The United States of America Snowboard Association is the largest amateur snowboard organization in the world. With a membership base of over 5,500 snowboarders and freeskiers, the vision of the USASA is to facilitate fun and fair events for all ages across the country, to attract snowboarders and freeskiers, promote their development, provide member education, and influence the future of our sports.
USASA Regionals provide an organized platform for young riders whether they are a seasoned competitor or just getting their careers started. From November to March every year, 33 nationwide series host approximately 500 events at over 100 marquee winter resorts. Elite riders from all 33 series use regional events to qualify for a slot into the USASA National Championships, which take place every April in Copper Mountain, Colorado.
The USASA National Championships take place the first week of April and will be help at Copper Mountain through 2017. With over 1,800 competitors, Nationals is the largest snowboard and freeski event in the world in terms of athlete participation. Additionally, it’s seen as one of, if not the most prestigious contests an amateur can win. Past champs include the likes of: Shaun White, Hannah Teeter, Kelly Clark and Louie Vito.
After Nationals, a new crop of snowboarders and freeskiers are selected to the USASA team. The USASA team, which was founded in 2007, is comprised of 20x snowboarders and 5-10x freeskiers under the age of 21. The team provides professional coaching, mentoring and training in order for these elite athletes to be successful in events including X Games, Dew Tour, Grand Prix and even the Olympics. The team has already groomed the careers of riders including: Benji Farrow, Faye Gulini, Arielle Gold and Brett Esser amongst many others.