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 2017. Click 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.
All 502 Regional Series Events are now complete for the 2016/17 season. Regional and National Rankings were run on Tuesday, March 6th, 2017 and are final for the 16/17 season. The willfirst round of invitations to the 2017 National Championships have been sent out this morning, beginning at 10:00 am MDT.
The 1st round of invitations will be emailed to PQ's OA's & Q / Q2 on Wednesday March 8th, 2017 and will expire 72 hours after being sent out (expire - Friday March 10th, 2017 at 23:59:59 MDT)
2nd round invitations will be sent out to NR's begining on Saturday March 11th, 2017 and these invitations will expire 48 hours after being sent. We will continue to send out NR invites every 48 hours until we reach the final round which is scheduled to go out on March 25th, 2017. We will stop sending NR invitations for any group once we reach the Comp Group Caps for the discipline. Please review Snowboard Comp Groups or Freeski Comp Groups to view the number of competitors we are inviting per discipline.
All other invitations to either Rev, WST, INT or OT will be sent out as these request are received, however they will expire 48 hours after they have been issued.
- Q: Series Champion
- Q2: Series Alternate
- PQ: 2015 National Champion
- OA: 2015 Overall Champion
- NR: National Ranking
- REV: Revolution Tour
- WST: World Snowboard Tour
- INT: International
- OT: Other
Thank you for your support this season and we look forward to seeing you at Copper Mountain!
Hudson Shaeffer from the Appalachian Series is one of 32 USASA athletes to win the Woodward Progression Award.
Summer is gonna be awesome this year as Woodward Camps is aknowleding 32 riders from the USASA community with free session to Woodward as part of the Woodward Progression Award. The Woodward Progression award is given to one individual athlete (skier or riders) from each series who showed the most improvement and growth throughout the entire series. Winners of the Woodward Progressions Award exemplify Woodward and USASA's mission to build the best young athletes who demonstrate the qualities of integrity, respect, positivity and good sportsmanship.
Here are a few of the outstanding recipients of this year's Woodward Progression Award.
Calvin Kehril from the Western Washington Series will be spending a week at Woodward Tahoe.
The New Hampshire Series freeskier James Pouch will also be heading out to Woodward Tahoe for a week of summer camp fun.
Great Lake Snow Series Woodward Progression Award winner Brian Rice will be headed to Woodward Copper for his continuious progresssion in snowboarding throughout the 2016-17 season and his sportsmanship.
Otto Nikolai celebrates his progression award with the rest of the Grand Canyon Series!
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(Rocky Mountain Series alum, Aaron Blunck, on his way to winning his first X Games Gold. Photo: X Games)
Eleven X Games medals were won by ten USASA series alumni at the 2017 X Games Aspen. Aaron Blunck, Jules Marino, Elena Hight, and Hailey Langland all claimed their first X Games gold medals with all of them got their competitive start at USASA series events. X Games vetern and South Tahoe Series alum, Jamie Anderson, grabbed her 11 X Games medal with a silver in women's snowboard slopestyle and McRae Williams, from Big Mountain West, grabbed his first with a silver in men's freeski slopestyle.
(Steamboat local and Rocky Mountain Series alum, Taylor Gold, earned an X Games bronze under the lights. Photo: X Games)
Last year's Snowboard Superpipe gold medalist Matt Ladley, a Rocky Mountain Series alum, took home silver and Maddie Bowman, Chloe Kim and Taylor Gold walked away with bronzes freeski and snowboard superpipe respectively.
(Jules Marino having an emotional gold medal moment. Photo: X Games)
Nineteen-year-old Jules Mario, an X Games rookie and Southern Vermont Series alum, was the superstar and story of X Games Aspen. Marino walked away with two X Games medals, taking home an a silver medal in the women's big air on Thursday night with a cab double underflip and a gold medal in women's snowboard slopestyle on Saturday.