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Meet the U.S. Ski Team at Copper Mountain

By Courtney Harkins
November, 6 2017
Jared Goldberg - Copper Mountain

The temperatures are dropping, snow guns are revving their engines and it’s almost time for the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain to open its doors to the best alpine ski racers in the country. Lindsey Vonn, Mikaela Shiffrin and Ted Ligety are among the Olympic champions, World Cup winners and World Champions that plan to descend on the amazing facilities Copper Mountain provides.

November 17 marks 83 days left until the 2018 Olympics kicks off in PyeongChang, so we’re opening the doors to 83 people to come to a private meet-and-greet with the U.S. Ski Team athletes training at Copper. We’ll provide the bibs and posters to be signed.

To enter:

  1. Like @usskiteam and @coppermtn on Instagram (we’ll be checking!)
  2. Like this photo
  3. Tag two friends in the comments

We’ll pick the winners and see you at Copper Mountain!

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1. No Purchase Necessary To Enter Or Win. A Purchase Will Not Increase Your Chances Of Winning.
To Enter: Like the U.S. Ski Team and Copper Mountain’s Instagram pages and submit a comment tagging two other Instagram accounts. 1. The sweepstakes is open between Nov. 6 and Nov. 15. Limit one entry per person. 2. Drawings: 83 winners will be selected in random drawings from among all eligible entries received, by the U.S. Ski Team and Copper Mountain, whose decisions in all matters relating to this sweepstakes are final. Winners will be notified via both public and private message, and instructed on how to receive their prize. Should winner not comply with instructions in a timely manner, alternate winners may be selected. Odds of winning are dependent upon the total number of eligible entries received. 3. Prizes: Entrance into a private autograph signing session with U.S. Ski Team athletes. Prizes may not be transferred or redeemed for cash. No substitution for prizes. Each winner is solely responsible for all applicable Federal, State, and local taxes on the value of his/her prize. 4. Eligibility: the sweepstakes is open to all entrants. If under the age of 18, a parent or guardian must be present at venue. Must provide own transportation to specified venue. Void where prohibited by law or regulation. Not open to employees and their families of U.S. Ski & Snowboard and Copper Mountain, their subsidiaries, affiliates, participating retailers, prize suppliers, advertising and production agencies. All Federal, State, and local laws and regulations apply. 5. Limitation of Liability: sponsor and judging organization are not responsible for typographical errors in any sweepstakes-related materials; for technical, hardware, software, or telephone failures of any kind; or for lost or unavailable network connections or failed, incomplete, garbled, or delayed computer transmissions that may limit or interfere with a participant’s ability to take part in the sweepstakes. Entrants agree that the Sponsor, its promotional partners, related companies, agencies, respective employees or officers shall not be liable for losses, injury, death, damages or costs of any kind resulting from participation in this sweepstakes or acceptance of or use or misuse of a prize or parts thereof. By entering, participants agree to be bound by these Official Rules. 6. Disclaimer of Correspondence: we value your privacy. We do not sell or provide any of the information you provide us to unaffiliated companies, marketers, magazines or any other unaffiliated third parties. By officially entering you consent to be contacted by U.S. Ski & Snowboard and Copper Mountain and/or our affiliates to include (but not limited to) the prize providers.
 
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Gold Medal Gala Signifies Go Time for PyeongChang

By Tom Kelly
November, 6 2017
Julia Mancuso and Jamie Anderson

NEW YORK (Nov. 3, 2017) - A tense energy wafted across the starlit ballroom in New York City’s Ziegfeld Theater Thursday. A day earlier, the Times Square countdown clock ticked down to just 100 days until the opening ceremony of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. As almost three dozen U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes gathered for the New York Gold Medal Gala, one theme was omnipresent: It was go time.

For an organization that goes up against heavily national-funded teams every weekend, the 51st annual New York soirée is a vital fundraising tool as well as an opportunity for athletes to exchange their snow boots for dress shoes and high heels to hang out with over 650 passionate fans. The gala raised well over $1 million net to support American athletes - the biggest night of its kind in Olympic sport. Next door in a unique ice bar at a local hotel, nearly a hundred more U.S. Ski & Snowboard ambassadors raised a toast to the team on its road to PyeongChang.

