Park City, Utah, Oct. 5, 2000--The 2000-2001 Chevy Truck Super Series schedule was announced Thursday by the U.S. Ski and SnowboardAssociation. Thirteen alpine races for both men and women will be run throughout the U.S. with most of the action televised nationally.
Entering its third year, the Super Series will open Nov. 11 at Loveland, Colo. and make stops at premier resorts in Utah and Colorado, includingDeer Valley, Park City and Snowbasin, Utah and Aspen, Beaver Creek and Winter Park, Colo.
Fans will get the chance to get a sneak peek at the venues that will host alpine events during the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. Park Citywill host Olympic giant slalom races, Deer Valley will be the slalom site and Snowbasin will feature the speed races - super G and downhill - in'02.
The Loveland, Park City and Winter Park Super Series events are expected to draw a field of the world's top skiers to the hill. Last season,athletes from over 15 countries participated in Super Series races, with World Cup title-holders and top-5 overall finishers taking part.
The Super Series is the highest-level, season-long international alpine ski racing series in the United States, a stepping-stone series to theWorld Cup - similar to AAA baseball. It provides greater opportunities for younger skiers to compete away from the World Cup, while offeringtop-level athletes the choice to ski when they are not participating in a World Cup event.
"USSA has made great progress in developing the Chevy Truck Super Series over the past two years," said USSA Vice President ofAthletics Alan Ashley. "It's developed as a strong proving ground for our young athletes and a showcase for the best skiers on the U.S. SkiTeam, as well as top international World Cup racers."
Athletes will compete for a total prize purse of $100,000 over the 13-event season. The prize breakdown is $1,500 for first place, $1,000 forsecond and $500 for third. Series points will handed out according to the following: First place-30 points, second place-29 points, third place-28points, down to 1 point for the 30th place finisher.
An overall Super Series champion will be crowned for both men and women at the finals. The champions will be awarded $10,000. The men'sfinals, which will be a FIS event but not part of the Nor Am Cup, will be held March 30-31 at Deer Valley, while the women's will be March16-18 at Snowbasin
Last season, 16-year old Julia Mancuso (Tahoe City, CA) won the women's overall title at Deer Valley. Canada's Anne-Marie Francois finishedin second and Alison Powers (Winter Park, CO) was third. Canadian Cameron Culbert took the title on the men's side, with Brett Fischer (WinterPark, CO) finishing second and Travis Svensrud (Bozeman, MT) taking third.
Outdoor Life Network will air 28 hours of Super Series coverage. Broadcasts will begin Feb. 8, 2001 and be aired every Thursday at 9pm ESTthrough March 22, with four total airs per week.
2000-2001 CHEVY TRUCK SUPER SERIES
Nov. 11-12 Loveland, CO SL/SL
Nov. 20-21 Park City, UT GS/GS
Dec. 4-6 Beaver Creek, CO SG/SG/GS/GS
Feb. 9-11 Snowbasin, UT DH/DH/SG
March 30-31 Deer Valley, UT SL/SL
Nov. 11-12 Loveland, CO SL/SL
Nov. 20-21 Winter Park, CO GS/GS
Nov. 26-27 Aspen, CO SG/SG
March 8-11 TBA GS/GS/SL/SL
March 16-18 Snowbasin, UT DH/DH/SG