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 all 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.
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.