San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
A special event to support the athletes of the U.S. Ski, Snowboarding, and Freeskiing Teams featuring Olympic and World Cup Champion Lindsey Vonn.
Note on Event Format: Instead of a formal seated dinner, the Snow Ball is structured more like a cocktail party to give everyone an opportunity to meet and mingle with the elite Team athletes and each other without being limited to a particular table or group the entire night. Although there are no formal table assignments, there will be seating around the venue and plentiful passed hors d'oeuvres, an open bar, full food stations (equivalent to a full meal) and desserts served as well as entertainment and a short program later in the evening. Cocktail attire preferred.
Event Chairs: Dave Morin, Hank Holland, and Thom Weisel
Event Committee: Sam Lessin, Justin Shaffer, Geoff Yang, John Herring, Kent Goldman, Tod Francis, Matt Jay, Erik Eccles, Jordan Ormont, Rob Webb, Ted Rheingold, Harris Barton, Nate Bosshard, J. Crandall, David Dollinger, Ned Gilhuly, Fred Harman, Colin Scott Kaufmann, Doug Mackenzie, Patrick McKenna, Will Quist, Steven Read, Evan Reece, John Underwood, Nate Warner.
Shannon Bahrke-Happe - Moguls Alumni – Reno, NV
Olympic bronze and silver medalist
Grete Eliassen - Slopestyle Skiing – Salt Lake City, UT
Two-time X Games Champion
Tommy Ford - Alpine - Bend, OR
Olympian, eight-time U.S. Champion
Elena Hight - Halfpipe Snowboarding - South Lake Tahoe, CA
Two-time Olympian, three-time X Games medalist
Alice McKennis - Alpine - Glenwood Springs, CO
Olympian, NorAm DH and SG champion
Tamara McKinney - Alpine Alumni - Squaw Valley, CA
1989 World Champion, four-time World Cup Champion, 45 World Cup podiums
Meg Olenick - Slopestyle Skiing - Aspen, CO
5th in AFP rankings, Big Bear Open Champion
Marco Sullivan - Alpine - Squaw Valley, CA
Three-time Olympian, three-time U.S. Champion
Lindsey Vonn - Alpine – Vail, CO
Olympic and Wolrd Cup Champion
Tom Wallisch- Slopestyle Skiing - Pittsburgh, PA
Two-time X Games Champion, 1st in AFP rankings
The USSA Gold Pass is a fully transferable lift pass that grants unlimited access to over 250 ski and snowboard resorts across the United States. Featuring cutting-edge direct-to-lift technology and perfect to share with friends and family, or to entertain clients, the Gold Pass is the Foundation's gift back to donors who generously support the Team at a $10,000 level. Learn more.
What is this event supporting?
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) is a world class sports organization that provides opportunities for athletes in the most exciting Olympic action sports. Developed to prepare U.S. athletes for national and international competition, the USSA provides structure for competitive skiing and snowboarding. From grassroots programs to governance of sport, management of rules, competitions and athletic rankings, the USSA oversees athletic pipelines for development in the sports. With a vision to make the USA the best in the world in Olympic skiing and snowboarding, the USSA provides leadership and direction for tens of thousands of young skiers and snowboarders who share an Olympic dream while maintaining a strong adherence to core values.
USSA athletes broke records in 2010 when they won an unprecedented 21 medals in the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. While the next Winter Olympics isn’t until 2014, now is a crucial time to raise awareness and funds to ensure our athletes are fully prepared to represent the USA in Sochi, Russia.
Unlike its competitor nations worldwide, the USSA’s athletes do not receive any Federal funding. The USSA’s athletes and programs are funded solely by the generosity of the public with a mix of private contributions (34%), corporate sponsorship (35%), membership fees (11%), Olympic Committee grants (9%) and endowment earnings (11%).
- The USSA supports more than 30,000 members including 22,000 athletes (more than 50% are under 13) in more than 425 local USSA clubs, with athletes taking part in more than 5,000 U.S. competitions annually.
- The USSA provides nationwide education for clubs, coaches, parents and officials as well as structure and management of rules, races and rankings.
- The USSA annually invests in more than 200 elite athletes and provides development programming for thousands more. Coaches, trainers and staff are also supported by the USSA at the national team level every year (not just during Olympic years).
- The USSA invests more than $17.1 million annually directly into athletic programs.
- It costs between $50,000 to $150,000 to provide training, coaching and competition costs for one athlete. These athletes train and compete 365 days a year.
- The USSA has gained its international competitive edge with a best in the world sport science program, investing over $1.4 million annually to support athletes.
- The USSA spends between $1 million and $2 million on an athlete over the course of their career.
The USSA represents more sports than any other Olympic sports organization, accounting for nearly 50% of the events in the Olympic Winter Games. Learn more.
When & Where
U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation raises funds to support the elite athletes in all disciplines of the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing, the only teams on the international circuit that receive no federal funding. The Foundation is looking not only to support the year-round training, development, competition and educational needs of current athletes, but also to plan for the next generation of skiers and snowboarders watching at home and dreaming of the time they will stand on the podium to represent the United States.