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Hi everybody,

Being a junior, I have started to look at some colleges with ski teams.  I am pretty new to racing, but have been skiing since I have been able to stand.  I started racing last year for my high school as a sophomore, and this year I raced high school and joined my mountain's ski team.  I am yet to compete in any mountain team races, as I just trained with them this year, but I plan on training and racing with them all of next year and skiing with my high school team.  I know I am not anything close to Division I material, but I am wondering if I have a chance to compete in any lower divisions.  Also, I'm not quite sure how college ski divisions work, and some clarity on that would be very much appreciated.

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Until you have a points profile with USSA, you won't know how you measure up. Males probably need points profiles at or below 100 to be on any official college team. But there are club teams, where it's mostly about the party, not the race.

Are any of these races you've been in USSA races? If so, go compare your points to the points of the racers listed on the college's website for the team.
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

Until you have a points profile with USSA, you won't know how you measure up. Males probably need points profiles at or below 100 to be on any official college team. But there are club teams, where it's mostly about the party, not the race.

Are any of these races you've been in USSA races? If so, go compare your points to the points of the racers listed on the college's website for the team.

 



Totally depends on the school. USCSA has programs with skiers that rival D1 talent (i.e. RMC, SNC) to teams where the best skiers would struggle to be 200 points skiers. It's a fantastic environment to get more into racing,  meet people who love the sport, and continue competing, no matter your level. I've been involved in two programs; both have had sub 50 point racers and racers who were racing for the first time. It's a fantastic thing.

 

Look at colleges that you'd like to go to, and talk to whoever runs the team (depending on the program, the team may or may not have a coach, but they'll have someone who runs it for sure, whether or not it's an upperclassmen).

 

Despite not being NCAA teams, a lot of USCSA teams get funding through their schools athletic departments (others don't get any funding - it's a school by school thing).

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There are 2 groups of college skiing, NCAA and USCSA. Schools competing in the NCAA league are comprised of D1, D2, D3 and Ivy. The races leading up to NCAA qualification are mostly FIS U events. The majority of athletes skiing for these schools attended ski academies and have low FIS points.

 

Within USCSA, there are several leagues. The last I knew, only 1 league completes in USSA scored races. The rest have some kind of council scoring system for national qualification. Some schools have varsity teams, eligible for funding, and some have club teams. USCSA offers great opportunities to continue racing with the emphasis on fun. Get more info here: http://www.uscsa.com/

 

Find a school that meets your academic needs and then look into the ski team possibilities.

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Not true with regard to USCSA competing in USSA scored races.

 

In the east, the Thompson and the McConnell divisions both are scored.

Out west, Rocky Mountain division and Grand Teton divisions are definitely scored events.

 

Not sure about the midwest and norcal/socal divisions. Hard to imagine Sierra Nevada College attracting sub-30 point skiers without the appeal of scored races, but I don't know for sure. Look at USCSA hard if you want to ski in college. It's fun, rewarding, and a great way to ensure you make it to the hill.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Robin Sadler View Post

There are 2 groups of college skiing, NCAA and USCSA. Schools competing in the NCAA league are comprised of D1, D2, D3 and Ivy. The races leading up to NCAA qualification are mostly FIS U events. The majority of athletes skiing for these schools attended ski academies and have low FIS points.

 

Within USCSA, there are several leagues. The last I knew, only 1 league completes in USSA scored races. The rest have some kind of council scoring system for national qualification. Some schools have varsity teams, eligible for funding, and some have club teams. USCSA offers great opportunities to continue racing with the emphasis on fun. Get more info here: http://www.uscsa.com/

 

Find a school that meets your academic needs and then look into the ski team possibilities.

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