USSA cancels Squaw Valley World Cup event
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association has canceled the Audi FIS Skicross and Snowboardcross World Cup events that were scheduled to take place at Squaw Valley from March 11-13.
While Squaw Valley has received a significant amount of snow this season, USSA officials said event was taken off the schedule due to the overall cost of production.
“At any major event, there is a cost to the USSA, as well as a to organizers,” said Tom Kelly, USSA’s vice president of communications. “While I can’t give specifics, those costs are measured in magnitudes of hundreds of thousands of dollars for any given event.
“Our very difficult decision was not based on elements of the Squaw Valley event itself, but was a part of a normal ongoing review of our overall financial situation to ensure that we were able to continue to fund all of our athletic programs for the year.”
Andy Wirth, president and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, said in a statement that he was disappointed by the decision but understands the reasons.
“We were very much looking forward to hosting the events this year, as Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows is having a phenomenal winter season with over 20 feet of snow already on the mountain,” he said. “It is our hope we will have the opportunity to host World Cup events again in the future.”
Squaw Valley was also scheduled to host a World Cup Skicross and Snowboardcross event last March, but the resort was forced to cancel the competition due to a lack of snow.