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Team Info

Dry Land Workouts (Fall)

The team works out 3-4 days per week during the 5-7 PM athletics block during the fall and spring term to get (and stay) in shape for the season. Our meeting place depends on the day’s particular training regimen. Workouts consist of weightlifting (primarily at the Stata/Alumni gym) with an emphasis on leg and lower back exercises, core workouts, and cardio routines.

Race Season (IAP)

The team spends the MIT Independent Activities Period living in an A-frame cabin in Rumney, NH (504 Old Route 25, Rumney, NH, 03266) and training at our home mountain, Ragged Mountain. Ragged is a relatively small mountain, which allows us to rack up many training runs on good snow without worrying about crowds. On a typical week, we train for the first four days, race for two days, then take one day off to relax at the cabin, take care of errands, or visit friends back at MIT. Life at the cabin is one of the best aspects of the season: we cook together, eat lots of food, tune our skis, play games, and relax.

The team races in the USCSA’s MacConnell division in giant slalom and slalom events. Past race venues have included Sugarbush, Mount Sunapee, Blackwater (Proctor Academy), Whiteface, Crotched Mountain, West Mountain, and Bromley. Other schools in the MacConnell division include: Babson, Brown, Castleton, Clarkson, St. Anselm, UConn, UMass, and New England College. All races are USSA and/or FIS sanctioned and very competitive. The coaches and athletes in the league are extremely friendly and athlete’s assist with gatekeeping during the races, which is a great time to make friends on other teams.

Equipment

If you are just getting into racing but have your own skis and boots, you should be fine to start; you will need GS and Slalom skis, so talk to us if you are unsure if your skis will work. If you need to buy skis, you can usually get some very nice used race skis for under $200. We provide you with a ski jacket shell and a GS suit. We also have a limited number of loaner poles and protective gear. Additionally the team gets significant discounts with a number of outdoor retailers, so we advise new members to check in before making large purchases.

FAQ

Who joins the team? What if I’ve never raced before?

The team is open to all skiers who have a desire to race, with a maximum cap of ~20 athletes. In the past, we have had a range of abilities from 50-pt FIS/USSA racers to people who have never raced before. This is a great opportunity to become a better skier even if you’ve never seen a race before, or take your racing to the next level if you have. Graduate students are welcome to join and train but will generally not be able to race with the team, although you should ask so we can check on eligibility.

Will I have to miss school for training or races?

No. Unlike most other sports, our training, races, and travel do not conflict with classes. In fact, the bulk of our races take place during IAP, which means the team won’t get in the way of your studies.

What if I have to take a class during IAP?

Students sometimes have to take short courses during IAP. Athletes may have to miss some training but this usually does not conflict with races on the weekend. If the class takes place during the whole of IAP, it will be more difficult for you to join us for the race season (though it has been done before), so talk to us and we can figure out a good way for you to still be involved.

Can I ski and do other sports too?

Absolutely! Cross-training with another sport is a great way to get prepared for ski season and our IAP season does not conflict with most sports. You will be excused from Fall workouts if you are working out with another team but talk to us about it so we know what’s going on.

How much does ski team cost?

We get financial help from our alumni and MIT to significantly subsidize the cost for athletes. The following are the only direct expenses that team members must pay:

  • ~$250 for a season pass to Ragged Mountain
  • $150-$250 for competition licenses (variable)
  • $450 in team dues to cover lodging, food, and gas over the 4-5 weeks of IAP