Iceland Winter Games
The Iceland Winter Games hometown of Akureyri is a small but still one of the biggest in Iceland with a population of just under 20,000 inhabitants. The city is situated in north-east Iceland, in one of the longest fjords in the country and surrounded by mountains reaching 1000-1500 m. The Arctic Circle in only 60 km north of Akureyri but still the climate is mild, with summer temperatures up to 25°C and winter temperatures in average around 0˚C. In 2015 Lonely Planet chose Akureyri as the #1 Best place in Europe“ and Mt. Hlíðarfjall Ski resort was nominated as one of the top 12 most exotic ski resorts in the world.
USASA and Copper continue to partner to influence the future of winter sports and are committed to the development of amateur athletes. Each year, across 31 regional divisions nationwide, athletes of all abilities compete earning points to qualify for Nationals. These events provide a platform for children and young adults to progress competitively in an environment that’s encouraging and fun. USASA Nationals have been hosted at Copper Mountain for 9 years. With disciplines including halfpipe, cross, slopestyle and alpine spanning across 12 days with 2,000 athletes, it is the largest snowboarding and freeskiing competition in the world