The U.S. Junior World Snowboard and Freeski Teams wrapped up a very successful two weeks at the 2018 FIS Junior Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships, winning a combined 10 medals, and the snowboard team winning the Marc Hodler Trophy, awarded to top nation at the championships.

The battle for the Marc Hodler Trophy came down to the wire with final two events of the championships, the parallel slalom and parallel giant slalom, being the largest barrier for the U.S. Team. The Russians put up a strong challenge, winning 10 of the 12 medals awarded in the final two events, however, the U.S. Snowboard Team took the trophy with 104 points to the Russian team’s 91.

Eight events into the 2018 FIS Junior Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships at Cardrona Alpine Resort, and USASA members have already won seven medals, including two gold medals. The Junior World Championships continue through September 6 with team snowboard cross, team ski cross, slopestyle and halfpipe events.

Mac Forehand (Southern Vermont Series) and Ryan Stevenson (Rocky Mountain Series) kicked off the 2018 FIS Junior Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships, winning gold and silver respectively in Sunday’s big air event. In snowboard big air, Luke Winkelmann (Rocky Mountain Series) won a silver medal.

Linda Neil
Administration Director
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Zippy began volunteering for the USASA at the then NorCal Series out of North Tahoe in 1997 while her husband Adam competed.  With the creation of the South Tahoe Series in 1998, her twin boys joined Adam and Zippy and together as a family they volunteered and competed for almost 15 years for the South Tahoe Series. Zippy began volunteering on a national level at the 2001 National Championships in Mammoth.  As a mortgage broker by trade, Zippy reinvented herself in 2010 and began working full time for the USASA, where she now holds the title of Director of Administration. “This is the most rewarding job I have ever held. Seeing all the smiles of our athletes, their families, and friends, is very special.  It’s the gift that keeps on giving as we watch our USASA athletes progress to the next level and even to the Olympics.”

Tricia Byrnes
Marketing Manager
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Former professional snowboarder and industry icon, Tricia Byrnes has had her paws in everything shred for the last two and a half decades. Tricia came up through the Olympic pipeline spending 10 years on the U.S. Snowboarding Team and has competed in nearly every halfpipe snowboarding event including the first ever USASA Nationals and the 2002 Olympics. Upon retiring from competition, Tricia worked in various capacities in the snowboarding industry as an athlete manager, social media strategist, TV and Web commentator and now as USASA marketing manager.

Tricia continues to have a passion for snowboarding and the athletes that shape and define the sport. Tricia graduated from St. Michael’s College and is currently a member of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard board of directors. She shares her time between Aspen, CO, and Portland, OR where she continues to explore her passion for snowboarding and outdoor adventures.

Paul Krahulec
Operations Director
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Paul’s involvement with the USASA began as a volunteer parent with Team Summit in 1996 as the point of contact between the USASA and the club.  He was later voted in as the series director, which allowed him to expand the series reach from just servicing the needs of the Copper Mountain locals by offering competitive opportunities to the residents of Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail, Winter Park, Eldora, Ski Cooper, Howelsen Hill and Steamboat Springs. His focus has been to help enable kids to pursue the sports they love and empowering them to learn skills that will follow them into adulthood.

He began his role as the Operations Director for the USASA in 2012 and is responsible for managing our cloud-based enterprise applications and database used to power the USASA and the 32 regional series. The USASA applications provide online membership, schedules, event registration, results and weekly regional/national rankings to the series who host 500 + events at over 100 resorts through the United States.  He also assists in the coordination of the USASA calendar in cooperation with both the US Ski & Snowboard, the AFP & WSF / WSPL to minimize scheduling conflicts. Paul currently sits on the World Snowboard Federation Board of Directors, serves as the Rocky Mountain Snowboard representative for US Ski & Snowboard is both a Snowboard and Freestyle Ski Technical Delegate for the FIS, officiating World Cup / NorAM events and as the Commissioner for the USASA Technical Commission.

Mike Mallon
Executive Director
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Mike first began working with the USASA as the Head Coach of the USASA Junior National Team in 1996.  For the next five years, he hosted JNT camps in Steamboat Springs where he was the Program Director of the SSWSC. After retiring from coaching in 2016, Mike has been continuing his passion for snowsports as the Executive Director. His commitment to the development of Snowboarding and Freeskiing in America is constant. In addition to his role as one of the top coaches in the world and an esteemed academy leader, he also served as the Sport Committee Chairman and was a member of the USSA Board of Directors for six years through two Olympic cycles.

Mike was the President of the USASA and led the board for four years as president. His colleagues have recognized his dedication to the sport with awards such as Domestic Coach of the Year, Anna McIntyre Citation, the prestigious FIS TD Westhaven Award, and five times his programs were recognized as Program of the Year by USSA. Mike is the only member of the USASA to hold both a TS4 (trainer) and a Coaches level 3 (trainer) certification. He also serves as a Technical Delegate for FIS, FIS World Cup and Nor-am events, is a USASA National TS and was the delegate from FIS in Korea at World Championships in 2009.  


The 2018 USASA National Championships was a success. Over 1,900 competitors ranging in age from 5 to 75 competed in snowboarding and freeskiing for just under two weeks at Copper Mountain, CO. Athletes from 32 regions and 40 states competed for USASA National Championship titles in 14 different age groups. 


The 2018 National Championships are stacking up to be one of the best Nationals ever as we celebrate our 29th year! Copper Mountain, CO is in great shape and looking forward to your arrival in a little less than a month. 

Attention all singers! USASA Nationals is right around the corner and we're looking for singers to sing the national anthem during opening ceremonies for
snowboard week and freeski week. Please submit your recording to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by March 15th, 2018 to be considered. 

It's been one heck of a week for USASA Alumni over in Pyeongchang with the U.S. Olympic Snowboarding team going four for four in gold medals. South Tahoe Series alum, Jamie Anderson snagged her second straight gold and So.Cal Series Alum, Shaun White nabbed his third gold medal in an emotional finale. Seventeen year olds, Red Gerard (Rocky Mountain Series) and Chloe Kim (Mammoth/Unbound Series) both earned gold and a gave the world a glimpse of what's coming down the pipeline from USASA.
Rocky Mountain Series alum and two-time Olympian Arielle Gold took bronze. The next generation of Olympians are riding with USASA right now!



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