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Masters Welcomes Coaches with a Complementary Membership

By Lauren Beckos
December, 15 2022
Willy Camp Coaches at the Masters Summer Fun Nationals Race on Mt. Hood
Willy Camp Coaches at the Masters Summer Fun Nationals Race on Mt. Hood

Starting this 2022-2023 season, all U.S. Ski & Snowboard Alpine Coaches will have a complementary Alpine Master membership automatically added to their account. Thank you for your hard work and dedication in your sport! We hope you will check out the Masters 2022-2023 Schedules for All Divisions and join us for a race.

There are many benefits to participating in a masters race as a coach:

  • Participation in one masters race earns you 2 continuing education credits. This can be used once every two years. Submit using the continuing education request form after the race. See the framework instructions for more information about continuing ed credits that you are required to get to maintain a current coach's certification.
  • Practice what you preach. Doing what you teach your athletes gives you insights that you don't get from the sidelines. It is informative, valuable, and makes you a better coach.
  • It’s YOU time! Have fun! Remember how exhilarating it is to feel the speed, rhythm, and adrenaline of a ski race. Reconnect with why you first fell in the love with alpine ski racing.
  • Set a course and then get to race it! Contact the masters event organizer to see if a course-setter is needed if you would like to set. (The masters course-setting matrix is available here.)
  • No special gear needed besides a FIS-legal helmet! Masters do not have ski requirements. Throw down on those cheater GS skis or any other skis you've got in your quiver that you love!

Masters racing provides opportunities for adults of all ages and abilities to compete against their peers in alpine ski races across the United States. Masters is a multi-generational, passionate, fun-loving group. Come for the races, stay for the life-long friendships and love of the sport.

For more information about the Masters group in your area:

Division    Website
Central Division    midwestmasters.org
Eastern Division (New England)    nemsracing.org
Eastern Division (Mid-Atlantic)    mamasters.org
Eastern Division (Southern)    saraski.org
 Far West    farwestmasters.org 
Intermountain/Northern    intermountainmasters.org 
Pacific Northwest    pnwdivision.org/masters 
 Rocky    rmmskiracing.org  

 

For more information regarding the Masters program please visit usskiandsnowboard.org/masters.

Sustainability

U.S. Ski & Snowboard, a national and global leader in snow sports, is committed to addressing climate change and stewarding sustainability of winter sports. Millions globally are inspired by winter sports and enjoy healthy, active lifestyles in winter environments. Climate change threatens our winter environments with receding glaciers, rising sea levels, volatile weather cycles and less snowfall.

Forehand Throws a 2160 to Win X Games Gold

By Leann Bentley
January, 30 2023
Mac Forehand
Mac Forehand shows off his X Games gold medal after winning the men's ski big air contest. (X Games)

At only 21 years old, Mac Forehand beat out the veterans of the sport when he landed a perfect 2160 Cuban in the men's ski big air contest at the 2023 X Games. 

Forehand, who won the X Games silver medal the day before in men's ski slopestyle, still had something left in his bag for the second-to-last competition of the X Games. With four attempts of the big air jump, Forehand never ventured out of the top three. In the strong field of 10 competitors, including teammates Alex Hall and Troy Podmilsak, Forehand had what it took to win. 

Alex Hall, who won the event in 2022, threw tricks that only AHall can do. Off the jump, Hall put down a switch dub 14 to knuckle switch butter 3. At the end of the night, Hall finished in seventh. Troy Podmilsak, a Rookie Team athlete, showed he deserved to be there. Before the contest even started, TPod landed a worlds-first switch dub bio 1980. An unbelievable feat for the rookie, Podmilsak is leaving his first X games with a sixth place. 

But the night went to Forehand. On the last jump of the night, Forehand landed a 2160 Cuban, meaning he spun through the air five and a half times while grabbing the back tip of his ski. Landing the trick perfectly, the crowd went wild. Forehand skied to the bottom of the jump with his head in his hands, waiting for his score, in complete disbelief. Seconds later, a 50 showed up on the screen - a perfect score. Forehand, with the X Games gold medal around his neck now looks forward to the next contest at Mammoth Mountain later this week. 

Wise Wins Fifth X Games Gold

By Leann Bentley
January, 30 2023
X Games
David Wise and Birk Irving atop the podium for the men's ski SuperPipe at the 2023 X Games. (X Games)

David Wise won X Games gold to close out the 2023 X Games in Aspen, Colo. Wise, who has competed in over 14 X Games, is once again walking away from the event with another gold medal in his bag. Under the lights of Buttermilk Mountain, the men's SuperPipe was the last event of the busy X Games schedule. With tens of thousands of fans surrounding the 22-foot-tall halfpipe, U.S. Freeski Team athletes Wise, Birk Irving, Alex Ferreira and Aaron Blunk put on a show. 

