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2014 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships

The U.S. Alpine 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. Complete with opening ceremonies, parties and world class racing.

See full details and schedule below

Welcome

2014 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships at Squaw Valley

Squaw Valley is proud to be the host resort for 2014 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships March 19-23, 2014. With a local record of U.S. Ski Team alumni that is unrivalled, coupled with a Renaissance that places Squaw Valley on par with the world’s greatest winter destinations the stage is set for a competition of grand importance. We welcome the athletes, coaches and U.S. Ski Team staff and invite spectators for an action packed week-on and off the snow. In particular, we congratulate the local competitors: Julia Mancuso, Marco Sullivan and Travis Ganong on their accomplishments and wish them success at their home mountain.

Be sure to plan your trip with Squaw Valley Lake Tahoe Reservations including the best rate on Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows lift tickets. Transportation options are available and you’ll want to check the weather and conditions. During your stay, be sure to enjoy all that Squaw Valley has to offer including expansive dining, shopping and activities. Download the Squaw Valley App to get everything Squaw Valley - including real time lift/trail status, list of services, function to find your friends, and more - in the palm of your hands.

Join us in celebrating U.S. Nationals at Squaw Valley.

 

Media:

Media registration for the 2014 U.S. Alpine Championships at Squaw Valley is now open online. Please request media credentials by filling out our online webform. For more information, please contact Squaw Valley's PR team below:

Amelia Richmond, Senior Public Relations Manager
Phone: 530-452-7111 / Email: arichmond@squaw.com

 

Melissa Brouse, Public Relations Coordinator
Phone: 530-452-7105 / Email: mbrouse@squaw.com

Schedule

2014 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships Event Schedule
March 19-23, 2014

Date Event Time Location
Wednesday, March 19 Men's Giant Slalom 9am & 12pm Red Dog
Giant Slalom Training 9am-12pm Wolverine Bowl, Alpine Meadows
Live Music | Jelly Bread with Matt Reardon 1:30-4pm Main Stage at KT Base Bar

Awards

2pm

Main Stage at KT Base Bar

Thursday, March 20 Women’s Giant Slalom 9am & 12pm Red Dog
Men's and Women's Giant Slalom Training 9am-12pm Wolverine Bowl, Alpine Meadows
Live Music | Terra Plane 1:30-4pm Main Stage at KT Base Bar
Awards 2pm Main Stage at KT Base Bar
Athlete Autograph Signing 4pm Vendor Village

Public Bib Draw

5pm

Main Stage at KT Base Bar

Friday, March 21 Men's Giant Slalom 9am & 12pm Red Dog
Men's and Women's Slalom Training 9am-12pm Wolverine Bowl, Alpine Meadows

Live Music | Drop Theory

1:30-4pm Main Stage at KT Base Bar
Awards 2pm Main Stage at KT Base Bar
Poster Signing with Olympic Gold Medalist Mikaela Shiffrin 3:30pm Oakley Store, First Street in the Village

Olympic Homecoming Celebration

  • Olympian & Athlete Parade
  • National Anthem
  • Video Presentation
  • Athlete Q&A
  • Live Music by West Water Outlaws
  • Fireworks
6:30-8pm Main Stage at KT Base Bar
Fireworks 7:45pm Main Stage at KT Base Bar
Saturday, March 22 Men's Slalom 9am & 12pm Red Dog
U18, U16, U14 Giant Slalom Training 9am-12pm Wolverine Bowl, Alpine Meadows
Women's Slalom 10am & 1pm Red Dog
Live Music | Mojo Green 1:30-4pm Main Stage at KT Base Bar
Awards 2pm Main Stage at KT Base Bar

3rd Annual Squaw Valley U.S. Ski Team ProAM

Register for ProAM Online

2pm Julia's Gold, KT-22
ProAM Awards 4pm Main Stage at KT Base Bar
Sunday, March 23 Women's FIS Giant Slalom 9am & 12pm Red Dog
U18, U16, U14 Giant Slalom/Slalom Training 9am-12pm Wolverine Bowl, Alpine Meadows
Live Music | Jelly Bread 1:30-4pm Main Stage at KT Base Bar
Awards 2pm Main Stage at KT Base Bar

Courses

2014 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships Course Map

 

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Athletes Attending

Squaw Athletes

Olympic Gold Medalist Julia Mancuso

Julia Mancuso splits her time between Squaw Valley, Hawaii and hotel rooms across the globe. In between, she has captured more major championship medals than any other American woman with eight – three Olympic and five World Championship. As a four-event athlete from the beginning, Mancuso started World Cup racing and was a NorAm champion at 16, competed in the Olympics at 17, set a U.S. mark for Junior World Championships medals before she was out of her teens, and then started her twenties by capturing two World Championships medals.

When you're a rocket ship, blasting off one of the best seasons of your career, why not keep it rolling? That's exactly what Super Jules did in 2013. Here's the CNN-style highlight reel: podiums in four of six Audi FIS Alpine World Cup super G races, finishing second in the standings when the final race of the season was canceled…super G bronze at the World Championships, the fifth Worlds medal of her decorated career…fourth in the World Cup overall standings for the second straight season…and to cap it, a record-extending 16th U.S. title with a giant slalom victory at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships. Whew!

