A couple of acronyms for U today!

Firstly, USSA. The United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) is the national governing body recognized by the U.S. Olympic committee to develop and prepare U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team athletes for national and international competition, including the Olympic Games. Founded in 1905, The USSA provides leadership and direction for tens of thousands of young skiers and snowboarders who share an Olympic dream. USSA’s management and staff coordinate a nationwide program in seven distinctly different Olympic sports — alpine, cross country, disabled, freestyle, ski jumping, nordic combined, and snowboarding. The U.S. Ski Team has been based in Utah since in 1974, with the now U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association consolidating with the Team in Park City in 1988.

USSA’s competition clubs are the foundation of competitive programs in all ski and snowboard sports and offer newcomers the opportunity to find a helpful starting point. This USSA Competition Club Directory lists all active USSA Member Clubs. Most clubs have indicated which sports are offered. USSA club membership is only $125 and allows USSA competition clubs access to special programs such as allowing clubs to conduct USSA events and eligibility for USSA club insurance.

Staywinterpark is proud to have been a provider of group lodging for USSA-member Ski Teams for many years. Special group rates are offered to teams involved in early- and late-season training camps at Winter Park Resort, as well as in-season Rocky Mountain Division competitions. Check out the USSA website for more details on this, and U.S Ski Team news and results from World Cup events.

The United States Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association (USCSA) is the sports federation for collegiate team ski racing and snowboard competition in America. The USCSA provides competition and development opportunities for student/athletes in a team atmosphere leading toward National Titles in Alpine racing, Cross-Country racing and Snowboarding.

Winter Park plays host to the USCSA 2006/2007 National Championships March 5-10, 2007, and Staywinterpark is providing special lodging rates for athletes, coaches, parents and families during the event. More details will be forthcoming on the USCSA website.

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