There is ski racing after high school!
While a very few select juniors advance on to post-grad club ski programs or the US Ski Team, for most, college ski teams provide a great opportunity for graduating high school athletes to continue their competitive ski racing career.. Within the United States, there are two main organizations for collegiate ski racing, NCAA and the USCSA. The NCAA is varsity teams only. The USCSA is composed of NCAA and club teams that comply with USCSA/ Division II rules.
The Northwest Collegiate Ski Conference (NWCSC) is a member conference of the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA).
The conference includes college teams in the Northwest region of the United States. The conference races are held in January and February. The USCSA Regional Championship with Rocky Mountain and Grand Teton conferences are held in the end of February each year, with top teams and individuals moving on to the USCSA National Championships in March.
Current NWCSC member schools are College of Idaho, University of British Columbia, University of Idaho, University of Oregon, University of Puget Sound, University of Washington, Washington State University, and Whitman College
On this page you will find information on the options to continue in skiing either as a competitor or in others fields of the ski industry. This is basic information to show you the options available and to provide a starting point for further investigation.
The NCAA classifies it’s institutions as Divisions, I, II and III. With-in these divisions the recruiting, scholarship and playing season rules may vary. However, all NCAA skiing competitions are conducted at the same level and under the same rules. There is only one NCAA Skiing Championship for all divisions. The criteria for qualifying for NCAA varsity teams and scholarship availability vary widely; consequently it is important to contact the NCAA schools you may be interested in early. For more information on NCAA membership schools go to http://web1.ncaa.org/ssLists/sportByInst.do; For Eastern NCAA go to www.eisaskiing.org. For Rocky and Far West NCAA go to www.rmisaskiing.com.
The United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association is the sports federation for collegiate team Ski racing, Nordic Jumping and Snowboard competition in America. The USCSA provides competition and development opportunities for student/athletes in a team atmosphere leading toward National Titles. USCSA is in excess of 170 colleges from coast to coast, fielding 4,500 athletes in over 300 events annually. Team performance is emphasized within USCSA, a departure from typical individual or world cup scoring format. For more information regarding member schools of USCSA, go to http://www.uscsa.com.