With eight major championships medals, including the 2014 Sochi super combined bronze,  Julia Mancuso is hands down the most dominant big race skier the U.S. Ski Team has ever experienced.

World Cup winner Marco Sullivan

Marco Sullivan grew up in Lake Tahoe with skiing in his soul. He was on a ski hill in his earliest memory, coming down a snow-covered gravel hill in his backyard at three. He learned to go fast on some of the gnarliest terrain at Squaw Valley and was a promising four-event skier before he started to concentrate on downhill. It's all about the speed.

For Sullivan, the 2013 season proved to be his best since he rocked his first World Cup win in 2008. A season-opening downhill podium in Lake Louise set the pace for "Sully" to finish 14th in the season-long standings. For a downhiller, being in the top 15 draw is prime real estate. What makes it even more impressive is that he opted to skip the Bormio, Italy DH.

 

A sore knee toward the end of the season turned out to be a little more than sore, and it prompted a scope, sidelining him from the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships held on his home snow in Squaw Valley. It's safe to say the scope worked. Sully won his third-straight Arctic Man race a few weeks later and set a new track record.

U.S. Champion Travis Ganong

Travis Ganong knows how to pick a line down a racecourse and in the backcountry, but it was the line set by his older sisters, Megan and Ali, that helped reel him into ski racing. He launched his World Cup career in 2010 and has quickly become a leading member of the future downhill greats club.

It's not about points anymore for Ganong; it's about when his first World Cup podium will happen. The Squaw Valley charger posted top 30 finishes in all but two World Cup downhills last season, including a career best seventh on the gnarly Stelvio speed track in Bormio, Italy. Add it all up and he pinned a personal best 18th in the season-long downhill standings. He then celebrated by winning super G gold at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships held on his home snow in Squaw.

Travis charged to fifth on the steep and fast course of the 2014 Sochi downhill on Sunday, pulling out the best finish of his career during his first-ever Olympic appearance.

 

Bryce Bennett

Another in the long line of Squaw Valley powder hounds (Julia Mancuso, Marco Sullivan, Travis Ganong), Bryce Bennett blasted onto the U.S. Ski Team in the same way he hucks cliffs at Squaw – by going big. An invite to a 2011 spring tryout camp proved to be the only opportunity he needed, successfully punching a ticket onto the team by showing coaches that his form on the hard stuff is just as solid as it is in the fluff.

Bennett solidly planted himself as a legit all-around threat during the 2013 season. He earned top 10's in downhill and combined at the FIS Alpine Junior World Championships, a silver medal in downhill at the U.S. Championships, and a top 10 finish in the NorAm overall standings despite not racing the full tour.

Nick Daniels

On skis at the age of three and a member of the Squaw Valley Ski Team from kindergarten on, Nick Daniels is an all-around skier who honed every bit of his skills by mixing a steady diet of powder skiing and gate training at Squaw.

Injury battling has been a consistent trend for Daniels, including missing the entire 2012 season after right shoulder surgery. However, he kicked that trend to the curb in 2013 and stepped up to his first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup starts with a downhill in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and a super G in Kvitfjell. Anytime you get a chance to start your first BIG race, you take it and soak up the experience, regardless of the finish.

Daniels did just that and carried the momentum into the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships on his home snow in Squaw Valley. He then nabbed two wins and two other podiums at an FIS Spring Series at Mammoth Mountain over three straight days to bookend his season.

Keith Moffat

Growing up in Berkeley, California, Keith Moffat headed to Squaw Valley with his family on weekends where skiing with the Mighty Mites turned into a ski racing career. Using skiing icon Shane McConkey and Squaw hero and World Cup winner Marco Sullivan as role models, Moffat made the U.S. Development Team in 2009 and continues to charge up the pipeline.

Following a summer of recovery from a torn ACL (Feb. 4, 2011), Moffat eased his way through the 2012 winter with a very light race schedule and a very heavy workout and rehabilitation plan.

Foreste Peterson

Squaw Valley's Foreste Peterson was invited to train with the U.S. Development Team in Austria in 2010 and rallied that experience into a spot on the Team for the 2011 season. After a solid summer of training, she was ready to rock in 2011, but a fractured ankle sidelined her for the entire competitive season. Her return to racing did not disappoint, as Peterson finished top 25 in the NorAm overall, slalom, giant slalom and super G standings as well as scored a top-25 finish in slalom at the Junior World Championships in 2012.

She kept the upward trend rolling through the 2013 season, finishing top 15 in the NorAm overall, slalom, super G and super combined standings. In addition, she landed on the junior slalom podium with a third at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships held on her home mountain at Squaw Valley.

Other US Ski Team Athletes (Alpine A Team)

Stacey Cook

A California girl Stacey Cook moved to Mammoth Mountain just as the United States was lighting the 2002 Olympic Torch. It took her all of two years to win the NorAm overall and downhill titles and two more to land on her first Olympic Team.

