USASA Benefit Banked Slalom

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The first Annual Banked Slalom Charity Competition was held on Fri (April 8) on Copper Mountain's Lower Bittersweet trail. Nearly 50 snowboarders and skiers turned out looking for bragging rights in the two run format.  All proceeds from the event benefitted USASA.

Awards, including Gold, Silver and Bronze medals were presented at Incline Bar & Grill following the race.

Snowboard Championship Week Recap

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The Women's Open Class Silver went to Anna Valentine of Sparta, NJ and Stamford, CT rider, Noelle Edwards captured the Bronze.

In the Men's Open Class, Ryan Wachendorfer (Edwards, CO) led the way for the Gold.  Justus Judd Henkes V (La Jolla, CA) took the Silver and Chase Blackwell (Longmont, CO) was the Bronze medalist.

Reports from the Halfpipe indicated that the tricks being thrown down by both the men and women were very impressive including back-to-back doubles.

The progression continued the next day into Slopestyle where 81 men and nearly 20 women were entered to tackle the Copper Mountain course. There was a buzz following the event describing the level of competition that had just been witnessed.  Triple corks and more were described.

The Men's leaderboard - Gold - Chris Corning (Silverthorne, CO), Silver - Dylan Thomas (Kingsley, PA) and Bronze - Jaren Elston (Bend, OR).

The Women's podium - Gold - Zoi Sadowski-Synnott (Wanaka, OTG), Silver - Serena Shaw (Bondville, VT) and Bronze - Jade Thurgood (Clinton, UT).

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All told, 1250 snowboarders participated in the 27th edition of the USASA National Championships across the five days of competition, in six disciplines in one of 148 different age groupings.  Before the athletes arrived at Copper Mountain Resort, they had qualified through the 495 USASA Sanctioned events held during the 2015/2016 season, in one or more of the 31 Series from among the five Regions.

The youngest competitor to participate in the 2016 USASA Snowboard National Championships was five year-old Sloane Alexander from the Snow Ohio Series.  As a Ruggie, this young lady tackled the Slalom and Giant Slalom courses in her first Nationals appearance.

On the other end of the spectrum, the eldest competitor to participate in the 2016 USASA Snowboard National Championships was a veteran of many (many) years, Dick Schulze from the South Tahoe Series.  At 70 years young, Mr. Schulze competed as a Methuselah (60+) and finished second in the Overall standings for his group after participating in Slalom, GS, Superpipe, Slopestyle and Boardercross.

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Line up for the Parade of Regions near the climbing wall.  This year, the regions went all out with wonderfully colorful shirts, sweatshirts, and other forms of outerwear.  It also appeared there were many new banners and flags which made for quite the kleidoscope 

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Mother Nature treated the snowboarders to a pow day on Tuesday - which was great for those who weren't competing.  It made for a rather challenging day for those who were performing at one of the disciplines as well as for the judging and officiating staff.

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What's Been Happening - First 3 Days of Snowboard Nationals

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The mobile scoring app fueled by @kyoceramobile and @verizon, along with the sponsor supplied WiFi hotspots (which enable the judges to upload scores in real time) have proven to be invaluable tools to the athletes, coaches, family, friends and supporters on site at Copper Mountain Resort.  The mobile app has also proven to be a handy resource for people who are not on-site.  The app enables them to keep track of everything from afar.

Be sure to check out the other features contained on the app.  Starts lists for each of the disciplines are available for each group.

Results, which are divided by group, are then subdivided by each day's event for viewing.

A copy of the Rider's Guide is also available through the app.

There is a direct link from the main page to the portal for VAST Action Photography.  VAST has seven photographers covering events every day, including the award ceremonies and evening Rail Jams.  They upload the photos on a daily basis for everyone's viewing pleasure.  Due to the volume of images, the data needed for the search feature has been experiencing delays. You can still look through the photos from each discipline and identify riders by their attire and/or bib number.

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@Kindsnacks have been presenting "Kindness Awards" at each day's award ceremony based on nominations from each USASA Regional Series Director. From the healthy snacks we make to the way we work, live and give back, our focus is on making the world a little kinder, one snack and one act at a time.  The Regional Kind award is presented to the athlete/member that best exemplified, spread and celebrated kindness throughout the USASA season.  Congrats to all of the winners so far.

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NorAM SBX Finals

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Snowboardcross NorAM Finals Decided at 2016 USASA National Championships

The 2016 NorAM Snowboard Boardercross title was on the line Sunday at Copper Mountain in the final event of the USSA’s Hole Shot Tour NorAM Series.  An international field, including five US Team members and an Olympian tackled Copper’s purpose-built boardercross venue.  Sunday’s race was contested as part of the Open Class competition at the USASA’s 27th annual National Championships. The dual sanctioning of the OPEN Class events represents a cooperative effort between the USASA, the USSA, and Copper Mountain Resort.   

US rider, Cole Johnson, claimed the NorAm title with his fourth place finish in the last race of the season.  His margin over runner-up and fellow US competitor, Robert Minghini, was 225 points.

Defending NorAm champion, Rosina Mancari, led the US women with her second place finish in the 2016 standings. She was fifth in Sunday’s event.  Canadian, Meryeta Odine earned the women’s NorAm title.

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Japanese competitor, Shinya Momono (center) won the final men’s NorAm event over US riders, Mike Dierdorff (left) and Alex Diebold (right). 


Diebold was the bronze medalist at the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.  A pair of Americans, Johnson and Devryn Valley completed the top five.






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Karen Iwadare (center), also from Japan, completed that country’s sweep of the top podium position.  American rider, Danielle Steinhoff (left) captured the silver and Annabel Tudhope (right) from Australia earned bronze. 


US competitors, Yoshi Knowles and Mancari rounded out the top five.

27th Opening Ceremonies

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The official commencement of the 27th Annual USASA National Championships took place Saturday, (April 2) following a full day of practice for the athletes across five disciplines - Slopestyle, Halfpipe, Slalom, Giant Slalom and Boardercross.  A large throng lined the walkways of Copper Resort's Center Village to watch the opening ceremonies which began with a parade of athletes from the 31 Regional Series.  As of the start of the parade, USASA administration reported that 1235 snowboard athletes had registered to compete.  Six hundred and twenty-one skiers had also checked in for their National Championships which begin on Saturday, April 9 with practice.

Athletes from the 31 Regional Series who will participate in the 2016 edition of the National Championships represent 41 states, and eight foreign countries (Australia, New Zealand, Korea, France, Italy, Japan, Great Britain and Canada, with four of its 10 provinces representing).

(photo below) The Regional Series line-up for the opening parade

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  Burning Stone Plaza filling up with the athletes, coaches, parents, Series Directors and more (below)

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Kailey and Ashley Bogart from the USASA's Rocky Mountain Series delivered a powerful renditionof the National Anthem (photo left)

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USASA Executive Assistant, Zippy Neil (center) presented the Chuck Allen Lifetime Achievement Award to Sally and Gary Peherson for their years of contributions to USASA. (photo right)




Banked Slalom Charity Competition

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This 1st Annual Charity event, the Banked Slalom, is open to all.  You do not need to be a USASA member to participate.

Only 150 lucky individuals will be able to compete, two timed runs per gender, no age groups just the joy of fostering the brother & sister hood of snowboarding and freeskiing together!

Click on the poster below to register online today.  Your ticket is your entry into the charity event and spots will go quick!