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Elliott, Haynes, Huckaby Finish the Season on Top in Mt. Sima

By Ryan Odeja
March, 29 2024
Noah Elliott on the banked slalom course in Mt. Sima
Noah Elliott on the banked slalom course in Mt. Sima. (Shred the North).

The U.S. Para Snowboard Team ended the season on top in Mt. Sima, where Brenna Huckaby, Noah Elliott and Darian Haynes won, and three more finished on the podium. 

The athletes took on the same dynamic course set from yesterday, where the difficulty was accentuated by the cold weather overnight. The course featured unforgiving, tight turns that could easily take even the best horizontal. 

After the first run, Huckaby, Elliott, and Haynes had the fastest times in their categories, while Mike Minor was second and Zach Miller was third. 

Despite winning their classification in the first run, Huckaby and Elliott both put down electric victory laps to improve on their already winning runs earlier in the day. Elliott put on a banked slalom clinic all day, taking a risky high line that paid off in the end. This is Elliott’s sixth win of the season.

Huckaby won for the seventh time this season in the women’s LL-1/LL-2 event. Dennae Russell ended the season with a fifth place finish, followed by Courtney Godfrey in sixth. Darian Haynes improved upon her results from yesterday in the women’s UL event to finish on top, alongside teammate Peggy Martin in second. 

In the men’s UL event, Mike Minor continued his successful weekend to finish on the podium again in second place. 

Zach Miller earned his fourth podium finish of the season, finishing third in the men’s LL-2 classification. Keith Gabel was right behind, finishing fourth, alongside Evan Strong in fifth and Joe Pleban in seventh. 

Ski Cross Junior World Championships Team Announced

By Sierra Ryder
March, 29 2024
ski cross
Walker Robinson competes at the Winter Youth Olympic Games. (OIS/Simon Bruty)

PARK CITY, Utah (March 29, 2024) – U.S. Ski & Snowboard is pleased to announce the nine ski cross athletes that will represent the USA at the Ski Cross FIS Junior World Championships next month in Idre Fjäll, Sweden. 

The team is highlighted by Morgan Shute who recently earned two medals at the Youth Olympic Games in Gangwon, Korea, including a silver in the individual and silver in the team event. Shute is also ranked first in the NorAm overall. Youth Olympic Games teammate and fellow team event silver medalist Walker Robinson also joins Shute on the World Juniors team. 

“This group of ski cross athletes is strong across all levels,” said Chip Knight, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Alpine Development Director. “We have a mix of up-and-coming athletes as well as our ski cross veterans, two of whom just claimed silver at the Youth Olympic Games. We know that this group will have success in Fjäll and are excited to see them compete against the world’s best.”

The event will take place April 14-15, 2024 with both an individual event and a team event. 

U.S. Junior World Championships Roster 

(Hometown; Club; Birthdate)


Molly Hagan (Laconia, NH; Gould Academy; 5/15/2007)

Maggie Swain (Kingfield, MA; Carrabassett Valley Academy; 7/10/2006) 

Morgan Shute (Allendale, NJ; Carrabassett Valley Academy; 9/13/2006)

Deia Steinmetz (South Lake Tahoe, CA; Team Palisades Tahoe; 10/18/2006)


Sullivan Butler (Carrabassett, ME; Carrabassett Valley Academy; 7/7/2005)

Aiden England (Truckee, CA; Team Palisades Tahoe; 8/11/2006)

Jack Mitchell (Wenatchee, WA; Evolve SX/Mission Ridge Ski Team; 3/3/2003)

Tanner Murphy (Girdwood, AK; Alyeska Ski Club; 3/3/2005) 

Walker Robinson (Frisco, CO; Team Summit; 6/26/2006)


Four Victorious in Mt. Sima Banked Slalom

By Ryan Odeja
March, 28 2024
Mike Minor on top of the podium in Mt. Sima
Mike Minor on top of the podium in Mt. Sima. (Shred the North).

The U.S. Para Snowboard Team is up north in Mt. Sima, Yukon, Canada for the final banked slalom World Cup of the season, and it seems the athletes plan to go out with a bang. Brenna Huckaby, Noah Elliott, Mike Minor and Peggy Martin all finished on top. 

