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Facing drastic cuts to Alaska's state budget, a review team has proposed several options, some of which would end Division I college skiing at one or both of Alaska’s two NCAA schools in Anchorage and Fairbanks. “It’s scary not just for us, but it can start to be scary for the rest of the college ski teams around the country,” UAA Nordic Head Coach Andrew Kastning said.


EISA racing concluded this past weekend in Lake Placid, NY. These Regional Championships, hosted by St. Lawrence University, featured a festive atmosphere and challenging courses, and served as a precursor to next week's NCAA Championships, also hosted by SLU. Paddy Caldwell returned to dominant form in the men's races, while Heather Mooney and Annika Taylor continued to vie for top women's honors.


Grethe Lise-Hagensen served as Montana State University’s Head Nordic Coach from 2003 to 2014. During her decade as head coach, Hagensen brought the team from a state of near non-existence to ranking third in the nation. In May of 2014, Hagensen’s contract was not renewed by the university’s administration. FasterSkier sat down with Hagensen in July to talk about her time at the helm of the MSU program and the accomplishments she achieved during her ten years as head coach.


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.


The second and final nordic race of the 2012 NCAA’s was held on a blue-bird Bozeman day which reached 60 degrees by race’s end.  Spectators who witnessed the 15 and 20 kilometer mass start classic races on Friday were treated to non-stop action and nail-biting finishes in both the men’s and women’s events, as the title for both races ended in a two-way sprint to the finish line. In the men’s 20k  it was a...


The 5 and 10k nordic freestyle races opened a four-event weekend for the 2012 NCAA Skiing Championships.  Both nordic races are being held on a 5.1k lap course at Bohart Ranch in Bozeman, Montana. The trailhead at the venue is measured at 1859 meters (6100 feet) of elevation, the track winding through the woods up the side of the mountain and accumulating a total climb of 167 meters.  The course begins with a couple steep...


NCAA 5/10 k skate race There are always a lot of questions and unknowns coming into the NCAA nordic competition every year. The best athletes and schools from one region rarely get to compete head-to-head with athletes and schools from a different region until they travel to the collegiate nationals, making NCAA’s the first time they get test their mettle against the rest of the nation’s elite. It was fitting then, that the first race...


NCAA Preview The 2011 National Collegiate Championship is slated to begin Wednesday, March 9th in Stowe, Vermont. Starting in December, athletes and teams from the Western, Central, and Eastern regions have been battling for hotly contested NCAA spots by competing in regional qualifying races, and this week those qualified athletes will get to see how they stack up against racers from other schools across the country. Only 39 men and 39 women will have the...


For the sixth time, in the nearly 60 year history of the NCAA Skiing Championship, the University of Vermont will host the four day competition to determine the nation’s top individual skiers as well as the country’s best collegiate ski team. Since the first NCAA Skiing Championship, held in 1954, the competition program has changed to reflect the evolution of the sport. Early collegiate championships featured downhill and slalom from the Alpine disciplines as well...

Champions may be made in the summer, but if Matt Gelso is any proof, they don’t have to be made on rollerskis. Gelso, the 2010 NCAA champion in the 10 k classic, detests rollerskiing. It’s dangerous, he says, and it can cause compartment syndrome. And it hurts his elbows. “If there’s one thing that’s going to make me quit skiing, it’s going to be too much rollerskiing in the summer,” Gelso said. But while collegiate...