Talented young skiers and snowboarders from throughout the Northwest converge at Mt. Hood Meadows for the USA Snowboard and Freeski Association 2021 Pacific Northwest Regional Championship. Athletes range in age from 7 - 18 and have advanced to regionals by qualifying in local mountain series events. The top three in each age group from each discipline and each series qualified for regionals.
Leslee (Olson) Schader, former professional snowboarder, is the co-director of the USASA Mt. Hood Series. She said instead of a national competition this year (because of COVID) the top USASA ski and snowboard talent from the Northwest will gather at Mt. Hood Meadows. She said athletes are expected to come from Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Included in the field are some of the top nationally ranked skiers and snowboarders, competing for the regional title.
Entrants include local teams such as the Cooper Spur Freeride Team and the Mt. Hood Meadows Freeride Team. This weekend’s schedule starts with the boarder/skier cross competition on Thursday, followed by slopestyle competition Friday, halfpipe competition Saturday and Sunday’s rail jam.
We wish all the competitors good luck at Regionals!
Information gathered from the Columbia Gorge News and USASA Mt. Hood Series websites.