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In Cutting Ski Team, Gustavus Adolphus Discounts High-Achieving Students, Alumni – And Risks Losing Future Enrollees

The Gustavus Adolphus College ski team out training. Photo courtesy of Tyler Gustafson.

Current and former members of the Gustavus Adolphus ski team – which has a strong tradition of D-III excellence, having qualified a full team of three women to the 2008 NCAA Championships – were shocked when the team’s varsity status was removed last week. They don’t believe there is a compelling social or financial reason for the cuts, and say that without a ski team, they wouldn’t have picked Gustavus.

Wednesday Workout: Rollerskiing Intervals + All-Out Sprints with Aku Nikander

Mats Resaland (front), Christian Otto (c) and Aku Nikander of the University of New Mexico training in early February. (Photo: Aku Nikander)

The Wednesday Workout is back with featured contributor Aku Nikander sharing some of his secrets to success while skiing for the University of New Mexico.

Gustavus Cuts Ski Team: ‘We Offered to Fund Ourselves, and That Got Shot Down’

Gustavus Adolphus College shocked current skiers and alumni alike, announcing the end of cross-country skiing as a varsity sport. The team will compete as a club for the 2015 season.

Photos: 2014 NCAA Championships

The women's podium in the 15 k freestyle mass start at the 2014 NCAA Championships in Park City, Utah. The University of Denver won the its 22nd NCAA title on Saturday. (Photo: All proceeds from photo sales will be directly donated to NNF.

The University of Denver won the 2014 NCAA Championships for the 22nd time this past weekend in Park City, Utah. Check out photos of the event taken by Bert Boyer, so you can relive the exciting collegiate action!

Denver Wins 22nd NCAA Championship; Strøm and Severrus Claim Individual Titles

Mads Strøm of Colorado leads the field in the men's 20 k freestyle mass start during the last day of the 2014 NCAA Championships. Strøm handily won after breaking away on the last lap.

The 2014 NCAAs are over and Denver has claimed its 22nd title. In a warm and sunny day at Soldier Hollow, the Europeans ruled again in the exciting mass start races with only one American making the podium. Read more to find out how the action unfolded.

Gruber Returns to Top of 5 k Classic Podium at NCAA Championships

Anja Gruber (UVM) skis her way to the win in the 5 k classic at the 2014 NCAA Championships. (Photo: All proceeds from photo sales will be directly donated to NNF.

UVM’s Anja Gruber defended her title in the women’s 5 k classic at the NCAA Championships in Soldier Hollow, Utah, today. She was followed by DU’s Sylvia Nordskar and UNM’s Eva Severrus.

Ødegård Defends Title; Denver Dominates at Second Day of NCAAs

Rune Ødegård (Colorado) stands atop the podium for his win in the 10 k classic at the 2014 NCAA Championships. Pierre Guedon (Denver) and Niklas Persson (Utah) followed in second and third for a European sweep.(Photo: All proceeds from photo sales will be directly donated to NNF.

“It’s almost cheating, having that good of skis,” Rune Ødegård of the University of Colorado joked after winning the men’s 10 k individual classic at the NCAA Championships Thursday. The junior from Molde, Norway, defended his 2013 10 k classic title in spectacular form, with a time of 24:34.5.

2014 NCAA Preview: Colorado, Utah, Vermont, and Others Hungry for Title

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One-hundred and forty-eight. That’s the number of skiers who have descended upon the ski town of Park City, Utah to participate in the 2014 NCAA Championships. The four day event, which consists of two alpine and two nordic races, begins Wednesday and continues through Saturday. Check out our preview, so you know who to watch and what to look for as the event gets underway tomorrow.

EISA Racing Concludes at Middlebury Carnival

UVM's Linda Danvind-Malm (3rd place) celebrates a UVM podium sweep on Saturday (Photo: Ian Nesbitt)

EISA Regional Championships took place on Friday and Saturday as part of the Middlebury Carnival. Hometown hero Ben Lustgarten and stalwart Dartmouth racer Annie Hart picked up wins on Friday. Paddy Caldwell, Scott Patterson and the UVM women put on a show during Saturday’s mass start events.

