Sugarloaf to Host 2022 U.S. Alpine Championships
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, ME – The world-famous Narrow Gauge trail will once again host the country’s best alpine ski racers when Sugarloaf hosts the Toyota U.S. Alpine Championships and NorAm Finals March 20-April 1, 2022–the final leg of the 2022 Homelight Alpine Foundation Series.
This will be the eighth time Sugarloaf has hosted the nation’s premier alpine racing event, having previously hosted the championships in 1996, 1997, 2006, 2008, 2015, 2017, and 2019.
The 2022 event will come on the heels of the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, China, and is expected to feature a number of Olympic athletes, along with many of the top racers on the U.S. Team.
Among those athletes will be Sugarloaf native Sam Morse, a member of the U.S. Alpine B Team who grew up in Carrabassett Valley and graduated from Carrabassett Valley Academy.
“Sugarloaf has a proud tradition of hosting some of the world’s premier ski racing events, and we’re honored to have the U.S. Alpine Championships return for 2022,” Sugarloaf General Manager Karl Strand said. “Having this event on the heels of the Olympics will only add to the excitement of what is already one of the country’s best alpine racing showcases.”
Over the years the Narrow Gauge trail has hosted many of the world’s biggest alpine events, including men’s and women’s World Cup races in 1971, and the first official FIS Alpine Junior World Championships in 1984.
“Sugarloaf has been a great partner for decades,” noted Lindsay Arnold, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Event Director. “Their hospitality in welcoming the ski racing community is unmatched. We are thrilled they are hosting not only the Toyota U.S. Alpine Championships but also welcoming back the NoraAm Finals. We look forward to a great two weeks of watching the top North American athletes compete!”
Many of the world’s best ski and snowboard racers cut their teeth at Sugarloaf and on Narrow Gauge. Carrabassett Valley Academy, an award-winning U.S. Ski & Snowboard club located near Sugarloaf, is one of the nation’s top snowsport academies and has produced medal-winning Olympians in both skiing and snowboarding. The roster includes Bode Miller, an Olympic Gold Medalist and World Champion, and Seth Wescott, a two-time Olympic gold medal winner.
For additional information on the U.S. Ski Team and the U.S. Alpine Championships, please visit www.usskiandsnowboard.org.
For additional information on Sugarloaf, please visit www.sugarloaf.com.
Located in Carrabassett Valley, ME, Sugarloaf is largest ski area in the East, and is home to the only lift-serviced above treeline skiing and riding in the East, as well as the number one golf course in Maine, according to Golf Digest. Sugarloaf is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions. Follow: www.sugarloaf.com, www.facebook.com/sugarloaf, and http://twitter.com/sugarloafmaine.
About U.S. Ski & Snowboard
U.S. Ski & Snowboard is the Olympic National Governing Body (NGB) of ski and snowboard sports in the USA, based at the USANA Center of Excellence in Park City, Utah. Tracing its roots directly back to 1905, the organization represents nearly 200 elite skiers and snowboarders in 2021, competing in seven teams; alpine, cross country, freeski, freestyle, snowboard, nordic combined and ski jumping. In addition to the elite teams, U.S. Ski & Snowboard also provides leadership and direction for tens of thousands of young skiers and snowboarders across the USA, encouraging and supporting them in achieving excellence. By empowering national teams, clubs, coaches, parents, officials, volunteers and fans, U.S. Ski & Snowboard is committed to the progression of its sports, athlete success and the value of team. For more information, visit www.usskiandsnowboard.org.