Snow conditions remained fairly consistent with frozen, hard pack in the early morning that gradually transitioned to softer conditions by early afternoon. Course crews did a great job maintaining the courses with multiple sideslip runs to prevent the formation of ruts. Coaches at the top of the venue could be seen working on folding tables, busily adjusting the wax and base structure of their racer’s boards throughout the day. The course setter for today’s exciting event was Thedo Remmelink of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The course featured aggressive turns with rhythm changes that in the words of the setter was designed “…to challenge the open class riders!”
After morning qualification runs, heats were posted matching riders against one another in head-to-head format competition. Some exciting matches came down to hundredths of seconds separating the riders.
In the women’s finals, Maggie Carrigan from Steamboat Springs, Colorado defeated Boston based rider, Lynn Ott to take the podium in an exciting final. Ott runs the non-profit www.ussrt.org In the men’s finals, AJ Muss beat Mike Trapp of Hyannis, Massachusetts. Trapp, a descendant of the famed “Sound of Music” Von Trapp family, provided race fans with some incredibly exciting runs, but in the end it was the strength of power of Muss that took the podium. Today’s event was the last Open Class Alpine Snowboard racing event of the 2015 USASA National Championships. Open Class Halfpipe and Slopestyle events are scheduled for the first two days of April at the Copper Mountain Resort. For info, please check www.usasa.org or the USASA app: m.mobile.usasa.org
The 2015 USASA National Championships is the final event of the season for USASA athletes. Over 1,900 athletes are 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.