The always exciting world of skicross and snowboardcross is headed to Squaw Valley. The World Cup series will land on the slopes on March 4th through the 8th, 2015.
The Audi FIS Skicross World Cup and FIS Snowboard World Cup will be the first Audi FIS Skicross World Cup and FIS Snowboard World Cup held in Squaw Valley. The event series first launched in 1969 as the FIS Alpine World Cup.
According to Melissa Brouse, Communications Director at Squaw and Alpine, “…will feature the top global stars in the sport, including local Olympian and seven-time X Games champion Nate Holland.”
Cross racing is a bit different than the traditional downhill and slalom races. In cross, skiers and boarders go head-to-head down the course, navigating a series of jumps, bumps and banked turns. It is an exciting type of race to watch, as quite a lot goes on as the racers navigate the course. The finish line is always an exciting place in cross racing.
Brouse points out some racers to watch: “Local SBX hero Nate Holland (Squaw Valley, CA), Olympic SBX champion Seth Wescott (Sugarloaf, ME), Olympic SBX medalists Alex Deibold (Boulder, CO) and Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, VT) and World Cup skicross winner John Teller (Mammoth Mountain, CA).”
This race is towards the end of the season, and piling up points here is very important. There’s not many races left after this one to make up for lost time. As a result the racing is particularly fierce at this time in the season
According to Brouse, there’s good reason for Squaw to host this event: ” The always exciting world of skicross and snowboardcross is headed to Squaw Valley. The World Cup series will land on the slopes on March 4th through the 8th, 2015. The Audi FIS Skicross World Cup and FIS Snowboard World Cup will be the first Audi FIS Skicross World Cup and FIS Snowboard World Cup held in Squaw Valley. The event series first launched in 1969 as the FIS Alpine World Cup.”
Quotes from those involved in producing the event make it evident that Squaw is highly regarded in the racing community:
“Calum Clark, Vice President, Events, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association:
Squaw Valley has been a remarkable venue for our U.S. Championships and other major events with quality courses and enthusiastic spectator interest. It’s been a goal for us to bring international events to Squaw to showcase the best athletes in the world – especially skicross and snowboardcross where we have a strong local athlete legacy.
Uwe Beier, FIS Snowboard World Cup Tour Director:
Squaw Valley is a first time World Cup host and the home arena of one of the most famous and successful SBX snowboarders, Nate Holland. It will mark the comeback of the successful combined skicross and snowboardcross events to America for the first time in two years.”
Andy Wirth, President and CEO, Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows, had this to say:
“We are proud and honored to welcome a FIS World Cup back to Squaw Valley. Our long-standing commitment and ability to host world class, competitive events coupled with Squaw Valley’s ideal terrain for cross style racing will make for an outstanding World Cup event for athletes and spectators. Bringing World Cup level racing to the resort has been a goal of ours and we are proud to welcome the International Ski Federation back to the Tahoe region.”
It’s never too early to start getting excited about the upcoming ski season. All we need is snow, a lot of it.