Riders ready for Friday’s USCSA Regionals at Seven Springs
Liberty University Ski & Snowboard Head Coach Ryan Leeds learned this past weekend that the United States Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association (USCSA) Southeast Regional competition will be held this Friday and Saturday at Seven Springs (Pa.) Mountain Resort, rather than later this month at the former Hidden Valley (N.J.) resort, where snow has been a scarce commodity this winter.
"It's going to be way better for our competitors," Leeds said. "We're going to see a lot bigger features, which will be beneficial, especially moving onto (USCSA) nationals a few weeks from now (March 6-12 on White Mountain at Lake Placid, N.Y.)."
The Flames and Lady Flames have traveled to Seven Springs for practices in previous seasons, so they are not unfamiliar with the resort.
"Having an event there is even better, because it's going to force them out of their comfort zones and to hit bigger jumps than they're used to and give them a better idea of what to expect at nationals," Leeds said.
Unlike the national championships at Lake Placid, where Liberty will enter men's and women's contestants in the Rail Jam on March 8, Slopestyle competitions on March 9, men's Boardercross and Skier-cross on March 10, and women's Boardercross and Skier-cross on March 11, this weekend's Southeast regional event will feature only Slopestyle competitions.
Leeds, who won't be available to travel to nationals as his wife is expecting their first child, expects to send a complete team to Lake Placid.
"It'll depend," he said. "Right now, we're planning on taking everyone on the team, but it will come down to how they perform at regionals."