College ski, snowboard teams vie for national titles in Lake Placid

— Having the post-Olympic blues of no longer being able to watch quality ski and snowboard competition?

Well, in Lake Placid, you can find it as the best collegiate skiers and snowboarders in the nation will make their way to the local Olympic facilities for the 2014 United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) National Championships.

The event, featuring student-athletes from over 75 universities, will start Sunday, March 8, with registration and continuing through Saturday, March 15.

“The ORDA facilities will create a spectacular backdrop for the USCSA National Championships,” said ORDA president/CEO Ted Blazer. “Individually they provide world class competitive sites and top-notch event administrators fitting for this level of competition. We hope to provide a memorable experience for each and every competitor.”

Events will be held throughout the Olympic venues in the region, including Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, Mount Van Hoevenberg and the Olympic jumping complex.

After training events on Monday, March 10, events Tuesday, March 11, begin with women’s alpine skiing at 9:45 a.m. (Whiteface), the 8.5km cross country races at 9 and 11 a.m. (Van Hoevenberg) and the pipe railjam at 9 a.m. (Whiteface).

Events begin at Whiteface Mountain Wednesday, March 11, with slopestyle (9 a.m.) and men’s alpine competition (9:45 a.m.) at Whiteface, while the 1.5km classic sprint events will take place at 10 a.m. and noon at Mount Van Hoevenberg.

Thursday, March 12 has women’s alpine events starting at 9:30 a.m. at Whiteface, which will also host bordercross and skiercross events starting at the same time. Ski jumping will make its appearance at the championships as well with athletes vying for titles in the 48 and 90 meter hills.

Men’s alpine, bordercross and skiercross events start on Whiteface at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 14, with the 15km classic cross country races set to start at 9 and 11 a.m. at Mount Van Hoevenberg.

The final day of competition Saturday, March 15, includes alpine men’s and women’s races at 10 a.m. along with snowboard GS at Whiteface along with the team sprint cross country events at Mount Van Hoevenberg starting at 9 and 11 a.m.

Award ceremonies will be held each day at the Lake Placid Conference Center Ballroom at 4 p.m., March 11 through March 15.

Alpine skiing events include giant slalom, slalom and dual slalom.

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