The USSA has officially announced Squaw Valley Ski Team as the 2013 USSA Alpine Ski Club of the Year. The award is one of the most prestigious awards for a ski team to be recognized with and is an additional award on top of the several regional ski racing awards that Squaw Valley’s athletes, coaches, volunteers, and the ski resort itself have received.
“The Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows teams have a remarkable history, yet we’re striving to achieve so much more and have set our sites on being, consistently, among the top programs in North America. This award is an important affirmation of our work to date, but there’s more to accomplish,” exclaimed Andy Wirth, President and CEO of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. “I am so very proud of the team and we’re honored to receive this prestigious award!”
Squaw Valley had a remarkable eight skiers make it through to the U.S. Alpine Championships, which is not even counting the skiers named to the U.S. Ski Team. Squaw Valley took over 15 front-page finishes at the U18 National Championships, which surpasses anything that any other club did. These are some admirable feats to attain throughout a season and every other club should be looking to Squaw Valley to improve their own skills.
“The Squaw Valley Ski Team wrapped up a year marked by tremendous growth, athletic success and excellence in event production,” stated USSA’s Alpine Sport Committee in the resort’s nomination. “As one of the largest youth programs in the country, if not the largest, over 33% of its USSA members were new USSA members this year, a signal of movement through its development programs.”
Squaw Valley has truly proven themselves as the team to beat and with many young athletes rising through the ranks, the future looks very bright for the team.