The Middlebury College nordic ski team has a rich and storied history within New England ski racing and continues to be a top team on the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association competition circuit.
The men’s and women’s teams primarily train and compete together and the roster size averages 8-10 student-athletes per gender. Fall training includes roller skiing, trail running and cycling, as well as strength training and a variety of games and exercises to improve speed and agility. The team accesses outstanding training locations on and nearby the beautiful Middlebury campus. Slightly farther afield, the team also trains
in the neighboring Green Mountain National Forest and surrounding rolling farm country. In the winter, the team does most of its skiing at the Rikert Nordic Center on the College’s Bread Loaf campus. Rikert boasts over 50 kilometers of pristine fully groomed skiing and a five-kilometer homologated race loop with full snowmaking capabilities.
The first dry-land training camp of the fall takes place over a long weekend in October in Lake Placid, New York. On-snow training begins as soon as the weather cooperates for snowmaking at Rikert and continues with a Thanksgiving break camp in Quebec. The competition season begins in late November and ramps up throughout December with New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA) regional racing. January sees the team com
peting in the U.S. Cross-Country National Championship before the collegiate season begins mid-month. Collegiate racing continues through February and the NCAA Championships in March.
The Middlebury nordic team has a strong legacy of success within NCAA skiing and beyond. Numerous alumni have gone on to compete in Olympics, World Championships, and on national and domestic teams. The team also consistently qualifies and supports athletes for Junior and Under-23 World Championship teams as well as regional junior national teams.