Alpine News

Exploring New Territory: National University Team


PARK CITY, UT (May 13, 2015)—The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) is taking a deeper look at college ski racing as a viable component of the U.S. Ski Team pipeline with the introduction of a National University Team for alpine ski racing. The National University Team will aim to both provide support for athletes as well as a stronger...

U.S. Alpine Ski Team Names Women’s Head Coach


PARK CITY, UT (May 7, 2015)—The U.S. Ski Team has named former Alpine Canada Vice President of Sports Paul Kristofic to its staff as women’s head coach. Kristofic brings to the U.S. Ski Team extensive coaching experience, and will be overseeing women’s World Cup and Europa Cup speed and technical teams.  

Vonn Thumbs Up to 2018 Olympic Downhill


SEOUL, South Korea (May 6, 2015)—Olympic excitement was palpable this week, as Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) gave a thumbs-up to the new PyeongChang downhill in South Korea and was named as the first International Games Ambassador for the 2018 Winter Games to help promote the sport of skiing. She was with a U.S. Olympic...

Athletes and Staff Get Schooled by PSIA


PARK CITY, UT (April 28, 2015) – When Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) embarked on the first-ever U.S. Ski Team/Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) collaborative clinic last spring, he never imagined it would create a solid foundation for what would be his most successful season with the U.S. Ski Team to date. But it did. This year...

Duffy & O'Brien Win Golden Ski Award


PARK CITY, UT (April 20, 2015) – After impressive season-ending results at U.S. Alpine Championships, Nina O’Brien (Edwards, CO – National Training Group; Burke Mountain Academy) and Drew Duffy (Warren, VT – Green Mountain Valley School), an U.S. Ski Team invitee, have been selected by the North American Snowsports Journalists Association-East...

USSA Names Alpine Development Director


PARK CITY, UT (April 20, 2015) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association will welcome three-time Olympian and U.S. Ski Team alum Chip Knight to its staff as its new U.S. Ski Team alpine development director. Knight, who skied on the team for 13 years, will manage the alpine development team, national training groups, regional programs and youth...

Women’s Alpine Staff Adds New Energy


PARK CITY, UT (April 14, 2015) – Former Italian Men’s Speed Coach Alberto Senigagliesi has joined the U.S. Ski Team women’s alpine speed team staff as head coach, while interim coach Brandon Dyksterhouse will head up the women’s alpine tech team.

Schlopy Joins Legends in Hall of Fame


STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO (April 10, 2015) – Throughout his 18-year career, Erik Schlopy often traveled down the unbeaten path. Schlopy was a three-time Olympian and seven time national champion who had one of the longest and most successful careers in U.S. ski racing history. He was a World Pro super G champion and a bronze medal winner in the...

Powers to be Inducted Into Hall of Fame


STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO (April 10, 2015) - The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame will induct 10 athletes and sport builders, including Olympic snowboarding legend Ross Powers.

Hall of Fame to Honor Kristina Koznick


STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO (April 9, 2015) – A story of humble beginnings, Kristina “Koz” Koznick grew up skiing ropetow laps on the modest 310-vertical-foot Buck Hill piste—what would seem like a far cry from a career on the U.S. Ski Team. Except for that it wasn’t a far cry at all. When she was a mere 15 years old, Koznick landed herself a spot on...

Top 15 Moments of the 2014/2015 Season


Now that the season has wrapped, U.S. Ski Team alpine press officer Megan Harrod reminisces on the 2014/15 season with the top 15 moments of her first season on the World Cup circuit.

Spring Series Wraps in Sun Valley


The Western Region FIS Elite Spring Series wrapped on Monday after a six-day race series at Sun Valley Mountain Resort—a successful event foretelling next season’s U.S. Alpine Champs.

Development Pioneer McMurtry to be Honored


STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO (April 6, 2015) – John McMurtry is one of many ardent fans of ski racing in the Vail Valley who made the daily trek to the hill during the World Championships this past February. But as he watched the U.S. Ski Team win five medals, there was a special piece of him that reminisced about the role he played decades ago that...

U.S. Speed Coach to Leave Team


PARK CITY, UT (April 6, 2015) – U.S. Ski Team Women’s Speed Head Coach Stefan Abplanalp is leaving the team after one season. Abplanalp oversaw the women’s speed team this past year, leading it to a resurgence with 12 podiums including a sweep in Lake Louise, eight wins from Lindsey Vonn, a World Championships medal and two World Cup titles.

Meet Ligety's Ski Technician


Ski Racing put together a video featuring Ted Ligety's ski technician for his HEAD skis - Alex Martin. Martin tells trade secrets about how many pairs of skis Ligety has, what a race day ski set up looks like and what it's really...

Lindsey Vonn Empowers Next Generation


Lindsey Vonn is the fastest female downhill and super G skier in the world. She is also the winningest female ski racer in history. She holds Olympic medals and World Championships medals. She has her own line of downhill suits and athletic wear.

A Tribute to Bill Johnson


On Monday, the U.S. Ski Team—spread far and wide—wished Bill Johnson a happy 55th birthday. Steven Nyman and Marco Sullivan put a video online, telling Johnson that he’s the man. Mikaela Shiffrin took a photograph holding a sign that said “Happy Birthday Bill.” On the U.S...

Chodounsky Wins Slalom and Combined Titles


SUGARLOAF, ME (March 29, 2015)—With a come-from-behind second run, David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO – U.S. Ski Team) confirmed his status as a slalom star by winning the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships slalom. The win also gave him the combined victory—adding up both the slalom and the super G races. AJ Ginnis (Waitsfield, VT – U.S....

Shiffrin Dominates at U.S. Alpine Champs


SUGARLOAF, ME (March 28, 2015)—Mikaela Shiffrin (Vail, CO – U.S. Ski Team) cleaned up on Saturday, winning the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Champs slalom by more than four seconds over Paula Moltzan (Lakeville, MN – U.S. Ski Team). Megan McJames (Park City, UT) was third.

Jitloff Nails Third Straight National Title


SUGARLOAF, ME (March 27, 2015)—Giant slalom specialist Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV – U.S. Ski Team) 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 – U.S. Ski Team). Former University of Utah racer and current Team Geronimo member Nick...