March Mountain Madness: Collegiate nationals wrap up at Snow King

JACKSON HOLE, WYO — The US Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) concluded the week of competition for its Collegiate National Championship Saturday with the men’s and women’s Dual Alpine Slalom, men’s and women’s Snowboard Alpine Giant Slalom, and the Nordic Classic Team Relay.

Rocky Mountain College won the men’s Alpine championship and Sierra Nevada College won the women’s. (USCSA)

The week saw amazing weather nearly every day, and Saturday was no different, allowing competitors the opportunity to perform their best in one of the most amazing snowsport venues in the world. Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club, Snow King Mountain, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and Snow King Resort partnered to host the event, with the Jackson Hole Tourism Board as a presenting partner.

Some 513 collegiate athletes representing 68 universities across six regions competed over the 5-day period. This championship represented the best collegiate athletes from around the country. USCSA has member schools in every geographic region of the United States. Events included Alpine Giant Slalom, Alpine Slalom, Dual Slalom, Nordic Sprints, Nordic Relays, Nordic Distance, Slopestyle, Skier Cross, Snowboard Cross, Rail Jam, Snowboard Slalom, and Snowboard Giant Slalom.

Nordic skiers finished their week of competition at the Trail Creek Nordic Center with the Classic Team Relay. Clarkson University’s men’s and women’s teams both won the relay events. Clarkson’s victory in the Relay helped them to also win the Overall Team Championship for the week, while Castleton University won the Men’s Overall Team Championship.

Following the events of the week, USCSA Vice President of Nordic Christi Boggs said, “It was a fantastic week of racing! The venue, organization, volunteers were absolutely top notch. We had a fantastic week of racing. It was especially great to watch Ana Witowski sweep the individual races and Mitchell Hollman defend his Individual Overall Title. Also, congrats to Clarkson Women and Castleton Men for the Team National Championships.”

Westminster College was dominate in snowboarding events. (USCSA)

Snowboarding athletes competed in a Giant Slalom race to wrap up their week of competition. Westminster College completed their sweep of snowboard events, taking home both the men’s and women’s team Giant Slalom championships as well as both team Overall National Championships in Snowboard Freeski and Snowboard Alpine.

On the freeski side, Sierra Nevada College won both the men’s and women’s team Overall National Championships.

“This week provided the USCSA with an elevated level of competition that we continue to see grow year after year,” said USCSA Vice President of Sport Doug Grayson. “It continues to be a pleasure to watch the athletes grow as we continue to expand the snowboard/freeski program.”

Alpine skiers ended the week with one of the most exciting events in racing – the team Dual Slalom. After three rounds of head to head competition, Rocky Mountain College won the men’s championship and Sierra Nevada College won the women’s. Team Overall National Championships were also awarded by combining the Slalom and Giant Slalom results, and for both the men and women Sierra Nevada College won titles in each.

After the events, Head Coach of the University of Connecticut (UConn) Bruce Diamond said, “It was a thrilling week at USCSA Nationals for both the men’s and the women’s UConn Huskies ski teams. The kids could not have been more excited with the venue and the town of Jackson. Snow King has fabulous runs that were extremely well prepared for both the GS and the slalom as well as the parallel slalom. It was a huge bonus to have such a fantastic and interesting town so close by. Everything, including the mountain is within walking distance. The UConn athletes and coaches have worked very hard for a number of years to enhance the caliber of the skiing of our athletes, and I think it really showed more so than ever with our results this year.”

Full 2019 National results.

Celebrating bluebird race days with the Columbia Ski Team. (USCSA)

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