Alpine NorAm Finals and Canadian Alpine National Championships Cancelled
Calgary AB, (March 12, 2020) - Due to ongoing and evolving concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Alpine Canada and U.S. Ski & Snowboard have cancelled the 2020 Alpine NorAm Finals scheduled for March 17-24 at Panorama Mountain Resort in British Columbia, Canada. The Canadian Championships, planned for March 25-28 at Panorama are also cancelled.
In keeping with recommendations from the Government of Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and after consulting with medical advisors, we are prioritizing the health and safety of our community, fans, athletes, staff, and volunteers involved in these events.
“We would like to thank Panorama Resort and Management, the Race Organizing Committee and volunteers for all of their hard work preparing for the races,” said Vania Grandi, President and CEO of Alpine Canada. “The health and safety of our athletes, volunteers and community is of utmost importance and we applaud all those involved for making this difficult, but necessary decision.”
“We are sad to announce this cancellation, which includes our U.S. Alpine National Speed Championships (including DH, SG, and AC)” said Tiger Shaw, President and CEO of U.S. Ski & Snowboard. “Thank you to the local organizing committees, staff and volunteers who worked to get this event off the ground. The health and safety of our athletes and staff is our primary concern and we look forward to returning to NorAm alpine competition next season.”
About Alpine Canada
Alpine Canada is the governing body for alpine, para-alpine and ski cross racing in Canada, as well as for Canadian ski coaches, providing education, certification, insurance and compliance with the coaching code of conduct. With the support of valued corporate partners and donors, along with the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Coaching Association of Canada, Alpine Canada develops Olympic, Paralympic, World Championship and World Cup athletes to stimulate visibility, inspiration and growth in the ski community. In 2020, Alpine Canada celebrates 100 years of rich tradition in competitive skiing in Canada.
About U.S. Ski & Snowboard
U.S. Ski & Snowboard is the Olympic National Governing Body (NGB) of ski and snowboard sports in the USA, based in Park City, Utah. Tracing its roots directly back to 1905, the organization represents nearly 200 elite skiers and snowboarders in 2019, competing in seven teams; alpine, cross country, freeski, freestyle, snowboard, nordic combined and ski jumping. In addition to the elite teams, U.S. Ski & Snowboard also provides leadership and direction for tens of thousands of young skiers and snowboarders across the USA, encouraging and supporting them in achieving excellence. By empowering national teams, clubs, coaches, parents, officials, volunteers and fans, U.S. Ski & Snowboard is committed to the progression of its sports, athlete success and the value of team. For more information, visit www.usskiandsnowboard.org.