Due to weather cancelations, this is only the second banked slalom World Cup, and third banked slalom event this season, the first back in late November in Landgraaf, Netherlands. 

Following a successful run one, the athletes head into run two, running in reverse order of their results from the first run. Brenna Huckaby, Mike Minor and Noah Elliott all had the fastest times in their classes, allowing them to run last, learning from the runs of their competitors

The course was highly technical, with a set created specifically to allow athletes to gain a lot of speed right out of the gate; if the athletes weren’t ready for the speed, they would quickly lose control. 

The course took a beating throughout the day, getting tracked out and developing large ruts and other terrain that the athletes had to navigate. 

Darian Haynes took a fall in run two, allowing Peggy Martin to move ahead and take the win in the women’s UL category. 

In the women’s LL-1/LL-2 event, Brenna Huckaby showed why she is one of the best to ever do it, setting the fastest women’s time of the day. After taking home the snowboard cross Crystal Globe last week, Huckaby is poised to earn the banked slalom and overall globes following tomorrow’s race. Dennae Russell finished fifth, followed by Courtney Godfrey in sixth. Rebecca Johnston did not start. 

Mike Minor led in the first run. With just one rider to go in run two, Minor’s time was overtaken by Maxime Montaggioni of France. With everything on the line, Minor put down one of the fastest and riskiest runs of the day to retake first; his first win and fourth podium of the season. 

Noah Elliott continued his dominant season today, holding on to the lead the entire way to finish on top of the podium in the men’s LL-1 category. Elliott finished third in the overall snowboard cross season standings last week, and currently leads the banked slalom and overall standings. He has the potential to earn both with a clean run tomorrow. 

In the men’s LL-2 class, Zach Miller led the way for the U.S. finishing third, his third podium of the season. Keith Gabel was close behind, finishing fifth, followed by Evan Strong in sixth and Joe Pleban in seventh. 

Tomorrow, the athletes will race the final FIS Para Snowboard World Cup event of the season, banked slalom finals in Mt. Sima. The banked slalom and overall season Crystal Globes will be awarded following the race. Run one is set to begin at 2:15 pm ET followed by run two at 3:15 pm ET. Watch live on Facebook

Townshend, Andrews Silver at Junior World Championships

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
March, 26 2024
Eleanor Andrews secures a silver medal at Junior Worlds.

Stifel U.S. Freeski Team rookie Henry Townshend and Killington Mountain School's Eleanor Andrews took home silver medals in slopestyle competition at the 2024 FIS Slopestyle and Big Air Junior World Championships.

Due to weather concerns, officials were forced to hold finals in a double-up format and leave out scoring the final jump due to gusty winds making the course unsafe for competitors.

Townshend showed composure in the difficult weather conditions and immediately set himself up for a podium position with a first run score of 89.00. Norway’s Frank Wahlstroem was the only competitor to top the young American's score, securing Townshend a second place finish and cementing the young American as one to watch on the freeski World Cup circuit over the next few years.

After landing on the podium in her first World Cup appearance in February’s Toyota U.S. Grand Prix in Mammoth Mountain, Andrews continued her successful season with a second place performance in the women’s slopestyle. Stifel U.S. Freeski Team rookie Kate Gray finished just off the podium in fourth.

Qualifications for the Junior Worlds big air are set to drop Friday, March 29. 

Women's slopestyle
Men's slopestyle 

DePriest Gold, Flynn Bronze at Slopestyle Junior Worlds

By Sadie Texer - Hydro Flask U.S. Snowboard Team
March, 26 2024
Brooklyn DePriest stands atop the podium at the Junior World Championships.

Hydro Flask U.S. Snowboard Team’s Brooklyn DePriest won the gold medal and Rebecca Flynn bronze at the 2024 FIS Slopestyle and Big Air Junior World Championships in Livigno/Mottolino, Italy.

Officials were forced to run the second two heats of men’s slopestyle qualifications immediately before finals due to gusty winds on Monday. It was a busy day for DePriest, who had to first qualify to join Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s Caleb Dhawornvej in the slopestyle final. Dhawornvej qualified from heat one on Monday before the event was postponed.

