March 17, 2005
Mammoth Mountain, CA - The competitive alpine skiing season will go out with a bang this year when it makes its final stop at Mammoth Mountain, March 31 - April 5 for the Oroweat 2005 U.S. Alpine Championships. Mammoth's steep terrain and energetic vibe will play host to a cast of competitive athletes and excited spectators who will gather to witness the fast-paced races and a memorable opening ceremony.
RACING DOWN MAMMOTH
The massive snowstorms Mammoth has weathered this season have created a 12-14 foot base ideal for the U.S. Alpine Championships. Races will begin everywhere from the Gondola Building near Mammoth's 11,053-foot summit, to mid-mountain, where competitors will charge thousands of vertical feet downhill at breathtaking speeds to capture the gold.
Participating racers hail from regions around the United States and the globe, and range from athletes such as recently crowned World Cup overall champion and two-time Olympic medalist Bode Miller, World Championship medalists and Olympians Daron Rahlves and Julia Mancuso, as well as America's leading speed specialist on the World Cup circuit Lindsey Kildow, to up-and-coming athletes climbing their way to the World Cup. Athletes will begin training March 29, and competition begins March 31. Spectators can cheer on the racers from access areas around the mountain, and viewers at home will be able to watch the races just days later on the Outdoor Life Network.
OPENING CEREMONY AT THE VILLAGE
The U.S. Alpine Championships will ignite with an Opening Ceremony at the Village at Mammoth. Beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, visitors can soak up a plethora of activities, including food booths, a beer garden, music and a big screen television showcasing highlights from the Alpine World Championship races in Italy that took place in February 2005. The ceremony will feature an athlete parade, athlete recognition and awards, and a fireworks display, which starts at 7:30 p.m.
A HISTORICAL VENUE
Hosting this year's U.S. Alpine Championships will add to Mammoth's history of holding world-class events, as well as providing a training ground for U.S. Ski Team athletes, who sharpen their skills by training at Mammoth every spring and fall.
OROWEAT 2005 U.S. ALPINE CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
Thursday, March 31
Men's and Women's NorAm Downhill
Friday, April 1
Men's and Women's Downhill
Opening Ceremony at the Village at Mammoth
Saturday, April 2
Men's and Women's Super G
Sunday, April 3
Men's and Women's Slalom
Monday, April 4
Women's Giant Slalom
Tuesday, April 5
Men's Giant Slalom
Dates, events and times are subject to change.