USA Snowboard Association

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  • Chuck Allen Founds USASA

    Chuck Allen Founds USASA
    1988-- Former amateur surf coach Chuck Allen incorporates the United States Amateur Snowboarding Association (USASA) in July with a $500 donation from Transworld SNOWboarding Magazine. USASA is the first governing body exclusively for competitive grassroots snowboarding. The organizers believed that by forming a national association for snowboard competitors, rules of competition could be standardized, an annual national championship event could be established.
  • First USASA National Championship

    First USASA National Championship
    The USASA holds their premiere national championships in February, at Snow Valley, California.The worst snow storm of the decade hits just before the event and closes all roads to Big Bear. Amateur snowboarders from all over the country are left stranded. A rescue caravan of locals led by USASA founder Chuck Allen sneaks the competitors past the police barricades and gets them to the contest on time.
  • Nationals at Mt. Hood, Oregon

    1991 USASA President Don Sather hosts Nationals at Mt. Hood Oregon. Event is sponsored by Mountain Dew, Lib Technologies, Black Diamond, Checkered Pig.
  • Nationals at Straton Mountain Vermont

    President Gordon Robbins hosts Nationals at Straton Mountain, Vermont. Don Sather is elected President.
  • Nationals at VAIL, Colorado

    In an effort to work with US Skiing and Snowboard organization (USSA) the Two organizations agreed on a combined National Championships. Attendee's were very disappointed by being restricted to a "Race Arena" of one lift only available to competitors. The comment made was it was not VAIL but JAIL. Don Bostick is elected President, Tom Collins is elected Secretary/Treasurer.
  • National at Sierra at Tahoe

    Moving Nationals back to the west coast, President Don Bostick and Tom Collins have problems getting recognition from Heavenly resort and other Tahoe resorts but are welcomed with open arms by a new resort Sierra at Tahoe (formerly Sierra Ski Ranch). Nationals is expanded to a four day event with the addition of SlopeStyle. Four weeks prior to the event Don Bostick has a cliff accident and breaks his back. Tom Collins picks up the overall supervision of the event. Don and Tom are re-elected.
  • Nationals at Giants Ridge, Minnesota

    Jay Erickson of the Upper Mid-West Series negociates Nationals be held in the middle of the country. BoarderCross is added as a Trial event.
    Don Bostick and Tom Collins are re-elected.
  • Nationals at Mt. Snow, Vermont

    Moving the Nationals back to the East Coast, Mt. Snow/Haystack is the host mountain. Gary Pherson is elected President, Jay Erickson is named National Event Director
  • Nationals at Bear Mountain / Snow Summit

    In an effort to save the Nationals because of schedule and resort commitment issues the event is moved back to the West Coast southern California.
    ESPN sponsors the event through the efforts of Jim Beau Andrews and Austin Hearst and LXD.
    Gary Pherson and Jay Erickson are re-elected.
  • Nationals at Telluride Colorado

    Moving the event back to the center of the country, Telluride, Colorado opened their doors to welcome the USASA. Tom Collins elected President, office moves from Minnesota to Truckee, CA
  • Nationals Repete at Telluride, Colorado

    Nationals Repete at Telluride, Colorado
    For the first time Nationals repeat at a resort. The International Snowboard Federation (ISF) choses Telluride for the Junior World Championships and USASA decides to pool resources and stays at Telluride for an additional year. BoarderCross is added as a fifth event. Tom Collins is re-elected President and Jason Toutolmin is brought onboard to tabulate.
  • Nationals at Waterville Valley, New Hampshire

    Back to the East Coast the event is hosted at Waterville Valley, NH.
    891 Athletes in attendance.
    A concerned parent convinces the organization to create an executive board and hire an Executive Director. Over the course of several months the Board chooses Tom Collins to become the first Executive Director
  • Nationals at Mammoth Mountain, California

    Nationals at Mammoth Mountain, California
    Back to the West Coast the event goes to Mammoth Mountain. The new Executive Board elects Peter Green as the new President.
    Large amounts of snow inundate the event.
    985 athletes
  • Nationals repeats at Mammoth Mountain, California

    Nationals repeats at Mammoth Mountain, California
    For the second time Nationals repeats at a resort. After 9/11/01 and a weak economy the overall sucess of the 2001 event prompts the organization to have Mammoth Mountain host again.
    Athletes in attendance 1,139
  • Nationals at Sunday River, Maine

    Nationals at Sunday River, Maine
    Back to the East Coast the Nationals go. The Executive Board thanks the other applicant for the Executive Director position who is competiiton director at Sunday River by awarding the 2003 event to Sunday River. The opening event also marks the start of the Iraq war.
    Athletes making it to Sunday River, 1,025
  • Nationals at Angel Fire, New Mexico

    Nationals at Angel Fire, New Mexico
    Nationals moves to the center of the country to allow easier travel for all competitors.
    The event is held in a very low snow year in the central rockies. 1,118 competitors in attendance.
  • Nationals at Copper Mountain, Colorado

    Nationals at Copper Mountain, Colorado
    Keeping the Nationals in the center of the country the winning bidder for the event is Copper Colorado.
    1,363 athletes in attendance.
  • Nationals at Northstar at Tahoe

    Nationals at Northstar at Tahoe
    Bringing the Nationals back to the west again because of the course building capabilities provided by SnowTech Technologies.
    1,447 athletes attended
  • Nationals repeat at Northstat at Tahoe

    Nationals repeat at Northstat at Tahoe
    In the third repeat of a resort hosting Nationals Northstar at Tahoe again hosts the National championship. Jason Toutolmin is elected as the new Executive Director of the organization.
    1,500 athletes in attendance.
  • Nationals returns to Copper Mountain, Colorado

    Nationals returns to Copper Mountain, Colorado
    Returning to Copper Mountain in 2008 and at least 2009 as well. Nationals expands to a six day event. over 1,600 athletes in attendance.
  • Nationals return to Copper Mountain Colorado

    Nationals return to Copper Mountain Colorado
    Nationals will be held for the third time at Copper Mountain.