With four chances to land a perfect run, it was anyone's game. Through the first run, Wise landed all his tricks and was showing serious amplitude and creativity. Next up was hometown favorite Alex Ferreira. Uncharacteristically of Ferreira, he hit the deck of the pipe on his last hit and fell while attempting his left double cork 1620. After a minute or so on the ground, he skied down safely. But on the second run, it happened again and he eventually pulled out of the contest. Ferreira now focuses on the next contest at Mammoth Mountain. 

Irving, who is coming away from a second place the week before in Calgary, Canada showed the crowd he was ready to go big. With a clean double flat spin 720 in the middle of his run and ending with a left dub 1440, Irving ended up in second place, securing an X Games silver medal. The night before, his sister, Svea Irving, won X Games bronze in the women's ski SuperPipe - closing out a successful weekend for the Irving siblings. 

Aaron Blunk, known by the X Games community as the only skier to throw five doubles in all four directions in his run in 2022, went big. On Blunk's last trip through the pipe, it looked like he was in the right position to knock Jon Sallinen out of third place but just came up short, ending the night in fourth place. 

But the night was ultimately won by Wise. Wise is now a five-time X Games gold medalist, having won the event in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2018 and now 2023. Wise, whose run included a switch right 900 tail, switch left double cork 1080 japan, a right 900 tail and finished with mirror back-to-back dub 12 mutes, he had enough to secure the first place position. 

Now, the U.S. Freeski and Snowboard Teams are in Mammoth Mountain for the 2023 Toyota U.S. Grand Prix. 

RESULTS

Irving Snags First Career Podium With an X Games Bronze Medal

By Leann Bentley
January, 29 2023
Svea
Svea Irving on the X Games Women's Ski SuperPipe podium. (X Games)

U.S. Freeski Team athlete Svea Irving went big in the SuperPipe on Saturday night and ended the evening on the podium for the first time in her professional career. 

Irving came to the X Games as an alternate and left with a bronze medal. This is not only Irving's first X Games medal, it is her first ever podium at the professional level. Going into the weekend, Irving was invited to X Games as an alternate. As an alternate, you are not guaranteed a starting position. For Irving, she found out the night before the contest that she would have the opportunity to drop in, and she took it.

With the heavy snowfall significantly slowing down the pipe for all athletes, Irving managed to find her speed and amplitude and landed a very technical combo of tricks that eventually led her to be in the top three overall. On her final run through the pipe, matched with screams from the thousands of fans, Irving landed the alleyoop flat five to cork nine combo and walked away with an X Games Bronze. 

"I just won my first bronze medal at any big event ever," said Irving in disbelief. "I am absolutely speechless but very grateful to be on the podium with such great athletes. I am just so stoked to be here!" 

Along with Irving, teammates Hanna Faulhaber and Brita Sigourney also competed. Faulhaber, who won X Games Bronze at last years competition, ended the night in fifth and Sigourney, who has competed in 14 X Games in her career, was seventh. Zoe Atkin of Great Britain won Gold and Rachael Karker of Canada was Silver. 

Now Irving and the rest of the team, both men and women, travel to the west coast for the U.S. Toyota Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain. 

RESULTS

Men’s Speed Places Two in Top 30 Super-G

By Sierra Ryder
January, 29 2023
Kyle Negomir Skis to a Top 30 Super-G Finish
Kyle Negomir Skis to a Top 30 Super-G Finish (CC: Getty Images)

On Sunday, the Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team men’s speed took on the Cortina super-G track for the second day. The race was riveting and extremely difficult. There was a total of 21 did not finish racers. An unheard-of number for a speed event. This was due to a lot of trick turns on the terrain packed course.

“It helps to run at the end where you see some of the top guys go with those big trick turns and mistakes they were making,” commented Kyle Negomir on the tricky set.

Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team athlete Negomir led the way with a 28th place. Bryce Bennett was close behind in 29th and River Radamus and Ryan Cochran-Siegle were just out of the top 30 in 32nd and 35th. Erik Arvidsson landed in 36th place.

“I think today was a lot of tricks and traps in the course set so you had to be careful,” said Negomir. “I executed the hard sections well and at the bare minimum you needed that today.”

The day’s winner was once again Marco Odermatt of Switzerland. Second place went to Italian skier Dominik Paris, and third place went to Austrian skier Daniel Hemetsberger.

