U.S. Alpine Speed Championships

March 16-21, 2019
Schedule Update

The first of two Women's Super G races will start at 9:45am today, the Men's Super G race will start at 11am.

Ski racing is in Sugarloaf's DNA, and from the very beginning, the mountain has been the East Coast's premier proving ground for the world's best skiers. As the only East Coast location to ever host a World Cup downhill, and home to Carrabassett Valley Academy, the country's premier ski and snowboard academy, Sugarloaf has produced many of the world's best snowsport athletes, including Bode Miller, Kirsten Clark, Julie Parisien, Sam Morse, Seth Wescott, Alex Tuttle, and many more. We hope you'll join us this winter as the nation's best once again test themselves on the fabled Narrow Gauge trail.

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Spectator Info

  • March 16-21
  • Downhill, Super G, and Combined
  • Lodging Packages Available

The U.S. Alpine Speed Championships will be held March 16-21 at Sugarloaf. This will be the 7th U.S. National Championship event held at Sugarloaf, but the first official 'Speed Championship', with Downhill, Super-G, and Combined events.

Schedule & Results

Tuesday March 19

Event Time
Course Inspection 8:00am
Women's NorAm Downhill 9:45am
Men's NorAm Downhill  10:40am
Women's National Downhill 12:45pm
Men's National Downhill 1:40pm
Awards 4:00pm



March 19. 2019

Wednesday March 20

Event Time
Course Inspection 8-9am
Warm-up (Boardwalk) Until 8:30am
Women's Super G  (Alpine Combined Championship) 9:45am
Women's Super G (National Championship)  2:00pm
Men's Super G 11:00am
Awards TBD

Thursday March 21

Event Time
Course Inspection 8:30am
Warm-up (Competition Hill) 9-10am
Men's Super G National Championship 10:45am
Women's Slalom (Alpine Combined National Championship) TBD
Men's Slalom (Alpine Combined National Championship) TBD
Awards TBD

#MooseOnTheLoose

This year, we get to ring those cowbells for one of our own! Among those vying for titles will be U.S. Ski Team member and Carrabassett Valley local Sam Morse. Sam thrives in the speed events of Downhill and Super G, having won the Junior World Downhill title in 2017. He also took second and third in the U.S. Alpine Downhill Championships in 2017 and 2018, so his chances for a medal on his home mountain are pretty good.

Sam Morse: Faster Than You

With a Junior World Championship Title in Downhill under his belt, Sam Morse is undoubtedly fast on skis, but how does this need for speed translate to his personal life? We spent a day with Sam while he was home at Sugarloaf and found out he's wicked fast at just about everything.

Athletes

Women

  • Nina O’Brien

    As a 17-year-old National Training Group (NTG) athlete in 2015, Nina O'Brien wowed the crowd when she snagged the national title in giant slalom ahead of U.S. Ski Team member Paula Moltzan and veteran Megan McJames at U.S. Alpine Championships right here at Sugarloaf.

  • Alice Merryweather

    Alice Merryweather learned to ski at four years old on the wintery slopes of Attitash Mountain, chasing her brother down the hill. This was how she discovered her passion for speed. When she was eight, her parents signed both kids up for the Attitash Race Team, and she fell in love with the sport.

  • Nellie-Rose Talbot

    Growing up in the ski mecca that is Vail, Colo. and having skied for Ski and Snowboard Club Vail and the National Training Group, Nellie-Rose Talbot joined the U.S. Ski Team on the development team for the 2017 season with some solid experience under her belt.

  • Tricia Mangan

    Former National Training Group (NTG) athlete turned heads during the 2015 season at U.S. Alpine Championships at Sugarloaf when she snagged a podium amongst juniors in giant slalom. Her solid stint as an NTG athlete allowed her to propel on to the D Team for the 2016 season.

  • Cecily Decker

    Cecily was first in a NorAm Cup downhill at Lake Louise, first in a FIS giant slalom race at Sugarbush, first in a FIS giant slalom race at Jiminy Peak, first in the downhill and fourth in the super-G at the North American Junior Championships at Copper Mountain.

  • Zoe Zimmermann

    Zoe Zimmermann began skiing at age two, at Gunstock Mountain in her hometown of Gilford, New Hampshire. Dressed in a pink one-piece suit and under three feet tall, she would turn heads as she barreled straight down the mountain in her snowplow with her father close by yelling at her to “LOOK AHEAD!!"

Men

  • Sam Morse

    Sugarloaf's own Sam Morse snagged some impressive results at World Juniors on the 2014 Olympic track in Sochi, with a fourth in downhill and 13th in the combined. During the 2017 season, Morse continued the momentum at Junior World Championships in Are, Sweden, grabbing three top six results and was crowned Junior Worlds Downhill champion alongside teammate Alice Merryweather for a USA gold medal sweep.

  • Jared Goldberg

    Without the bottomless powder at Snowbird, Jared Goldberg would not be a member of the U.S. Ski Team. "Well, I certainly wouldn't be a ski racer, that's for sure," he says. But by age 14 he was invested and it didn't take long for that to turn into racing at the elite level.

  • River Radamus

    River Radamus qualified for the Development Team the 2016 season with a myriad of excellent results. In 2017, Radamus qualified for the Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway, and grabbed a hat-trick of victories across super G, giant slalom, and combined disciplines. In doing so, Radamus became the first skier or snowboarder in history to win three individual gold medals.

  • Ryan Cochran-Siegle

    Another member of the famous Skiing Cochrans, Ryan Cochran-Siegle's mother is 1972 Olympic slalom gold medalist Barbara Ann Cochran, which also means he's cousins with a handful of other former U.S. Ski Teamers including Jimmy Cochran.

In The News

Sugarloaf's Racing History

Sugarloaf has racing in its DNA. The yearly rite of spring known as The Sugarloaf Schuss was started in 1951 by Sugarloaf founder, Amos Winter. Twenty years later, Sugarloaf hosted the World Cup and welcomed 20,000 people from around the globe to the unorganized township of Wyman, Sugarloaf-Jerusalem Maine- population 85. This year will be the seventh time that Sugarloaf has hosted the US Alpine Championships; the resort previously hosted the races in 1996, 1997, 2006, 2008, 2015 and 2017. Sugarloaf maintains a strong relationship with the US Ski Team, and the recurring event has drawn large crowds to the resort's warm welcoming village and challenging slopes.