DePriest sat in fourth overall after an impressive qualifying performance, but kicked into another gear in the round of finals, putting up a massive score of 91.00 on his first run that ultimately won him the slopestyle title at the 2026 Olympic venue. DePriest was the only competitor of the day to crack into the 90s. Dhawornvej finished 15th overall.

Traveling straight from Silvaplana after qualifying for her first World Cup final, Flynn continued to show her young potential, finishing third overall on the women’s side of slopestyle competition to clinch the bronze medal. Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s Lily Dhawornvej put down an impressive performance of her own, finishing fifth overall.

The squad shifts its focus to big air competition at Junior Worlds, with both men’s and women’s qualifications slated for Thursday, March 28.

Women's slopestyle
Men's slopestyle 

Stifel U.S. Ski Team Athletes Show Up at 2024 U.S. National Championships, SuperTour Finals

By Leann Bentley - Stifel U.S. Ski Team
March, 26 2024
Women's team sprint podium. (Photo courtesy of Jordan Woods - Wood Creek Productions)

Duluth, Minnesota welcomed the top cross country athletes to a five-day, four-race series for the 2023-24 SuperTour finals and U.S. National Championships. Today, March 26th, the athletes skied the season's final race, with a challenging 40k skate, which saw Stifel U.S. Ski Team athlete John Steel Hagenbuch take home another National Championship title for the men and Novie McCabe for the women. 

After a season that started nearly six months ago in November of 2023, U.S. athletes traveled around the world, taking part in World Cups, Junior World Championships, U23 World Championships, Youth Olympic Games, National Championships, SuperTours. With a historic season in the World Cup, top results at U23s and Junior World Champs, first-ever medals at Youth Olympic Games, and more, the U.S. cross country ski community put on quite a show. 

For the races in Duluth, the spring series wrapped up with four races, including a 10k classic, classic sprint, team sprint and 40k mass start skate race. The 10k classic was a SuperTour race, with the last three races categorized under the National Championship banner. 

McCabe Wins 10k Classic SuperTour Final, Hagenbuch Second

For the first race of the series, a 10k individual classic race was on the agenda. Duluth's Grand Avenue Nordic Center pulled it off despite warm weather and limited snow. With women racing first, McCabe, who just returned from the World Cup Finals in Falun, Sweden just a day earlier, won the race, with freshly-minted NCAA Champion Sydney Palmer-Leger in second. Erin Bianco of Bridger Ski Foundation was third. 

For the men, Canada's Antoine Cyr took home the victory but it was NCAA Champion and Stifel U.S. Ski Team athlete Steel Hagenbuch of Dartmouth University who took the first American spot, placing second. Zanden McMullen was ultimately third. 

McCabe, Schoonmaker National Champions in Classic Sprint

On Saturday, March 23, the classic sprint showcased a 1.4k course, wrapping around two technical climbs into a steep descent into the stadium testing even the best skiers with the amount of doublepoling. From qualifiers to heats to finals, McCabe was the ultimate winner, taking home her second victory of the week, now with a sprint title, followed by Bridger Ski Foundation's Bianco in second and Alaska Pacific University's (APU) Renae Anderson in third. 

For the men, JC Schoonmaker, one of the World Cup's best sprinters, was victorious, with teammate and Stifel U.S. Ski Team athlete McMullen in second. Cyr of the Canadian National Team was third.

National Champ Team Sprint Debuts in Duluth

A race format not typically seen on the domestic race circuit made a surprise appearance in Duluth, with a team sprint for both men and women. In the men's field, 15 teams of two athletes each took to the start line. On a long-working, technical course, athletes had to come together and compete not individually, but as a team. In the end, U.S. national team athletes Schoonmaker and McMullen teamed up to bring home a victory for APU with the other Alaskan duo, Michael Earnhart and Luke Jager coming across the line just two seconds behind for second place. Thunder Bay's team, including Cyr and Julian Smith, rounded out the podium in third. 

