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Steamboat Springs and CU Boulder to Play Host to 2024 NCAA Ski Championships

03/05/2024 05:30PM ● By NCAA/Steamboat Resort
Steamboat Springs, CO - The city of Steamboat Springs along with Steamboat Resort and the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club will partner with the University of Colorado to host the 2024 NCAA Ski Championships March 6-9.
The NCAA Championships consist of eight races with both men’s and women’s Nordic and alpine teams combining to race for the ultimate goal of a National Championship.  The event will kickoff Tuesday, March 5, with an opening ceremony at the base of Mt. Werner with racing beginning Wednesday, March 6 at Mt. Werner with men's and women's giant slalom races.
Action will then turn to Howelsen Hill, where 7.5K interval start freestyle races will take place on Thursday, March 7.   Friday’s alpine action remains at Howelsen Hill with a night slalom, a staple of the event in Steamboat and the only night race in all of college skiing.  Saturday’s 20K mass start classic races will close out the event.
“Steamboat Springs has always been a great partner of ours,” CU Director of Skiing Jana Weinberger said. “The city, the resort and the winter sports club are all great to work with, whether we just host our annual Nordic meet, our Regional meet with both alpine and Nordic or, like this season, the NCAA Championships.  The support of the community in Steamboat Springs is second to none and ensures that we put together one of the best championships of any site in the country.”
This will be the ninth time Steamboat Springs has played host to the NCAA Ski Championships, the most of any one site in the country, breaking a tie with Bozeman, Mont., with this championship.  This is also the 10th time CU has served as the host of the Championships, the most by any school.
Previously, the Buffaloes and Steamboat teamed up to host the event six times in 1979, 1993, 2006, 2010, 2016 and 2018.  Steamboat also hosted without a school partner in 1968 and 1969.
The NCAA Ski Championships are one of the top amateur ski events in the world, having a field of skiers filled with past and future Olympians, World Cup skiers and national champions.
The NCAA Championships have recently been dominated by the Utah Utes, who have won four straight titles dating back to 2019 (the 2020 event was cancelled at the half-way point), and will be joined by western powers Denver (NCAA leading 24 national championships) and the host Buffaloes (20 team titles, NCAA leading 103 individual national champions).
The NCAAs are the only time teams from each of the three regions compete against each other, which adds to the excitement.  Besides Colorado, Denver and Utah in the west, eastern powers Vermont, Dartmouth and Middlebury always compete for the championship and central powers Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan, while only competing in Nordic events, are always a factor and greatly affect the overall team standings.
CU and Steamboat’s history are somewhat intertwined, as some of the top names in skiing have both places in common, including Buddy Werner, Billy Kidd, Charles Leckenby, Jim Barrows, Roche Bush, Van Card, Norris Durham, and in more recent seasons Scott Wirther, Andy LeRoy, Mary Rose, Heidi Hillenbrand, Lisa Perricone,  Tony Cesollini, Lucy Newman, Tyler Terranova, Katie Hostetler, Charlie Von Thaden and countless others.
CU will also host its Spencer James Nelson Memorial Invitational at Steamboat this season, a run-through for the NCAA Championships, held Feb. 1-3.  CU normally hosts its Nordic meet at Steamboat and when hosting NCAAs also attempts to host alpine races earlier that season, as well.
There are currently 29 skiers that are Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club alumni on NCAA rosters. 
Sequoia Anstine, Alpine, Bates
Sidney Barbier, Nordic, Denver
Sumner Cotton, Nordic, St. Scholastica
Peter Dohr, Alpine, Williams
Maren Elvidge, Alpine, Colby-Sawyer
Bode Flanigan, Alpine, Boston College
Riley Grosdidier, Alpine, Dartmouth 
Elsie Halvorsen, Alpine, Harvard 
Lauren Haerter, Alpine, St. Lawrence 
Chase High, Nordic, St. Scholastica 
Jaelie Hovey, Alpine, Bates
Cooper Jones, Nordic, Colby College
Trey Jones, Nordic, Colorado
Kyle Kagan, Alpine, Bates
Wally Magill, Nordic, Dartmouth 
Alec Nolan, Alpine, St. Lawrence 
Cooper Puckett, Alpine, Dartmouth
Dominic Rainville, Alpine, New Hampshire
Noah Reimenschneider, Alpine, Colby College
Nico Richeda, Alpine, Middlebury 
Chase Seymour, Alpine, Colorado
Trey Seymour, Alpine, Denver
Jordan Simon, Alpine, Dartmouth 
Cam Smith, Alpine, Boston College
Izzy Washburn, Alpine, Dartmouth
Marat Washburn, Alpine, Bates
Louis Weiner, Alpine, Colby College
Charlie Welch, Alpine, St. Lawrence 
Grace Zanni, Nordic, Dartmouth