Community Corner: Justin Reiter

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Justin Reiter has a long string of impressive titles to his name; 2014 Olympian, 8 time North American Cup Champion, World Championship medalist and in March of 2015, Justin became the first American to win an FIS Alpine Snowboarding World Cup in over 11 years. But long before he traveled the world racking up titles and before he represented the United States of American at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, a young and nervous Justin Reiter dropped into his first contest at USASA’s Rocky Mountain Series and it was all downhill from there.

What was your first race like?

 My first race happened by chance. My home mountain was Copper Mountain. I stumbled upon a USASA race and told my Mom I would like to enter.  She was on board 100%, I was equally stoked and nervous.  Having never raced and no coach I went to the hill by myself and I was unaware of what inspection/or slipping the course was so I waited the the top for the race.  Too nervous to ask anyone what to do I waited for my number to be called.  I strapped into my Burton Performer Elite, grabbed hold of the start gate and listened to the countdown.  The starters voice boomed "Racer ready 3 - 2 - 1 - GO!"  I pulled as soon as I heard "Go".  I wish I could say my first race was a success but it went horribly wrong as I went around all of the gates backwards. Oops. Nonetheless it was an exhilarating experience, one I will never forget.  From then on I was hooked.

How did competing at USASA events shape your career and snowboarding community?

USASA offered the perfect positive platform to grow as a rider. The age groups gave the chance for everyone to compete against their peers and simultaneously see the next step by comparing where you, as a young gun were at versus the group above. I loved comparing my times to that of the older boys and even the open class. It fueled my fire to be as good as them one day.  USASA's structure also encouraged community by having the young race directly next to the pros. We would cheer on the top riders and they would come to cheer us on. There was nothing more exhilarating than having your role model take interest in your riding and cheer you on. 

What are some of your best memories from USASA when you were an up-and-coming rider?

Growing up USASA was key to my development as a rider and person. It introduced me to lifelong friends and the art form of being an all around rider. "Back in the day" riders competed in all the events and it was a blast to learn new tricks and learn how to go fast with my friends.  Progression took place because of my friends not just the coaches. In that is part of the soul of snowboarding development through camaraderie.

What was it like to compete at Nationals your first time?

My first time at Nationals was a whirlwind!  I was a wildcard qualifier and disqualified or fell in every event.  While many people would have been sad I was beyond excited just to have made it.  What an incredible experience to race the best in the country.  I couldn't wait to practice and come back the next season for redemption.  I met the heroes I looked up to from the US Snowboard Team. I met other young amazing riders, and I learned that snowboarding was to be a huge piece of my life. The love I felt there has carried me through a 20 year career. 

Follow Justin on his path to PeyongChang and beyond on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. And if you’re lucky enough to earn a spot to USASA Nationals this April Justin just might be handing out a few of those coveted medals.

USASA & AFP Bridge Competition Pipeline

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The United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association (USASA) and the Association of Freeski Professionals (AFP) have combined forces to offer a seamless transition from entry-level USASA competitions into the AFP Junior and Global Ranking System. As a result of this partnership, the USASA will now offer approximately 50 AFP Bronze-Level, dual-sanctioned events. In addition, the USASA National Championships will carry AFP Silver-Level sanctioning for the Youth, Junior and Open Halfpipe and Slopestyle competitions.

“Focusing on the youth of freeskiing and the next generation of AFP World Tour Champions has been a focus of the AFP since our inception,” says AFP Executive Director Eric Zerrenner. “Through this partnership with USASA, we will be dual-sanctioning select events and incorporating those athletes into the AFP system—showing them a clear and simple development pathway as their freeskiing careers progress.”

By providing nationwide coverage through 32 regional series, the USASA has been able to positively influence the freeski pipeline and create opportunities for kids all across the country. Now, in addition to competing to qualify for the AFP Silver-Level USASA National Championships, athletes will be progressing regionally and competing within their age groups to move up through the ranks. Through this growth and development, and this new partnership, the AFP’s ranking system will work simultaneously to show athletes’ progress as they improve throughout their career.

"We are honored to support these AFP Bronze-Level events this year through the USASA,” says USASA Executive Director Mike Mallon. “The AFP has been extremely influential in the development of the sport and shares similar values with the USASA. Together we are able to strengthen the pipeline for all of freeskiing and continue to progress the sport."

Contest schedules will be confirmed and posted on the AFP and USASA’s websites on Friday, December 9th.

Click here for more information on the USASA and AFP.

USASA Member Discounts at Woodward Copper

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USASA Members Receive Discounts at Woodward Copper!

 USASA has partnered with Woodward Copper and Copper Mountain Resort to offer exclusive discounts to USASA members.  All current USASA members can now take advantage of huge savings on Ski or Snowboard Summer Camps, Season Passes, Ride with Woodward freestyle lessons and more.  Athletes can push their progression and refine their skills using Woodward Copper’s world class facilities including foam pit jumps, flybed trampolines, indoor ParkSkis™ and Burton ParkBoards™, plus Copper Mountain’s 7 different terrain parks, air bag jump, 13’ mini pipe and a 22’ super pipe.  

