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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.

Killington Cup Tickets On Sale Oct. 6

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
September, 23 2022
Killington Cup
Finish area at the 2021 FIS Ski World Cup - Homelight Killington Cup at Killington Resort (U.S. Ski & Snowboard, @dustinsatloff)

Vermont’s Killington Resort, the largest ski and snowboard destination in Eastern North America and a POWDR resort, has announced that tickets for the 2022 Killington Cup will be available for purchase starting October 6 at 10:00 a.m. ET at killington.com.

Taking place November 25-27, the FIS Ski World Cup will once again bring the women’s giant slalom and slalom races to Vermont. The event is expected to attract U.S. Ski Team superstars, including five-time Killington Cup slalom victor and last season’s overall World Cup winner Mikaela Shiffrin, former University of Vermont skier Paula Moltzan and Burke Mountain graduate and Dartmouth student Nina O’Brien. 

Returning this year is the athlete bib presentation, fireworks display and vendor village to kick things off on Friday night. There is no ticket required for the Friday night activities, which are free to the public. In addition, Killington Resort will be unveiling its state-of-the-art K-1 base lodge this season, where fans will be able to warm up and enjoy a variety of refreshments throughout the weekend.  

“It is truly an honor to welcome the World Cup each year to Killington. Watching world-class athletes racing down Superstar, encouraged by such a passionate crowd, is an unmatched experience,” says Mike Solimano, president and general manager of Killington Resort and Pico Mountain. “The Killington Cup is about the community as much as the competition. Last year, we raised over $449,000 to support the regional winter sports community through the Killington World Cup Foundation, and we are proud to continue this tradition and donate a portion of ticket sales, including 100% of general admission and VIP packages, again in 2022. We are also thrilled to debut the new K-1 Lodge, which is truly the icing on the cake.”  

Again this year, a percentage from all ticket options benefit the Killington World Cup Foundation, which supports athlete hospitality and provides grants to bolster winter sports infrastructure and access to winter sports throughout the region. Proceeds from 2021 ticket sales supported over 31 winter sports programs in eight states. Ticket offerings for the 2022 Killington Cup include: 

General Admission - $5 per day  

All proceeds of general admission tickets benefit the Killington World Cup Foundation - viewing areas are located all around the base of Superstar Trail and adjacent to the racecourse. Two video boards will provide top-to-bottom race coverage while approximately 35% of the course will be visible from these areas.  

VIP Packages – Sold in Partnership with the Killington World Cup Foundation 

The Killington World Cup Foundation is currently pre-selling Silver, Gold and Platinum packages only. Information about VIP package options or getting on the waitlist for individual tickets can be found at kwcfgivesback.org

Premier Grandstand – $100 Sat / $90 Sun  

The Premier Grandstand offers guaranteed access to the highest five rows of the grandstands at the base of Superstar trail, providing one of the best vantage points of the course.  

Grandstand – $45 Sat / $40 Sun 

Ticketed Grandstands are located at the base of the Superstar trail, adjacent to the racecourse, and are general admission for all rows except the top five. The grandstand provides an elevated view of the racecourse, along with two jumbo screens broadcasting top-to-bottom race coverage.  

Parking 

K-1 preferred parking is available again this year. Preferred parking is $80 per day and entitles purchasers access to the K-1 parking lots for one vehicle. Free parking and shuttles will continue to be available around Killington Resort.  

For additional information about the 2022 Killington Cup, please visit killington.com/worldcup and sign-up Killington Cup text updates here.  

Smith Named to U.S. World Cup Soccer Team

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
September, 23 2022
Sammy Smith
Sammy Smith, who finished fifth in the freestyle sprint at the 2022 FIS Junior World Nordic Championships, will represent the United States at the U-17 Soccer World Cup in India. (@Flyingpoint)

Sammy Smith will soon suit up for the United States in a second sport.

The U.S. women’s soccer team on Thursday selected the Boise High junior for next month’s U-17 World Cup in India, adding to a breakthrough year for the multisport star — on her 17th birthday.

“I was really shocked, especially after not being invited to some of the recent events. I’m super excited. I can’t wait. It’s going to be a great opportunity.”
- Sammy Smith

The U-17 Women’s World Cup kicks off Oct. 11, when the United States takes on host India at 8:30 a.m. Mountain time. The U.S. also drew Brazil and Morocco in Group A. Fox Sports 2 will broadcast all U.S. games during the group stage, and the 16-team tournament crowns its champion Oct. 30.

