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Sugarloaf gears up for US Alpine Championships

Updated March 19, 2017 08:13 PM EDT

CARABBASSET VALLEY, Maine (AP) Maine is gearing up to host some of the nation's top skiers.

The U.S. Alpine Championships kick off this weekend at Sugarloaf ski area with skiers arriving after the World Cup wrapped up in Colorado.

The event is a major ski development tool, pitting top skiers from regional teams around the U.S. against U.S ski team veterans.

It'll be the sixth time Sugarloaf has hosted the event.

Sugarloaf will host the newly instated U19 and U21 Junior National Championships immediately after the U.S. Championships.