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post #31 of 51
Oooof. Colby, 41K/yr. I thought Middlebury was expensive at 37K.
post #32 of 51
Where do we sign up?
post #33 of 51
This doesnt have really to much about collegiate-skiing, but does anyone know if they have good skiing at deerfield academy?
post #34 of 51
Deerfield is in Ma. You can travel a bit but not too far for Berkshire East, Mt Snow and others. Great kayaking in the Deerfield. It's a good school.
post #35 of 51
I'd definately recommend looking for a USCSA school. I'm at Cornell and I really enjoy it. Our league has some decent competition, there are a number of ~50 pt racers. Clearly not as competitive as the NCAA/EISA circuits, but I think its just as well. The structure of the team/environment varies widely from school to school.

We're a club sport, which means we have a pretty laid back atmosphere. Anyone can join, and train with the team at drylands in the fall, our 2 week ski camp in january and weeknights during the spring semester (gotta love night skiing) We do time trials and only the top 8 guys and 8 girls get to race on the weekend. For everyone else there is a separate, unofficial 'JV' circuit which is actually run by Syracuse.

I know there are a few schools in our league that are varsity funded, Alfred being one of them.

Heres a direct link to the page at uscsa that lists all the schools in different divisions:

Here is our (somewhat outdated) website:

Good luck
post #36 of 51
I actually got credits for skiing at Penn State University. It really was a class back in the very late 80's. They would ship us from campus to a local ski resort. We were then divided by ability and given an instructor. It made for a great semester!
post #37 of 51
Well I didn't read through all the other posts to see if this was mentioned, but University of Montana here in Missoula has a ski team. Look here: http://www.umt.edu/asum/skiteam/

There also is a skiing class at U of M, where they take "lessons" for credit.
post #38 of 51
Originally Posted by hercules
I actually got credits for skiing at Penn State University. It really was a class back in the very late 80's. They would ship us from campus to a local ski resort. We were then divided by ability and given an instructor. It made for a great semester!
I know. I just started at PSU a few weeks ago, and I'm scheduling my Spring semester classes. They have both skiing and snowboarding classes for credit. There's also a ski team and ski club, I don't know which I want to join, maybe both. Gotta go check out the meetings tommorow because I've never raced before, but it seems really laid back.
post #39 of 51
[quote=paul jones]We are headed to UVM tomorrow to check it out for the boy. He is excited about that posibility. I went there and had a great time. Most would agree, I could have learned more. The only reason UVM is on his list is skiing. I'm sure there are other things he might like about the school.

When did you go to UVM? I was there on the 5-year plan from 78 to 83. I like to say I was on the dean's other list, but I learned a lot about life. Skiing wasn't so great those years, but....
post #40 of 51

My major was partying, minor - skiing. Graduated in '76, but I didn't learn anything.

So the campus was fun and Burlington rocked! Matt (the boy) was impressed. We came out on to the green behind the library and there was a band set up (3:00pm). There were about 7 or so tent type display booths - all filled with the outing club, ski areas and the like. Matt's eye popped out! Then there was a ramp with snow and a rail. "I wanna go here".

Went down to Nector's, (Matt's a Phish Head) great band, people falling out the windows! It brought me back to my childhood.
post #41 of 51
Out west C.U. and D.U. both have D1 programs (they even recruit for a limited number of scholarships). But they also have a club (JV team) program. So, if you're not a 50/sub 50 points racer, they may have the program you're looking for. There is also a healthy USCSA set up for schools like Colorado Mountain College, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State, Western State, the Air Force Academy, Fort Lewis College, etc. It is a very competitive venue.
post #42 of 51
argh! so much to say, and I have to run off.

first, Deerfield Academy has a competitive ski team, though there is no FIS racing, you can come out of it a good skier. Occasionally someone leaves for a top school (middlebury, dartmouth, etc), but that's rare. I ski raced there for 4 years and now race in college, USCSA. email me at goran@yale.edu if you have any questions I can answer.. I'd be happy to fill you in on whatever I can about DA.