Video: EISA Championship – 15/20 k Skate

The EISA Championship concluded with the women’s and men’s 15 and 20 k freestyle races at Middlebury College’s home course in Rikert, Vermont.  Here is a look at some of the action courtesy of Holly Hart.

‘Soch-Eph’ 2014: EISA Williams Carnival

Paddy Caldwell (DAR) doubles up on wins at the Williams Carnival

While the world’s collective attention is focused on the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, EISA racers set their sights on the 2014 Williams Carnival held at Prospect Mountain in Woodford, VT. UVM and Dartmouth continued to show strength, while the Bowdoin women made a strong statement on both days.

EISA Racing Carries on at UVM as Dartmouth Tragedy Ripples Through Circuit

UVM's Jorgen Grav skiing in the men's 10k Freestyle on Sunday. Grav swept the races at the UVM Carnival this year (Photo: Ian Nesbitt)

The UVM Carnival/Eastern Cup was held this weekend. One of the biggest events in the East, this year’s event was marked by the loss of Dartmouth’s Torin Tucker on Saturday. Despite the loss, the Nordic community rallied to support each other and carry on. Collegiate races were swept by Linda Danvind-Malm and Jorgen Grav, both of UVM.

Photos: UVM Carnival and Eastern Cup Day One – Classic Sprint

Jorgen Grav (UVM). Photo: Tamara Hitchcock.

The first day of the UVM Carnival and Eastern Cup in Stowe, Vermont saw some exciting action on the Trapp Family Lodge trails. Here is a look at some of the top finishers courtesy of Tamara Hitchcock.

Photos: UVM Carnival and Eastern Cup Day Two – 5/10 k Freestyle

Jorgen Grav (UVM) 1st place.  Photo: Tamara Hitchcock.

The second day of the UVM Carnival and Eastern Cup continued in Stowe, Vermont at Trapp Family Lodge.  Here is a look at some of the top finishers courtesy of Tamara Hitchcock.

EISA Racing Begins at Colby Carnival

Anja Gruber. 3rd place, women's 10k freestyle, Colby Carnival 2014

Despite warm temperatures and course alterations, the EISA racing season began at the Colby Carnival in Waterville, Maine last weekend. Perennial performers UVM and Dartmouth finished strong, but several other schools put on impressive displays of both top talent and depth

Photos of Top Performers at Second Day of Colby Carnival

Scott Patterson (UVM) first place.

EISA action continued today in the second day of the Colby College Carnival. In the women’s 10 k freestyle race the University of Vermont’s Linda Danvind-Malm posted the fastest time in 28:16.8, while in the men’s race it was UVM’s Scott Patterson who blazed around the 15 k course in 35:26.1, gapping the field by over a minute.

Up-And-Coming Racers in Men’s A-Final at Nationals Share Interesting Stories

Ben Saxton (SMST2), second place. (Photo: All proceeds from photo sales will be directly donated to NNF.

In the men’s A-final this Sunday at the 2014 U.S. Cross Country Championships, there were several up-and-coming competitors who had some interesting stories about how they got to Soldier Hollow, and where they drew the inspiration for their success from. FasterSkier caught up with three of them to hear their stories.

In Northern Vermont, A College Bucks Trend of Disappearing Ski Teams

Sterling College students learning to ski. This winter, they will have a competitive team for the first time. Courtesy photo.

This winter, Sterling College will field a ski team for the first time, thanks to a collaboration with the nearby Craftsbury Outdoor Center. Sterling, a small school with an environmental focus, hopes that the team will help build a community within and beyond the college campus – and that learning how to train for a sport will help students live intentional lives long after they graduate.

Part of the Team, Part II: Female Collegiate Coaches in the U.S

Cami Thompson-Graves (Photo: Flying Point Road Photography/

For Part II of the ‘Part of the Team: The Impact of Female Coaches in the U.S.’ series, Nancy Fiddler interviews five college coaches about the challenges and rewards of their jobs, how they achieved their respective positions, and what’s kept them there so long.

Her College Career Over, Reid Considers Her Next Move

Joanne Reid thumb

Joanne Reid won eight RMISA races prior to the 2013 NCAA Championships last March, but it wasn’t until she became the 15 k champion that she finally believed her entire season wasn’t some big fluke. Now, Reid faces a choice she didn’t expect to: whether to dedicate herself to skiing or continue down an academic path.