OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. - Squaw Valley is hosting the US Alpine Championships this week. Competition kicked off with the giant slalom event on Thursday.
“It's a little soft up there but they did a really good job prepping the course,” competitor Andy Trow said. “ It got cold overnight so it really helped and it ended up being a fine race, really good conditions.”
A Sierra storm postponed Wednesday's event but it made for even better conditions on Thursday.
“It was a great day, fantastic conditions,” said snowboarder Jonathan Hennion. “Having the fresh snow was great and there's a lot of people up here for these races. People were ripping it up today and I think everyone's trying to get that last day in, it could be the last of the snow for the season.”
5-year-old Michael Hoese from Santa Rosa, California spent the day in the terrain park.
“The terrain park was my favorite part of the day; it was awesome,” Hoese said.
Ski coach Henry Holdsworth is planning on spending the weekend at the resort.
“There's a big crowd here so it was a lot of fun today,” Holdsworth said. “Some parts are getting a little wet and sloppy, it's warmed up a lot so wax is definitely a factor today.”
He spent the day watching college racer Chris Acosta on the course.
“The hill was awesomely prepped and I just went as fast as I could so it was a great day,” Acosta said. “There's a lot of activities going on so it's a fun day in Squaw Valley.”
Racing continues through Sunday.