The U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) will host its 41st annual collegiate national championships from March 12-16, 2019 at Snow King Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. More than 500 competitors will compete for national collegiate titles in alpine, nordic, snowboard and freeski events overlooking the town of Jackson Hole and the beautiful Teton Mountain Range. Snow King Resort, the Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club, the Snow King Hotel, and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort are partnering to host the event.
“Snow King Mountain Resort is thrilled to have the opportunity to bring the Collegiate National Championships to Snow King and the community,” said Snow King Mountain Resort General Manager Ryan Stanley. “Our slopes and snow conditions provide world class training and events to athletes from all over the country and we look forward to welcoming these exceptional collegiate athletes.”
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 Championships 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 expected to compete in beautiful Jackson Hole.
“I am very excited that we are able to form a new partnership with the Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club, Snow King Resort and Snow King Hotel for the USCSA 2019 National Championships,” said Adam Stark, president of USCSA. “As an organization we are always looking for a world class venue to host our event and we have found that in Snow King. The ability to view multiple events on Snow King Mountain at the same time, have a Nordic venue that is challenging and supports great views for spectators and having the event right in the town of Jackson, WY offers an experience for our athletes and spectators that can’t be matched. Start your planning now and we will see you in March!”
Brian Krill, Executive Director for the Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club (JHSC) added, “We are excited to host this event to highlight for JHSC athletes the vast opportunities to compete in college, while bringing attention and excitement to our amazing venues, sports, club, and community.”
Teams will begin 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, next January. Top teams from each conference attend one of six regional championships, which decide who ultimately qualifies to participate in events at the collegiate national championships.