COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colorado. March 28, 2015. The 2015 USASA National Championships Training Day for all snowboard athletes took place under sunny skies and breezy conditions at the Copper Mountain Resort today.
Athletes competing in the USASA National Championships gathered to practice on each of the 6 venues at Copper including: Snowboard GS, Snowboard SL, Halfpipe, Slopestyle, Boardercross and Rail Jam. Following a full day of training, athletes assembled for the popular Opening Ceremony Parade. Thirty-one groups of competitors and coaches, each group in matching attire, entered Burning Stones Plaza led by their Series Director. During the Opening Ceremony, Jon and Kay Siple, from California, received the prestigious “Founders Award”, given annually to individuals who helped to build the USASA over years of service to the organization.Open Class Boardercross training featured fast times turned in by Nor Am level elite athletes training for tomorrow’s final event of the series in the United States. The Nor Am Finals will take place, April 2 and 3, north of the Border at The Big White Resort in Canada. Commenting on the new Fairplay trail, Boardercross course at Copper, USA World Cup Boardercross racer, Roger Carver stated, “There are a lot of turns on this course, about ten or twelve turns here. It’s soft snow, especially by the time we race it will be soft, so keeping from digging your edge in too hard and riding a flat base though the turns, not being late, keeping that rhythm and flow going through the turns and not double turning through the turns will be critical.”
Regarding prospects for the race tomorrow Carver continued, “Well, there’s a lot of big names here racing. Really, anything can happen. It’s going to come down to who’s on their game tomorrow. It’s going to be exciting!”
The 2015 USASA National Championships is the final event of the season for USASA athletes. Over 1,900 athletes will be competing in up to seven different disciplines from March 29 through April 7 at Copper Mountain. Disciplines of competition include: Snowboard Alpine Giant Slalom, Snowboard Alpine Slalom, Boardercross, Slopestyle, Halfpipe, Rail Jam and Banked Slalom. At the conclusion of snowboard competitions on April 3, the USASA and Copper host four additional days of Freeski competition featuring Skiercross, Halfpipe, Slopestyle and Rail Jam.
Founded by Chuck Allen in 1988, the USASA is proud to represent the recreational and competitive interests of amateur snowboarding and freeskiing in the United States. USASA accomplishes this by supporting 31 series across the country that present over 500 events at more than 100 resorts throughout the season. The goal of the USASA is to promote fun, fair, and safe events while fostering a competitive spirit in the snowboard and freeski athlete community. In addition, USASA emphasizes education for coaches and competitors, and promotes an overall healthy snowboard and ski lifestyle.