Read the full story at IdahoStatesman.com

U.S. Ski & Snowboard Partners With GMTM For Future Athlete Identification

By Leann Bentley
September, 14 2022

U.S. Ski & Snowboard Partners With GMTM For Future Athlete Identification and gives young athletes around the country an opportunity to try out for the U.S. Aerials Ski Team team virtually. 

Have you watched the Olympic Winter Games and thought, ‘I want to do that’? Now you have the opportunity. U.S. Ski & Snowboard has partnered with GMTM to recruit young athletes and Olympic hopefuls to gain attention from Olympic coaches in aerials skiing through the U.S. Aerials Ski Team Pipeline: Digital Combine

Aerials skiing became an Olympic sport at the 1994 Games and consists of a skier performing flips and spins off a jump and landing on an inclined hill. Aerialists’ scores are based on their jumps, air time, form, landing and degree of difficulty of the jump performed. 

Aerials skiers come from various backgrounds, including gymnastics, diving, trampolining, BMX biking and more. And the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team is looking to recruit athletes to join the pipeline for the Olympic Winter Games. 

Through U.S. Ski & Snowboard on GMTM, athletes can participate in activities hosted by Team USA scouts and coaches to gain exposure and be seen by the best in the sport. Through questionnaires, video uploads and messaging to connect athletes to coaches, young skiers will be one step closer to competing for the nation's national team. 

U.S. Ski & Snowboard is the United States’ National Governing Body (NGB) for skiing and snowboarding and hosts national and international competitions while helping athletes compete. U.S. Ski & Snowboard is also responsible for nominating athletes to Team USA—the nation's team for the Olympic Games.

The U.S Aerials Ski Team Pipeline: Digital Combine offers experienced skiers and new athletes from other sports backgrounds a step-by-step process to begin participating in the sport. Through the event page, five unique activities allow participants to showcase a variety of talents from different disciplines. Those activities include:

1. Athlete Background - Build your ATHLETE profile and share what interests you about the U.S. Aerials Ski Team.

2. Highlight Reel - Upload a highlight reel or a video of your highest sporting achievement.

3. Standing Backflip - Upload a video of your standing backflip, aerial training or trampoline work so that our team can review your submission.

4. 40-Yard Dash - Upload your 40-yard dash time below and a video recording of your sprint so our team can review your submission.

5. Vertical Jump - Upload your vertical jump measurement below and a video recording of your jump so our team can review your submission.

The partnership between GMTM and U.S. Ski & Snowboard allows youth skiers to interact in real-time and build a profile that organizes accomplishments, metrics and content, which is visible to coaches.

If you are a skier or an athlete from another sport hoping to find an opportunity with U.S. Ski & Snowboard, create a profile now and stay tuned for new events coming to GMTM.

 

About U.S. Ski & Snowboard
U.S. Ski & Snowboard is the Olympic National Governing Body (NGB) of ski and snowboard sports in the USA, based in Park City, Utah. Tracing its roots directly back to 1905, the organization represents nearly 200 elite skiers and snowboarders in 2022, competing in seven teams; alpine, cross country, freeski, freestyle, snowboard, nordic combined, and ski jumping. In addition to the fully-funded elite teams, U.S. Ski & Snowboard also provides leadership and direction for tens of thousands of young skiers and snowboarders across the USA, encouraging and supporting them in achieving excellence. By empowering national teams, clubs, coaches, parents, officials, volunteers, and fans, U.S. Ski & Snowboard is committed to the progression of its sports, athlete success, and the value of team. For more information, visit www.usskiandsnowboard.org.

Grill & Chill Aerials Team Fundraiser Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
September, 7 2022
 Aerials athlete
U.S. Aerials Ski Team athlete practicing at the Utah Olympic Park. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team)

The U.S. Aerials Ski Team is hosting the annual Grill & Chill fundraiser Thursday, September 15, at the Utah Olympic Park (UOC). Attendees, virtually and in-person, will get a behind-the-scenes look at our aerials athletes practicing their spectacular tricks in the Spence Eccles Olympic Freestyle Pool. All proceeds benefit the team as they gear up for the 2022-2023 season. 

