Jake Vedder wins USASA Nationals SBX

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The first day of USASA Nationals competition went off without a hitch here at Copper Mountain with US Snowboarding Team athletes dominating the Nor-Am and Open class Snowboardcross races. Youth Olympic Games winner and US Snowboarding Development Team rider, Jake Vedder, won his first National Championship title, second place was earned by fellow US Snowboarding Team member Mick Dierdorff. Josh Miller nabbed third.

"I love USASA Nationals, I’ve been coming here since I was six or seven and this is actually the first time I’ve ever won here." Vedder said after winning gold and taking home Wend Wax's Fast Time of the Day, "I usually do not qualify that well and I ended up qualifying two seconds faster than everybody else. I thought today is my day, we are going to take it one heat at a time." USASA Nationals is the started point for nearly every US athlete on the pro circuit, with every 2014 US Olympic team member getting their start at USASA competitions. On the women's side, US rider Colleen Healey bested Australian rider Georgia Baff and fellow American Audrey McManiman. 

Slopestyle hosted Junior and Youth men with Alex Atno from Lavallette, NJ taking gold in Youth men and Peter Croasdale from Lakeville, MN winning in Junior men.

Halfpipe hosted Ruggies and Kahunas with snowboarding legend Chris Pappas taking home the win in Kahunas and a $400 gift card from Columbia Sportswear for Best Trick and Henry Hawkins taking gold for Ruggie boys.

The alpine venues were running fast with groups 2 and 4 charging the courses with Mens Adaptive Class shredder Eric Snyder taking the win in Slalom and Hans Huber grabbing gold in Breaker Boys Giant Slalom. 

Click here or a full list of results.

The USASA Snowboarding Nationals action continues through April 6th. Click here for the complete schedule of events and follow live scoring and up-to-date results on our Kyocera/Verizon mobile app at m.mobile.usasa.org. Download FREE photos of all the competitors and awards at VASTACTION.COM.

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The 28th Annual USASA Nationals Kicks off At Copper Mountain!

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Let the Games Begin!


The 28th annual USASA National Championships is officially underway. Nearly 2,000 USASA athletes have descended upon Copper Mountain, CO in anticipation of becoming a 2017 USASA National Champion in halfpipe, slopestyle, rail jam, giant slalom, slalom, snowboardcross and skiercross. Snowboard week's opening ceremony parade honored all of our 32 regional series and the competitors who will represent them here at Copper.

Honor and gratitude was the name of the game lwith KIND Snacks honoring one rider from each series who demonstrated kindness both on and off the hill with their KINDest Rider Award. Recipients like Mid-Atlantic series rider, Mazee Simpson, and Mt. Hood Series rider, Caleb Ingersoll, we’re nominated by their series directors for being supportive, community-minded riders.

USASA’s Executive Director, Mike Mallon, continued the gratitude theme by sharing the words of riders from across the nation giving thanks to their mentors, parents, coaches and friends while highlighting USASA’s core values of Respect, Excellence and Fun.

Snowboard competition starts April 2nd- April 6th. Freeski week kicks off April 8th-12th. Click here for the complete schedule and download the the mobile app at m.mobile.usasa.org to follow live scoring and results.

 

Photo: Kolleen Cormie

Competitors photos are available for free on vastaction.com. Create an account and download all your favorite high resolution non-watermarked photos for free.

Follow us at @usasasnow on social media and check #usasanationals to see all the happenings from Copper.

Photos courtesy of WOO Sports.

We'll see you at Copper

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The final round of invitations to the USASA National Championship expired at midnight last night, Sunday March 26th, 2017, online event registration is now closed. 1870 snowboarders and freeskiers registered for one or more events, making this the biggest National Championship ever!

Startlists, are now being built and will be available for viewing on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 via links under the Nationals Menu.

NorAM SBX, PGS, PSL & FIS SX competitor check in information can be found here.

See you at Copper!

Looking for Volunteers!

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Calling all Volunteers!

The USASA is looking for volunteers to assist us in putting on the best National Championships ever at Copper Mountain, Colorado!

Volunteers are key components to making USASA Nationals a huge success plus all our volunteers receive premium spectator access, FREE on hill access to venues, FREE swag and a FREE comp ticket for each day of volunteering. Sign up NOW to volunteer on hill at your athlete's venue or to volunteer off hill at registration.

Click the links below to volunteer at the 2017 USASA National Championship at Copper Mountain. 

On Hill : http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4cada72ba7f94-usasa1

Off Hill : https://www.usasa.org/index.php/contact-us

 

Looking for Singers!

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Do you love to sing? Will you be a USASA Nationals? We're looking for you! USASA is looking for aspiring singers to sing the national anthem during opening ceremonies. If you're interested please send a video or sound file of you singing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SASS GLOBAL TRAVEL PARTNERS WITH USASA

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 Olympic Gold Medalist and former USASA Junior National Team member, Kaitlyn Farrington, hones her backcountry skills with USASA newest partner, SASS Global Travel. Photo: Ben Girardi

As we continue to define opportunities for USASA members we are always on the lookout for companies that are as passionate as we are in helping kids make the most of their love of the outdoors while skiing and snowboarding.  SASS are the pioneers of providing proper education and guidance in the backcounty, and have exemplified the ability to help teach young adults how to define their own personal version of success on snow which is why we're proud to announce SASS Global Travel as USASA's newest partner.

 

SASS Argentina guides teaching backcountry safety. Photo: Ben Girardi

At USASA we know the importance of building an all around foundation in your skiing and riding.  This also comes with having the proper knowledge before venturing into the backcountry. SASS will help you gain respect for the environment and give you the tools required to stay safe while enjoying the mountains.

SASS Argentina is a big mountain backcountry guided ski and snowboard camp for all ages. They take advantage of full-on winter conditions in the heart of summer to create a platform for athletes to take their skiing or riding to the next level. Experiential education, cultural emersion and a ridiculous amount of fun are just the beginning.  Learn to build backcountry jumps, practice big mountain line selection, learn about backcountry safety, land new tricks in pow, seek out natural features and crush POW all while following an all-star cast of professional guides and coaches.

“We are so excited to offer USASA athletes the opportunity to take their skiing or riding in an alternative direction,” says Pete Connolly, Mountain Operations Director and Guide at SASS Argentina. “As the sport evolves, we pride ourselves in offering a unique platform for pushing into the backcountry. USASA athletes are perfect for our program as they get to take their competition skills into bigger terrain and develop a new understanding of what it takes to be successful in the mountains.”

“Coming from a coaching background in which my athletes were competing in USASA events and beyond, I love being able to show them the next level by introducing these kids to this other side of the sport,” says Travis Moore, SASS’s managing director. “I’ve seen first hand how much riding big mountain terrain and learning to take to the air on natural features helps to progress an athlete’s overall abilities. Not to mention how special it is to explore a new culture and experience full-on winter in the middle of our summer.”

"SASS has approached the development of young adults in a very unique way. By providing top notch guides and an extensive outdoor education and cultural immersion program, they have developed a holistic approach to helping young adults redefine their skiing and riding. We are stoked to be able to connect them with our members.”  Michael Mallon, USASA Executive Director

SASS Global Travel will be set up at USASA Nationals at Copper. Make sure to stop by their tent to meet the crew, ask any questions you might have and sign up for a chance to win a session at SASS Argentina this summer. 

SASS is excited to offer valid USASA members $300 off the cost of a session at SASS Argentina 2017Click HERE to find out more about the SASS Argentina experience and what makes it a great summer training opportunity for USASA athletes. Click HERE to read about the success of previous USASA athletes at SASS Argentina. Click HERE to inquire.