CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine — The U.S. Alpine Championships are returning to Sugarloaf for 2015 and 2017, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association announced in a news release on the U.S. Ski Team’s website Thursday.
Sugarloaf and Sun Valley (Idaho) will hold the championships on alternating years from 2015 to 2018, with Sun Valley hosting the event in 2016 and 2018.
Each of the resorts boasts a heritage of ski racing in America and continues that tradition through their USSA club programs of Carrabassett Valley Academy at Sugarloaf and the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation, according to the news release.
“Both Sugarloaf and Sun Valley have a strong tradition in building and showcasing events that celebrate the excitement and culture of ski racing,” Calum Clark, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s executive vice president of events, said in the release.
“The Narrow Gauge race hill [at Sugarloaf] is renown in the east for testing and training the best in the world like Bode Miller. Sun Valley has helped produce its share of legends like Picabo Street, who found her love for speed on Warm Springs and Greyhawk,” Clark added.
The 2015 event dates will be announced following the finalization of the 2015 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup calendar, according to the release.
John Diller, Sugarloaf’s general manager, is pleased with the return of the championships.
“Sugarloaf has a proud tradition of hosting some of the world’s premier ski racing events, and we’re honored to have the U.S. Alpine Championships return for 2015,” he said in the release. “From Bode Miller to Kirsten Clark to Seth Wescott, many of the country’s greatest athletes have cut their teeth right here on the world-famous Narrow Gauge, and we’re excited to see our country’s best ski racers showcase their talent here once again.”
Miller, Clark and Wescott all have strong ties to Sugarloaf and went on to star in national and international competitions.
Miller is a 1996 Carrabassett Valley Academy graduate who has competed in five Olympics, winning five medals. Clark is a three-time Olympian from Raymond who retired in 2007 after winning five U.S. National downhill titles, one Super G and one combined. Wescott, a Farmington native, is a two-time Olympic gold-medal winner in the snowboard cross.
Current U.S. ski team members include Ted Ligety and Julia Mancuso, who recently won Olympic medals at the Sochi Games in Russia.
Ligety won the giant slalom at Sochi and also won the combined event at the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy.
Mancuso was the bronze medalist in the combined at Sochi and was also the silver medalist in both combined and downhill in 2010 in Vancouver. She won the giant slalom at the 2006 Games.