Attend

Join us at 10:00 a.m., MST, on the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Facebook page to hear from 1995 moguls Olympian Sean Smith, who will be live from the water ramps to give a first-hand look into the athlete's practice while talking to them before they take another lap. In the afternoon, RSVP (spots are limited) to snag a front-row seat on the deck to watch their second practice of the day. 

Donate

All donations will support critical needs for coaching, travel, and training costs throughout the 2022-23 season. RSVP is required to attend the afternoon session, but all virtual and in-person attendees are encouraged to enter the raffle, check out our online auction and donate. 

Who will be there?

Take a look at the 2022-23 aerials athletes who will be in attendance at the event:

Ashley Caldwell, 29, Ashburn, VA. - U.S. aerial skier; 2022 Olympic gold medalist, 4x Olympian, on the team that won the inaugural gold medal during the mixed team aerials event at the 2022 Winter Olympics

Chris Lillis, 24, Pittsford, NY. – 2022 Olympic gold medalist; first American aerial skier to land a quint in competition in over a decade

Justin Schoenefeld, 24, Lawrenceburg, IN. – 2022 Olympic gold medalist; first athlete from Indiana to win a gold medal at the Winter Games

Megan Nick, 25, Shelburne, VT. – 2022 Olympic bronze medalist; first American to win an individual aerials Olympic medal since 1998

Winter Vinecki, 24, Gaylord, MI.  – U.S. aerial skier; 4 FIS World Cup podiums; has completed a marathon on seven different continents

Eric Loughran, 25, Pelham, N.H. – U.S. aerial skier; 2x Olympian and 2020 National Champion

Quinn Dehlinger, 20, Cincinnati, OH. – U.S. aerial skier; 2x Junior National Champion and 2018-19 NorAm Cup Champion

Derek Krueger, 19, Cleveland, OH. – U.S. aerial skier; top-10 finish in 2022 World Cup Finals

Kaila Kuhn, 19, Boyne City, MI. – U.S aerial skier; finished the 2018-19 World Cup season ranked 15th overall

Dani Loeb, 21, Pintala, AL. – U.S aerial skier; first Alabamian ever to make the team[CH3] 

Karenna Elliot, 22, Cincinnati, OH. - U.S. aerial skier; started skiing when she was 14 and is now the second person, and the first woman, to do a double back pike on snow

Megan Smallhouse, 21, Reno, NV. - U.S. aerial skier; 2018-19 NorAm Cup Overall Champion, started skiing at 11 months old and has a twin brother who is also a ski racer

Tasia Tanner, 20, Salt Lake City, UT. - U.S. aerial skier; two 11th place finishes at the World Cup, and 8 NorAm Cup podiums, before deciding to specialize in aerial skiing, she competed in Big Mountain and Big Air

Donate to the Aerials Team Today!

Diggins, Kern 1-2 At Kangaroo Hoppet XC Ski Marathon in Australia

By Tom Horrocks
August, 28 2022
Kangaroo Hoppet
Jessie Diggins and Julia Kern finished 1-2 in the Kangaroo Hoppet 42k cross country marathon Sunday in Fall Church, Australia. (@kangaroohoppet)

Jessie Diggins and Julia Kern finished first, and second among nearly 1,000 cross country skiers from 22 countries who descended on Falls Creek, Australia, Sunday for the 30th staging of the Kangaroo Hoppet XC Ski Marathon.

The Hoppet, part of the prestigious Worldloppet Ski Federation of marathon events, is the largest annual snowsports event in the southern hemisphere and attracts elite and citizen skiers from around the world. Perfect weather and tracks greeted the skiers as they wound their way through the course from the Falls Creek Nordic Bowl across the Bogong High Plains.

"It was super fun to finally experience the Hoppet," Diggins said. "There’s something different about pulling a race bib on and I was really grateful for the chance to practice all my race day things; timing of the warmup, fueling, and hydration, setting goals, and feeling nervous."

Diggins won the women's race 42k mass start women's race with fellow American Peter Wolter winning the men's 42k mass start, making it a US double. Diggins positioned herself well in the lead pack on the tough Paralyser climb and was able to get a break on Kern as the skiers descended from the Bogong High Plains.

"Mostly, my plan was to hang on to the pack and Jessie as long as possible, given it was a fairly gradual race with a decent amount of wind, so drafting made a huge difference," Kern said. "I wasn’t able to hang on through the long climb early on, so I ended up skiing alone most of the race."

