USASA Hits The Slopes

USASA Hits The Slopes

Qualifying Set For Jan. 5-7 At Appalachian Ski Mountain. The United States Amateur Snowboarding Association (USASA) returns to the High Country this winter as Appalachian Ski Mountain plays host to the USASA qualifying event from Jan. 5-7.

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The Edge of the World Outfitters and Snowboard Shop will sponsor the three-day event, which will feature a variety of snowboarding options. Competitions will be held in Bordercross and Slopestyle for all three days, while the weekend will also feature Big Air and Rail Jam exhibitions just for fun.

“This is the first year that we’ve made it a three-day affair,” said Jessica King of Edge of the World, “and we are excited to see it grow. It should be a lot of fun, and a great weekend of snowboarding action.”

Prizes will be awarded for all events, and to register, or for more information, entrants and spectators have a couple of different options. Those interested can call Edge of the World at (828) 898-9550, or can stop by the store, which is located off of Highway 184 in Banner Elk.

The USASA was incorporated in 1988, and the first national championships were held in 1990 in Snow Valley, Calif. Since then, the USASA, and the sport of snowboarding, has grown significantly each year. There are a total of 36 regional series held across the United States. The events are intended to promote the sport of snowboarding, be fun for the competitors of all abilities, develop athletic skills, and be the qualifiers for national and international competition.

Another milestone for the sport took place in 1998, when snowboarding was accepted by the International Olympic Committee as a full-medal sport for the 1998 games in Japan. The 2007 USASA Nationals will be held at Northstar at Tahoe, Calif.

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