SNC Ski and Snowboard Teams Win Five Team National Titles

The Eagles take nine individual titles in snowboarding and skiing at the USCSA National Championships in Sun Valley, Idaho

Sierra Nevada College is home to one of the most successful collegiate ski and snowboard programs in the nation, as at least one team has garnered a United States Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association national championship in 19 of the last 21 years. Head coach Branko Zagar notes that the 2011 season had its share of injuries and surprises, but the team still put on a strong show by claiming five team and nine individual national titles this season.

Snowboard Team
Sierra Nevada College repeated as the men's combined team national champion, while also winning titles in giant slalom and halfpipe. The women’s snowboard team took home a second place finish overall, with Arielle Shipe winning the overall, slopestyle, and halfpipe titles. Tim Rechetniak won a title in boarder cross on his way to becoming the men’s overall national champion, while Tucker Norred won the slopestyle title.

Alpine Ski Team
Sierra Nevada College claimed the men and women’s national titles in slalom, with Matea Ferk bringing home first place for the women. Marcus Phlyr also won a national championship in the men’s giant glalom. The SNC women also captured the highly-coveted combined national title, while the men finished third overall.

Freesstyle Ski Team
The freestyle ski team capped off an extremely successful inaugural season with Ezra Stemple winning the national championship in men's halfpipe.

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The United States Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association is the sports federation for collegiate team ski racing and snowboarding in America. In excess of 178 colleges from coast to coast, it fields more than 4,700 men and women, competing in over 200 annual events. The 33rd annual National Championships in Sun Valley included Nordic, alpine slalom and giant slalom, snowboard giant slalom, freestyle, and halfpipe competitions.