"As Julia said, we were on the tails of the men's pack in a really great draft, so we were having a fun time cruising through the first 10km together," Diggins added. "My big goal of the day was to try out some aggressive fueling strategies for when we race 50km later in the World Cup season, so I went to the front at the start of the long climb to try and not let the pack splinter apart so I could keep racing with the boys. Peter decided to attack at that time though, so I ended up hanging on to the back by my fingertips and then working together with a smaller pack, which was super great practice for me. I was really happy with how I was able to practice taking more feeds during the race and get a chance to really work on my drafting and bridging from one group to the next. Kern was able to put a good break on Casey Wright (who finished third)."

"It is always fun to pull on a race bib," Kern said. "Although we still have some time until the official race season, now is the time I like to start putting on a race bib for some harder efforts to remember what’s that like. It made me excited for the season to come!"

In the men’s event, a large pack skied together for 10k before Wolter put the foot down at the top of the course and was able to break the pack after 15k.  Wright from New Zealand and Lars Young Vik from Australia battled for the minor placings before Wright was able to edge ahead of Vik coming into the finish.

Digging and Kern, along with U.S. Ski & Snowboard World Cup cross country coach Jason Cork, are spending three and a half weeks on snow in Australia training for the upcoming World Cup season which kicks off in November in Ruka, Finland. They will join the rest of the U.S. Cross Country Team for the final pre-season training camp in Park City for two weeks in October. 

After a two-year hiatus due to COVID restrictions, it was great to have the Hoppet back on the international stage. Race Director, Ben Derrick, paid tribute to all the volunteers that come together for the event. “We have over 100 volunteers involved in staging the event that are made up of local skiers and non-skiers alike. After a couple of years of forced cancellation, it was great to see the enthusiasm and passion that our community brings to the sport.”

The 30th staging of the Hoppet is an amazing achievement for all involved in the event. “The far-sighted and aspirational dreaming and planning from the Birkebeiner Nordic Ski Club in the late 80’s has really paid enormous dividends for the sport and the local community. It is a celebration of everyone who has been involved in the event”.

The Worldloppet series move on to New Zealand for the Merino Muster next week.

Spirit Of Giving Back Instilled In Keely Cashman

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
August, 2 2022
Keely Cashman Giving Back
Olympian Keely Cashman, shown here training prior to the FIS Ski World Cup opener in Soelden, Austria, won U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s Team Athletes Giving Back Award for 2022. (Ryan Mooney - U.S. Ski Team)

Growing up in a small California town not far from Yosemite National Park instilled a real love of nature in U.S. Ski Team speed racer Keely Cashman (Strawberry, Calif.). Cashman’s passion for the park and her spirit for giving back landed her U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s Team Athletes Giving Back Award for 2022. In addition to the honor, she will receive $5,000 for the Yosemite Facelift project at Yosemite National Park. It’s a nice reward for her cause, as Cashman prepares in earnest for the 2022-23 World Cup season.

The annual award is presented to a national team athlete for their efforts giving back to causes of importance to them. Each year the Yosemite Facelift holds a three-day park cleanup effort where volunteers, including Cashman’s family, help put a fresh face on the revered national park.

As a child, Cashman visited the park often with her family. “Every ski season we made a trip to compete in the coveted Silver Ski race in the park at Badger Pass. Being surrounded by such beauty made me realize, from a young age, that the land needs to be preserved and protected.”

She learned about the Yosemite Facelift program from a high school friend a few years ago. “The past few years my mom and I have volunteered,” said Cashman. “We are already looking forward to helping again this September.”

Her participation in the program has been recognized by others locally. Among the many thank you’s she received was a handwritten note from professional rock climber Timmy O’Neill.

Cashman learned about the award itself from her team teammate, Nicola Rountree-Williams, who won the honor a year earlier. Rountree-Williams, who was diagnosed with autism, won the $5,000 to support the Autistic Self Advocacy Network.

A rising star on the women’s speed team, Cashman is coming off a pivotal season where she successfully returned from injury and made a strong Olympic debut in Beijing. 

“Last season was tricky for me,” she said. “I was coming back from my first injury ever. It took a little more time than I had initially hoped to get back to the top level. Each race I got more confident. I thought my peak skiing was in China at the Olympics.”

