Sun Valley Resort Hosts U.S. Alpine Championships for the First Time Since 1977 

The events run through March 27

click to enlarge "It was time to bring world-class racing back to Sun Valley and to Idaho." - SUN VALLEY RESORT
  • Sun Valley Resort
  • "It was time to bring world-class racing back to Sun Valley and to Idaho."

The last time Sun Valley Resort hosted the U.S. Alpine Championships was in 1977. In years past, the competitions have taken place in Sugarloaf, Maine and Squaw Valley Ski Resort in California.

"It was time to bring world-class racing back to Sun Valley and to Idaho," said Jack Sibbach, director of marketing at Sun Valley Resort.

Now, the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships are back in Sun Valley, running through March 27. More than 220 athletes have traveled from around the country to participate in various competitions, including Alpine Combined, Super G, Slalom and Giant Slalom events.

"Conditions are superb," Sibbach said during the women's slalom event Friday morning. "To get the conditions like they are, it's a three-week process. It's not just putting the gates up. We spent weeks farming the hill and putting up a lot of fencing. We have more than 400 volunteers working this event right now."

Many of the athletes competing in the championships are already decorated with World Cup and Olympic medals. Having a win at the national championship helps athletes get closer to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

NBC will televise the championships on Saturday, March 26 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. They're also being streamed live on Sun Valley Resort's website. If you miss the chance to visit Sun Valley—joining more than a thousand spectators crowding around the events—the Alpine Championships will be held in Sun Valley again in spring 2018, after the Winter Olympics.

Sibbach said the resort owes a huge thanks to the Sun Valley community for its support and participation.

"It's a community-wide effort," he said. "It doesn't just happen with the resort by itself. At the opening ceremony in town [on March 24], the community really turned out. The athletes appreciate that. They're anxious to come back in 2018."

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