The men’s speed team will now take some rest days as they gear up for World Championships in Courchevel-Meribel France Feb. 6-19th.

RESULTS

Men's super-G

Shiffrin Second, Moltzan Eighth in Spindleruv Mlyn Slalom

By Courtney Harkins
January, 29 2023
Shiffrin Spindleruv
Mikaela Shiffrin scores second in the Spindleruv Mlyn slalom. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom - Christophe Pallot)

Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team athlete Mikaela Shiffrin finished second in the second slalom in Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic, just .06 seconds out of first place, and clinched a seventh slalom crystal globe. Paula Moltzan added another top-10 result, finishing in eighth place.

"It is unbelieveable to secure the slalom globe already this season," said Shiffrin. "I have been working hard to get my slalom to a high level again and this season has been very special."

Shiffrin dominated the first run of slalom, but a deteriorating course and flat light hindered many of the racers in the second run. Lena Duerr of Germany took the win, with Zrinka Ljutic of Croatia in third place.

"If I get 86 wins this season it's only special, there is no pressure to do it, its more amazing considering if I am not taking all the risk I will not win the race, I need to be at my highest level," said Shiffrin. 

Moltzan continued to show her dominance this season, with her strong, consistent skiing placing her in the top seven in the overall slalom rankings. It is her fifth top-10 finish in slalom in 2022-23.

Shiffrin, the winningest woman alpine skier of all time with 85 FIS World Cup wins, is working toward number 86 to tie Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark as the winningest alpine ski racer ever. Stenmark’s record has held for 34 years. But the fight will wait for another day, with Shiffrin heading into the FIS World Championships, as World Champs results do not count toward the total.

With her result in Spindleruv, Shiffrin clinched her seventh slalom globe, making her the best slalom skier of the 2022-23 season. She last won the slalom globe in 2019. Shiffrin also currently holds the lead for the giant slalom globe (600 points over Lara Gut-Behrami's 482) and the overall lead (1697 points over Petra Vlhova's 966).

Lila Lapanja, Nina O’Brien and Ava Sunshine also raced, but did not qualify for second run. Zoe Zimmermann and Katie Hensien did not finish.

Next the women’s tech team will focus on World Championships Feb. 6-19 in Courchevel-Meribel, France

RESULTS
Women’s slalom

Kauf Fourth in Val St. Come Duals

By Lara Carlton
January, 28 2023
Jaelin Kauf
Jaelin Kauf led the Americans with a fourth place finish at the Val St. Come Dual Moguls World Cup (FIS Freestyle - Mateusz Kielpinski)

Jaelin Kauf led the Americans for the second night in a row under the lights at Val St. Come with a fourth place finish in the FIS Dual Moguls World Cup. Kauf dueled Britain’s Mikaela Gerken Schofield in a wild ride of a small final where both women pushed each other to their limits. At one point Kauf straddled a mogul but drew on her experience and strength to pull it back and ski in the line to beat Schofield over the finish. In the end, the judges gave it to Schofield who took third place. Japan’s Anri Kawamura won and France’s Perrine Laffont took second. 

I’m tired,” commented Kauf from the finish area. “It’s bittersweet [to come in fourth], but I am stoked to be back in duals again after such a long time away from competition. I’m bummed to have made such a big mistake in that last run. I thought I was done there for a minute, but basically I just did everything I could to hang on and make it through.”

Elizabeth Lemley, who won her first dual moguls World Cup this season, skied an impressive run against Japan’s Haruka Nakao in the round of eight to advance to the quarterfinal. Lemley met Kauf in the quarterfinal in an American round of friendly fire, but came unstuck in the top section and ended the night in eighth. 

It was another strong showing for the women of the moguls team with seven qualifying for the round of eight: Kauf, Lemley, Alli Macuga, Tess Johnson, Olivia Giaccio, Hannah Soar and Lulu Shaffer. With a field so deep, several rounds of friendly fire knocked a few Americans out from the gate: Johnson lost to Kauf and Soar lost to Shaffer. 

Soar finished 10th, Macuga in 11th and Johnson in 13th.

Shaffer, in her first dual moguls World Cup, skied against Schofield in the quarterfinal, crossing the line first. Schofield took the advance and Shaffer finished in seventh.

Giaccio came up against Laffont in the quarterfinal. Both women went huge with their airs, but Laffont took the round. Giaccio finished in fifth. 

On the men’s side Nick Page and Cole McDonald qualified for the round of eight. Page met Kazakhstan’s Pavel Komolkav for a thrilling match. Both men were neck-in-neck the entire run. Although Page skied clean and fast to cross the line first, the round went to Komolkav and Page ended the night in ninth. 

