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U.S. Alpine Championships at Sugarloaf

post #1 of 18
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I've been looking forward to this all year. I'll be up this weekend so I should be able to catch the men's and women's downhill on Saturday and the super G on Sunday.

http://www.sugarloaf.com/US_Alpine.html
post #2 of 18
I get there tomorrow.
post #3 of 18
What does everyone think it's going to be like in terms of crowds?
post #4 of 18
I want to be there.. but its so far...
post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by shmerham
What does everyone think it's going to be like in terms of crowds?
I've been wondering that myself. I'm not really sure what it's gonna be like. My hope is that the crowds won't be too bad but who knows. For a lot of people this is the last "ski weekend" of the year.
post #6 of 18
I have been to many Nationals and can't say (unfortunatly) that crowds have ever been a problem. Most people don't know that they are going on right now and it is late enough in the season that many have quit for the year.
post #7 of 18
I'm here now. Men's DH about to start soon. Nice crowds, but not large enough to cause a problem. No or minimal liftlines.

Come on up...
post #8 of 18
Men'd DH:

1. Bode
2. Daron
3. Justin Johnson

Women's DH:

1. Kirsten Clark
2. Julia Mancuso
3. Stacey Cook
post #9 of 18
My kid got to work a few days of the set up and was there for the races today while I was stuck here.
post #10 of 18
Sugarloaf athletes, Clark and Miller. Cool. Last time Nationals were at the 'Loaf, Bode was an 18 yr old senior at CVA. He was immediately named to the USST "B" Team that March '96, by placing 3rd in the championship slalom.

Earlier that same winter, Bode had not been invited to compete at the World Jrs.
post #11 of 18
It was a great weekend. slalom and GS coming up over the next 3 days. I've got some cool pics I'll try to post when I have a little more time.
post #12 of 18
Excellent. I'd like to hear more about it.

I made the trek to No Vt instead in hopes of skiing some fun terrain. I had a good weekend but I don't think I made the right decision because I mostly skied groomers. Would've liked to have seen the races.
post #13 of 18
...and speaking of which; how were conditions? Will there be any snow left in two weekend?
post #14 of 18
Well, the conditions were a little marginal- feels like VERY late season, but there is some skiing to be had. It probably didn;t help that we had just got back from UTah- anyone who skied LCC last SUnday or Tuesday knows of what I speak!

Anyways, being there for some of the US NAtionals this year was a treat. Seeing the 2 sugarloafers/CVA grads Bode and Kirsten win the downhill was cool. The crowds were large and really excited. Daron Rahlves said the nosie at the start rivaled Hahnekam. Watching these US ski team athletes was incredible. Daron Rahlves last race was yesterday- winner of the super G. Almost all the athletes were very gracious and spent time signing autographs, talking, etc. Let me tell you, my son (a J4, races there) was incredibly pysched to have Daron, Julia Mancuso, Kirsten Clark sign his helmet.
I say almost all the athletes beause Bode seemed to be a little put off by the attention and as best I could tell, wanted to avoid the crowds/fans.
post #15 of 18
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Yeah it was a lot of fun. As for conditions, it was a bit firme. Moreso on Saturday than on Sunday. By midday it was firm with loose snow up top with mashed potatoes below the bottom of spillway. Some terrain will probably be closing (Lower Gondi had pretty thin cover) but they should still have some skiable stuff for Reggae.
post #16 of 18
Talked to my friend last night. Her daughter goes to BMA. She said Bode was much more pleasent after he won the GS. She did spend time with Daron and said he was great to talk to.

It's nice to see the names of some of my friends children in with the top races in the US.
post #17 of 18

Gracious Bode

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Originally Posted by lincoln
Almost all the athletes were very gracious and spent time signing autographs, talking, etc. Let me tell you, my son (a J4, races there) was incredibly pysched to have Daron, Julia Mancuso, Kirsten Clark sign his helmet.
I say almost all the athletes beause Bode seemed to be a little put off by the attention and as best I could tell, wanted to avoid the crowds/fans.
We were at the loaf the 19th through the 24th on a family ski vacation. We bumped into Bode at the base lodge on Friday morning the 24th. My 13 year old K-2 racer (K-2 Canada = US J3) was thrilled to see him and even more tickled that she got his autograph (made out to her ski club).

He was extremely gracious and even witty in our brief encounter with him.
post #18 of 18
I didn't mean to suggest that Bode was stand offish, rude, or anything. He wasn't. Good to see him finish out the year this way too.
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