STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) has announced that Steamboat Resort will host the 2015 and 2016 U.S. Freestyle Championships. The announcement continues the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s long-term plan to move the annual celebration of American ski competitions to top resorts around the United States. Steamboat has one of the premier freestyle facilities in the country and is a resort that launched numerous athletes on their way to the pinnacle of the sport including World Champion Ann Battelle plus Olympic medalists Nelson Carmichael and Travis Mayer. Eliza Outtrim, Olympian and 2014 U.S. Champion in moguls and dual moguls, has called Steamboat her home mountain for almost a decade.
“Legacy and engagement in the sport is an important component in our selection of Steamboat for the 2015 and 2016 U.S. Freestyle Championships,” said USSA VP of Events Calum Clark. “As the home to great freestyle athletes like Olympic bronze medalist Nelson Carmichael and silver medalist Travis Mayer, the Steamboat community has a great tradition of supporting and celebrating freestyle skiing.”
The U.S. Freestyle Championships will take place in late March at Steamboat Ski Resort across the Park Smalley Freestyle Complex, which consists of the Voo Doo aerial venue and the 1,000-foot vertical long adrenaline generating Mayer’s Mogul Course. Steamboat hosted the Freestyle Olympic trials prior to the 2006 and 2010 Games as well as the U.S. Freestyle Olympic Team Camp just weeks before the 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014 Winter Games.
“It’s a privilege to welcome back the best freestyle athletes in the United States to Steamboat-Ski Town, U.S.A.® With a rich tradition in freestyle skiing and an Olympian heritage that dates back more than 80 years, Steamboat embraces a spirit that allows skiers to believe in big accomplishments and the upcoming U.S Freestyle Championships will provide the ideal platform to bring out their best,” remarked Rob Perlman, Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation Senior VP of Sales & Marketing.
Release courtesy of USSA