RMISA finalizes the 2023 ski program

BOULDER, Col. – The University of Utah Ski Team officially received its 2023 collegiate schedule on Thursday, as the RMISA finalized the culminating slate with conference championships in Alaska Anchorage and St. Lawrence hosting the 2023 NCAA Championships in Lake Placid, New York.

Winners of the last three completed NCAA championships and 15 all-time titles, Utah will start the new season in Houghton, Michigan, as Michigan Tech hosts a pair of Nordic qualifying races as part of the US National Championships. The freestyle races take place on January 2 and the classic sprints follow on January 4 at Tech Trails. The Nordic teams continue competition at the Montana State Invitational on January 13-14.

The alpine season kicks off January 26-27 with Westminster hosting an alpine-only meet at Snowbird Ski Resort. It will be two days of slalom, before the teams travel to Bozeman, Montana, and complete the MSU Invitational with two days of giant slalom races (January 30-31).

February kicks off with the Spencer James Nelson Memorial Colorado Invitational. The Nordic half of the competition will take place February 3-4 at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, with giant slalom races February 9-10 at Eldora Mountain Resort in Nederland, Colorado.

The last day of the CU Invitational also coincides with the start of the Denver Invitational, whose Nordic competition is scheduled for February 10-11 at Maloit Park in Minturn, Colorado. Two days of slalom are planned at the Loveland ski area on February 11 and 12 to conclude the competition.

Attention then turns north for the remainder of February, with Alaska Anchorage hosting its invite along with the RMISA Championships. The UAA is hosting Nordic events Feb. 20 and 21 at Kincaid Park in Anchorage, followed by a giant slalom (February 21) and slalom (February 23) at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, Alaska.

The RMISA Championships will begin on February 22 at Alyeska Resort with a giant slalom. The freestyle and slalom competitions will take place on February 24 and the RMISA championships will end on February 25 with classic races. Freestyle Skiing and Classic Nordic Skiing Days will be held at Government Peak Recreation Area in Palmer, Alaska.

From there, head to Lake Placid for the NCAA Championships, March 8-11. The alpine portion of the championship competition (March 8 and 10) is scheduled for Whiteface Mountain and the Nordic races (March 9 and 11) will take place at the Olympic Sports Complex.

Utah is coming off another banner year in 2022. As host of the NCAA Championships, the Utes have led the competition from end to end, earning 14 All-America accolades and as many podium finishes in alpine races and Nordic. Novie McCabe (5k classic) and Sophie Laukli (15k freestyle) have each claimed individual NCAA titles. It capped a season in which 13 current and former Utah Ski Team student-athletes were named Olympians.

RMISA membership grew to 10 schools this summer, with Nevada reinstating men’s and women’s downhill skiing. Every NCAA championship since 2013 has been won by an RMISA program, including four for Utah in that schedule (2017, ’19, ’21, ’22).

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