A quick mention of $$ - Most good private schools are need-blind: they will admit a student regardless of that student's financial need, and then give the best financial aid package possible. If your child really likes middlebury, they should ABSOLUTELY apply; financial aid packages can vary from university to university, sometimes with huge differences - many folks I know were given packages with up to $20k differences, between two ivy league schools.

I'll return to write more later...

post #43 of 51
He plans to apply to Middlebury and we would love to see him go there. It's a long shot but worth a try.

First weekend in October we are off to Maine again - Bowdoin and Bates. might as well
post #44 of 51
Go to school in Utah, Colorado, WA or California where you are close to good skiing. Take racing to improve your freeskiing technique, it's more fun.
post #45 of 51
I don't think there would be so many racing academies in New England if there wasn't good skiing there. It's just a different type of snow than out West. And it might be better for a racer to be there since the snow is icier.
post #46 of 51
Colby is a great school. I graduated in 2002, and if I had to do it all again, I'd go right back (because I didn't get into dartmouth). Sugarloaf is a little over 1 hour away, and if you haven't skiied there, it's the best mountain in the east (except possibly Mad River Glen if you catch it right). The ski team is D1, though, and has placed several kids on podiums in the collegiate racing circuit. I raced in high school, but opted not to try out for the team because of the time commitment and my crippling fear of rejection (j/k). Miiddlebury's cool too, they along with Colby, Bates, Bowdoin, Williams, and some other schools form the NESCAC - New England Small College athletic conference. Most of the schools have ski teams and they're all fantastic acedemically.

- Matt
post #47 of 51

Matt Jones is not in to racing. He is a freeskier and likes places like Jay and MRG. Colby is a serrious possibility if we can afford it. Williams and Middlebury seem to be a reach as they are very hard to get in to.

Thanks for mentioning the fact that you went there. Would you mind speaking with him if he has questions.

ps: Did you learn anything?
post #48 of 51
Haha, I never let school get in the way of my education. In all seriousness, The professors at Colby were great and class sizes were small so I managed to learn a considerable amount. Also, Sugarloaf has one of the best Park/Pipe setups in the east, and the CVA kids are throwing all kinds of stuff off of the kickers. If he's into trees or open powder faces, sugarloaf has that stuff too. I guess my best advice would be to visit. In my junior year of high school (spring), we took a college tour to Bates, Bowdoin and Colby, while also skiing Sunday River and Sugarloaf - come to think of it, maybe it was more of a ski trip than a college tour. As if anyone needed another excuse to go skiing. You can PM me if you want, I notice I live in your area.

- Matt
post #49 of 51

Reply to post #17

As the coach of the Colorado Mountain College Ski Team, located in Steamboat Springs, CO, I wanted to clarify Bohemian's statement (#17) that individuals could participate in dryland and train, but couldn't go to any races.
Last year, athletes who met criteria to participate with the team (full-time student, > 2.0 gpa & mandatory dryland attendance) had a schedule that included 10 collegiate races (USSA), 6 non-collegiate USSA races, and 22 FIS races. It was the case that not all athletes chose to participate or were qualified to compete in all of those races. However, contrary to the perception that Bohemian's statement might make, the CMC Ski Team is quite active within Rocky Mountain Division of the USSA. For further information on this program, see the website at http://www.coloradomtn.edu/alpine/cl...team/home.html
post #50 of 51
Actually, I understood him to say that if you didn't want to compete, but just wanted to train with the team, that doing that was fine.
post #51 of 51
Originally Posted by Bohemian
I'll check out Colby, thanks!

I don't know if Middlebury has difficult admissions, but they have a ski team. I also think that Williams and the U.Mass college nearby might have programs. Nevertheless the guy that posted about ability would be right. Don't look for the highly competitive schools if you want to have fun. Skiing at Dartmouth and skiing for Dartmouth would be birds of a different feather, though.
Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
Oooof. Colby, 41K/yr. I thought Middlebury was expensive at 37K.
Considering that they're both dull schools, it would be rather expensive. I wonder what Green Mountain costs. When it was all screwed-up rich girls, it was the most expensive Jr. college in the U.S.
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