USCSA Virtual Competition
Congrats to Wisconsin Alpine @wi_alpine for winning the first week of the USCSA Virtual competition and a new pair of SHRED Goggles!
Here are the contest details for week 3 of the USCSA Virtual Competition⠀
On Snow: Picture or video tuning your skis or snowboard⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Off Snow: Picture wearing only USCSA sponsor attire/equipment
Post your entry by midnight EST Friday March 12th the enter!
USCSA Membership Refund Policy Update
As we begin to look towards the 2021/2022 season, the USCSA Membership Committee has approved the following policy: The USCSA will review registration fee refunds and/or transfers for the 2020-2021 season until June 01, 2021. After this date, no refunds will be issued. This includes all Team, Institution, and Individual registration fees.
2021 USCSA Virtual Conference
Saturday, June 12th
11:00 am to 5:30 pm Eastern Time
We know next season will be a rebuilding year for many programs and the National Office has developed several programs to help our team return to pre pandemic levels. We are inviting speakers from US Ski & Snowboard along with several presenters from the Board of Directors & selected committees.
The Conference will end with a virtual Social Hour for all our members to reconnect with each other and share memories.
2020-2021 Season Highlights
Midwest Collegiate Nordic League: American Birkebeiner Intensifies Championship Chase
Twin Cities holds lead in Men’s and Women’s Divisions; record turnout drives standings shakeup
by: Luke Dykowski, Nordic Student Representative
An unrelenting Birkebeiner course saw the largest Midwestern club collegiate field in over three decades dramatically intensify the chase for the MCNL Championship title. Sixty-five skiers across thirteen teams braved wind, unpredictable temperatures, and even blizzard-like snow February 24th through 28th on the storied trails ‘east of Seeley town’.
While 45k of punishing climbing – including an atypical double-ascent of High Point – provided a sharp contrast to the previous weekend’s opening races at the Mora Vasaloppet, the teams appeared eager to test their mettle and cure their near-debilitating Birkie Fever at this, the second MCNL competition of the 2020-21 season.
Although Twin Cities Nordic maintained its lead in both the Men’s and Women’s Divisions, strong showings from the Duluth Area Golden Retriever Men and Buckingham Badger Women kept each team within striking distance of a cumulative League victory. Meanwhile, the arrival of six new teams complicated League standings on and just below the podium – raising the stakes of the upcoming Great Bear Chase.
Starting the week of February 15th, USCSA will host a virtual competition open to all college-aged snowsport athletes! Every Monday for five weeks, we’ll release a different on snow and off snow competition for that week. Simply tag USCSA in your entry on Instagram or Facebook and you’ll be entered to win our weekly and season long prizes. Full competition and details will be posted next week, but in the meantime get your best winter outfits ready!
Concussion Training for Coaches and Official
The USCSA is constantly striving to improve its offerings to not only our students, but our coaches and volunteers as well. As part of this effort, the USCSA is piloting a Concussion Training program this year. Please visit the Coach, Official & Volunteer page to learn more and participate!
A message from US Ski and Snowboard Alpine Masters Manager Lauren Beckos:
The U.S. Ski & Snowboard Masters Race Series are up and running – we would love to have USCSA racers come join us! Depending on the area of the country, some masters have been training since November and racing since December. Many (but not all) races have been moved to midweek and many of our regular venues are still on this season’s schedule. See the 2020-2021 Schedules for All Divisions. Due to the uncertain nature of this season, many race series have eliminated or reduced their membership fees. Some have special rates for college racers.
For the 2020-2021 season, ALL race registration must be done in advance online since there is minimal lodge access and COVID pre-screening is required 24-48 hours prior to every event and daily on each race day. Most race events are U.S. Ski & Snowboard sanctioned and require a short-term, non-scored student, or masters alpine membership; there is also information about other non-sanctioned trainings or events on the individual race series webpages and social media. FIS helmets are not required (they will be starting 2021-2022) but hard ear protection on the helmet is required for GS, SG, and DH. There are no ski requirements.
For more information for events, training, divisions, getting registered, and rules: usskiandsnowboard.org/masters
Registration for most events: www.skiracereg.com
I am happy to answer all general masters email inquiries and can help direct you to local contacts as well for each race series. Masters has racers as young as 18 with our oldest racer being 91 this season. Masters member backgrounds include national team, FIS, NCAA, USCSA, high-school racing, NASTAR, and U. S. Ski & Snowboard junior racing, but we also have people every year that try racing for the first time. Masters – is a long game – jump in and out as it works with your lives and careers. I had never raced prior to joining the WPI ski team in college. Since graduating in 2007, I have been racing masters and it has only gotten more fun each year. I had never raced SG or DH until I turned 25 and gave it a try with masters. I try to get in as many powder and race days each season and love playing in the snow with the friends I have made ski racing.
All the best in slapping plastic and carving turns,
Lauren Beckos (she/her/hers)
Alpine Masters Manager
Follow us: @usalpinemasters
Kritic Smartphone App
Two former USCSA athletes want to introduce a new app called Kritic! Kritic is a social media platform that helps athletes progress through critiques on their own videos. The app enables everyone to improve faster through continuous feedback from the community. This is done by crowdsourcing comments and helping each other by critiquing other athletes. Goals from your first video upload could be:
Be sure to use the #uscsa hashtag on you videos so everyone can see how others are progressing during the season, especially if your school is unable to compete this year.
Download the app from the Apple app store or Google play store: