February 27, 2020 (BOISE, ID)– Bogus Basin is hosting 33 teams of college athletes February 27th-29th for the U.S. Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association Western Regional Championships.
The 15 men’s teams and 18 women’s teams are each competing for four team bids to the USCSA National Championships, set for March 10-14 on Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, N.Y. Team berths are determined via place-points following giant slalom and slalom competitions.
Skiers will be completing on the Lower Ridge and Bowl runs – with the finish corral situated just outside the Simplot Lodge at the base area.
WHO IS COMPETING: Men’s and women’s teams from Air Force, British Columbia, College of Idaho, Colorado, Colorado Mesa, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State, Montana State, Oregon, Rocky Mountain, Utah, Washington, Washington State, Western Colorado and Whitman will be joined by the women’s teams from Eastern Oregon, Idaho, and Puget Sound to compete in the three day event.
SCORING: Each team can have up to five designated skiers compete for a team score – with the combined two-run time of the top three skiers (out of the five designated skiers) determining the team time. Teams will be assigned place points (1 for first-place, 2 for second-place, etc.) based on the team finish, with the combined place points after the giant slalom and slalom runs determining the national qualifying berths.
SURVEYING THE MEN’S TEAMS: The champions of the Northwest, Rocky Mountain, and Grand Teton Conferences will be the teams to beat this weekend– as the College of Idaho, University of Colorado, and Rocky Mountain College each had great conference seasons. C of I won seven of the eight NWCSC qualifiers, with Rocky sweeping competition in the GTC qualifiers. Top skiers include RMC’s Alexander Sahlberg, UC’s R.J. McLennan, Washington State’s Spencer Barclay, and the College of Idaho trio of Jacopo Gelmetti, Trevor Trimble, and Mateo Gonzalez.
SURVEYING THE WOMEN’S TEAMS: Rocky Mountain is the squad to beat in the 18-team field after dominating the Grand Teton Conference. Colorado and Colorado School of Mines are the top teams from the Rocky Mountain Conference, while British Columbia won four of the final five NWCSC.
Thursday: Women’s Giant Slalom (Run 1) – 9:30 a.m.; Women’s Giant Slalom (Run 2) – approx. 1 p.m.; Men/Women’s Dual Slalom – 5 p.m.
Friday: Men’s Giant Slalom (Run 1) – 9:30 a.m.; Men’s Giant Slalom – approx. 1 p.m.
Saturday: Women’s Slalom (Run 1) – 9:30 a.m.; Men’s Slalom (Run 1) – 10:45 a.m.; Women’s Slalom (Run 2) – approx. 1 p.m.; Men’s Slalom (Run 2)– approx. 2:15 p.m.
About Bogus Basin
Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area is the largest nonprofit recreation area in the country. It is a 501(C)(3) organization dedicated to engaging the community to provide accessible, affordable, and fun year-round mountain recreation and education. Opened in 1942, Bogus Basin offers 2,600 acres of daytime skiable terrain, and 165 acres for night skiing; eleven lifts and three people-mover carpets; an 800-foot tubing hill, and a 4,251 foot Mountain Coaster. The Nordic Center offers 37 kilometers of groomed trails. Environmental education and community outreach programs serve over 20,000 individuals annually, primarily youth. Summer activities include the mountain coaster, mountain biking, events, hiking and chairlift service for hike and bike transport. Bogus Basin is located 16.5 miles north of Boise, Idaho and operates under a special use permit with the Boise National Forest. www.bogusbasin.org