About Middlebury Skiing
The members of the Middlebury College ski team compete in four disciplines: men’s and women’s alpine and men’s and women’s nordic. Fall training workouts include strength training, circuits, sprints, trail runs and hikes, biking, intervals, flexibility drills, roller skiing, soccer, and speedball. Using nearby ski areas for variety, the alpine team does the majority of its training at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl, and the nordic team trains at the Carroll and Jane Rikert Ski Touring Center at the Bread Loaf campus.
On-snow training begins over Thanksgiving break with a training camp in Colorado for the alpine team and at West Yellowstone, Montana, or Quebec, Canada, for the nordic team. In late December and early January, competition begins with NENSA regional races and the U.S. Cross-Country Championships for the nordic team and North American and Eastern Cups for the alpine team.
In mid-January, the carnival season begins and continues through the NCAA Championships in March. Middlebury’s top alpine and nordic skiers compete in the intercollegiate carnivals, while development teams ski on the USSA/NENSA circuit. Middlebury skiers compete at local, regional, national, and international levels, with several skiers having been selected to compete on Olympic teams.
Nordic Recruiting Information
To help Middlebury athletes achieve success, our program takes a well thought-out and systematic approach to training and racing within the framework of our collegiate setting. The environment is fun, supportive and encouraging of individual and team development from the most fundamental skills to the highest levels of performance. We want to produce the best college ski racers we possibly can and we take daily steps to make the means for reaching that goal a reality.
Our team is an NCAA Division I program that competes within the Eastern Intercollegiate Skiing Association. Skiers entering the program should be prepared to work hard, commit to improving, and enjoy the benefits of the resources, facilities, coaching, and programming available to help them meet their goals. Middlebury offers more financial support for the development of skiing than most collegiate programs with funding for fall and Thanksgiving camps, US Nationals, USST trips (U23 / WJC), and more. The ski program is strongly supported by the college as well as alumni and enjoys impeccable facilities. Recent improvements at the Rikert Ski Touring Center include a new, challenging, and homologated 5K race loop as well as a state-of-the-art snowmaking system.
Should I visit the college in the admissions process? If at all possible, yes. It is best to schedule a meeting with the admissions office, to take the formal information session and college tour and to set up meetings following these introductions with the nordic team coaches. Email is the best method of contact year round for coaches: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
What is the schedule of the team? Training happens right away on campus in the fall. There is a fall camp over the October recess in Lake Placid, NY, a Thanksgiving Camp in Quebec, CA, and a training and racing camp around US Nationals. Practice happens six days per week, one to two times per day throughout the season. The racing season is split between college carnivals and Eastern Cup races, as well as some SuperTour racing and Long Distance Nationals in the spring.
How many race at carnivals? Depending on the carnival we will take between six (for the later carnivals) and up to our entire team (for the opening carnivals) per gender.
What happens to those that do not make carnivals? Entries, transportation, and waxing are supported to Eastern Cups and other available races when possible. In years past we have hired a third coach to facilitate development.
How many skiers are on the team? Currently, the team numbers 10 men and 10 women.
How do folks balance skiing and school? Typically, they do well. Our academic schedule contains a January term that allows for a single class during the bulk of the ski season. We believe we have the best schedule for collegiate racing! Academics can be challenging at times, but all of our student-athletes have plenty of time to adequately focus on academics and skiing without compromising either. Time management and prioritization are important traits to master as a student-athlete at Middlebury.
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