The 2020 U.S. Ski & Snowboard Rocky/Central U14 Championships took place in Steamboat Springs on March 9-14. This event featured the fastest 12 and 13 year old skiers from the 18 state Rocky/Central region who qualified through their divisional championships. Racers compete in Super G, giant slalom, slalom and duals. This year’s event was presented by Steamboat Mountain School.
- Full Schedule of Events
Download the detailed event schedule Updated 3/9, you may have to hit refresh to see the updated version
There may be changes due to weather or other factors. Daily race schedules are posted on USSA’s live timing website. Parents and coaches can receive text messages with changes to the daily schedule by texting U14Champs to 844-232-5206.
Monday, March 9
Unofficial Super G training - open to all competitors, see details below
Tuesday, March 10
Official Super G training - All Out trail @ Steamboat Ski Resort
Racers will take two runs on a full-length Super G course on the race hill to get used to the snow, terrain and thrilling speed of the course.
Racers take center stage as they enter the Howelsen Hill base area with their teams waving flags and carrying banners. The athletes will be greeted by a very special guest, followed by a torch procession and lighting of the Junior Championship cauldron.
Wednesday, March 11
Super G race - All Out trail @ Steamboat Ski Resort
High speed technical turns and lots of terrain and jumps will be the highlights for this event at Steamboat Ski Resort. Watch racers ski in excess of 50 mph!
Thursday, March 12
Giant Slalom race - All Out trail @ Steamboat Ski Resort
The most technical event of the week, racers will get two races on the challenging All Out race trail.
Athlete Fun Night @ Howelsen Hill
Athletes will take to the nordic jumps, speed trap on the landing hill of the big jump, and tryout the freestyle jump into the massive SSWSC airbag. New this year the HS45 jump will be in play, featuring jumps of more than 100 feet for those that are brave and powerful. The music will be cranking with games, contests, food and fun.
Parent/Coach Mixer @ Howelsen Hill-->
Coaches and parents can socialize and enjoy the scene at Olympian Hall while the athletes play. Host beer, wine and appetizers, presented by Steamboat Mountain School.
Friday, March 13
Slalom race - Howelsen Hill
The athletes will muster all their quickness and skill to navigate the iconic and very challenging Howelsen Hill slalom course.
Western BBQ - Top of gondola @ Steamboat Ski Resort
Ride up to Thunderhead on the gondola and watch the sun set over the Yampa Valley while enjoying a fine meal, western music and dancing.
Saturday, March 14
Dual Slalom race - Howelsen Hill
The most exciting races of the week will likely be these where skiers will race side-by-side over two jumps through a panel gate slalom course. Afterwards the overall champions will be crowned on the big stage next to the Junior Championships cauldron.
- About The Venues
The races are held at two separate ski areas located in Steamboat Springs, CO. The Super G and GS races are held at Steamboat Ski Resort on the All Out trail near the base of the mountain and the slalom and dual races are held at Howelsen Hill Ski Area. The two ski areas are ten minutes apart by car, with great lodging options by the mountain (Steamboat Ski Resort) and in downtown (Howelsen Hill). Post-race activities also take place at both venues.
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You may also wish to book at the location of race headquarters for the Super G and GS races at the base of Steamboat Ski Resort, the Steamboat Sheraton Resort Villas.
- Race Spectating
Specially priced tickets for $55 available to parents and siblings for the Christie Peak Express lift only that allows for viewing all the way down the race hill.
The event is at Steamboat Ski Resort on the All Out race trail and finishes at the bottom of Headwall North, near the base of the Christie III chairlift. It is a short, easy hike to the base of the race hill and you get a pretty good view. From the Gondola Square at the base, head up on the trail farthest to the left as you look up the hill. It will be about a ten minute hike from Gondola Square to the finish line. To get a little bit better view, climb up the left side (looking up) of the race arena up to the next road, just below a timing building. This will take another ten minutes at an easy pace but is a steeper climb (intermediate trail). If you are skiing, you can see almost the entire course from the middle section. Ski the See Me trail below Sitz, and follow the race fence line to the knoll for the best viewing.
The event is at Steamboat Ski Resort on the All Out race trail. Same as the Super G but the finish is higher up on the mountain. Follow the directions above for the Super G but you’ll need to climb the second part to the timing building to get to the finish where you can see the lower half of the course. If you are skiing, your best viewing location will be the same place as for the Super G.
Duals and Slalom
The events are at Howelsen Hill on the Main Face. This is an amazing venue for spectators. You can see everything right from the base. There are bleachers in front of the lodge, and even handicapped accessible viewing from inside the lodge for the whole venue. Howelsen Hill is closed to the public during our races, so only credentialed athletes, coaches and race workers will be allowed to ski the hill. Spectators are welcome to climb up alongside the course to the saddle if they wish, but please remain outside of the roped off race arena.
- 2020 Race Results
Video Feed for Dual Slalom and Slalom Races
The 2020 dual slalom and slalom races were broadcasted live for family and fans that couldn’t make the trip to Steamboat courtesy of Steamboat Radio. Check out the replays on the Steamboat Radio page on YouTube and watch on your Smart TV, or click on the direct links below.
Check Out Your Race Photos!
The photographers at Fresh Prints were at all the events catching the athletes on film. Check out the photos online at the Fresh Prints website. Complete portfolios are available for all racers. For more information, email them at FreshPrints@photosteamboat.com or call 970.875.3463.
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Contact the SSWSC office at 970.879.0695 or email.