The University of Wyoming Ski Team offers diverse options for continuing your ski career in college. Established ten years ago by athletes from Wyoming and Colorado, the team welcomes athletes of all abilities and interests. The team is divided into three parts: the elite racing team, the competitive racing team and the recreational racing team. Training 3-6 times a week during the fall and winter, the winter comes with up to 8 race weekends. Competitive and elite team racers compete in the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) against teams such as Air Force Academy, Colorado Mountain College and Western State College. In addition, the elite team also does 2-3 NCAA Division I races each year, competing against ski super powers such as University of Denver, University of Colorado, University of Utah and University of New Mexico. The recreational team attends all races in Laramie as well as any races that do not require an overnight trip.
Ten years of club history has been highlighted by success both in USCSA and NCAA races:
USCSA National Championship Results 1999-2009:
- 2 Men's Overall Team Titles
- 4 Women's Overall Team Titles
- 5 Men's Team Race Titles
- 14 Women's Team Race Titles
- 1 Individual Men's Overall Title
- 2 Individual Women's Overall Titles
- 6 Individual Men's Titles
- 9 Individual Women's Titles
- 77 Overall Individual All-Americans
- 3 Team Relay Titles (1 Women, 2 Men)
- 64 Academic All-Americans
Recent NCAA Division I successes
- 2 top 20 finishes
- 4 top 25 finishes
The team is extremely fortunate to have two well-qualified coaches who are willing to donate their time and expertise; they are volunteer and receive no pay. See the article on the following page entitled, “About the Coaches!”
Each season the UW Nordic Ski Club raises close to $30,000. That money is spent on entry fees, travel, race wax and lodging. Club Sports helps by matching a preset amount and sometimes helps with paying National Dues and entry fees for Nationals. The team works extremely hard to raise money, working parking at football and basketball games, selling Krispy Kreme donuts, painting houses, hosting a benefit dinner and many other activities. Every club member is expected to participate in these activities.
With the responsibilty to fund their ski season, comes the unique opportunity to gain student leadership experiences. A student governing body composed of eight elected athletes provides team leadership, organizes fund raising and volunteer activities and allows the team to remain connected to the community. The value of such leadership experience can not be overemphasized and has allowed previous athletes to earn scholarships, awards and be competitive for jobs and graduate school.
If you have any questions about training, racing, fund-raising or anything else please feel free to email us.
We hope to see you out there!
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