COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colorado. March 27, 2015. The 2015 USASA National Championships is hosting an elite field of national and international athletes competing in the first ever USASA / USSA Nor Am Boardercross event. Open Class Athletes from six countries arrived at Copper today for their scheduled FIS training day prior to the Nor Am Boardercross event that will take place on Sunday, March 29.
Over sixty male and thirty female competitors will be featured in the event. Nor Am points and the largest cash prize purse ever awarded at a Nor Am event will be presented at the conclusion of racing on Sunday. The awards ceremony for all of Sunday’s events will take place at 4:00 PM in Burning Stones Plaza at the Copper Mountain Resort. Many of the Boardercross athletes competing in the Nor Am event at the USASA National Championships will be departing for the Nor Am Finals taking place at the Big White resort in Canada, April 2 and 3.
Commenting on the Nor Am events taking place at Copper this week, USASA Executive Director Pete Davis stated, “It’s great to see such a great field of elite level athletes assembled for the events at the Championships. For many of our younger members, this event is their first opportunity to watch World Cup and Olympic athletes in actual competition. We are all really excited to be hosting the Nor Am as part of the USASA National Championships this year.” Abbi Nyberg of the USSA commented “The USSA is thrilled to partner with the USASA on the cross events at the National Championships. We are thankful that USASA stepped up to take on these Open Class events and provide a great showcase for the sport.”
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.