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• U.S. Ski Team includes five members from the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Ski Team
• Audi FIS Women’s Alpine World Cup at Squaw Valley March 9-12 will celebrate the region’s strong alpine racing legacy
[Olympic Valley, Calif.] Dec. 7, 2016 – The 2017 U.S. Alpine Ski Team has officially been announced for the 2016-17 season. The U.S. Ski Team, which consists of 50 athletes (31 men and 19 women), is broken down into a A, B, C and Development Teams as well as a University Team, all of which receive a high level of world-class program support, access to the USSA Center of Excellence, elite coaching, sport science, sports medicine and high performance staff, and education opportunities.
With five members named to this year’s U.S. Ski Team, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is the most represented team in the country. A Team members Travis Ganong and Julia Mancuso, B Team member Bryce Bennett, C Team member Erik Arvidsson and Development Team member Keely Cashman all came up through the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows development system and have seen tremendous success in International Ski Federation (FIS) competition.
“We are extremely proud of our five athletes who have been named to the U.S. Ski Team,” said Todd Kelly, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Teams program director. “Having five athletes named to the team is a testament to the quality and dedication of both our coaching staff and resort management. With incredible terrain and conditions for training, our staff has been fortunate enough to work with the sports elite as well as our youth who remain the future of alpine ski racing.”
Additionally, Tim Jitloff (Park City Ski Team) and Garret Driller (Montana State University) have spent significant parts of their careers as a member of the Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley Teams.
With nearly 1,800 members, ages 4-18, on the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Ski Team, these aspiring young athletes and youth across the region will have the opportunity to experience World Cup racing in their backyard for the first time in nearly 50 years. The Audi FIS Women’s Alpine World Cup at Squaw Valley will return on March 9-12, 2017, bringing Olympic champions like Mikaela Shiffrin and Squaw Valley’s own Julia Mancuso to the legendary Red Dog run, the same course as the women’s slalom and giant slalom events of the 1960 Winter Olympics and the 1969 World Cup. With over 1,200 feet of vertical drop in the giant slalom and nearly 700 feet in the slalom, Red Dog run is full of excitement and challenges, including fall-away pitches, side hills and bank turns, and is expected to be one of the more difficult courses on the tour. For more information about the 2017 Audi FIS Ski World Cup at Squaw Valley, visit WorldCupSquaw.com.
About Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Ski Team
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows' rich competitive heritage spans decades and includes athletes who have gone on to compete in national, World Cup, and Olympic events. Our competitive race, big mountain, snowboard and telemark team programs are designed to offer all ages a team atmosphere to learn technical skills, big mountain skiing and expertise for staying safe and having fun in a mountain environment. With the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Ski Team Foundation providing support, the legacy remains strong.
About Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows
Voted 2016 ‘Best Ski Resort’ in North America by USA Today and 10Best Readers’ Choice, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is an internationally renowned mountain resort in North Lake Tahoe that spans over 6,000 skiable acres. The resort features slopeside lodging at The Village at Squaw Valley®, which bustles year round with nonstop events and nearly 60 bars, restaurants and boutiques. With an annual average of 450 inches of snowfall and 300 sunny days, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is known as the spring skiing capital as it provides one of the longest ski and snowboard seasons in Lake Tahoe. Skiers and riders of all ability levels are welcomed by over 65 percent beginner and intermediate terrain, 14 easy-to-navigate mountain zones and a custom app to make the most of every visit. Visit squawalpine.com or call 1.800.403.0206 to learn more.
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