A strong multi-event skier as a junior, Cashman had three top-14 finishes as a 16-year-old at the 2016 Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, including 10th in super-G. In 2019, she was fourth in combined at the Junior World Championships in Val di Fassa, Italy. A year later in Narvik, Norway, she stepped it up to bronze. 

Just nine months later, she had a breakthrough World Cup weekend in Val d’Isere, racing to 10th in super-G and finishing 15th and 17th in two downhills. But three weeks later, her racing world crashed down around her as a downhill training accident in Garmisch-Partenkirchen knocked her unconscious and put her into a German hospital for eight days. Six months later, she was back on snow.

She admits today that getting back into the starting gate at Garmisch last January was tough. “It was one of the most mentally challenging things I've ever done,” she said. “From the start, you stare at the spot where I crashed. That was crazy. But I skied decently there and was super proud of myself.”

Her Olympic experience in Beijing was another big boost to her confidence. “It was a dream come true for me,” she said. “Leading up to it with all the COVID things happening, I didn’t let it sink in until I was in the village. Once we got there, it was awesome.”

Staying in the Yanqing Athlete Village gave her the opportunity to meet athletes from around the world, both from her sport of alpine skiing as well as ice sliding sports. 

She admitted to being nervous in her opening event, taking 27th in super-G. But she had a strong downhill, finishing 17th. In the combined downhill, she skied to an impressive seventh in downhill - just .65 off the lead - before going out in slalom.

It buoyed her confidence and she’s looking forward to the 2022-23 season.

Looking ahead to the coming season with a new set of coaches and fresh, young teammates who are creating a new team dynamic, she’s feeling confident. “Right now I have a great mindset,” she said. “I've been training hard in the gym. I feel stronger than I've ever been! We have a whole new coaching staff with some younger girls coming up. It kind of feels like a fresh start."

“I’m trying to take my skiing and my confidence and the mental approach that I took into the last races of last season into the next season. So, I’m really excited – and happy!”

In a way, Cashman is emerging as a young leader on a team in a very positive transition. “We have probably the youngest speed team of any nation,” she said. “It's a really young group of girls. We have good bonds off the hill – we push each other.”

Veterans Jackie Wiles and Alice Merryweather are still on the sidelines with injuries. But their veteran presence is still felt by the team. Breezy Johnson, one of the top-ranked downhillers in the world, is expected back from injury for the season.

Like many, Cashman’s wondering how the planned Zermatt downhills will work in early November. She’s especially looking forward to running the downhill track at St. Moritz and Kvitfjell, where the women will be running the 1994 Olympic course for the first time since 1996.

Cashman takes great pride in the Team Athletes Giving Back Award – it’s a part of her overall growth as a world-class athlete. She also has a positive vibe for the future, not letting her January 2021 injury get in the way.

“Before I got injured, I had the best results that I've ever had,” she said confidently. “I just try to remember that I can ski with the best in the world. I have the skill. I have what it takes to make it. So I’ll just take it day-by-day and (move forward with) small victories.”
 

2022 Booster Summer Fun Nationals Recap

By Lauren Beckos
July, 29 2022
2022 Booster Summer Fun Nationals
Masters at the start of the 2022 Booster Sumer Fun Nationals on the West Mile at Mt. Hood!

SFN 2022 Wrap

Message from Meri Stratton, the event organizer:

I want to thank all of you for whatever level of participation you added to ensure a very successful event.  It takes everyone to make it a success.  It takes a village! Thank You!

I have sent all the results, worker pictures and special winners to the webmaster to post on our website.  Hopefully she can get it all posted soon. Check back often to see if it is up  www.SummerFunNationals.com . Brian Robb, our photographer has all your photos  ready on his site to preview and purchase. brianrobbphoto.com 

How special was it to race on the West Mile!  Never in any of the previous 33 years has there been enough snow to even consider racing on Mile.  I believe we ended up with a total of 78 total participants.  Not all participated in all events, a few just worked and there were a few minor casualties both before and during the races. However, all had a wonderful time.  Racers came from all across the US and ranged in age from 13 to 84.   Having that wide age spread is what the Summer Fun Nationals is all about!  Ski racing is a lifelong family affair! 

