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NASTAR National Championships Begin March 22, 2012, in Winter Park, Colorado
Winter sports fans, myself included, have a lot to look forward to in the coming days. That's because March 22, 2012, marks the start of the NASTAR National Championships and the U.S. Alpine Championships. Thanks to both championships, fans all across the globe will have 10 days of intense, competitive action to feast upon.
Here are some of the details:
The NASTAR National Championships and the U.S. Alpine Championships are slated to take place at the Winter Park Resort in Winter Park, Colo., from March 22 through April 1. I am really excited about watching all skiing and snowboarding competitions because of all the pros expected to participate. Some of the athletes on the roster include Ted Ligety, Stacey Cook, AJ Kitt, Lindsey Vonn, and Julia Mancuso. Ligety's World Cup Giant Slalom win in Kranjska Gora earlier this month was amazing. I am hoping that he has as much fire under his skis in Colorado as he did in Slovenia. I am also looking forward to seeing Lindsey Vonn compete again. Let's hope that she doesn't have any issues with her ski poles this go round. It was heart-breaking to see her miss breaking Hermann Maier's 2,000 points record over a piece of equipment.
Tentative Competition Schedule
The competitive events are slated to start on March 22 with the Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships. It will run through March 25. A Mini Rail Jam is scheduled for March 23. It is designed for snowboarders and skiers between the ages of 6 through 12. The Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships will commence on March 28 and run through April 1. In between the two championships, there will be a Return of the Champions Family Challenge and U.S. Ski Team Reunion on the 26. as well as a U.S. Ski Team Pro-Am Team Race on the 27th.
In addition to the competitions, the resort staff has a lot of other special events planned. For starters, there are free concerts planned for March 22, March 23, and March 30. The musicians scheduled to perform include the Soul Rebels, Marc Broussard, the Green River Vibe and Byron Friedman. A complete schedule of all events may be found on the Winter Park Resort's website.
About the Venue
The Winter Park Resort is located in Winter Park. It features over 140 trails with mountain elevations that exceed 10,000 feet. Providing that the weather holds up, the resort is slated to remain open this year until April 22.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys winter sports with her family and has traveled extensively.
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