Truckee, California—The United States of America Snowboard Association (USASA) has announced it will host the 17th Annual USASA National Championship March 25- April 1, 2006 at Northstar-at-Tahoe in Truckee, Calif. This highly recognized event will bring more than 1,300 athletes and their families and friends to the North Lake Tahoe region for a week of competition and daily festivities.

Each of the 35 USASA Regional Series will qualify snowboarders and freestyle skiers to compete in five events; Giant Slalom, Slalom, Halfpipe, Slopestyle and Boardercross®. With USASA having developed many of today’s top names in snowboarding including Shaun White, Ross Powers, Lindsey Jacobellis and many other past Olympian’s, this year’s events could predict the next great athletes to come.

“With the USASA Headquarters in Truckee, this is an exciting opportunity to host the USASA National Championship in our own backyard, said Tom Collins, USASA executive director. “We chose Northstar because the resort reigns superior with in-house terrain park designers, Chris “Gunny Gunnarson and Josh Chauvet of Snow Park Technologies. With amazing offerings for our guests, plus the close proximity to Truckee and North Lake Tahoe, Northstar was the natural choice.

Northstar has also placed a bid on hosting the USASA National Championship in 2007, potentially making this a two-year stay at the resort.

USASA hosts more than 500 events annually at approximately 200 resorts throughout the U.S. Each of the USASA series holds eight to 20 events each year. Beginner, intermediate and expert riders, ages four to 74, compete in 32 separate divisions in their respective regional series to earn a chance to participate in the USASA National Championship, where they vie for 840 medals. In addition, more than $15,000 in scholarships funds are awarded by the USASA to National Championship participants each year at Nationals.

Hosting this event in Truckee will introduce 1,300 plus athletes and their families to North Lake Tahoe, and bring traffic through the community to various restaurants, shops and lodging properties.

USASA is dedicated to supporting recreational and competitive snowboarding and freestyle skiing throughout the United States. Since 1988, USASA has fostered the competitive spirit of snowboard athletes and developed a solid grassroots organization that allows men and women, and boys and girls of all ages and abilities to participate in organized snowboarding.

Northstar-at-Tahoe is located off Highway 267, just six miles from the North Shore of Lake Tahoe and seven miles from Downtown Truckee. For more information about the resort, visit www.NorthstarAtTahoe.com or call 1-800-GO-NORTH.

To find out more about USASA, call 800-404-9213.