For the women, strategy was key. From the gun, it was all between staying relaxed but attacking the hills and saving enough for the finish. It was a clear contest between APU and Stratton Mountain School (SMS) club teams. The SMS duo of Alayna Sonnesyn and Lauren Jortberg were the ultimate winners, crossing the line ten seconds ahead of Stifel U.S. Ski Team athlete and APU athletes McCabe and Anderson in second. Craftbury's ski club with Alex Lawson and Margie Freed were third. 

National Champs Wraps With 40k Skate; Steel-Hagenbuch, McCabe Claim Another National Title 

Conditions were not ideal for the final race of the season. With heavy snow, cold temperatures, strong wind, and 10 laps of a course in front of them, it was anyone's game for the 40k skate mass start. 

Winning by over two minutes McCabe just wrapped up one of her most successful seasons. With top results on the World Cup circuit, including her best result outside of the Tour de Ski with an 11th place in Falun, Sweden just a week ago, the Alaskan racer claimed her fourth National Championship title and second of the week. This is McCabe's third victory and second National Championship title of the week. In the women's field, Palmer-Leger rounded out the Stifel U.S. Ski Team with second place. Mariah Bredal of Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation took the final podium position in third. 

For Steel Hagenbuch, the sentiment is similar. With a season that included five wins, through SuperTours, National Championships, and a marquee win at the 2024 NCAA Championships, the Dartmouth skier is capping off an impressive season, including winning the final race of the season, the 40k skate. Jake Brown of Craftsbury and Ariens Nordic Center was second and Cyr rounded out a successful series in Duluth in third. 

With the culmination of the 40k, the cross country season has officially wrapped and the athletes deserve some well-deserved rest. 

Men's Races

Women's Races

Lapanja, Hoffman, Winters Win Sun Valley Slalom

By Courtney Harkins
March, 24 2024
Luke Winters stands atop the podium at the Toyota U.S. Alpine Championships presented by Stifel with teammate Camden Palmquist in third. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard - Steven Kornreich)

The sun came back out for the final day of national championship racing at Sun Valley for the Toyota U.S. Alpine Championships presented by Stifel. Lila Lapanja and Madison Hoffman tied for the slalom win for the women and Luke Winters won the men's race. Winters and Lapanja took home the titles of slalom national champions, as Hoffman races for Australia.

Sun Valley crowds gathered throughout the day to watch both the men and women race the slalom. The hill was firm and the set was tricky, tripping up many on the first run, including World Cup slalom aces Paula Moltzan and Jett Seymour, who did not finish. 

Lapanja led the first run and held onto the lead, but University of Utah’s Madison Hoffman had a fast second run to share the top podium spot with her in a tie. Stifel U.S. Ski Team’s Zoe Zimmermann rounded out the podium in third. It is Lapanja’s second slalom title in a row.

Stifel U.S. Ski Team athlete Luke Winters unsurprisingly scored the win—his third slalom title in his career—with his young teammate Camden Palmquist in third. Croatian skier Matej Vidovic was second.

On the juniors side, Elisabeth Bocock snagged her third juniors victory of the weekend, having also won the super-G overall and juniors, and finishing second overall and first in juniors in the giant slalom. Palmquist led the juniors, with Stanley Buzek in second and local boy Ryder Sarchett in third.

The Toyota U.S. Alpine Championships presented by Stifel has officially wrapped, with juniors heading to NorAms in Panorama and many of the World Cup athletes taking a much-needed break.

Women’s slalom
Men’s slalom

Huckaby Wins; Elliott and Gabel on the Podium in Big White

By Ryan Odeja
March, 24 2024
Brenna Huckaby in the start gate in Big White, Canada
Brenna Huckaby in the start gate in Big White, Canada. (Andrew Jay).

Another day, another slew of podiums for the unstoppable U.S. Para Snowboard Team, including Brenna Huckaby’s fifth win of the season.  

The conditions could not have been better for racing in Big White, British Columbia, Canada. The snow was crisp and clean, the sky was clear, and the temperature hovered around 26 degrees Fahrenheit, a stark contrast from yesterday’s snowy weather.  

