Winter is coming so it's time to wax your skis and snowboards and renew in your USASA Membership for just $100. Get dialed in for winter by locking your 2017-18 USASA membership and unlocking some BIG discounts with our USASA partners. Plus you’ll be all set to shred when USASA contests kick off in your region this December!
Here’s a list of some of the discounts for valid USASA members:
**As always, Ruggies are free and Groms are just $50.
Southern Vermont Series freeskier Connie Brogden was the lucky winner of a week long backcountry camp session with SASS Argentina this summer. Brogden won the session at USASA Nationals last March as part of SASS Global Travel’s on-site sweepstakes. So this August in the sweltering heat of an east coast summer, Connie packed her bags with skis, boots, winter gear and extra layers and set off on her first trip to mid-winter Argentina, “it was so cool that in less than 24 hours we went from 90 degree heat into snow.”
SASS Global Travel runs week long big mountain and backcountry skiing and snowboarding sessions in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina through August. Campers spend their days learning the ins and outs of avalanche awareness, building backcountry jumps, sampling local Argentinian cuisine, practicing spanish and savoring some of that floater powder that Argentina is known for.
While 15-year-old Brogden has spent the last few years coming up the USASA ranks, competing in the Junior World Championships in Italy, earning third place at the U.S. Revolution Tour slopestyle and taking home silver at the 2017 USASA National Championships in Copper Mountain, CO, this was only her second experience withbackcountry skiing.
“It was my first time ever hitting a backcountry jump.” Brogden said, “ I think the experience with SASS helped prepare me for the upcoming season, because it helped me get back into more of a skiing mode and I learnt a lot while I was out there. And the most valuable thing that I learned was the avalanche training and how to use all my equipment.”
Learn more about SASS Global Travel and their adventures here. And join or renew your USASA Membership to save $300 on SASS Argentina sessions here.
- Early Bird Registration, Friday, March 30th
- Practice and Opening Ceremonies, Saturday, March 31st
- Competition, Sunday, April 1st thru Thursday, April 5th
- Practice and Opening Ceremonies, Saturday, April 7th
- Competition, Sunday, April 8 thru Wednesday, April 11th
All competitors participating in Open Class Alpine, Boardercross & Skiercross events at the 2018 National Championship must have a USASA, USSA & FIS License.
- Discount Code: 3049 USASA Nationals
- Summit Express
- Promo Code: USASA
- Hertz Convention Number: 04BW0011 - Use until Jan 1st, 2018 ONLY
- Hertz Convention Number: 04BW0012 - Use beginning Jan 2nd, 2018 ONLY
- Minimum 5% Discount if booking after Sept. 1st and before March 15
Konnor Ralph taking top honors in rail jam at the 2017 USASA Nationals
The USASA Foundation sat down with Brendon and Konnor Ralph, two of the 29 athletes who were awarded the 2017 Chuck Allen Scholarship, to hear about the importance and honor of receiving the Chuck Allen Scholarship. Chuck Allen, founder of USASA, started this scholarship fund to support athletes who showed a commitment to community, good grades, participation in their chosen forms of education and a strong commitment to USASA and their local USASA series. We’re so proud of all of our recipients and are wonderful examples of USASA athletes who personify the codes of excellence, respect and fun.
Why is being a recipient of the Chuck Allen Scholarship important to you and your freestyle skiing pursuits?
Receiving the scholarships is an honor! The scholarship committee awarded these to us based on what they read in our applications. Receiving the Chuck Allen Scholarship provides us feedback that our hard work in school, our positive attitudes, our efforts to be kind to others and our goal to become even better freestyle skiers is noticed and appreciated by others.
What are you excited to do with this scholarship?
Our parents sacrifice in order to allow us to freestyle ski. We are so grateful for the time they commit getting us to competitions, all the money they spend on car expenses, lodging, meals and ski equipment, and definitely for their emotional support and encouragement!
Our scholarship awards will go toward Windells ski camp this summer. This money, on top of what we both earned through our paid jobs, makes Windells possible. Without any coaching opportunities where we live, we merely rely on each other for guidance and coaching.The summer camp opportunity allows us to receive great direction, guidance and support from an actual coach. We are really excited about being able to go!
Brendon Ralph during the 2017 USASA Nationals at Copper Mountain, CO
How has USASA positively affected you life?
USASA competitions and being a freestyle skier is a major source of joy to us! It’s challenging and super rewarding. When we aren’t skiing we are dreaming about skiing!
Through USASA competitions we have been able to travel and compete in hills across the Inland Northwest were we never would have gone otherwise. We have met a ton of new friends from all over who love skiing as much as we do and also some really supportive adults. USASA has been an incredible experience.
The USASA Foundation awarded 29 USASA members the 2017 Chuck Allen Scholarship. The Chuck Allen Scholarship rewards athletes who demonstrate the characteristics and qualities most valued by Chuck Allen, founder of the USASA; a commitment to community, good grades, participation in the athlete’s chosen forms of education and a strong commitment to USASA and their local USASA series.
Applicants were required to share their USASA results, a summary of who they are, their future dreams and hopes, three letters of recommendation from a coach, teacher or community member on those important character traits and a sealed official school transcript on academic performance and participation.
“Receiving the Chuck Allen Scholarship provides us feedback that our hard work in school, our positive attitudes, our efforts to be kind to others and our goal to become even better freestyle skiers is noticed and appreciated by others.” - Konnor and Brendon Ralph, slopestyle and rail jam freeskiers from the Inland Northwest Series.
The USASA Foundation distributes financial awards to a recipient’s chosen organization to offset their further educational, recreational or training costs. The USASA Foundation is the fundraising arm of USASA and to date has awarded over $21,000 for both the Chuck Allen Scholarship and the Nationals Assistance Fund for the 2016/17 season.
Chuck Allen and USASA Alum and Olympian Louie Vito circa 2010
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Congratulations to all 29 of the 2017 USASA Foundation Chuck Allen Scholarship recipients!