U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes
Athletes gather in front of the crowd. (Getty Images) 

Guests arrived at the midtown venue to the tune of pleasant chords from the strings of a Korean gayageum. TV crews scrambled for the arrival of stars like Lindsey Vonn, Gus Kenworthy and Ashley Caldwell. There were over a dozen Olympic medals in the house - including seven gold - plus countless world champions. The thunder of ceremonial Korean drums brought everyone's eyes to the stage as emcee and Olympic champion Jonny Moseley took to the stage.

"Do you notice a heightened level of intensity here tonight?" said Moseley. "I can tell you, the athletes feel it now - just 99 days from the biggest event of their lives. And all of you - our fans - you're paying closer attention right now, aren't you?"
 

Jonny MoseleyJonny Moseley MCs the event. (Getty Images)

U.S. Ski & Snowboard President and CEO Tiger Shaw - himself a two-time Olympian - recognized that, as well. "What's on everyone's mind right now is how to make that Olympic team," said Shaw. "It will be tough. That's what this year is about."

Shaw also paid tribute to young Mikey Lillis - just 17 - who passed away in his sleep two weeks earlier. Lillis' older brothers - world champion Jon and World Cup winner Chris - were there as well as their mom Jamie. It was a poignant moment for a tight-knit family. "We really have something to ski for this year," said the boys.

Alex DeiboldAlex Deibold thanks the crowd. (Getty Images)

The gala capped a week of Olympic celebrations from team uniform unveilings by The North Face and Burton to a day of fun for fans meeting athletes in Times Square, along with snowboardcross Olympic bronze medalist Alex Deibold ringing the closing bell alongside team supporters at Nasdaq while action videos played on skyscraper-sized big screens outside in Times Square.

“I feel really lucky to be here,” said Deibold addressing the crowd at Ziegfeld. “I remember coming here for the first time in 2013 and what a thrill it was. I’ve appreciated the support that I’ve had from you.”

Lindsey Vonn echoed the feeling. “We can’t do what we do without your support,” said the two-time Olympic medalist. “This is what you do, New York, and we appreciate it.”

Lindsey VonnLindsey Vonn smiles for the cameras. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

Strobe lights flashed and videographers jostled for position as media looked to grab that insightful quote that would foreshadow what was to come this February in PyeongChang. Supporters clamored for a photo with the ski and snowboard stars.

Auctioneer John Curley revved up the crowd. Skiing with Tommy Moe at Tordrillo Mountain Lodge in Alaska - bam, $30k. Making turns with Jonny Moseley at Squaw Valley - bam, bam, $22k. A weekend at Julia Mancuso's place on Maui - bam, $12k.

The the real meaning of the evening is the impact New York brings to the fledgling careers of athletes with stars in their eyes. No one said it better than world moguls champion and NFL star Jeremy Bloom. The Colorado native told the story of being inspired when, as a young boy, he watched the Olympic debut of moguls skiing in 1992.

Jeremy BloomJeremy Bloom speaks to the crowd. (Getty Images)

"Seeing Edgar Grospiron win gold on TV that day changed my life," said Bloom. "I told my parents that night, 'this is what I want to do.' They said, 'put your mind to it and you can do anything.'"

Bloom had the audience spellbound as he recounted the day he was in the football locker room at the University of Colorado when he got a call from his moguls coach. The team had found some funding for him to go to Chile. It was his one-shot chance to get a result that would eventually lead him to making the U.S. Olympic Team. At his football coach's encouragement, he took a break from CU and went to Chile. At camp he skied 30-50 runs every day - first up and last off the hill. He got that result and later made the Olympic team. And he capped his career with a world championship.

"If it wasn't for what the U.S. Ski Team did for me," said Bloom, now a highly successful businessman, "this little C teamer wouldn't be standing in front of you today. It changed my life."

