The Middlebury College nordic ski team has a rich and storied history within New England ski racing and continues to be a top team on the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association competition circuit.
The men’s and women’s teams primarily train and compete together and the roster size averages around 10 student-athletes per gender. Fall training includes roller skiing, trail running and cycling, as well as strength training and a variety of games and exercises to improve speed and agility. The team accesses outstanding training locations on and nearby the beautiful Middlebury campus. Slightly further from campus, the team also trains in the neighboring Green Mountain National Forest and surrounding rolling farm country. In the winter, the team does most of its skiing at the Rikert Nordic Center on the College’s Bread Loaf campus. Rikert boasts over 50 kilometers of pristine fully-groomed skiing and a five-kilometer homologated race loop with full snowmaking capabilities.
The first dry-land training camp of the fall takes place over a long weekend in October in Lake Placid, New York. On-snow training begins as soon as the weather cooperates for snowmaking at Rikert and continues with a Thanksgiving break camp in Quebec. The competition season begins in late November and ramps up throughout December with New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA) regional racing. Early January sees the team competing in the U.S. Cross-Country National Championship, before the collegiate and carnival season begins in the middle of the month. Collegiate racing continues through February and the NCAA Championships in March.
The Middlebury nordic team has a strong legacy of success within NCAA skiing and beyond. Numerous alumni have gone on to compete in the Olympic games, World Championships, and on both national and domestic teams. The team also regular qualifies and supports athletes for Junior and Under-23 World Championship teams.