Squaw Valley Ski Team honored as top ski racing program in the country by United States Ski and Snowboard Association for the second time in four years

[Squaw Valley USA] May 6, 2009- For the second time in four years the Squaw Valley Ski Team was awarded Alpine Ski Racing Club of the year by the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA). The awards will be presented at the USSA Congress 2009 Chairman's Awards Dinner on May 15, 2009.

"The club of the year is presented to a USSA Competition Club in each sport, which has distinguished itself in providing direction to young athletes through high-level competition programs resulting in athletic success," USSA CEO Bill Marolt wrote in a letter to the winning clubs.

This recent accolade solidifies the Squaw Valley Ski Team's perennial powerhouse status, as the team was also named USSA Alpine Club of the Year in 2006.

"A huge part of our success comes from the overwhelming support from the various departments around the mountain. It is the commitment from the mountain and the incredible terrain we have to train on that enable us to produce the racers we do, year after year," says Squaw Valley Ski Team Head Coach Mark Sullivan.

The announcement of the Squaw Valley Ski Team being named 2009 Alpine Club of the Year comes as Squaw Valley USA prepares to celebrate its 60th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of the 1960 Olympics in the 2009-10 season.

Squaw Valley Ski Team Club of the Year honors preceded today's announcement of the 37 athletes who have been nominated to make the U.S. Ski Team next season. Of the athletes nominated to US Ski Team in the upcoming Olympic season, four hale from Squaw Valley. Squaw Valley Ski Team athletes nominated to the A Team are Marco Sullivan and 2006 Olympic Gold Medalist Julia Mancuso. Squaw's Nick Daniels and Keith Moffat were nominated to the Development team.

Ski Team programs are on sale at the lowest rate, now until July 15, 2009. To receive the deepest discounts on 2009-10 Season Passes, families must purchase by May 11, 2009.

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Site of the VIII Winter Olympic Games, Squaw Valley USA is located five miles north of Lake Tahoe along the Truckee River on Highway 89. The year-round resort offers 4,000 acres of lift served terrain including half pipes and terrain parks, ice-skating, snowtubing, indoor rock climbing, an Olympic Winter Games Museum, shopping, dining and more. For more information call 530-583-6985, or visit www.squaw.com.