The weather was primo.  The course sets were fabulous. The Gate Grunts were phenomenal.  The snow was superb. Timberline was awesome. The parties were sumptuous. What a fantastic set of circumstances to make for the perfect event!  THANK YOU ALL!!!

Now, let’s look to next summer.  We are scheduling the 2023 Summer Fun Nationals for July 14-15-16, 2023.  Please put it on your calendar and start making plans now.  We look forward to seeing you then. Let’s have some more ski racing fun!

2022 Masters National Championships at Sun Valley

By Lauren Beckos
July, 28 2022
Men's Class 4 Podium at the 2022 Master National Championship
Class 4 Racers celebrating with their kids in tow at the 2022 Masters National Championships!

After a 2 year delay, we threw quite the party at Sun Valley for the 2022 A Racer's Edge Masters National Championships! We had a full week of sunshine and great races. A big thank you to the Sun Valley Race Department and Meri Stratton for helping to pull it all together for us! Parties were beach style with food and drinks outside the race yurt and it was great to all be hanging out again! Congratulations to all the competitors and winners!

RACE PHOTOS: Thank you to Smiley's Mountain Photo for taking race photos during the event. View and buy photos!

VIDEO: Thank you to Steve Ferguson at Sun Video Productions for the video recaps of all the events and awards! Watch all the videos on his Vimeo Channel!

Downloadable PDF results packet

2022 Al Sise Award Winners

2022 Division Cup2022 Men's Overall National Champs2022 Women's Overall National Champs

2022 National Masters Team

 2022 Nationals Sponsors

Voisin Highlights List Of Organizational Volunteer Award Winners

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
July, 27 2022
Maggie Voisin Buddy Werner Award Recipient
Three-time Olympian Maggie Voisin was recognized with the Buddy Werner Award, honoring sportsmanship. (Mike Dawson - U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

U.S. Ski & Snowboard honored individuals and organizations for their service to the sport with its final gold and silver level awards. The gold and silver-level awards recognize volunteers and organizations around the country for their service to athletes in a variety of categories, following the acknowledgment of athletes, coaches, and clubs of the year announced earlier.

PAUL BACON AWARD (event organization)
New York Ski Educational Foundation (NYSEF)/Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA), Lake Placid, N.Y.

The Paul Bacon Award for event organization went to Lake Placid’s New York Ski Educational Foundation (NYSEF) and Olympic Regional Development Authority. The two partnering organizations were recognized for the wide array of events they produced during challenging times.

The 2021-22 season came after a series of significant upgrades to venues by ORDA in anticipation of the upcoming 2023 World University Games. NYSEF and ORDA stepped up during Christmas to produce the Olympic Trials for Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined on the newly-renovated ski jumps. They were back on the nordic venues in March for the finale of the FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup and women’s FIS Ski Jumping Continental Cup.

In February, NYSEF produced calendared NorAm Cup women’s races but also added a men’s series at the last minute after COVID restrictions in Quebec forced schedule changes. They also stepped up to run men’s super-G and combined events that had to be moved because of low snow elsewhere. In all, they ran 14 FIS events over a two-week period.

In addition, they also hosted a U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hole Shot ski cross and snowboardcross event, plus a USASA Futures Tour at Gore Mountain - new venues for each tour. At the newly-remodeled Mount Van Hoevenberg venue, they held a cross-country Super Tour in January as well as U.S. Biathlon national championships in March. Also on the calendar was the U.S. Collegiate Ski Association national championships in alpine and freeride at Whiteface Mountain, plus cross country at Mount Van Hoevenberg in March.

JOHN J. CLAIR AWARD (service to national teams)
Rex Bell, Portland, Maine

Rex Bell, a pioneering leader in ski jumping and nordic combined, was honored with the John J. Clair Award for his service to national teams. A former ski jumper and coach himself, Bell was a founder of USA Nordic and continues to be a strong supporter of its programs.

A tireless supporter of ski jumping, Bell has continued to fight to bring the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup back to America. He was successful in that endeavor, with the tour coming back to Iron Mountain, Mich. next February. The last event in America was at Park City in 2004.

Bell chaired the USA Nordic board until 2020 and remains active on its executive committee. He also represents the USA on the FIS Equipment Subcommittee. He is a real estate developer in Maine and his company, Northland Enterprises, is a USA Nordic sponsor.

