Squaw Valley local Travis Ganong stands atop the 2013 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships super G podium with Jared Goldberg second and Mark Engel third (Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)
OLYMPIC VALLEY, CA (April 23) – Following an incredibly successful Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships that brought thousands of fans to Squaw Valley this spring, the annual event is returning to the 1960 Olympic Mountain to close the 2014 Olympic Winter Games season. The March 19-23 championships will feature Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA), Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) and Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) and serve as a celebration of the 2014 U.S. Ski Team in addition to hundreds of aspiring Olympians from U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association club programs across the country.
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association announced that the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships will return to Squaw Valley for the second straight season.
The March 19-23, 2014 event will serve as a celebration of the Olympic season featuring members of the 2014 Olympic season like hopefuls Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA), Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) and Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO).
Squaw Valley hosted the 1960 Olympic Winter Games the 2002 U.S. Alpine Championships and the 2013 event with thousands of fans flooding Olympic Valley during the five-day championships.
The U.S. Championships are a culmination of the ski racing year which brings together the U.S. Ski Team and hundreds of young athletes from U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association club programs from across the country.
QUOTES Bill Marolt, USSA President and CEO The Squaw Valley community has produced some of the greatest Olympic skiers in history like Julia Mancuso, Tamara McKinney and Jimmie Heuga. That legacy helped bring out some of the biggest crowds in the history of the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships last spring. I have no doubt they will come out again to welcome home our 2014 Olympic Team from Sochi and cheer the best USSA club athletes in the country during our annual celebration of ski racing.
Julia Mancuso, Squaw Valley, Olympic Champion It's great to get to race at my home mountain and it's awesome to have Squaw's support for ski racing. They did an exceptional job this season, so I definitely look forward to some more great races on home snow after the Olympics.
Andy Wirth, Squaw Valley, President and CEO We are thrilled and honored to be hosting the U.S. Alpine Championships at Squaw Valley for a second year. We had a hugely successful event this year but will be offering even more programming in 2014 as we welcome our American Olympians home from Sochi with a community-wide celebration honoring athletes across the winter disciplines.
Michelle Peterson, Nature Valley, Associate Marketing Director After this year’s successful event, we are excited that the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships will be returning to Squaw Valley next spring. Being able to celebrate the close of ski season at beautiful Squaw Valley will be a truly special experience.
Squaw Valley Host of the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley is internationally renowned for legendary terrain that spans 3,600 skiable acres, six peaks and 30 chairlifts, and ranges from an expansive mountaintop beginner area to unrivaled expert steeps, trees and bowls. Off the mountain, families relax in The Village at Squaw Valley around the cozy fire pits or enjoy a host of restaurants, bars, boutiques and art galleries. Guests can stay in one of The Village at Squaw Valley’s one, two or three bedroom suites, each with a fireplace, kitchen and balcony, for the ultimate slopeside lodging experience.
Alpine Meadows Ranked as a top winter resort by SKI Magazine, Alpine Meadows is known for its abundant and varied skiable terrain, family-friendly atmosphere, and innovative children’s ski and snowboard programs. Alpine’s seven powder bowls, summit-to-base groomed slopes, and authentic hospitality are among the many attributes that have made the resort a favorite of the local community and visitors alike. Alpine Meadows offers skiers and riders access to more than 100 trails across 2,400 skiable acres serviced by 14 lifts.