2019 USA Luge Challenge to visit Wachusett, Titus and Blue mountains in January
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – As the top luge athletes from around the world compete in Europe and North America, USA Luge will bring the thrill of the sport to the masses at ski and board areas during the winter months.
Using easy to maneuver plastic sleds, patrons at snow sports areas will get a chance to experience this exciting Olympic sport through the USA Luge Challenge.
Since 1996, the program has introduced the sport to thousands of fans nationwide.
USA Luge has announced the first three events to be held at Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, Mass. on January 5-6; Titus Mountain in Malone, N.Y. on January 19-20; and Blue Mountain in Palmerton, Pa. on January 26-27. Another USA Luge Challenge may be added at a later date.
Team coaches and athletes will be scouting each event for young athletes who show potential. These youngsters may be invited to participate in screening camps at a USA Luge training facility in Lake Placid, N.Y. or Park City, Utah.
Two-time Olympian Summer Britcher, of Glen Rock, Pa., was discovered in a USA Luge Challenge in 2006 at Ski Liberty in Pa.
Families and winter sports enthusiasts who attend these weekend events can experience the Fastest Sport on Ice® in a safe slope-side setting, with help from USA Luge Olympians, international medalists and coaches. Participation in all USA Luge Challenges is free, and no experience or lift ticket is required. Registration begins at 10 AM each day.
After learning the basics of accelerating, steering and stopping from USA Luge athletes and coaches, adults and children, age 10 and older, can take practice runs down a track complete with curves and timing equipment.
In addition, fans can enjoy a live DJ/emcee and prize drawings while participants spend the afternoon tackling the course in a race against the clock to win valuable fun prizes from USA Luge, its sponsors and each host resort.
USA Luge sponsors and suppliers, including White Castle, Minus 33, Yetti and Duluth Trading Company, will send the medal winners home very happy.
This year, U-Haul will enable USA Luge to make the trip from team headquarters in Lake Placid, N.Y. to each Challenge with their sleds and equipment.