Competition Coming to Whiteface and Mt Van Hoevenberg
The New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority, in conjunction with St. Lawrence University, will host the 2023 NCAA Skiing Championships March 8-11 at Whiteface Mountain and Mt Van Hoevenberg.
This will be the fourth time the NCAA Skiing Championships have been held at the Olympic venues in Lake Placid, including 1980 when Lake Placid and Stowe, Vt. co-hosted the event. The Olympic Authority and St. Lawrence hosted the championships in 1982 and then again in 2015 – both won by the University of Colorado.
The NCAA Skiing Championships includes men’s and women’s events in both Nordic and Alpine disciplines with the overall combined team champion determined based on results in each event. Athletes from Division I, Division II and Division III schools compete against each other for individual and team national titles. Giant slalom and slalom will take place at Whiteface Mountain, while the 5- and 10-kilometer freestyle and mass-start 20k classic cross-country skiing races are set to be held at the Nordic Center at Mt Van Hoevenberg. The full schedule of events will be released by the NCAA on Feb. 28.
University of Utah has won the last three NCAA Skiing Championships overall team titles and four out of the last five, interrupted only by Denver’s title in 2018. The 2020 Championships were canceled because of Covid-19. Vermont has had to settle for second place three times – including last year in Park City, Utah – since winning the school’s sixth skiing national championship in 2012.
University of Denver has won the most team titles with 24, followed by Colorado with 20 and Utah with 15.
The two NCAA Skiing Championships take place 15 miles from one another, with Alpine races at Whiteface and the Nordic races at Mt Van Hoevenberg. Both venues will be open for recreational skiing during the competitions. The Mt Van Hoevenberg facility also includes a world class biathlon range and a state-of-the-art combined luge, skeleton and bobsled track where sliding competitions will be taking place as well. Guests can spectate, recreate and access the amenities on the deck or in the lodges at Whiteface and Mountain Pass Lodge at Mt Van Hoevenberg.