CARRABASSETT VALLEY – The world-famous Narrow Gauge trail will once again host the country’s best alpine ski racers when Sugarloaf hosts the US Alpine Championships in March 2015.
The US Ski team announced yesterday morning that it had selected Sugarloaf to host the nation’s premier alpine racing event in 2015 and 2017, with Idaho’s Sun Valley resort selected for 2016 and 2018.
The 2015 Championships will be held in late March, though specific dates and events have yet to be announced.
Sugarloaf previously hosted the US Alpine Championships in 1996, 1997, 2006, and 2008.
“Sugarloaf has a proud tradition of hosting some of the world’s premier ski racing events, and we’re honored to have the U.S. Alpine Championships return for 2015,” Sugarloaf General Manager John Diller said. “From Bode Miller to Kirsten Clark to Seth Wescott, many of the country’s greatest athletes have cut their teeth right here on the world-famous Narrow Gauge, and we’re excited to see our country’s best ski racers showcase their talent here once again.”
Over the years the Narrow Gauge trail has hosted many of the world’s biggest alpine events, including men’s and women’s World Cup races in 1971, and the first official FIS Alpine Junior World Championships in 1984.
“Both Sugarloaf and Sun Valley have a strong tradition in building and showcasing events that celebrate the excitement and culture of ski racing,” said Calum Clark, US Ski and Snowboard Association Executive Vice President. “The Narrow Gauge race hill is renown in the east for testing and training the best in the world like Bode Miller.”
Many of the world’s best ski and snowboard racers cut their teeth at Sugarloaf and on Narrow Gauge. Carrabassett Valley Academy, an award-winning USSA club located near Sugarloaf, is one of the nation’s top snowsport academies and has produced medal-winning Olympians in both skiing and snowboarding. The roster includes Miller, an Olympic Gold Medalist and World Champion, and Seth Wescott, a two-time Olympic gold medal winner.
For additional information on the US Ski Team and the US Alpine Championships, please visit www.usskiteam.com.
For additional information on Sugarloaf, please visit www.sugarloaf.com.
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