Snowboard following five years of coaching at Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club, where she was the 2017 U.S. Ski & Snowboard Domestic Coach of the Year, and Development Coach of the year.

“Being hired onto the U.S, Ski & Snowboard Team felt like a huge recognition for the work I have put into all the athletes over the years,” said Mason. “I am now in a position to give back and watch them go from rookies to professionals and hopefully onto the Olympic Team.”

Furthermore, the rookie teams continue to add new faces with the addition of Dave Euler and Jeremie Livingston. Euler, formally the head freeskiing coach at Team Park City United, will serve as the freeski slopestyle and big air national development team coach. Also, Livingston, formally head freeskiing coach at the Winter Park Competition Center, will serve as the freeski halfpipe national development team coach.

Last but not least, JJ Thomas, Shaun White’s coach throughout the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, and 2002 Olympic halfpipe bronze medalist joins U.S. Ski & Snowboard as the snowboard halfpipe national development team coach, adding another layer of depth and experience to the staff.

“I’m very excited to officially be part of the U.S. Snowboard Team,” said Thomas. “The team has supported me through my career as an athlete and now as a coach. I knew it was the right step for me to become an official member of the program. The support that they offer on and off the snow is unmatched.”

Following the Modena World Cup, U.S. Freeski Team athletes will head to the Stubai World Cup slopestyle competition Nov 22-24, while U.S. Snowboard Team athletes will move onto Beijing, China for the Air & Style Big Air World Cup event Nov 23-24. Both teams then head to Copper Mountain, Colo. for the first halfpipe competition of the season at the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix Dec. 6-8, which also serves as a FIS World Cup event. The FIS World Cup snowboardcross season kicks off in Montafon, Austria, Dec. 14-16 and alpine snowboarding in St. Moritz, Switzerland Dec. 8-9.

2018-19 Snowboard & Freeski Staff

Snowboard and Freeski Director: Jeremy Forster
Snowboard and Freeski Head Coach: Mike Jankowski
Halfpipe, Slopestyle & Big Air Team Manager: Jess Luscinski
Snowboardcross Team Manager: Alexis Williams
Snowboard & Freeski Team Communications Manager: Andrew Gauthier
Sport Development Leader- HP/SS&BA/PGS: Ashley Deibold
Sport Development Manager - MO/AE/SBX/SX: Katie Fieguth

Medical & Sports Science Staff

High Performance Dietitian: Allen Tran
Senior Sports Psychologist, USOC: Alex Cohen
Clinical Specialist: David Quammen
Clinical Specialist: Jen Kimball
Freeski Slopestyle Team Physical Therapist: Carly Brooks
Snowboard Slopestyle and Big Air Athletic Trainer: Jason Switzer
Snowboardcross Athletic Development Manager: Tschana Schiller
Freeski Halfpipe, Slopestyle, Big Air and Aerials Athletic Development Coach: Brett Kelly
Snowboard Halfpipe, Slopestyle and Big Air Athletic Development Coach: Matthew Voss

Snowboard

Halfpipe, Slopestyle & Big Air Head Coach: Mike Jankowski
Slopestyle/Big Air Pro Team Head Coach: Mike Ramirez (Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team)
Slopestyle/Big Air Pro Team Head Coach: David Reynolds (Mt Bachelor Sports Education Foundation Snowboard Team)
Halfpipe Pro Team Head Coach: Rick Bower
Halfpipe Pro Team Coach: Rick Shimpeno
Slopestyle/Big Air National Development Coach: Nichole Mason (Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club)
Halfpipe National Development Team Coach: JJ Thomas
Snowboardcross Head Coach: Peter Foley
Snowboardcross Coach: Jeff Archibald

Freeski

Halfpipe, Slopestyle & Big Air Head Coach: Mike Jankowski
Slopestyle Pro Team Head Coach: Skogen Sprang
Slopestyle Pro Team Coach: DJ Montigny (Killington Mountain School)
Slopestyle Coach/Technician: Clark Coombs
Halfpipe National Development Team Coach: Jeremie Livingston (Winter Park Competition Center)
Slopestyle/Big Air National Development Team Coach: Dave Euler (Team Park City United)
Halfpipe Pro Team Head Coach: Andrew Woods

U.S. Freestyle Ski Team Staff Named for 2018-19 Season

By Lara Carlton
October, 15 2018
U.S. Moguls Team Head Coach Matt Gnoza with Casey Andringa at the 2018 FIS Visa Freestyle International Deer Valley
U.S. Moguls Team Head Coach Matt Gnoza with Casey Andringa at the 2018 FIS Visa Freestyle International Deer Valley. (Steven Earl Photography)

The U.S. Freestyle Ski Team has announced its staff line-up for the 2018-19 season. The U.S. Freestyle Ski Team includes moguls and aerials athletes, and, as a main highlight of their forthcoming event calendar, athletes from both disciplines will have the chance to compete on home soil during the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freeski and Freestyle World Championships February 1-10, 2019, in U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s own backyard in Park City, Utah.

Todd Ossian returns for his eighth season as head coach for the aerials Team, as does C-team coach, Emily Cook, now in her third season. Joining U.S. Ski & Snowboard full time as World Cup coach is Eric Bergoust. New addition Peter Toohey joins as the team’s athletic trainer and Bret Kelly returns for his third season as strength & conditioning coach.

Matt Gnoza leads the Moguls Team as head coach, marking his fourth season in the position. Caleb Martin returns for his fourth season as World Cup coach and is joined by Vladimir Lebedev in his first season with U.S. Ski & Snowboard as World Cup coach. Chuck Williams enters his fourth season as the Team’s physical therapist and Josh Bullock returns for his second season as strength & conditioning coach.

The competition season for Moguls kicks off December 7, 2018, in Ruka, Finland, with the season-opening World Cup event. Aerials will compete in their first World Cup event in Lake Placid, New York, on January 19, 2019.

Freestyle Staff:
Program Directer: Jeremy Forster
Team Manager: Alexis Williams
Sport Development Manager: Katie Fieguth
Communications Manager: Lara Carlton

Aerials:
Head Coach: Todd Ossian 
World Cup Coach: Eric Bergoust
C-Team Coach: Emily Cook 
Athletic Trainer: Peter Toohey
Strength & Conditioning: Bret Kelly

Moguls:
Head Coach: Matt Gnoza
World Cup Coach: Caleb Martin
World Cup Coach: Vladimir Lebedev 
Physical Therapist: Chuck Williams
Strength & Conditioning: Josh Bullock