Wednesday, March 9, 2011

USCSA nationals in college skiing kick into gear

Championship races this week


Sun Valley Resort has welcomed about 450 ski racers for the 2011 U.S. Collegiate Skiing and Snowboarding (USCSA) National Championships—one of the country's showcase ski and snowboard events.

The 33rd annual National Championships continue through Saturday, March 12, giving Sun Valley an opportunity to show off the area's amenities to some of this country's most prestigious college students. More than 52 U.S. colleges and universities are represented here this week.

Schools include Brown University, Cal-State Long Beach, Cornell, Duke University, Ohio State, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Davis and Santa Barbara, UCLA, University of British Columbia, University of Nevada--Reno, University of Oregon, the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy-West Point, Yale, University of Idaho and College of Idaho.

Events will include Nordic, alpine slalom and GS, snowboard GS, freestyle and superpipe competitions. Venues are at the Sun Valley Nordic Center, Bald Mountain and the Dollar Mountain Terrain Park. All events are free to spectators.

Daily awards are given at 3:30 p.m. on the Lodge Terrace. Wednesday, March 9: Nordic 8.5-kilometer classic races start 9 a.m. on the Trail Creek loop; women's giant slalom 9:30 a.m. on Greyhawk ski run; and slopestyle competition 10:30 a.m. at Dollar.

Thursday, March 10: Men's giant slalom 9:30 a.m. on Greyhawk; boardercross and skier cross qualifications 10 a.m. on Dollar Mountain.

Friday, March 11: Nordic 15k freestyle races 9 a.m. on Diamond Back trail; women's slalom 9:30 a.m. on Greyhawk; boardercross and skier cross competition 10 a.m. at Dollar.

Saturday, March 12: Men's slalom 9:30 a.m. on Greyhawk; Nordic relays 9 a.m. on Leif's Loop; snowboard giant slalom 10 a.m. on Greyhawk; and final awards ceremonies 7 p.m. at River Run Lodge.




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