Hot Fun in the Summertime

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Hey all you USASA shredders and rippers - school is winding down and if you haven't already, you should be making plans for some hot fun in the summertime to keep your shred on.  This also applies to those of you who are beyond school age - did you know there are some special seshs that are designated for the more mature snowboarders and skiers?

 

USASA has three awesome camp partners who can keep the progression moving forward - plus you'll have an insanely fun time while you're there, no matter which one you decide to attend.  And in case you haven't heard - there's still a ton of snow out west!

 

High Cascade Snowboard Camp is Authorized Awesome and with its sister company, Windells, the "funnest" place on earth, skiers and snowboarders can take advantage of the best in natural snow that Mount Hood has to offer.  HCSC is devoted to all things snowboarding and Windells covers the freestyle ski side, HCSC camp winnerincluding purpose-built parks for each genre as well as some shared areas, a bag jump and 22' Superpipe.  For those who haven't signed up yet, both the High Cascade and Windells camps continue to offer a $150 discount to session 1 (June 16-13) or session 6 (Aug - 12) to current USASA members.  

Go to their websites  http://www.highcascade.com/  or  http://www.windells.com/  to check availability in the discounted sessions or for additional information.

If you were at the 2016 USASA National Championships, each camp gave away one free summer session by raffle - one at Snowbord Nationals (photo above right) and the other at Skier Nationals (photo below left). Windells Camp winner Congrats ladies and have a blast!

 

 

Woodward at Copper http://www.woodwardcopper.com is the third USASA camp partner offering up tons of fun in the sun starting in just a few weeks.  The summer camp program uses Central Park which Woodward's largest summer park and is in the same location in the summer as in the winter. New this year - a surface lift is being added which will run from the bottom to the top of the park. Depending on weather conditions, it's typical that there are 3 small to medium jumps, a quarter pipe, a hip, and 20-30 features.  Woodward at Copper will also have a bag jump for improving progression.  Of course Woodward at Copper also features The Barn which recently underwent a half-million dollar renovation project.  Woodward at Copper's first session is June 5-11.  (photo below right - Central Park. At left a skier catches some air).

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Congrats to Award Winning USASA Partners

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 The entire USASA family congratulates two of our partners who were recently recognized at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) annual Chairman's Awards Dinner during the recent USSA Congress (May 11-15, 2016).  The awards presented at the dinner included USSA gold awards, silver awards and athlete, coach and club of the year awards in each sport.

Carabasset Valley Academy (CVA) was selected as the USSA Club of the Year. CVA runs strong programs across allMallon  Kate Club of the Year - ADJ USSA sports. Alumni include 12 Olympians and 39 national team members, many of whom started their careers by competing in USASA events.  CVA was also honored as the Snowboard Club of the Year.  Under the leadership of USASA Executive Director Elect, Michael Mallon, the CVA snowboarding program has achieved tremendous success on the local, regional and international stages. CVA has consistently produced some of the top riders with a continued focus on academics.  Some highlights included  CVA BX athletes landed 27 top tens on the Nor-am tour combined with four podiums.  Five team members were selected for FIS Jr world championships and the number one and two finishers in Junior mens slopestyle at USASA nationals were both from CVA. In partnership with Sugarloaf CVA hosted a snowboardcross Nor-Am and Rev Tour stop during the 2015-16 season.

Photo:  CVA head of school, Kate Punderson with the USSA's Club of the Year Award and CVA snowboard program director Michael Mallon with the USSA's Snowboard Club of the Year Award. (picture from the CVA website)

 

Additionally, Ben Wisner, USASA Director of The Unbound Series and program director for the Mammoth Snowboard Team, was honored three times at the USSA Chairman's Awards Dinner including:

USSA Development Coach of the Year and Snowboarding Domestic Coach of the Year - Wisner has helped put numerous riders on U.S. Snowboarding's pro and rookie teams, including young phenom Chloe Kim. Kim made the national team last year.  Wisner is consistently feeding the pipeline with a great team of young athletes ready to jump to the next level.  Wisner's Unbound Series competitors are always formidable at the annual USASA National Championships.  

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Freeskiing Club of the Year - Mammoth Mountain Ski and Snowboard Club - Under Ben Wisner and Ryan Carey's leadership, the Mammoth Mountain Freeskiing Team has achieved tremendous success. The Elite Team has put five athletes on the U.S. Freeskiing North Face Rookie Team in the past year. Mammoth not only produces high level athletes but also is successful in developing well rounded competitors.  They are also supporters of the Mammoth Race Department which runs the U.S. Grand Prix and Revolution Tour events each season.

Photo: Ben Wisner (center) with Mammoth competitors Kelly Clark (left) and Chloe Kim (right) who finished 1-2 in a women's superpipe event at their home mountain.

 

 

Freeski National Championships Day 2 in Review

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Freeski Nationals Review

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A montage of happenings prior to the 2016 Nationals Free Ski Awards on Sun, April 10.  For a group of young competitors, arriving early for the ceremonies paid off as they won prizes from several USASA and 2016 National Championship sponsors including a unique tote bag from Swag Bag (ClubSwagBag.org), backpacks from Windells Camp and a speaker from Braven Products, among others.Spons montage 4-10 Sun

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On Sunday, April 10, Group 1 (NorAm, Open, 19-29 and 30 & Over for both Men and Women) hit the SkierCross course. Full results can be found via the Nationals tab on the USASA Homepage (left)

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

  

 Group 3, which consisted of the 13-15 year-old Men and Women as well as 16-18 year-old Men and Women spent Sun, April 10 in the Copper Mountain Superpipe.  

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It was Sunday in the Park for the Freeski Boys and Girls competing in the 9 and Under and 10-12 year old age groups. From the get-go, it was evident that the youngsters had been working hard all season long on their tricks.  A special shout out goes to Troy Podmilsak for throwing down the Best Trick as determined by representatives of TheHouse.com.  The young gun, who hails from Park City, UT, earned $200 for his effort.  Oh, and he also finished third in the 10-12 year old group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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