USCA championships return to LP

LAKE PLACID — The U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association will host its five day long annual Collegiate National Championship from Tuesday, March 6 to Saturday, March 10 in the Lake Placid are. More than 500 athletes will compete for national collegiate titles in alpine, nordic, snowboard and freeski events.

USCSA is the only ski and snowboard league where colleges and universities compete and qualify for postseason competition as a team. This emphasis on team performance is a departure from the typical individual or World Cup scoring format often found in skiing. Allowing entire teams to qualify for the USCSA Collegiate National Championship also allows for a greater number of competitors to attend the event, with more than 200 alpine athletes, 200 freeski and snowboard athletes and 100 nordic athletes expected to compete Lake Placid.

“This year’s national championship is going to be exciting. We have some very high-caliber athletes coming this year, we keep on learning from our membership on what they value in the event and our partnership with ORDA & Whiteface keeps getting stronger,” said Adam Stark, President of USCSA. “I can’t wait to get to Lake Placid and be part of the 40th Annual Collegiate National Championships.”

Teams began their quest to qualify for the U.S. Collegiate Skiing and Snowboarding National Championships in their local conference competitions, held across 11 conferences spanning the nation in January. Top teams from each conference attend one of six regional championships, which decide who ultimately qualifies to participate in events at the Collegiate National Championship. Results from all events can be found at www.uscsa.com.

The USCSA is the sports federation for collegiate team ski racing and snowboarding in America. The organization includes 150 colleges from coast to coast, fielding 5,000 male and female, alpine, freestyle, cross-country, snowboarding and nordic ski jumping athletes in more than 300 events annually.

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