World’s Largest Snowboard Event Attracts Enthusiasts of All Ages.
Angel Fire, NM — June 30, 2003 – Angel Fire Resort, New Mexico has been awarded the bid to host the 2004 USA Snowboard Association National Championships which will be held March 21 – 27, 2004. More than 1000 snowboarders between the ages of 4 and 60 and from states across the country will attend the world’s largest snowboard competition to participate in five snowboarding events. The 2004 Championships in Angel Fire marks the first time New Mexico has hosted a snowboarding event of this size.
“This recognition just reinforces that Angel Fire Resort is becoming one of the top snowboarding and freeskiing facilities in the country,” said Jon Mahanna, director of operations at Angel Fire Resort.
Since 1988, the USASA National Championships have continued to grow to include five primary snowboard events; the Alpine discipline includes GS and Slalom, and the Freestyle discipline includes Halfpipe, Slopestyle and Boardercross® which is a discipline unto itself. Last year saw the introduction of freestyle skiing into the events and this trend will continue in the 2004 Championships.
“The USASA National Championships attract some of the most talented riders in the United States,” said USASA Executive Director, Tom Collins. “Many of the top riders go on to become Olympians. There are several young riders developing their fundamental skills at USASA events that we anticipate being contenders for the U.S. Olympic Team in 2006.”
Officials from the USASA visited Angel Fire Resort in May 2002 and were impressed with the quality and layout of the facilities. Angel Fire Resort has spent more than $5 million dollars on mountain improvements in the last few years. The high-speed chairlifts on both the front and back sides of the mountain provide an excellent means for competitors to quickly access the event courses. In addition, Angel Fire’s halfpipe and Liberation Terrain Park are serviced by their own chairlift. The present halfpipe will be expanded to a superpipe and a new halfpipe will be built for the 2004 USASA events.
Angel Fire also offers three world-class terrain parks.
Historically, the Championships have moved to different resorts each year. Resorts that have previously hosted the Championships include Sunday River, ME., Mammoth Mountain, Calif., Waterville Valley, N.H., Telluride, Colo. and Big Bear, Calif.
Angel Fire Resort is located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northeast New Mexico in the heart of the “Enchanted Circle.” Known as the Southwest’s premier year-round alpine recreation destination, Angel Fire Resort is a Master Planned Development in a Common Interest Community offering homes, condos and land. For more information on Angel Fire Resort, please call 1-505-377-4273, or visit their web site at www.angelfireresort.com