USASA members can receive their discount by presenting their current USASA membership card.  Online and phone sales will be verified via email.  

2016-17 USASA Membership Discounts   

Woodward Copper

  • Save $300 on 2017 Woodward Copper Ski or Snowboard Summer Camps
    • *Sessions 5-9, must make Summer Camp reservation by March 13th, 2017
  • Save $60 on a Barn Season Pass
  • Save 30% on Ride with Woodward semi-private lessons
  • Save 30% on sessions at the Woodward Copper Barn
    • 2-hour Intro, Drop-In, or Skate/Bike Sessions 

Copper Mountain 

  • $45 Single Day Lift Ticket for Athletes
  • $65 Friends & Family Tickets (limit 2 per day per athlete)
  • $309 Athlete Teen Season Pass (13-17 years old)
  • $399 Athlete Adult Season Pass
  • Save 30% on Youth and Adult Group Lessons, Ski and Snowboard Rentals, Tubing Sessions, The Fix tune shop, and East Village seasonal locker rentals
  • Save 25% on Copper Creek Golf
  • Save 20% on Summer Activity Day Pass
  • Lodging discounts: contact Copper Lodging at 866-837-2996 and reference group discount code “2841” 

Copper Mountain will host the 2017 USASA Nationals March 31st - April 6th.  USASA members will have even more opportunities to develop their skills during Woodward Copper’s Ride with Woodward Training Days March 28-31.  Members will have additional perks during Nationals like $25 Woodward Copper Bagjump Tickets and USASA “Members Only” night at the Woodward Copper Barn on Monday, April 3rd 2017.   

For more information or to take advantage of your USASA member discounts, visit the Copper Mountain Guest Services desk or contact Copper Mountain at 866.841.2481 and click here to join USASA or renew your USASA membership.

All 52 riders on 2017 U.S. Snowboarding Team started at USASA

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The 2017 U.S. Snowboarding halfpipe, slopestyle, big air and snowboardcross teams have been announced and all 52 athletes on the pro and rookie teams got their start at USASA. This year’s roster consists of 36 pro team riders, including 2014 Olympic medalists Jamie Anderson (S. Lake Tahoe, CA), Alex Deibold (Boulder, CO) and Kelly Clark (West Dover, VT), and 18 rookie and development athletes, all looking to compete at their best during the pre-Olympic season.

2017 U.S. Snowboarding Team

Name (Birthdate; Hometown; Club; USASA Series)

*Denotes Olympian

2017 U.S Snowboarding Halfpipe Team



Greg Bretz (12/19/90; Mammoth Lakes; CA; Mammoth Charter School; Unbound Series) *

Ben Ferguson (1/21/95; Bend, OR; Central Oregon Series)

Gabe Ferguson (4/16/99; Bend, OR; Central Oregon Series)

Taylor Gold (11/17/93; Steamboat Springs, CO; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; Rocky Mountain Series) *

Chase Josey (3/31/95; Hailey, ID; Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation; Big Mountain West Series)

Matt Ladley (5/17/91; Steamboat Springs, CO; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; Rocky Mountain Series)

Jake Pates (7/30/98; Eagle, CO; Rocky Mountain Series)


Kelly Clark (7/26/83; Mammoth Lakes, CA; Mount Snow Academy, Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team; Southern Vermont Series) *

Arielle Gold (5/4/96; Steamboat Springs, CO; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; Rocky Mountain Series) *

Chloe Kim (4/23/00; Torrance, CA; Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team; Unbound Series)

Maddie Mastro (2/22/00; Wrightwood, CA; Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team; Unbound Series)



Chase Blackwell (2/27/99; Longmont, CO; Jim Smith Club; Rocky Mountain Series)

Judd Henkes (4/3/01; La Jolla, CA; Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team; Unbound Series)

Nathan Jacobson (3/29/98; Bend, OR; Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation; Central Oregon Series)

Toby Miller (2/14/00; Truckee, CA; Tahoe Select Snowboard Team; North Tahoe Series)

Ryan Wachendorfer (2/3/98; Edwards, CO; Ski and Snowboard Club Vail; Rocky Mountain Series)


Madison Barrett (4/1/98; West Chesterfield, NH; Southern Vermont Series)

Zoe Kalapos (4/17/97; Vail, CO; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; Rocky Mountain Series)

2017 U.S. Snowboarding Slopestyle Team



Nik Baden (1/13/98; Steamboat Springs, CO; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; Rocky Mountain Series)

Eric Beauchemin (1/14/91; Grand Blanc, MI; Waterville Valley Academy; Southern Vermont Series)

Chris Corning (9/7/99; Arvada, CO; Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club; Rocky Mountain Series)

Brandon Davis (8/30/95; Mammoth Lakes, CA; Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team; Unbound Series)

Red Gerard (6/29/00; Silverthorne, CO; Rocky Mountain Series)

Chas Guldemond (4/22/87; Reno, NV; Waterville Valley Academy; New Hampshire Series) *

Kyle Mack (9/6/97; West Bloomfield, MI; Great Lakes Snow Series)