BUD & MARY LITTLE AWARD (service to USOPC or FIS)
Jeff Weinman, Park City, Utah

U.S. Ski & Snowboard Director of Competition Services Jeff Weinman (Park City, Utah) was honored with the Bud & Mary Little Award for service to the International Ski & Snowboard Federation (FIS). The award memorializes longtime FIS vice president Bud Little.

Weinman joined U.S. Ski & Snowboard in 1998 to oversee its National Points System and to manage competition rules. Over nearly a quarter century, he became a vital cog within global ranking systems with FIS. During his tenure, Weinman was instrumental in reforming the National Points system and helping usher it into the electronic age. It is an important role as points are the foundation of all competition rankings.

Along the way, he established a synergistic relationship with FIS staff and has had a strong voice in classification system improvements. In 2007, he was appointed to the FIS Classification Committee, following in the footsteps of Americans Warren Lowry and Bruce Crane. In 2010, FIS asked Weinman to take on the chairman’s role.

A quiet leader, Weinman’s work with U.S. Ski & Snowboard from ranking systems to rules management to competition guide production has played a vital role for officials, clubs, coaches, and athletes across the country and the world.

J. LELAND SOSMAN AWARD (service to physician’s pool)
Dr. Heather Cichanowski, St. Paul, Minn. 

Dr. Heather Cichanowski, the head team physician for the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team, was honored with the J. Leland Sosman Award for her service to the team’s physician’s pool. 

The J. Leland Sosman Award is presented annually in recognition of service to the U.S. Ski & Snowboard volunteer physician’s pool. It is named in honor of Dr. Sosman, affectionately known as ‘Sos,’ who was a volunteer leader and competition official known for his energy, persistence, and passion for U.S. Ski & Snowboard sports. This award recognizes an individual from the medical community who best exemplifies these traits.

Dr. Cichanowski, who serves as medical director for women’s sports medicine at TRIA Orthopedics in Woodbury, has been engaged with the team’s physician’s pool since 2011 and was named head cross physician in 2021.

She is known across the team as one of the most dedicated physicians, managing athlete care on a regular basis and going out of her way to guide and coordinate the details through her strong communications with athletes, coaches and parents. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, she put in significant volunteer time leading up to the Beijing Olympics, helping guide cross country athletes through a challenging environment.

BUDDY WERNER AWARD (sportsmanship)
Maggie Voisin, Whitefish, Mont.

Three-time Olympian Maggie Voisin (Whitefish, Mont.) was recognized with the Buddy Werner Award, honoring sportsmanship. The award is named in honor of the great Buddy Werner, a great downhill ski racer from the 1950s and ‘60s who was known for his great caring attitude towards his teammates.

Voisin was cited as being the epitome of athletic sportsmanship. One of the world’s top freeski slopestyle athletes, Voisin is known for her supportive and encouraging personality with teammates. She has been integral in creating a family dynamic within the freeski slopestyle world.

She is known for her support of all other female athletes on the global tour - regardless of their team. When she won, she won with grace. And when she didn’t, she kept cheering for others. This past season, Voisin also served as the athlete liaison for freeski slopestyle, ensuring that her team’s wants and needs were addressed and also helping enhance the culture, equality, and opportunity for all U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes.

Her peers recognized her with the Buddy Werner Award in honor of her selflessness on and off the hill, her humility in success, and her demeanor as an athlete and a friend - true characteristics of sportsmanship.

WEST FAMILY CUP (event officials)
Barb Wagner, Platsburgh, N.Y.

Barb Wagner (Lake Placid, N.Y.), one of U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s most dedicated alpine ski racing officials, was recognized with the West Family Cup. Named in memory of noted volunteer Fraser West and his wife Teddy, the West Family Cup is presented annually to recognize a long-serving competition official.

Wagner is a longstanding start referee who puts in thousands of miles a year to ensure she will be standing in the starting gate for most of the races that take place at both Whiteface Mountain in New York and Sugarbush, Vt., serving both NYSEF and Green Mountain Valley School clubs. Her nomination came on a wave of support from fellow officials at both club programs.

She was acknowledged for her true dedication to the role, her knowledge of the rules and her ability to work with athletes, coaches, and fellow officials. Her take-charge, diligent demeanor is a vital trait in her role as the start referee where she has to balance course holds, time changes, weather, and more. She is typically one of the first on a chairlift in the morning and stays until the very last racer has hit the finish line.

