Giant slalom specialist Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV) threw down on bumpy snow at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships to take his third national title in a row ahead of first run leader Tommy Ford (Bend, OR). Former University of Utah racer Nick Cohee (Gardnerville, NV) – took third.
We didn’t have to wait all ski season long for those 30 degree days to warm to 40 and 50 but there’s just a different vibe when it’s April versus February. “Spring is in the air!”
Another day, another young, rising star at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Champs. In Thursday’s giant slalom, USSA National Training Group (NTG) skier Nina O’Brien (Edwards, CO – NTG; Burke Mountain Academy) threw down the fastest time of the day to take the win. World Cup skiers Paula Moltzan (Lakeville, MN – U.S. Ski Team) and Megan McJames (Park City, UT – Park City Ski Ed Foundation) were second and third, respectively.
Top athletes in North America competed at the U.S. Alpine Championships at Sugarloaf, Maine for the title of the nation’s best super G skier. The USA's young guns took center snow. Alice McKennis (Glenwood Springs, CO) triumphed in the women’s field with Jackie Wiles (Aurora, OR) taking third. On the men’s side, Drew Duffy (Warren, VT – Green Mountain Valley School) took the win over Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) and Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA).
As the 2014/15 season winds to a close, so does the window in which we test next year’s crop of new skis, affording us a long view of the year just past and a short glimpse into what the immediate future holds for the alpine ski market.
Top professional and amateur freeskiers will compete side-by-side in the annual Dumont Cup at Sunday River Resort in Newry, Maine, March 27-28. The two-day slopestyle competition draws freeskiers from the United States, Canada, and Europe. Cash and prizes valued at $20,000 are up for grabs.