LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) _ The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association is moving its Alpine National Championships to Whiteface Mountain because of poor racing conditions in Alaska.
The announcement was made jointly Friday night by USSA and New York Gov. George Pataki, who was in Lake Placid for the opening ceremonies of the Empire State Games. The move from Alyeska Ski Area to Whiteface marks the first time the Alpine Championships will be held in Lake Placid in 24 years.
“We’re excited to have the opportunity to take advantage of extremely good snow conditions in the East to be able to move to such a prestigious venue as Lake Placid,” USSA president Bill Marolt said.
The New York Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA), which operates Whiteface, accepted the event on less than 48 hours’ notice.
“One of ORDA’s missions is to always have our venues ready, whether it’s for recreational or competitive use,” ORDA president Ted Blazer said. “It’s a credit to our staff that we can turn on a dime and execute this prestigious competition.”
Racing will be conducted March 17-25, just days after the World Cup finals in Norway. The event was last in Lake Placid in 1978 and 1979, as a prelude to the 1980 Olympic Winter Games.
The USSA and the planned site at Alyeska Ski Area in Alaska mutually decided earlier in the week to move the Alpine Championships. The USSA also said Alyeska would be the host next year.
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