About the Dartmouth Ski Team
The story of Dartmouth Skiing is a history of firsts: Dartmouth founded the first collegiate ski team as part of the Dartmouth Outing Club (DOC) in 1909. In 1914, Dartmouth sent a team to Montreal to compete against McGill University in the first intercollegiate skiing competition. The first Dartmouth Winter Carnival – the nation's oldest collegiate winter carnival – was held in 1915. The list goes on and on. To this day, Dartmouth's tradition and history as a leader in winter sports continues.
Through the years, some of the greatest names in skiing have been part of the Dartmouth Ski Team, from legendary coaches Otto Schniebs, Walter Prager, and Al Merrill; to Ski Hall of Fame members Sel Hannah '35, Dave Bradley '38, Dick Durrance '39, and Howie Chivers '39; to Olympic medalists and international competitors like Chiharu Igaya '57, Tiger Shaw '85, Leslie Thompson '86, Nina Kemppel '92, Carl Swenson '92 and Andrew Weibrecht '09. Since the founding of the Winter Olympic Games in 1924, the string of participation by Dartmouth students and alumni has been unbroken.
Dartmouth also continues to be represented around the world in international competitions. At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada the Big Green was represented by Silver medalist in the Super-G Andrew Weibrecht '09, Tommy Ford '12, and Nolan Kasper '14 in the alpine disciplines, and Sara Studebaker '07, Laura Spector '10, Ben Koons '09, New Zealand, and Tucker Murphy '04, Bermuda in biathlon and cross country.
While we are proud of these outstanding achievements, the Ski Team continues to provide programs not just for the aspiring Olympians and NCAA Champions, but also for the dedicated and developing skiers hoping to represent the College on a carnival weekend or achieve a personal best. Through our varsity, JV and development teams we continue to support training and racing opportunities for skiers at a wide range of levels. Overall, Dartmouth's skiing programs provide competitive opportunities for up to 70 aspiring athletes each season.
Each of the four disciplines (men's alpine, women's alpine, men's cross country and women's cross country) has its own head coach and trains as a group. Both the alpine and cross country programs are supported by an additional team assistant during the winter season. The varsity competition schedules begin in mid-December with elite regional and national events. In mid-January, the collegiate carnival season begins, with races each weekend through the end of February, culminating in the NCAA Championships in early March. Although at times we find our groups headed in many different directions, we consider ourselves to be one team. In intercollegiate racing, the combined results of each discipline determine our placement at carnivals and the NCAA Championships.
By training together during the fall and winter, the team experiences an extraordinary training atmosphere. Each team member contributes to the depth and enthusiasm of the group while the varsity racers serve as role models for excellence in skiing and racing. Our ability to foster the success of individual skiers stems directly from the interactions and combined perspectives of all team members and coaches. The result is a blending of diverse intercollegiate skiers each helping the others to become the best racers they can be.