After years of crisscrossing the country for the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) Nationals, the Clarkson University Alpine Ski and Nordic Ski teams will enjoy a little home "mountain" advantage in 2014 when the Championships will be held in Lake Placid and Wilmington, NY the second week of March.
The Golden Knights downhill and cross country skiers will compete in the USCSA Nationals during the week of March 9-15, with title events taking place from Tuesday through Saturday.
Last season, the USCSA Nationals were held in Sun Valley, Idaho, and the closest that the USCSA has held its championships to Potsdam in the last decade was Central Maine.
Clarkson's Alpine Ski squad has enjoyed seven top-10 finishes (among 20 teams) in the last four years under the guidance of fifth-year head coach Skip Fox. The Nordic squad, which has dominated the competition in the USCSA for some time, saw the men finish second among six teams and the women place fourth among six teams in 2013.
According to AlpineZone News, "Collegiate athletes representing over 75 universities across six regions will compete in 26 events within the five-day period. The event is expected to draw 34 alpine teams, 12 cross-country teams, 26 snowboard teams and 13 freestyle teams, all competing on ORDA's (Olympic Regional Development Authority) venues to include Whiteface Mountain, Mt. Van Hoevenberg and the jumping complex."