The U.S. Alpine Ski Team travels the globe, far and wide, to a myriad of majestic mountains, but one of the most magical of these mountains is without a doubt Ohau Snowfields in New Zealand. Recognized as one of the “9 Most Stunning Places to Ski on Earth” in 2015, Ohau (pronounced “oh-how”) is one of three locations that plays host to the men’s and women’s alpine ski teams as they return to snow each summer for their first prep period of the season. Lake Ohau Lodge is like summer camp on steroids—all of the good of summer camp mixed with a touch of luxury and fine dining…and a staff that rivals the best camp counselors from your childhood memories. But what is it, exactly, that makes Ohau’s magic so unmatched?
The Magic of Ohau
Racing a World Cup Downhill…in the Gym Fri, 16 Sep 2016 17:44:06 +0000
Even after spending all day in the gym, the Europa Cup boys on the U.S. Alpine Ski Team returned to the USSA Center of Excellence on a Thursday night in September. It was a festive atmosphere with pizza and loud music, but the guys weren’t quite dressed for a party. Instead, they all showed up in their downhill suits.
The Center of Excellence gym—full of elite skiers and snowboarders getting strong for the upcoming season—houses a ski simulator designed by SkyTech. The athletes put on their ski boots and step into the bindings. There are sensors everywhere—tracking movement, angles, the position of skis and more. They’re on a motor that generates forces and the sensation of skiing. In front of them is a World Cup track filled with gates—an actual World Cup course filmed in previous seasons—allowing the skier to train a hill over and over, prior to actually racing it on snow.
Racing a World Cup Downhill…in the Gym
2017: The Year of the American Downhiller? Wed, 07 Sep 2016 21:32:40 +0000
The U.S. men’s alpine team has accomplished almost every major feat on the Audi FIS Ski World Cup—Olympic gold, World Championship gold, slalom and giant slalom titles, Hahnenkamm gold—that is, except for winning the coveted downhill title. Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) and the American Downhillers hope to change that in 2017. Nyman knows it’s a big feat, but he’s making his intention very clear: full steam ahead with American Downhiller-style grit and determination.
What is an American Downhiller, exactly? Sure, there’s a Levi’s denim vest adorned in a permanent marker-drawn American Flag and an Ullr Norse Ski God pin, but there’s more. Let’s start there.
AMERICAN DOWNHILLER, noun.
1. Born in the USA, resilient, risk-taking, defy-all-odds badasses.
2017: The Year of the American Downhiller?
How much do you know about Laurenne Ross? Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:57:34 +0000
You may know Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) for her consistent top 10s in speed events at the end of last season, or maybe you know of her because of her beautiful photos on Instagram or her flowing words on her blog. But how much do you really know about the creative, talented ski racer?
Chris Knight: What Makes a Champ Tue, 26 Jul 2016 20:27:43 +0000
From local ski hills to the PyeongChang Olympics, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) encompasses all athletes that share a passion for skiing and snowboarding. We explore what makes each skier and rider a champion with stories from the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing, next to kids winning a NASTAR medal, landing their first cork 7 or joining a club team. Alongside USSA’s mascot Champ, take a look at how all of these athletes strive to be Best in the World.