Most of all, her nominators on both sides of Lake Champlain recognized her for the friendly and welcoming smile on her face as she very professionally engages in her role as a start referee - very much in the spirit the late Fraser West intended with the West Family Cup award.

Calm demeanor is not necessarily what she’s known for - she’s more of a presence at the start, directing everyone to be in place for a timely race. In charge, Diligent, passionate, those are words I’d use. Rarely leaves the start from being the first on the chair in the morning until the last racer hits the finish line.

WESTHAVEN AWARD (service as technical delegate)
Greg Johnson, Vail, Colo.

One of America’s most experienced alpine technical delegates, Greg Johnson (Vail, Colo.) has been honored with the Westhaven Award for his service as a TD. Johnson has been a U.S. Ski & Snowboard official since 1983, becoming an International Ski & Snowboard Federation TD in 1995. The Westhaven Award is presented annually in memory of longtime TD Fraser West. It dates back to 1991.

Beginning his career as an athlete, he moved into professional race department management and event organization in 1982, quickly becoming productive and supportive of race organizers. His work took him literally around the globe serving as a FIS TD at some of the biggest races in the world.

In only his third year as a FIS TD, he served at the 1998 Lake Louise World Cups. In 2007 he became the first American TD (and one of only two, to date) to serve as TD at the fabled Hahnenkamm in Kitzbϋhel, working with the legendary three-time Olympic champion Tony Sailor in his final event as chief of race. He also became only the second American (Hank Tauber the other) to serve as an Olympic TD when he worked the men’s races at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games at Whistler, B.C.

Back in America, Johnson has worked for decades at races. Largely due to his role in producing the acclaimed  Birds of Prey World Cups, at Beaver Creek, he has gained high respect in course preparation, protection, and safety. He has been a frequent contributor at clinics, sharing his knowledge with others. 

After retiring from his ski industry role in 2020, Johnson has had even more time to serve. This past season he hit a personal mark serving as a TD for 35 race CODEXs.

RUSSELL WILDER AWARD (service to youth)
Rick Kapala, Sun Valley, Idaho
Youth Sports Alliance, Park City, Utah

Two recipients were recognized with the Russell Wilder Award for service to youth. Longtime Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation cross-country leader Rick Kapala (Sun Valley, Idaho) and the Youth Sports Alliance (Park City, Utah) were each recognized for their long service to youth. The award is the second oldest from U.S. Ski & Snowboard, dating back to 1955. 

Kapala, who is retiring from his role as program director and head coach for cross country at the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation after 35 years, was recognized for his work in developing Sun Valley into one of the premier cross country clubs in America. He has long been acknowledged for not only providing youth with opportunities to grow into top, elite athletes, but also building an environment that focuses on being good citizens and good people, as well.

He was cited for his impact on literally thousands of youth and their families in the Wood River Valley. Kapala’s mission has been to develop character in young people and to teach a lifelong respect for the outdoors that goes far beyond sport.

His work also extended well beyond just Sun Valley. He was long been actively engaged in national programs, both as a regular host of events as well as his participation in governance at a national level. His impact has been felt across the Wood River Valley and the entire nation.

The Youth Sports Alliance (YSA), based in Park City, Utah, was established as a part of the legacy of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games to increase the number of children participating in winter sport programs in the local area. Now 20 years later, YSA remains committed to providing tangible need-based financial assistance to ensure that all youth can participate in sport. It's popular introductory Get Out & Play and ACTiV8 programs have become an outstanding feeder into local clubs across a wide array of sports.

Each year YSA engages 3,300 youth in its communities through after-school programs, need-based scholarships, and financial support - all in partnership with local winter sport clubs. It is a diverse program covering winter sports from skiing to riding to figure skating, hockey, and luge. During the pandemic, YSA doubled down to make a major effort to ensure that kids still had an opportunity to participate in sport. 

In the 2021-22 season, 902 students participated in YSA ski and ride programs. Of those, 27% were scholarshipped by YSA and 30% were minority students. The program covers 20 area schools in the Park City, South Summit, and Wasatch school districts.

The mission of YSA’s programs go well beyond sport, promoting good sportsmanship, healthy lifestyles and education. Since its inception in 2002, YSA has become integral in the community and helping the community take advantage of the 2002 Olympic legacy by promoting sport and building good citizens among its youth.