In 95 days, around 100 U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes will walk into PyeongChang Olympic Stadium with big eyes, broad smiles and Olympic dreams. For many, that night at the New York Gold Medal Gala will resonate in their mind and push them further to achieve their dreams. 

Does Your Athlete Have The Right Membership?

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
November, 1 2017
Membership Opportunities

It’s important your athlete has the correct membership for his/her sport. Please review the options below to determine which membership is best for your child.

Option 1 – U.S. Ski & Snowboard Competitor Membership

The U.S. Ski & Snowboard Competitor membership includes participation in U.S. Ski & Snowboard sanctioned events and scoring to the national points list for scored events. You may upgrade your child to a competitor membership for his/her age class by calling Member Services on 435.647.2666. The $30 paid for the general membership and any applicable division dues will be applied to the upgrade. Additional division dues may apply.

Please click the links below to see the competitor membership available in your sport.

Option 2 – U.S. Ski & Snowboard General Membership

The U.S. Ski & Snowboard general membership is a great option for your athlete (restricted to those age 17 and under) to train with his/her club throughout the season. However, the general membership does not allow for competition in U.S. Ski & Snowboard sanctioned events. 

Option 3 – U.S. Ski & Snowboard Short-Term Membership
U.S. Ski & Snowboard short-term memberships are designed for those 17 and under who wish to participate in a single event. Short-term memberships are available for all sports.

Short-Term Membership Guidelines:

  • Short-term memberships are $30 per day and may be purchased for up to five consecutive days
  • Limit of two short-term membership purchases permitted per person per season
  • Additional participation will require an upgrade to regular membership
  • The amount previously paid for the short-term memberships will be applied towards the upgrade during the same season
  • Additional Short-Term memberships must be purchased directly through Member Services
  • Please purchase your additional short-term membership up to 24 hours prior to the event

If you are still unsure of which membership to purchase please contact your child’s coach or club for directions. Or contact Member Services:

New Non-Scored Athlete Memberships

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
November, 1 2017
New Non-Scored Athlete Memberships

Introducing the new U.S. Ski & Snowboard Non-Scored Athlete Membership Available in Selected Sports: The membership is primarily designed for those over 18 and includes both periodic background screening and SafeSport training to aid in providing an environment which fosters athlete safety. The Non-Scored Athlete membership provides access to all levels of U.S. Ski & Snowboard scored and non-scored competitions at the local, divisional, regional and national level. However, as the name implies it does not include access to the U.S. Ski & Snowboard points list. 

Alpine Non-Scored Athlete (ages 14-24)
Athletes 18-22 may race in Alpine Masters races (excluding championships)

Freestyle Non-Scored Athlete (ages 18 and over)
Replaces the Freestyle Rookie membership

Freeski Non-Scored Athlete (ages 18 and over)
Replaces the Freeski Rookie membership

Snowboard Non-Scored Athlete (ages 18 and over)
New membership category for the 2019-20 season

How can I change my club affiliation?

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
November, 1 2017
How can I change my club affiliation?

Please contact Member Services to change your club affiliation.

Email: membership@usskiasnowboard.org

Chat: http://my.ussa.org/membership/start

Phone: 435.647.2666

U.S. Ski & Snowboard Member Services primary hours of operation are Mon-Fri 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST. However, we also provide weekend support during the months of October through March. You may reach us by email, voicemail, and chat. During the weekends all channels are checked periodically throughout the day.

Contact Us!

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
November, 1 2017
Member Service Hours of Operation

U.S. Ski & Snowboard Member Services primary hours of operation are Mon-Fri 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST. However, we also provide weekend support during the months of October through March. You may reach us by email, voicemail, and chat. During the weekends all channels are checked periodically throughout the day.

Email: membership@usskiandsnowboard.org

Chat: http://my.ussa.org/membership/start

Phone: 435.647.2666

How can I upgrade my membership?

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
November, 1 2017
Membership Upgrade

Currently, members who wish to upgrade must contact Member Services. The amount previously paid in the same season will be applied toward your upgrade.

