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The U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) will host its 5-day long annual Collegiate National Championships from March 6-10, 2018, in Lake Placid, N.Y. Over 500 competitors will compete for national collegiate titles in alpine, nordic, snowboard and freeski events in the beautiful Adirondack mountains.

USCSA is the only ski and snowboard league where colleges and universities compete and qualify for post-season competition as a team. This emphasis on team performance is a departure from the typical individual or World Cup scoring format often found in skiing. Allowing entire teams to qualify for the USCSA Collegiate National Championship also allows for a greater number of competitors to attend the event, with over 200 alpine athletes, 200 freeski and snowboard athletes, and 100 nordic athletes competing this week at Lake Placid.

“This year’s national championship is going to be exciting,” said Adam Stark, President of USCSA. “We have some very high caliber athletes coming this year. We keep on learning from our membership on what they value in the event and our partnership with ORDA & Whiteface keeps getting stronger. A large thank you to all of our sponsors and vendors this year such as National Promotions and Fulfillment, Monster Energy, and Reliable Racing. We are going to be back at the newly renovated Olympic Jumping Complex for a fun opening ceremonies event. Make sure you come check it out. Also, we have learned that free stuff at awards was a huge hit, so get excited because Love Your Melon is back along with more great prizes from other companies. The marketing team has really stepped up with great prizes, but only if you follow us on social media. I can’t wait to get to Lake Placid and be part of the 40th Annual Collegiate National Championships.”

Teams began their quest to qualify for the U.S. Collegiate Skiing and Snowboarding National Championships in their local conference competitions, held across 11 conferences spanning the nation, this January. Top teams from each conference attend one of six regional championships, which decide who ultimately qualifies to participate in the Collegiate National Championship.

Beginning March 6, the USCSA Broadcast Network will bring audiences over 70 hours of live, multi-camera HD video coverage from all three competition venues. Scott “Boss” Hogg returns to lead the USCSA Broadcast Team at alpine, joined by announcers Josiah Babcock and Evan Olmstead at snowboard and freestyle, as well as Bob Underwood “The Coach” and Jared Newell at nordic. More information, including live-timing, daily schedules, and the broadcasts can be found here: http://www.uscsa.com/broadcast.

The USCSA believes that student-athletes of all levels and abilities should have access to quality and exciting venues of competition. USCSA athletes agree that our team orientation fosters a collaborative approach across their collegiate athletic and academic careers, and often this mentality proves indispensable in their adult lives and careers. The organization includes 150 colleges from coast to coast, fielding 5,000 male and female, alpine, freestyle, cross-country, snowboarding and nordic ski jumping athletes in over 300 events annually.

Release courtesy of USCSA

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