The 2013 US National Alpine Championships will move to the west coast next season with the announcement today (April 7) that Squaw Valley, California, will be the host.
The event is scheduled for March 17-23. Squaw last hosted National Championship races in 2002, but is perhaps best known as the host of the 1960 Winter Olympic Games.
Squaw Valley President and CEO Andy Wirth said, “We are absolutely honored that Squaw Valley has been selected to host the 2013 US Alpine Championships. Squaw Valley has a very proud heritage of host the Winter Olympics and producing a great number of Olympians and world class athletes. we are excited to offer unique and challenging terrain for the competitions on what are some of the most spectator friendly courses the championships has ever seen.”
Wirth was surrounded by current and former US Ski Team stars from Squaw Valley in making the announcement during a US Ski Team Day fund-raising event.
“It’s really cool to see all the great stuff happening at Squaw,” said Julia Mancuso, one of several Squaw skiers on the current ski team roster. “To have US nationals back just shows commitment to racing and its roots here in Squaw Valley.”
US Ski Team President and CEO Bill Marolt said, “Squaw Valley is an amazing example of how the longtime legacy of ski racing has fostered a culture that continues to motivate great athletes today. Our US Ski Team athletes, and USSA clubs from around the country will find Squaw Valley to be an amazing host with a world class venue and depth of experience to produce a great championships.
Pictured, from left: Travis Ganong, Nick Daniels, Shannon Bahrke-Happe, Squaw Valley CEO Andy
Wirth, Julia Mancuso and Norwegian Olympic gold medalist Aksel Lund
Svindal (Squaw Valley photo)