November Update

BIG NEWS!!!

2020 Youth Olympic Games:

WE JUST HEARD FROM THE USOC, AND THE USSMA WILL BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 2020 YOG’S!

Athletes must be born between 2002-2003.  The max number of athlete spots a nation can earn is 4 (2 female, 2 male).  The USSMA did already earn 2 spots (1 female, 1 male) from the results of the Pan American Championships (Huge thanks to Henry and Morgan!).  The next and only other opportunity to earn spots is at World’s in March. If we place in the top 7 of the overall Cadet nation rankings we can additionally earn 2 more spots (1 female, 1 male) to bring us to the max quota of 4.  The spots the USSMA earns are open spots for the USSMA to select which athletes will fill the spots / attend the YOG’s.  The USSMA will be working with the USOC to determine an approved selection process. ISMF details for YOG’s –  http://www.ismf-ski.org/webpages/competitions/l2020-yog-qualifications/

 

The season is coming…are you ready?!

The Race Calendar is up to date with races we’ve been informed of.  Start planning your season!

 

Abasin Worlds Qualifiers:

The first national/worlds team qualifier races will take place on Dec 14/15.  The youth clinic will take place on Dec 16.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN.  2018-19 Membership License Required – Get it now, you’ll need it to register!

Friday 12/14 Vertical Race https://ussma.org/events/ussma-araphaoe-basin-vertical-worlds-team-qualifier/

Saturday 12/15 Individual Race https://ussma.org/events/ussma-worlds-team-qualifier-individual-race-abasin/

Sudnay 12/16 Youth Clinic https://ussma.org/events/ussma-ismf-youth-camp-free-abasin-co/ 

Abasin Race Designations…

  • USSMA Worlds Team Qualifier Race
  • USSMA National Cup Series Race
  • ISMF Pan American Cup Series

Race COSMIC is the official Race Organizer and will be working closely with USSMA, ISMF, and Abasin.

Abasin Tentative Race Schedule…

  1. Fri Dec 14th – Vertical Race
    1. 2-4pm On site registration
    2. 3:30pm Mandatory Racer meeting
    3. 5pm Vertical Race start
    4. 6pm Awards / Racer meeting for Sat Individual race
  2. Sat Dec 15th – Individual Race
    1. 6-7am(ish) On site registration
    2. 6:30am(ish) Mandatory Racer meeting (15mins)
    3. 7am Individual Race start
    4. 12pm Awards

**The individual race will be technical and include multiple boot packs and one via ferrata section.

  1. Sun Dec 16th – USSMA/ISMF Youth Development Clinic >>>FREE<<<
    1. 7-9am On site check in / registration
    2. 9-11am On hill clinic
    3. 11am-1pm Indoor video review and lunch
    4. 1-4pm On hill clinic

 

Membership:

Do you have a 2018-2019 Membership and License yet?!  Be sure to get one or renew yours soon!  You must renew your membership each season.  You will also get a NEW license number for the season.  Membership revenue will help the USSMA grow the sport of Ski Mountaineering Racing in the US.  Thanks for your support!

Member Benefits!

You asked and we listened!  We have been working on adding value to memberships.  We currently have seven coaching companies and three gear companies willing to participate and offer member discounts.

 

“Messages from your Athlete Representatives”

‘Tis the season of stoke, are you thinking skimo yet? There is a lot of work going on behind the scenes to make this USSMA season the best yet and as your athlete advisory committee (AAC), we are here to assist you and collect feedback to advocate on your behalf. 

Let us know what’s on your mind. Do you have any questions about the upcoming race schedule, race formats, rules, points, membership, world cup and national team qualifiers, etc.? Reach out anytime, our email address is USSMA.AAC@gmail.com.

Also, thank you to those that have taken the athlete member survey. If you haven’t done so already, please take our 3-minute survey to help us learn what is of value to you. https://goo.gl/forms/6rOJST3rn12q39sD2

We hope you can make it to the first 2019 USSMA Worlds Team qualifying event at Arapahoe Basin in Colorado (December 14-16); many of the USSMA AAC members will be as well as the International Ski Mountaineering Federation (ISMF).  It should be a great weekend of competitive racing; we hope to meet you there.

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