Brenna Huckaby faced a tough final but came out victorious for the fifth time this season, her second podium in two days. Courtney Godfrey improved on her result from yesterday, finishing sixth followed by Dennae Russell in seventh in the women’s LL-1/LL-2 classification. 

On the men’s side, Noah Elliott led the way for the U.S. once again, finishing second in the LL-1 event. This is his fifth podium of the season. Colby Fields of Adaptive Action Sports finished sixth in the men’s UL class, moving up from his 10th place finish yesterday. 

Keith Gabel went two for two on the weekend, finishing third again in the men’s LL-2 event, his 61st career World Cup podium. Evan Strong won the small final to finish fifth overall, followed by Zach Miller in seventh and Joe Pleban in ninth. 


Vedder Fourth in Snowboard Cross Finale

By Sadie Texer - Hydro Flask U.S. Snowboard Team
March, 24 2024
Jake vedder
Jake Vedder rides to fourth place in Canada. (FIS)

After a disappointing first round of finals on Saturday, the Hydro Flask U.S. Snowboard Cross Team took to the Mt. St. Anne course looking for redemption in the final World Cup of the season. With perfect conditions, a well-designed course and an impressive showing of American fans, the squad was primed and ready to leave their mark on the 2023-24 season. Jake Vedder came away with a fourth place finish. 

It was an exciting first round of racing for the men, with Nick Baumgartner advancing through his 1/8 heat to join teammates Connor Schlegel and Vedder for the first quarterfinal. The three Americans were joined by Canada’s own Eliot Grondin, who had already clinched the 2023-24 FIS World Cup snowboard cross Crystal Globe after a dominant season. The hometown hero led the way throughout most of the course until Vedder made an impressive push at the finish to steal the lead from Grondin and secure his place in the round of semifinals.

The start of the course proved costly yet again in the semifinals, with Italian Omar Visintin making an uncharacteristic mistake following the opening roller section, speaking to the technical difficulty of the course and making the first of two semifinals a three-man race. Vedder avoided the chaos and continued his impressive day of racing with a crafty pass on France’s Merlin Surget to finish close behind Grondin and guarantee himself a top-four finish to close out the season in front of a rowdy crowd cheering “USA” at the finish.

In the final race of the final World Cup of the season, the four fastest men of the day lined up in the start gate to take on the pristine Mt. St. Anne course for the final time. Despite a clean start and holding on to third throughout the first half of the race, Vedder fell to fourth to finish just off the podium behind German Leon Ulbricht in third, Australia’s Cameron Bolton in second and Grondin in first, who finished his dominant season with back-to-back victories on home soil.

On the women’s side of competition, American Stacy Gaskill and Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Jacobellis, who earned her 60th career podium with a second place finish in Montafon just a week prior, were both knocked out of competition in the quarterfinal round, taking 10th and 12th place overall, respectively.

After finishing the season in Mt. St. Anne following a grueling few months of back-to-back European races, the Hydro Flask U.S. Snowboard Team snowboard cross racers return stateside for some well deserved time off before setting their focus on summer training heading  into the 2024-25 season.


Kauf, Mickel Dual Moguls National Champions

By Ryan Odeja - Stifel U.S. Ski Team
March, 24 2024
Charlie Mickel skis in Waterville

Jaelin Kauf and Charlie Mickel took home the dual moguls National Championship titles at the Toyota U.S. Freestyle Moguls Championships at New Hampshire’s Waterville Valley Resort. 

After receiving upwards of 30 inches of snow in the last 24 hours, putting on a dual moguls event seemed daunting. However, with only an hour's delay, the incredible Waterville staff and volunteers were able to clear the powder and run the event. 

Kauf, the queen of Lower Bobbies run at Waterville Valley Resort, secured her seventh National Championship title, sweeping the podium alongside Stifel U.S. Freestyle Ski Team members Elizabeth Lemley and Alli Macuga. Lemley finished just behind Kauf in second, followed by Macuga in third. This is Lemley’s second and Macuga’s first national championship podium.  

Mickel earned his second national championship title, but first in dual moguls. Gavin Tobey of Wasatch Freestyle joined Mickel on the podium in second and Jackson Crockett of Park City Ski and Snowboard in third.