The 2021 U.S. Alpine Championship has wrapped up, so we wanted to cover some highlights. The two-week ski championship kicked off on April 5th and had its last day of competition on April 16th. The pandemic certainly influenced the event, which made it look a bit different than in years past. The tournament was nonetheless a success.
The Venue at Aspen Highlands, Colorado
Aspen Highlands served as the venue for the Alpine Championship this year. After being closed throughout the pandemic, the venue offered its space for the competitions with strict Covid-19 protocols. As with other events of this kind, the Alpine Championship limited attendance to just the necessary personnel, meaning no fans or other spectators.
While no attendants could be at the competition physically, the tournament created a virtual media center to help fans view the races and photographs. Making all of this content available to skiing enthusiasts helped make up for the inability to attend the competition in person.
Championship Event Schedule
The schedule groups all the men’s events in the first week of the competition and the women’s ones during the second week. Here is the full event schedule.
Monday, April 5, Slalom National Championships, Men
Tuesday, April 6, Giant Slalom National Championships, Men
Wednesday, April 7 ,Super-G/Alpine Combined National Championships, Men
Friday, April 9, Downhill Training, Men/Women
Sunday, April 11, (Two-Run) Downhill National Championships, Men/Women
Tuesday, April 13, Super-G/Alpine Combined National Championships, Women
Thursday, April 15, Giant Slalom National Championships, Women
Friday, April 16, Slalom National Championships, Women
Notable Participants and Outcomes
Some prominent U.S. skiers will sit this championship out in order to prepare for the Olympics and to take a break. The championship will still draw a good field of competitors. Skiers such as Katie Hensien, Jett Seymour, Sam Morse, and Erik Arvidsson, who had seen recent success in European competitions, were strong contenders. Additionally, World Cup scorers Nina O’Brien, Bella Wright, Laurenne Ross, AJ Hurt, and Ben Ritchie headlined the event.
Overall, the U.S. Alpine Championship was a successful event, which many were happy to see go on. The event made fans eager to get back to normal to be able to see the incredible skiers in person. Looking ahead, ski teams will start preparing for more competitions and the Olympics. For now, though, many athletes are looking to rest after a chaotic year of skiing.