Alpine Skiing at the USCSA National Championships
Tuesday, March 12-Friday, March 16 | 11:30 a.m. ET
Snow King Mountain | Jackson Hole, Wyo.
• The Babson men's and women's alpine ski teams travel to Snow King Mountain in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to compete in the USCSA National Championships beginning on Tuesday.
• The Beavers are making their 12th consecutive trip to nationals on the men's side, while the women are set for their fourth straight appearance at nationals.
ABOUT THE VENUE
• Located just over two hours south of Yellowstone National Park along the border of neighboring Idaho, Snow King Mountain will host the USCSA National Championships for the first time.
• Snow King Mountain, which is one of three ski areas located in Jackson Hole, boasts a base elevation of over 6,200 feet.
• The women will compete in the giant slalom on Tuesday and slalom on Thursday, while the men hit the slopes for the GS on Wednesday and the slalom on Friday.
2018 USCSA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS RECAP
• The Babson men won the slalom to finish tied for first in the combined standings, while the women's squad matched its best result in program history by placing fourth overall.
• Juniors MacIntyre Henderson and Jack Blanchard both captured All-America honors in the GS, slalom and combined standings, while Tatum Alkier '18 became the women's program's first six-time All-American with her 15th-place finish in the combined standings.
• Junior Elizabeth Baer also collected three All-America awards for the Babson women.
SCOUTING THE BABSON WOMEN
• The Beavers came in third in the GS, fourth in the slalom and tied for second in the combined standings at the USCSA Eastern Regional Championships at Sugarloaf back on February 23-24.
• Sophomore Sarah Mangiacotti came in fourth in the giant slalom, while Baer placed 15th in the GS and ninth in the slalom to lead the Green and White.
• Mangiacotti and Baer have both posted seven top-10 finishes this winter, first-year Julia Martin came in 16th overall at regionals, and senior Olivia Burwell has six top-25 results in her last eight races.
• Baer, who has collected four All-America accolades over the last two years, and Burwell are Babson females with experience skiing at nationals.
SCOUTING THE BABSON MEN
• The Beavers placed third in the GS, second in the slalom and third in the overall combined standings at the USCSA Eastern Regional Championships at Sugarloaf on February 23-24.
• Henderson won the giant slalom and finished sixth in the slalom, Blanchard came in second in the GS in seventh in the slalom, and the duo placed one-two in the combined standings to lead the Green and White.
• Henderson owns 10 top-five finishes in 12 races this winter, Blanchard leads the team with seven podium finishes, and junior Sean Robinson has finished outside the top 15 just twice in 12 races on the year.
• Babson has registered seven consecutive top-10 finishes as a team at nationals going back to 2012.
TEAMS TO KNOW
• The Rocky Mountain men came out on top of last year's four-way tie to capture its third consecutive national championship.
• The Sierra Nevada men, which won back-to-back titles in 2014 and 2015, has placed second in each of the last three years, while Castleton's men finished third in both 2017 and 2018.
• Rocky Mountain (2017, 2018) and Sierra Nevada (2015, 2016) have split the last four women's titles.
• Castleton came in third last season, while St. Olaf placed fourth in 2017 after finishing third in both 2015 and 2016.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
• Henderson enters the week tied with Carter Dowd '16 as the most decorated men's skier in program history with six All-America awards.
• Baer has a chance to become the program's first female skier since Michele Steinrotter '98 to earn All-America recognition in three consecutive seasons. Steinrotter became the first to achieve the feat with five top-10 finishes at nationals from 1996-98.