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The United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association (USASA) is proud to announce We Are Camp, parent company of High Cascade Snowboard Camp, Windells Camp, and Windells Academy, as an official USASA partner and sponsor of the USASA.  This national sponsorship is in support of all 32 regional USASA series across the country as well as the National Championships in Copper Mountain, CO, March 31st- April 12. High Cascade and Windells Camp have been long time supporters of USASA and are looking forward to another great year of working with the organization. 

“All of us at High Cascade Snowboard Camp are beyond excited to continue our partnership with USASA into the 16-17 season.” Said Tom Johnson, Director of Marketing at High Cascade Snowboard Camp, “We greatly value our partnership and couldn’t be more eager to work with the organization pushing the progression (and fun) of snowboarding – this is a no brainer.” 

In addition to giving away 10 camps for Nationals’ Stand Outs, We Are Camp will host two dance parties during USASA Nationals. One presented by High Cascade during the Snowboard Week and one presented by Windells during the Freeski Week. All proceeds raised from both dance parties will be donated directly to the USASA Foundation.

“I am stoked to continue the partnership between Windells and USASA! “ Said Jason Arens, Director of Marketing at Windells and Windells Academy , “As a kid, I grew up skiing and competing in my local USASA series, and I am excited to have the chance to work with and support an organization that continues to do so much for the youth freeskiing and snowboarding communities.”

We Are Camp will continue to offer valid USASA members $150 off the cost of camp sessions at both High Cascade and Windells for 2017.

“After USASA National Championships, summer camp is one of the highlights of the season for so many USASA athletes.  We Are Camp has been so generous to our members in the past and we are really grateful they have stepped up their support by more than double this year.”  Mike Mallon, Executive Director of USASA. 

Click here to learn more about USASA, High Cascade, Windells Camp, and Windells Academy.

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.

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Copper Mountain, Colorado March 31st- April 13th

Snowboard Week 

March 31st    Early Bird Check In

April 1st         Practice

April 2-6        Competitions (detailed schedules will be released March 1st)

Freeski Week 

April  7th        Early Bird Check In

April  8th        Practice

April 9-12      Competitions (detailed schedules will be released March 1st)

LODGING RESERVATION INFORMATION

To receive discounted rates please call Copper Mountain Central Reservations at (866) 205-5360 and provide the following when making reservations:

Group ID Code: 5761 USASA

LIFT TICKETS

Competitor tickets are not included in the entry fee but will be available @$99 for the entire week! These special event competitor tickets are purchased on-site only. (does not include a one-time $5 fee for a Copper card.) Tickets are not for resale.

Copper Season passes and Ikon passes are valid for competitors. More info here.

Discounted lift tickets for friends and family will be available at the below rates: Purchase details TBD

Group Rate 1-day lift tickets:  Adult (18+ yrs.) $109.00,  Child (5-17 yrs.) $79.00

 

                                                           
                    

 

More information about the 2023 event will be continually updated here as it becomes available.

 

 

 

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The first Annual Banked Slalom Charity Competition was held on Fri (April 8) on Copper Mountain's Lower Bittersweet trail. Nearly 50 snowboarders and skiers turned out looking for bragging rights in the two run format.  All proceeds from the event benefitted USASA.

Awards, including Gold, Silver and Bronze medals were presented at Incline Bar & Grill following the race.


 

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The Women's Open Class Silver went to Anna Valentine of Sparta, NJ and Stamford, CT rider, Noelle Edwards captured the Bronze.

In the Men's Open Class, Ryan Wachendorfer (Edwards, CO) led the way for the Gold.  Justus Judd Henkes V (La Jolla, CA) took the Silver and Chase Blackwell (Longmont, CO) was the Bronze medalist.

Reports from the Halfpipe indicated that the tricks being thrown down by both the men and women were very impressive including back-to-back doubles.

The progression continued the next day into Slopestyle where 81 men and nearly 20 women were entered to tackle the Copper Mountain course. There was a buzz following the event describing the level of competition that had just been witnessed.  Triple corks and more were described.

The Men's leaderboard - Gold - Chris Corning (Silverthorne, CO), Silver - Dylan Thomas (Kingsley, PA) and Bronze - Jaren Elston (Bend, OR).

The Women's podium - Gold - Zoi Sadowski-Synnott (Wanaka, OTG), Silver - Serena Shaw (Bondville, VT) and Bronze - Jade Thurgood (Clinton, UT).

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All told, 1250 snowboarders participated in the 27th edition of the USASA National Championships across the five days of competition, in six disciplines in one of 148 different age groupings.  Before the athletes arrived at Copper Mountain Resort, they had qualified through the 495 USASA Sanctioned events held during the 2015/2016 season, in one or more of the 31 Series from among the five Regions.

The youngest competitor to participate in the 2016 USASA Snowboard National Championships was five year-old Sloane Alexander from the Snow Ohio Series.  As a Ruggie, this young lady tackled the Slalom and Giant Slalom courses in her first Nationals appearance.

On the other end of the spectrum, the eldest competitor to participate in the 2016 USASA Snowboard National Championships was a veteran of many (many) years, Dick Schulze from the South Tahoe Series.  At 70 years young, Mr. Schulze competed as a Methuselah (60+) and finished second in the Overall standings for his group after participating in Slalom, GS, Superpipe, Slopestyle and Boardercross.

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Line up for the Parade of Regions near the climbing wall.  This year, the regions went all out with wonderfully colorful shirts, sweatshirts, and other forms of outerwear.  It also appeared there were many new banners and flags which made for quite the kleidoscope 

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Mother Nature treated the snowboarders to a pow day on Tuesday - which was great for those who weren't competing.  It made for a rather challenging day for those who were performing at one of the disciplines as well as for the judging and officiating staff.

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