Mikaela Shiffrin competes in the women's slalom at the Junior World Championships in Roccaraso, Italy (Pentaphoto/Marco Trovati)
WINTER PARK, CO (March 5) – Ski racing fans, want a chance to actually race with the U.S. Ski Team? You’ll have your chance to line up against World Cup stars like Mikaela Shiffrin, Stacey Cook and Erik Fisher March 25-27 at Winter Park Resort. A partnership between the U.S. Ski Team and Nature Valley NASTAR will feature two days of head-to-head racing that’s open to public teams – just signup and you’ll be racing with the Team at The Championships.
The Return of the Champions Family Challenge and U.S. Ski Team Pro-Am are all a part of The Championships presented by Nature Valley, joining the Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships with the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships. Both events are open to public participation and will utilize the popular NASTAR handicapping format so every racer has a chance to win.
U.S. Ski Team stars of the past will be headlined on Monday, March 26 for the Return of the Champions Family Challenge. The event is open to family teams of three or more. Past stars of the U.S. Ski Team will be on hand for the race to serve as honorary coaches, providing tips and encouragement to the family teams. Among the alumni are World Championship medalists AJ Kitt and Doug Lewis, Olympic medalist and World Champion Billy Kidd, plus U.S. champions Sarah Schleper and Heidi Voelker.
Racing will continue on Tuesday, March 27 with current U.S. Ski Team stars stepping into the lineup in the U.S. Ski Team Pro Am. U.S. Ski Team athletes, including Laurenne Ross and Leanne Smith, are returning direct from the Audi FIS World Cup to compete with the public at Winter Park. The event is open to teams of six or more, with U.S. Ski Team athletes being assigned to each team at a public draw the night before the race.
Entry is just $39 per person per race plus discounted lift tickets ($45 adults, $27 6-12, 5 and under free). Discounted lodging packages are also available through Winter Park Resort. All registered racers will also have access to social events the night before each race.
Sunday, March 25 5:00-7:00 p.m. – The Championships Kick-off party and U.S. Ski Team Alumni Reception (Doc’s Roadhouse)
Monday, March 26 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Return of the Champions Family Challenge (Upper Cramner) 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. – Return of the Champions Family Challenge Awards (West Portal Station) 4:30-5:30 p.m. – U.S. Ski Team Pro-Am World Cup Style Bib Draw (West Portal Station) 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. – Pro-Am Reception (West Portal Station) Tuesday, March 27
Tuesday, March 27 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – U.S. Ski Team Pro-Am (Upper Cramner) 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. – Pro-Am Awards and Raffle (West Portal Station)
ABOUT WINTER PARK RESORT
Located just 67 miles from Denver, Winter Park Resort has been Colorado’s Favorite® resort for generations seeking award-winning terrain including 3,078 acres of cruising groomers, terrain parks, bumps, steeps, trees and most definitely deeps. At a great value for over 72 years and its ideal location amidst the Continental Divide supplying over 30 feet of sweet Colorado snow annually, it offers skiers and riders an experience unlike any other resort. Winter Park has invested in on-mountain improvements and in the completion of 20,000 sq. ft. Village at Winter Park in the last six years. Winter Park Resort is also the proud home to the renowned National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD). For more information visit www.winterparkresort.com.