Dartmouth Skiing Facilities
Dartmouth offers top-notch facilities to support its programs. Both the Dartmouth Skiway and the Dartmouth Cross Country Ski Center at Oak Hill were the venues for the 2003 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Collegiate Ski Championships, hosted by Dartmouth, and continue to provide the teams outstanding training and competition venues.
Located just fifteen miles from campus, the Skiway has served as the primary training site for the Dartmouth Ski Team programs since 1957 and is the site of the annual Dartmouth Winter Carnival as well as FIS, USSA, high school and junior competitions. With two chair lifts and a beginner j-bar, two mountain peaks, FIS approved giant slalom and slalom trails, outstanding snowmaking and grooming, the Skiway provides world class training for the Ski Team as well as a variety of slopes and trails for Dartmouth students, local clubs and family skiers.
The Skiway has seen many major improvements over the years. The award winning McLane Family Lodge, with its soaring post and beam timber frame, opened in December 2001.
In the summer of 2006, more than forty teammates, friends and family came together for a weekend to construct the Jeremiah Thompson ’96 Memorial Start House on the Thomas Trail racing arena.
During 2008 and 2009 over $500,000 was invested in the Thomas and Wordens racing trails. The Dartmouth Skiway now has two state of the art FIS ski racing and training venues, complete with full time FIS “A” and “B” net protection systems.
Recently the Dupre family, which includes sisters Denise Dupré ‘80, Rosi Dupré Littlefield '82, Anni Dupré Santry '83, and Michele Dupré ‘88 and Snow Economics, Inc made a gift to the Skiway of $750,000 in the latest in snowmaking technology equipment. This gift recognizes the achievements of the Duprés' father, Herman K. Dupré, an internationally known inventor and entrepreneur in the snowmaking industry. The dramatic improvements in snow making efficiency ensure ideal skiing conditions for everyone and drastically reduce our energy costs.
Dartmouth Cross Country Ski Center at Oak Hill
Oak Hill was originally designed for downhill skiing, but cross country trails were cut in the 1960’s. These trails have been much improved over time. Major trail improvements were done in preparation for the 2003 NCAA Championships resulting in a world-class system of trails.
When funding permits, we hope to develop a sprint course, which has already been laid out thanks to a donation of time and expertise by Morton Trails. And, of course, we hope to install a snowmaking system when we have the resources to do so.
Under the guidance of the Dartmouth Skiing program and the Outdoor Programs office, the Dartmouth Cross Country Ski Center grooms over 20 kilometers of trails for its programs and to enhance public recreation. Located two miles from campus, it serves as the site for the Dartmouth Carnival cross country races as well as dry-land and on-snow practices.
Robinson Hall, centrally located on the Dartmouth campus at the west edge of the campus green, is the home of Dartmouth Skiing. Our facilities include men’s and women’s locker rooms, a ski room, a recovery room, and the coaches' office space. Most skiing activities radiate out from this centrally located spot on campus. Buses can be loaded directly behind the building and the teams are off to their training or racing activities!