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The fastest 160 ski racers in the country are in Sun Valley, Idaho, this week for the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships kicking out of the gate March 22 through 27. The races mark the first time Sun Valley has hosted Nationals since 1951, and and since Sun Valley is celebrating its 80th anniversary it’s only fitting that the country’s original ski resort is once again the epicenter American ski racing.
"We are elated to be hosting this amazing event," said Tony Parkhill, Sun Valley's Director of SnowSports and Guest Services. "It is a natural fit for an event of this caliber to be held at Sun Valley with our racing history, dedication to the sport, world-class mountain, and community support. We are looking forward to providing a memorable experience for everyone - from the top skiers in the country competing to the spectators cheering them on. It's going to be a fun week!"
These races are the largest collection of alpine skiing talent Sun Valley has seen since hosting the World Cup in 1977. The impressive field includes Olympic Slalom skiing gold medalist, Mikaela Shiffrin, and defending men’s national champ in the Slalom and combined, David Chodounsky. Tim Jitloff and Nina O’Brien, in giant Slalom, and Drew Duffy, in Super G, will also be trying to repeat as national champs.
The Sun Valley community is also psyched to see six skiers with local ties competing as well.
Tanner Farrow and Haley Cutler both grew up in Hailey; Kipling Weisel in Sun Valley; and Erin Smith, Hayden Terjeson, and Teagen Palmer have all called the Wood River Valley home and trained with the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF).
The resort’s Greyhawk area will be the epicenter of the events, with the Alpine Combined, Super G, Giant Slalom, and Slalom races finishing at the bottom of the Greyhawk lift. That means spectators below can see the entire race.
Tuesday, March 22
Men’s Super G/Slalom/Alpine Combined beginning with the Super G at 9:30am on Warm Springs and Greyhawk.
Men’s Slalom begins at 12:30pm at Hemingway and Greyhawk.
Awards at 2:30pm at Warm Springs Plaza.
Wednesday, March 23
Women’s Super G/Alpine Combined begins with the Super G at 9:30am on Warm Springs and Greyhawk.
The Slalom portion of the Alpine Combined begins at 12:30pm on Hemingway and Greyhawk.
An awards ceremony will be held at 2:30pm at Warm Springs Plaza.
A Street Party featuring live music by former U.S. Ski Team member Bryon Friedman and his band will take place at 4pm Wednesday, March 23, at the bottom of Warm Springs Plaza.
Thursday, March 24
Men’s Super G will start at 9am on Warm Springs and Women’s at 12:30pm.
The Opening Ceremony and Parade of Athletes will be held from 4:30 to 9pm with athletes parading from the Community Library in Ketchum down 4th street to Ketchum Town Square. Grammy Award-winning musician Johnny Neel and Bryon Friedman will be playing. Athletes are scheduled to sign autographs during the Opening Ceremony.
Friday, March 25
Women’s first Slalom race starts at 9am and men’s at 10:30am. Race number two for women starts at noon and the men’s at 1:30pm.
EVENTS: An awards ceremony will be held at 2:30pm at the Warm Springs Plaza.
The Big Air Exhibition will take place from 4:30 to 9pm at Dollar Mountain.
Spectators can watch from the deck of Carol’s Dollar Mountain Lodge
Saturday, March 26
The men’s first giant Slalom run begins at 11:15am on with the second at 12:30pm.
An award ceremony will be held at 2:30pm at the base of Warm Springs.
EVENTS: Street Party with Johnny Neel and Byron Freidman performing at Warm Springs Plaza.
Mikaela Shiffrin the 2014 Olympic gold medalist and two-time Slalom World Champion and four-time Slalom National champion will be signing autographs from 4 to 5 p.m at the Brass Ranch at River Run Plaza.
Sunday, March 27:
The women’s first Giant Slalom Race starts at 9:30 am with the second at 12:30 pm.
An awards ceremony will take place at 1:30 pm on the Warm Springs Plaza .
will conclude the week of races.
EVENTS: A Closing Celebration will begin at 1:30 on the Warm Springs Plaza.
For more info download the Official 2016 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships Program.