During a U.S. Ski Team Day fundraising event on Saturday, the USSA announced that after 10 years away, the 2013 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships would return to Squaw Valley.
“Squaw Valley is an amazing example of how the longtime legacy of ski racing has fostered a culture that continues to motivate great athletes today. Our U.S. Ski Team athletes and USSA clubs from around the country will find Squaw Valley to be an amazing host with a world class venue and depth of experience to produce a great Championships,” said USSA President and CEO Bill Marolt.
The annual competition will be held next year in Olympic Valley, CA at Squaw Valley on March 17-23, 2013. The event marks the end of the ski-racing year and brings together the U.S. Ski Team and hundreds of young amateur athletes from U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association club programs from around the country.
As a host to the Olympic Winter Games in 1960, the area is equipped with high-class facilities, lodging, and legendary terrain.
“We’re absolutely honored that Squaw Valley has been selected to host the 2013 U.S. Alpine Championships. Squaw Valley has a very proud heritage of hosting the Winter Olympics and producing a great number of Olympians and world class athletes,” Andy Wirth, President and CEO of Squaw Valley said. “We are excited to offer unique and challenging terrain for the competitions on what are some of the most spectator-friendly courses that the Alpine Championships has ever seen.”
Members of the U.S. Ski Team including World Cup winner Marco Sullivan, U.S. Champion Travis Ganong, and Olympic gold medalist Julie Mancuso were on hand for the announcement as part of the fundraiser this weekend.
“It’s really cool to see all the great stuff happening at Squaw. To have U.S. nationals back just shows the commitment to racing and its roots here in Squaw Valley. It’s nice to be able to stay home and race in my backyard – which I also consider to be the best resort in America – so I am psyched,” Mancuso commented.