The first stop on the HomeLight Foundation Series, the U.S. leg of the FIS NorAm for both alpine and freestyle skiing, is currently underway at Copper Mountain, CO, bringing some of the best up-and-coming talent to the slopes.
The HomeLight Foundation Series is the most prestigious North American series for all four skiing disciplines and has historically kickstarted the careers of the nation’s top up-and-coming athletes. Each event provides athletes a pathway toward elite-level competitions, such as Junior Worlds Europa Cups and FIS World Cups for alpine and freestyle, and Junior Worlds, FIS World Cups, and the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix for freeski and snowboard. HomeLight’s support of the critical grassroots event series demonstrates the company’s commitment to growing the sports at the developmental level.
After the slalom and GS races in Copper this weekend, The alpine HomeLight Foundation Series heads to Burke Mountain, Vermont; Whiteface Mountain, New York; and Sugarloaf Mountain, Maine. Freestyle HomeLight Foundation Series Events kick off in Winter Park, Colorado with Selections and moves on to competitions at Deer Valley Resort, Utah; Killington Resort, Vermont; and the Utah Olympic Park.
A few up and coming U.S. alpine athletes to watch this season:
- Now skiing for Dartmouth College, 20-year-old Allie Resnick grew up racing for Vail and was the second junior and fourth overall at U.S. Nationals in her first-year FIS, ranking eighth in the world for her age in slalom. She’s excited to bring her skills back to the HomeLight Foundation Series after a season-ending injury in 2020. In the race today, Allie finished in an incredibly impressive 8th place, with the fastest race time out of any women on the U.S. team.
- Isaiah Nelson is the U16 National Champion in GS and super-G, as well as the U19 NPS Overall Champion. Following in the footsteps of many accomplished U.S. Ski Team athletes before him, Isaiah skis for Buck Hill in Minnesota.
- This is the first NorAm event for 19-year-old Tryon native Nicola Rountree-Williams. A current skier on the Loveland Ski Club in Vail, CO, who represented the U.S. at the 2020 Youth Olympic Games, achieving top 100th world rank in both SL and GS.
- Zoe Zimmerman comes from a long family line of ski racers. She’s currently a senior at Burke Mountain Academy, and this past season was her first year as a FIS athlete, as well as her first year as a member of the U.S. Ski Team. To kick off her first NorAm result, Zoe put in a strong effort, finishing in 21st place on the first day of slalom races in Copper.
- A skiing and surfing athlete, 19-year-old Ava Sunshine Jemison grew up skiing for Vail Mountain Academy and now skis for Burke Mountain Academy. Right behind Allie, Ava landed a 10th place result at the slalom on November 18th.