The East Coast will play host to the nation’s best freestyle skiers when they compete for national titles this season. The aerials competition will take place in Lake Placid on January 26, 2019, and moguls competitions will take place at at Waterville Valley Resort on March 16-17, 2019.
The Olympic Jumping Complex in Lake Placid, N.Y. is one of aerial skiing’s most iconic venues and has hosted freestyle World Cup events every year since 1985. Last year’s champions were Harrison Smith (Pittsford, N.Y.) and Morgan Northrop (Haymarket, Va.) and Northrop will look to defend her title in 2019. The results of the U.S. championships will have a direct impact on the 2018-19 competition season. Results from the January 26 event will be weighed with results from the January 19 World Cup event in Lake Placid, and will help determine the U.S. Aerials World Championships team.
“The Olympic Jumping Complex is excited to be hosting the 2019 U.S. Freestyle Championships. The venue take tremendous pride in hosting World Championship, World Cup and national championship events that go a long way towards many athletes’ dreams of someday representing the United States in the Olympic Winter Games. Come on out and cheer America’s best as they compete for the title of U.S. Champion,” Tony Carlino, Olympic Jumping Complex General Manager.
The moguls U.S. Freestyle Championships will be held at Waterville Valley Resort in New Hampshire March 16-17, 2019 and will include mogul and dual mogul events. Brad Wilson (Butte, Mont.) will look to defend both the men’s mogul and dual mogul titles. Women’s mogul champion Keaton McCargo (Telluride, Colo.) retired after the 2018 season, but Tess Johnson (Vail, Colo.) is the reigning champion in dual moguls.
“Waterville Valley Resort was proud to host the 2018 U.S. Freestyle Championships last March. It was a great event showcasing amazing athletes. The entire Waterville Valley community is thrilled to be hosting the U.S. Freestyle Championships again this season. As the birthplace of freestyle skiing, this event holds a special place in everyone’s hearts,” Matt Hesser, Senior Director of Marketing for Waterville Valley Resort