Mammoth’s steep terrain and energetic vibe will play host to a cast of competitive athletes and excited spectators who will gather to witness the fast-paced races and a memorable opening ceremony.

RACING DOWN MAMMOTHThe massive snowstorms Mammoth has weathered this season have created a 12-14 foot base ideal for the U.S. Alpine Championships. Races will begin everywhere from the Gondola Building near Mammoth’s 11,053-foot summit, to mid-mountain, where competitors will charge thousands of vertical feet downhill at breathtaking speeds to capture the gold.

Participating racers hail from regions around the United States and the globe, and range from athletes such as recently crowned World Cup overall champion and two-time Olympic medalist Bode Miller, World Championship medalists and Olympians Daron Rahlves and Julia Mancuso, as well as America’s leading speed specialist on the World Cup circuit Lindsey Kildow, to up-and-coming athletes climbing their way to the World Cup. Athletes will begin training March 29, and competition begins March 31. Spectators can cheer on the racers from accessareas around the mountain, and viewers at home will be able to watch the races just days later on the Outdoor Life Network.

OPENING CEREMONY AT THE VILLAGE:The U.S. Alpine Championships will ignite with an Opening Ceremony at the Village at Mammoth. Beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, visitors can soak up a plethora of activities, including food booths, a beer garden, music and a big screen television showcasing highlights from the Alpine World Championship races in Italy that took place in February 2005. The ceremony will feature anathlete parade, athlete recognition and awards, and a fireworks display, which starts at 7:30 p.m.

A HISTORICAL VENUE:Hosting this year’s U.S. Alpine Championships will add to Mammoth’s history of holding world-class events, as well as providing a training ground for U.S. Ski Team athletes, who sharpen their skills by training at Mammoth every spring andfall.

OROWEAT 2005 U.S. ALPINE CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Thursday, March 31Men’s and Women’s NorAm Downhill

Friday, April 1 Men’s and Women’s DownhillOpening Ceremony at the Village at Mammoth

Saturday, April 2 Men’s and Women’s Super G

Sunday, April 3Men’s and Women’s Slalom

Monday, April 4Women’s Giant Slalom

Tuesday, April 5Men’s Giant Slalom

Dates, events and times are subject to change.

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is the leading four-season mountain resort in California. The company owns and operates Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, JuneMountain, Tamarack Lodge and Resort, Mammoth Snowmobile Adventures, Mammoth Mountain Bike Park, Mammoth Mountain Inn and also operates Juniper Springs Properties, the Village at Mammoth, and Sierra Star Golf Club in Mammoth Lakes, California. For more information on Mammoth Mountain, visit MammothMountain.com or call 800.MAMMOTH.