Elite FIS Astle Memorial to be Held at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows, Jan 17-20, 2017

Category: Press Release

For Immediate Release

Media Contacts:
Liesl Kenney, Public Relations Director
Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows
530.452.7111 or Lkenney@squawalpine.com

Sam Kieckhefer, Public Relations Coordinator
Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows
530.584.6035 or skieckhefer@squawalpine.com 

•    Memorial event in honor of Bryce Astle
•    Elite Tech Series to run on course of Audi FIS World Cup this March
•    Resort to host a ‘Know B4 You Go’ presentation, avalanche awareness session funded by the Nickolay Dodov Foundation, on Jan. 17

[Olympic Valley, Calif.] Jan. 16, 2017 – Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows will host the Elite FIS Astle Memorial at Squaw Valley, January 17-20, 2017. The FIS tech series is traditionally held at Snowbird in honor of Bryce Astle, one of two U.S. Ski Team members who passed away in an avalanche in 2015. A field of nearly 100 men and 100 women will compete in two days of Giant Slalom and two days of Slalom on the same course as the women’s Audi FIS World Cup event that is being held at Squaw Valley this March.

The series, which is being utilized as a test event for the World Cup, will feature men with FIS points as low as 18.03 and women with FIS points as low as 30.23, all 17 years of age and older. This elite field includes athletes from 18 different countries as well as all three USSA regions across the U.S. Forty of the athletes come from the Far West region which includes athletes from the Tahoe basin, nine of whom are on the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Ski Team. This select group of alpine ski racing athletes will set the stage for the Audi FIS Ski World Cup which comes to Squaw Valley, March 9-12, 2017. During the race, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows will capture point-of-view footage of the course which will be made available to the public prior to the women’s World Cup in March. 

In addition to the race, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows will host a ‘Know B4 You Go’ avalanche awareness presentation, hosted by the Nickolay Dodov Foundation, on Tuesday, January 17 at 5pm. This free event, held at the Squaw Valley Conference Center (1901 Chamonix Place, Olympic Valley, CA 96146), is open to the public and all race participants are encouraged to attend.

2017 Audi FIS Ski World Cup at Squaw Valley
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is proud to host the Audi FIS World Cup on March 9 - 12, 2017. This marks the return of World Cup ski racing to California for the first time in 19 years. Events held will consist of a Women's Giant Slalom on Friday, March 10 and Women's Slalom on Saturday, March 11. Olympic champions like Squaw Valley’s own Julia Mancuso and Mikaela Shiffrin will compete on the legendary Red Dog run, which also played host to the 1969 World Cup and 1960 Winter Olympics.

About Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows
Voted ‘Best Ski Resort’ in North America for the second year in a row by USA Today and 10Best Readers’ Choice 2017, 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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