Ryan Stassel (10/23/92; Anchorage, AK; Auburn Ski Club; Big Alaska Series) *

Eric Willett (1/2/88; Breckenridge, CO; Rocky Mountain Series)


Jamie Anderson (9/13/90; S. Lake Tahoe, CA; South Tahoe Series) *

Jessika Jenson (8/7/91; Rigby, ID; Big Mountain West Series) *

Hailey Langland (8/2/00; San Clemente, CA; Tahoe Select Snowboard Team; Tahoe Series)

Julia Marino (9/11/97; Westport, CT; Southern Vermont Series)

Karly Shorr (5/18/94; Milford, MI; Auburn Ski Club; Great Lakes Series) *

Ty Walker (3/3/97; Stowe, VT; Mt. Mansfield Winter Academy; Northern Vermont Series) *



Brock Crouch (8/22/99; Mammoth Lakes, CA; Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team; Unbound Series)

Lyon Farrell (11/22/98; Haiku, HI; Rocky Mountain Series)

Judd Henkes (4/3/01; La Jolla, CA; Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team; Unbound Series)

Chandler Hunt (11/4/98; Park City, UT; Team Park City United; Big Mountain West Series)


Nora Healey (6/16/98; Plymouth, NH; Waterville Valley BBTS; New Hampshire Series)

Hailee Mattingley (1/11/97; Sandy, UT; Team Park City United; Big Mountain Series)

2017 U.S. Snowboarding Snowboardcross Team



Nick Baumgartner (12/17/81; Iron River, MI; Superior Series) *

Alex Deibold (5/8/86; Manchester, VT; Stratton Mountain School; Southern Vermont Series) *

Nate Holland (11/8/78; Sandpoint, ID; Northwest Series) *

Trevor Jacob (8/6/85; Mammoth Lakes, CA; Unbound Series) *

Seth Wescott (6/28/76; Sugarloaf, ME; Carrabassett Valley Academy; Green Mountain Series) *


Faye Gulini (3/24/92; Salt Lake City, UT; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; Rocky Mountain Series) *

Lindsey Jacobellis (8/19/85; Stratton Mountain, VT; Stratton Mountain, School; Southern Vermont Series) *



Jonathan Cheever (4/17/85; Saugus, MA; Maine Mountain Series)

Mick Dierdorff (4/30/91; Steamboat Springs, CO; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; Rocky Mountain Series)

Hagen Kearney (11/6/91; Norwood, CO; International Snowboard Training Center; Rocky Mountain Series)



Cole Johnson (9/21/93; Reno, NV; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; South Tahoe Series)

Jarod Minghini (5/21/88; Snowshoe, WV; International Snowboard Training Center; South Tahoe Series)

Jake Vedder (4/16/98; Pinckney, MI; International Snowboard Training Center; Rocky Mountain Series)

Rosie Mancari (1/22/94; Anchorage, AK; Steamboat Spring Winter Sports Club; Big Alaska Series)
Meghan Tierney (1/15/97; Edwards, CO; International Snowboard Training Center; Rocky Mountain Series)

BKPRO Partners with USASA

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USASA is proud to announce its partnership with BKPRO as the official Online Coaching App of the USASA and an official sponsor of the 2017 USASA Nationals. BKPRO will be awarding two camps at USASA Nationals for standout performances, one for freeskiing and one for snowboarding, this March in Copper Mountain, CO.


BKPRO was founded by Bud Keene, head coach of the 2006 U.S. Olympic team where he coached gold medalists Shaun White and Hannah Teter on their way to Olympic success and beyond. Keene is stoked on the collaboration, “I’m thrilled to partner with USASA in supporting development and progression of grassroots snowboarding and freeskiing”.


Founder of the Northern Vermont Series, Keene has been an instrumental part of the coaching community since its inception, working with over 1000 kids at all levels. In addition to awarding two free sessions to BKPRO camps, Keene will also be offering a 10% discounted camp rate to any USASA member-athlete, as well as free access to the BKPRO Online Coaching app for all certified USASA coaches. Keene himself will present one one-hour long “Parenting An Action Sports Athlete” seminars to USASA Parent Members each week at the 2017 Nationals. BKPRO will also host one wax clinics for parents, athletes and coaches during snowboard and freeski weeks.


“We’re thrilled to connect our USASA members with BKPRO and to be able to shine the light on Bud’s progressive programs.” -Mike Mallon, USASA Executive Director.

Click HERE for more information on BKPRO and their programs.

KIND Presents the KINDest Rider Award

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This year at USASA Nationals KIND will be  awarding one snowboarder and one skier from each series with the  KINDest Rider Award

How do you bring kindness to life on your mountain and in your series? This season KIND is asking you to share the kindness both on and off the hill by doing not so random acts of kindness. Based on recommendations from your Series Directors, one skier and one snowboarder from each series will be nominated as the "KINDest Rider" and will be awarded at USASA Nationals in Copper Mountain,CO. 

So, sharpen up your "please & thank yous", get your arms ready to carry gear for others, and prepare to support your fellow competitors and teammates every day of the season. You can only go so big in the Superpipe, but kindness is limitless.