McDonald was on the hunt for another duals podium. He beat Finland’s Severi Vierela in the round of eight to come up against Mikael Kingsbury in the quarterfinal. To beat the King you have to ski the run of your life, and McDonald took up the challenge with gusto. 

“This was my fourth time dueling Mikael, so I had a lot of experience going against him,” reflected McDonald. “I knew I had to give it my all. My goal in the start gate was to try to beat him across the line. I was just 0.1 seconds behind him; it was quite a close dual.” 

McDonald finished the night in seventh. 

Sweden’s Walter Wallberg won the night, Kingsbury took second and Sweden’s Filip Granefors took third. 

Dylan Walczyk finished 20th, Landon Wendler 27th and Dylan Marcellini 45th.

Moguls competes next on home snow at the Intermountain Health Freestyle International at Deer Valley Resort Feb. 2-4, 2023. 

RESULTS
Women’s Dual Moguls
Men’s Dual Moguls

Stevenson, Forehand Go 1-2 at X Games

By Leann Bentley
January, 28 2023
X Games podium
Mac Forehand (second) and Colby Stevenson (first) stand on the podium at the X Games for men's ski slopestyle. (Jamie Schwaberow, X Games)

Colby Stevenson was first and Mac Forehand second for the men's ski slopestyle contest on the second day of the X Games. Despite heavy snow that significantly slowed the skiers down throughout the four runs, Stevenson continued to raise the bar after every lap through the course. 

Of the 10 athletes competing, three were from the U.S. Freeski Team: Colby Stevenson, Alex Hall and Mac Forehand. Forehand secured his second X Games medal of his career with a silver in today's contest and was left speechless.

"I just walked away with a silver medal," said Forehand. "I can't really put what I'm feeling into words right now. I'm just so excited. Onto big air tomorrow night, let's go!"

This is the third X Games gold medal and second slopestyle medal of Stevenson's career. Last night, he was third in the men's ski knuckle huck. "This fuels the fire," he said. "Days like this, when I go out and put down my best runs - it makes me want to keep doing it until I can't. This is what dreams are made of baby!"

On a course that was tight, technical and did not provide any room for error, the athletes knew they had to land their tricks and get their rotations around. This type of course played to Stevenson's strengths as he performs best when he can get into his "flow state" and not have much time to think. 

Onto the next. Forehand and Hall will compete in the big air contest tomorrow to wrap up X Games and Stevenson will pack up to head to the next contest at Mammoth Mountain for the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix. 

Kern Fifth in Les Rousses Classic Sprint

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
January, 28 2023
Classic Sprint
Julia Kern (right) leads Mathilde Myhrvold or Norway, Moa Lundgren from Sweden, and Finland's Anne Kyllonen in the quarterfinal heat of Saturday's FIS World Cup Cross Country Classic sprint in Les Rousses, France (Thibaut/NordicFocus)

Julia Kern advanced to the finals for the second consecutive weekend, finishing fifth in the FIS Cross Country World Cup classic sprint in Les Rousses, France Saturday.

After struggling to advance through the semifinals earlier this season, Kern seems to have hit her sprinting stride. Last weekend in Livigno, Italy, Kern was sixth in the individual freestyle sprint, then she partnered with Rosie Brennan to finish third in the team sprint. 

Saturday in Les Rousses, Kern was 10th in qualifying, then took commanding wins in her quarterfinal and semifinal heats. In the finals, she was well-placed midway through the race before Norway’s Kristine Stavaas Skistad, the day’s top qualifier, turned on the gas and skied away with the victory. Sweden’s Emma Ribom was second and Majam Dahlqvist was third.

Competing in her first World Cup sprint this season, Hailey Swirbul finished 12th after advancing to the semifinals as a Lucky Loser. Rosie Brennan was 17th. Jessie Diggins overcooked a corner in qualifying, went off course, and recovered, but missed qualifying in the top 30.

In the men’s race, Ben Ogden was seventh-fastest in qualifying. He won his opening quarterfinal but was not able to advance through the semifinals and finished 11th overall. 

World Cup racing continues Sunday in Les Rousses with a 20k classic mass start. The women race at 6:45 a.m. EST, and the men race at 8:45 a.m. EST. Both races will stream live on SkiandSnowboard.live.

RESULTS
Women’s classic sprint
Men’s classic sprint

STANDINGS
Women’s World Cup sprint
Men’s World Cup sprint
Women’s World Cup overall
Men’s World Cup overall