Email: membership@usskiandsnowboard.org

Chat: http://my.ussa.org/membership/start

Phone: 435.647.2666

U.S. Ski & Snowboard Member Services primary hours of operation are Mon-Fri 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST. However, we also provide weekend support during the months of October through March. You may reach us by email, voicemail, and chat. During the weekends all channels are checked periodically throughout the day.

The North Face Unveils 2018 Olympic Uniforms

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
November, 1 2017

ALAMEDA, Calif. (Oct. 30, 2017)The North Face, official U.S. Ski and Snowboard partner, and the founding partner and official uniform supplier of the U.S. Freeski Team, today unveiled the official competition uniforms to be worn by the U.S. Freeski Team at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

It will mark the second straight time The North Face has designed and manufactured the U.S. freeskiing competition uniforms for the Olympic Winter Games. The 2018 U.S.Freeski collection again provides athletes with the pinnacle of performance to help them compete at the highest level – and reflects the unique, personal style that is endemic to the culture of freeskiing. With more than 63 pieces, each athlete can customize their “look” based on their personal style and preferences.

“We have worked alongside the freeskiing community since the beginning, and we embrace both the sport-specific needs and artful expression of athletes,” said Tom Herbst, VP of Marketing for The North Face. “Our mantra is Never Stop Exploring, which is the essence of the freeskiing movement. We are proud to continue our commitment to the sport – and its athletes – by outfitting the U.S. Freeski Team.”

“The North Face has been a strong partner of our organization and the sport of freeskiing for many years,” said U.S. Ski & Snowboard President and CEO Tiger Shaw. “It developed world-class uniforms that helped our team make an extremely successful debut at the Olympics in Sochi. The 2018 uniforms possess a level of innovation and individuality that will allow our athletes to perform their best come February.”

Olympic gold medalist and four-time X Games gold medalist Maddie Bowman, Olympic silver medalist and two-time X Games medalist Devin Logan, and Winter X Games halfpipe gold medalist Aaron Blunck, all part of The North Face’s roster of elite athletes, played a key role in the design. Their input helped influence aspects of the overall design – and ensured the new U.S. Freeski competition uniforms meet the needs of today’s elite freeskiing athlete.

In freeskiing, your personal style – from tricks during a run, to the apparel you are wearing – is such a huge part of the sport,” said Maddie Bowman. “No one knows this better than The North Face. They have been a part of the sport since the beginning, and a part of my own Olympic journey to gold in Sochi. The new collection celebrates both the team aspect of the sport and the individuality of the rider, and I am proud to wear it as I work to defend my gold.”

Inspired by the athletes and the cultural heritage of freeskiing, the collection includes outwear, base layers, accessories and footwear, that is both technically advanced and style-aware. The colors, style and design celebrate the sport’s humble beginnings, expression of individuality and spirit of exploration. This notion comes to life in the brand’s “Legacy Starts Here” creative campaign, which is live on TheNorthFace.com.

Key technical elements include The North Face’s Ventrix and FuseFormTM technologies; Ventrix helps regulate body temperatures through dynamic venting technology and Fuseform reduces weight via an innovative weaving process. The seminal piece of the collection is the Outerwear Hoodie – an iconic piece of apparel that epitomizes the spirit and style of the freeskiing community both on and off the mountain. The most innovative hoodie on the slopes, the 2018 version is waterproof and transforms the streetwear pieces many athletes wear on the mountain into a technical performance piece.

In addition to these technical upgrades, the uniform collection also has a unique and personal design aspect – a collage that is transferred onto the print in the interior of the jackets. It incorporates personal photos and artwork of the places and people important to each athlete, shared by the team’s families and friends. These images pay homage to the sport’s small-town roots and remind the athletes that home is never too far away.

The competition uniforms were designed stateside with the athlete outerwear assembled in the United States of imported components; The North Face has a local development center near its headquarters in Alameda, Calif., to keep technical prototyping and assembly close and to celebrate the United States in the athlete uniform manufacturing process.

