Alpine Skiing Program
St. Lawrence University has maintained a long tradition of Alpine skiing excellence. The men's and women's teams have competed for over 50 years at the elite level and the University retains the honor of being one of the founding members of the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA). St. Lawrence regularly qualifies athletes to the Men's and Women's NCAA Skiing Championships, comprised of Division I, II and III institutions. The carnival schedule includes St. Lawrence's home event, hosted in Lake Placid, NY, in January, against league members Dartmouth, Harvard, Williams, Middlebury, Colby, Bates, Bowdoin, St. Michael's and the Universities of Vermont and New Hampshire.
The St. Lawrence ski program takes advantage of its proximity to a variety of world-class training venues. Whiteface Mt. in Lake Placid, NY, along with Camp Fortune and Mt. Cascade in Ottawa, Ontario, provide challenging FIS homologated giant slalom and slalom terrain, greatly enhancing the team's daily training schedule, which is available up to six days per week. On-snow training and/or racing begins in early November and continues into spring.
St. Lawrence's academic calendar is also well suited to the student-athlete and contains blocks of time allowing for two major camps, one during the week-long Thanksgiving break and the second during the five-week Christmas/January recess. Recent sites for these camps have included Innerkrems and St. Lambrecht, Austria; Copper, Keystone, Vail and Breckenridge in Summit County, CO; Mt. Tremblant and Mt. Saint-Sauveur in Quebec; and the Olympic Training Center and Whiteface Mt. in Lake Placid, NY.
The tradition of St. Lawrence University alpine skiing added another chapter in 2009 when Lindsay Cone won the national championship in giant slalom. Two former St. Lawrence athletes, Thomas Vonn and Marta Vastagh, competed in the alpine events at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. The program continues its commitment to developing great ski racers.
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