Alpine Championships to return to Winter Park |

Alpine Championships to return to Winter Park

Sky-Hi News Staff report

For the first time since the early ’90s, the U.S. Alpine Championships will return to the Colorado Rocky Mountains when Winter Park Resort hosts the event March 31-April 3, 2011.

Athletes expected to compete include Olympic medalists Lindsey Vonn (Vail), Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, Calif.), Ted Ligety (Park City, Utah) and Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, N.Y.).

Winter Park hosted a string of championships from 1992-94 and has been an integral host to early season technical races on the NorAm circuit for over a decade.

“It’s clear that Winter Park has an exceptional desire and pride to host the U.S. Alpine Championships,” said Calum Clark, Vice President Events for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association. “Their competition center sets the standard in snow preparation and has been a key partner in organizing early season races on the NorAm circuit for well over a decade. I have no doubt that experience will translate into outstanding conditions for the U.S. Championships.”

The four-day series will open Thursday, March 31, with men’s giant slalom followed by women’s GS on April 1, men’s and women’s super G on April 2 and will close with slalom on April 3.

The U.S. downhill championship will be held earlier in the winter in conjunction with the NorAm stop at Aspen.

“Winter Park Resort has established itself as a world-class snow sports competition venue and we are honored to host the 2011 U.S. Alpine Championships featuring the nation’s finest alpine racers,” said Gary DeFrange, president/chief operating officer at Winter Park Resort. “Our brand and reputation for excellence and our commitment to competitive ski racing continue to grow by hosting events such as this, allowing us to showcase the diverse capabilities of Winter Park Resort on the national stage.”

All events will be held on Hughes and Lower Hughes.