Nordic Skiing—History

The Colby ski team, which received varsity status in 1986, won five Eastern Intercollegiate Skiing Association (EISA) Division II titles from 1987 to 1992. In 1993 the program moved into EISA Division I. In 1994 Colby was the host for the NCAA Championships at Sugarloaf/USA. Colby plays host to a carnival ski race every three years and will be host of the Eastern Championships for the first time in 2009.

In 2006 Abbi Lathrop '06 was the NCAA Division I champion in the giant slalom event held in Steamboat Springs, Colo. This past season Colby finished 16th in the country, with two Nordic men and two alpine men qualifying for the NCAA Division I Championships. Both the Nordic and alpine teams have had success at the national level, and three former alpine skiers were skiing on the U.S. National Ski Team in 2007. Nordic skier Fred Bailey '07 is continuing his training at Maine Winter Sports Center in Presque Isle, Maine, as he chases the Olympic dream.

Since 1948, when the old Colby ski hill was put to use, Colby skiing has developed into a successful Division I varsity program. The ski program has two full-time coaches, two assistant coaches, a ski room, and 10 kilometers of groomed ski trails on campus.