Cook went on a downhill tear during the 2012 winter with five World Cup top 10 finishes, including a ninth at the 2014 Olympic track in Sochi, Russia. The end result was a 10th place ranking in the season-long standings. It was the best season of her career and sparked a fire in "Cookie" that will be a full-on blaze during the 2013 World Championship season.

Tim Jitloff

Tim Jitloff, like so many Lake Tahoe tykes, was on skis by 2 and free skied through most of his youth. He stepped up to the U.S. Development Team in 2005, the same year he captured a Junior World Championship, and since has become a constant visitor to the front door of a World Cup podium.

The 2012 winter was a resurgence for Jitloff with a barrage of World Cup giant slalom top 20's, including a 10th in Beaver Creek, CO – home of the 2015 World Championships. He was sitting in the driver seat of making the top 25 World Cup Finals when late-season mistake at Kranjska Gora, Slovenia bumped him to 27th on the season in the giant slalom standings. Undeterred Jitloff knows he has the speed to compete with the best, even at the upcoming 2013 World Championships where he hopes to be a contender in both giant slalom and super combined.

Ted Ligety

Skiing always comes first for 2006 Olympic gold medalist and three-time World Cup giant slalom champion Ted Ligety. Whether it's dropping cliffs in his speed suit on a cancelation day, taking the snowmobiles into the Utah backcountry or laying down some of the most incredible angles in all of ski racing, "Shred" is constantly pushing and evolving the sport.

Ligety may have come up short of a fourth Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom title, but that isn't a good representation of his 2012 season. He racked up 513 GS points for the most of his career, moved back into the top 15 for slalom and finished ninth in the overall standings. He also defended his wins at Soelden, Austria and Beaver Creek, plus ripped back his Kranjska Gora, Slovenia title.

Steve Nyman Born and bred in Utah, Steven Nyman was skiing at 2 (Dad ran the ski school at Sundance) and was a discretionary pick to the 2002 Junior Worlds squad where he landed two medals.
Laurene Ross Ross was poised to make a big impact in on the 2012 World Cup scene but ended up with a major impact into the Lake Louise fences during the second race of the season. Ross returned to the circuit stronger than anyone could have predicted and ended up landing top 30 finishes in every race except one to earn a trip to the World Cup Finals for downhill. She then closed out the season ranked 22nd in the discipline – the best of her career.
Mikaela Shiffrin

Shiffrin's meteoric rise into the World Cup elite wasn't a surprise to anyone who's been paying attention. With the work ethic and passion of Lindsey Vonn, Shiffrin posted her first World Cup starts as a 15-year-old and nearly scored her first points.

The following season (2012) was her official World Cup "rookie" year and she did not disappoint. Record: eighth in her first slalom of the season (Aspen), a slalom podium with third just after Christmas, giant slalom points in February and a trip to the elite top-25 World Cup Finals. She ended the season ranked 17th in the world in slalom – as a 17-year-old. Her peers took notice and voted her "World Cup Rookie of the Year."

Leanna Smith Olympian Leanne Smith followed her older sister Laurel into skiing, latched onto racing and continues to shave microseconds from her time. A NorAm champion and topflight junior skier, she inked a spot on the World Cup elite after finishing 23rd in her career first World Cup start, which also happened to be the first downhill of the 2008 season. Smith posted the best results of her career during the 2012 season with personal bests in both downhill (7th, St. Moritz, SUI) and super G.
Resi Stiegler Olympian and daughter to Olympic gold medalist Pepi Stielger, Resi (RAY-zee) was born and grew up in prime ski country (Jackson Hole, WY, and Lienz, Austria). She's represented the United States at every level of alpine ski racing - Topolino, Whistler Cup, Junior Worlds, World Cup, World Championships and the Olympics. She’s won Junior Worlds medals and U.S. titles and if not for multiple injury plagued seasons, would likely be a World Cup podium staple
Andrew Weibrecht Andrew Weibrecht is sibling No. 4 in a family of five and took up skiing after he begged his parents to let him join older brother Jonathan at Whiteface. Now one of the most exhilarating ski racers to watch kick out of the start gate, Weibrecht transitioned from kid swinging on his parents chandeliers to becoming the 2010 Olympic super G bronze medalist.

 

Alpine B Team Alpine C Team Alpine D Team
Michael Ankeny Marrk Engel Kieffer Christianson
Tommy Biesemeyer Abby Ghent Robert Cone
Will Bradenburg Keith Moffat Katherine Irwin
David Chodunsky Nick Daniels Nicholas Krause
Jared Goldberg   Lila Lapanja
Will Gregorak   Paula Moltzon
Robby Kelley   Katie Ryan
Wiley Maple   Sydney Staples
    Matthew Strand
    Foreste Peterson

 

 

 

Live Events Cam

2014 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships Live Streaming Cams

 
 

Carbon Neutral

Squaw Valley recognizes that it is the company’s duty, as a four-season resort, to preserve the alpine environment’s fragile beauty. This is why Squaw is working alongside the Sierra Business Council to make the 2014 U.S. Alpine Championships a carbon-neutral event for its second year running. To offset our carbon emissions, Squaw Valley has purchased 245 tons worth of renewable energy credits to be applied to local California energy efficiency and sustainability projects sanctioned by the Climate Action Reserve.

 

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