SODA SPRINGS, Calif. January 28, 2020 – More than 400 of the country’s elite cross-country skiers and future Olympic hopefuls ages 14-19 will gather here in March to compete in the 2020 U.S. Ski & Snowboard Junior XC National Championships. Races will be held Monday, March 9 through Saturday, March 14th at the ASC Training Center (ASCTC) on Donner Summit, following opening ceremonies March 8 at Squaw Valley Resort, site of the 1960 Winter Olympics.
“Competing in the Junior National Championships is the pinnacle of success for all of these athletes,” said Organizing Committee chair Valli Murnane. “For a handful, it is the beginning of a journey to international and Olympic competition.”
Racers from 10 divisions will be vying for Junior National Champion titles in four events: Individual Classic on Monday, March 9; Freestyle Sprint on Wednesday, March 11; Individual Skate on Friday, March 13; and Classic Relay on Saturday, March 14. There are three racing divisions per gender: U20 (ages 18-19), U18 (ages 16-17) and U16 (ages 14-15). The top finisher in each division will be crowned Junior National Champion. The top team will win the Alaska Cup.
Organizers are working to fill 200 volunteer positions. To sign up and for a detailed schedule, course maps and other event information, visit www.xcjuniornationals2020.com.
About the Course
ASC Training Center is the West Coast’s premier Nordic Ski, Biathlon, Snowboard, and Alpine Ski venue with more than 25km of groomed competition courses high in the rugged Sierra Nevada mountains. Known for its challenging terrain, record snowfall and picturesque location, ASCTC previously hosted Junior Nationals in 1971, 2005, 2009 and 2015. For more information, visit www.asctrainingcenter.org.