COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colorado. March 30, 2015. Copper Mountain Ski Patrol stopped by USASA's event registration to say how thankful they were for the unsolicited help they received from a USASA competitor who assisted them setting up a few section of “B” net. Youth Men competitor Xander Cornaby, of the Big Mountain West Series took the time to help out Ski Patrol on an early morning run. Special thanks to the Halfpipe and Slopestyle competitor for pitching in, doing a great job representing the USASA and snowboard athletes here at Copper!
Nor Am / Hole Shot Boardercross Race Champion, Roger Carver, was heading down to the Boardercross venue when he noticed two little “Grom” competitors slogging through a few inches of early morning, soft, sticky snow. Their mom was doing her best to get the kids across the flats, but was obviously having a difficult time. Remembering his early years as a USASA Grom competitor and the challenges he faced, Roger offered his assistance, picking both boys up and carrying them across the flats to the steep section of the trail, where they could let gravity take over and enjoy the early AM freshies.
Olympic Gold Medal Coach Bud Keene reflected on something that keeps him motivated, inspired and stoked: random conversations with kids on chairlifts. He gets energized every time he hops on a lift and has fly-by conversations with kids. Their enthusiasm and energy are contagious. Their stoke for their sport is better than a double shot of espresso!
“That kid from the Upper Midwest Alt Series is the new Steven Speilberg!” Comment overheard at the GoPro / Video Games Event USASA premiere at the WOODWARD BARN at Copper. Billy Bjork’s second year submission blew people away at the end of the video night, hosted by VGE, GoPro and WOODWARD. Submit your vote for this year’s best video on the www.videogamesevents.com website. Look for the “Survey Monkey” survey to cast your vote.
“Ghostbusters!” Mick Dierdorff’s reply when asked who he was going to call with the new KYOCERA BRIGADIER phone he won for posting the fastest qualifying time (51.17) in the Nor Am / Hole Shot Boardercross event.
“Nope! I’m heading right into surgery.” Austrian Boardercross ace, Maria Ramberger’s reply when asked on the podium if she was heading to Canada to compete in the Nor Am Finals at Big White. Laughing as she spoke, the crowd wished her well as she heads into surgery to repair her knee, damaged before competing at Copper. Good-luck for a smooth recovery!