“There is nothing like the pride an athlete feels when they represent their country on the world’s biggest sporting stage,” said Ruth Beatty, Design Director, Snowsports at The North Face. “We feel a similar pride in assembling the uniforms in our backyard. The uniforms are also inspired by the humble beginnings of these American athletes and the patriotic red, white and blue of the American Flag – this year in more natural, organic tones that embody embodies Freeskiing culture and gives each athlete the opportunity to wear their style of America.”    

Disappointment as Men's Soelden GS Canceled

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
October, 29 2017
Workers dismantle the venue after the cancellation of the Men's Giant Slalom race at the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup in Soelden, Austria, on October 29, 2017 due to bad weather conditions.

SOELDEN, Austria (Oct. 29, 2017) - A fruitful two weeks of solid training on the Rettenbach Glacier ended in disappointment Sunday, as wind and snow swept through Soelden forcing International Ski Federation officials to cancel the men's giant slalom. The cancellation delayed Olympic champion Ted Ligety's return to action.

Soelden GS Cancelled
Wind and snow swept across the Rettenbach Glacier forcing cancelation of the men's giant slalom at Soelden. (FIS Alpine)


Teams had been aware of the potential storm from weather forecasts that had been predicting high winds and snow. The race jury was on the glacier in the pre-dawn hours, making the final decision just prior to 7:00 a.m. local time - three hours before the scheduled start. Athletes were in their hotels down in the valley, preparing to head up to the race, when they received the news - frustrated at losing to mother nature.

"We feel sorry for the organizers in Soelden who put so much energy into producing the race today," said U.S. Ski & Snowboard Alpine Director Patrick Riml. "It was the only decision to protect the safety of both athletes and the spectators. We had two weeks of excellent training on the glacier and a great yesterday for the women (Mikaela Shiffrin was fifth). We appreciate the opportunity to come here to Soelden."

American Ted Ligety was prepared and ready for his first start since having back surgery last January. He had been training on the glacier since last week. Ligety is expected to compete in the super G at Lake Louise, Alberta in a month and will be showcased in the giant slalom at Beaver Creek, Colo. when the World Cup tour rolls into Colorado in early December.

Shiffrin Fifth in Soelden World Cup Opener

By Courtney Harkins
October, 28 2017
Mikaela Shiffrin Soelden

SOELDEN, Austria (Oct. 28, 2017) – Kicking off the Olympic season and 2017-18 FIS World Cup, Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.) took fifth place at the annual giant slalom in Soelden, Austria.

Steep and relentless, the GS track was set tight and turny on the Rettenbach Glacier. Shiffrin sat in second place after first run and put it all on the line for second run. But a bobble on the pitch set her back and she couldn’t make up the time—dropping to fifth place.

"The biggest competition I have right now is with myself," said Shiffrin after the race. "I feel really good with where my GS is right now. I’m disappointed because I didn’t make turns today like I know I can. I’m now looking forward to the next GS in Killington—that’s really a cool hill and it will be great to be racing again in the USA."

Image removed.Mikaela Shiffrin
Shiffrin skis to fifth place. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom-Alexis Boichard)

Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany took the win in Soelden, with last year’s giant slalom crystal globe winner Tessa Worley of France just .14 seconds behind her in second. Manuela Moelgg of Italy was third.

Also skiing the Soelden giant slalom was Lindsey Vonn (Vail, Colo.), racing in Soelden for the first time since 2012. A speed skier by trade—it had been 637 days since her last giant slalom race—she was happy to have her first start of the season. “It was nice to get a start in," said Vonn, who did not qualify for second run. "I’m always really nervous in the first race. It was good to get that out of the way and now I’m ready for Lake Louise."

Foreste Peterson (Squaw Valley, Calif.)—who was racing her first World Cup—and Megan McJames (Park City, Utah) also did not qualify for the second run.

The World Cup weekend will finish Sunday with Ted Ligety (Park City, Utah) making his comeback after back surgery in January. He’s won in Soelden four times and has podiumed seven times. See how to watch the race here.

RESULTS
Women’s giant slalom