Ski Team Hosts Its First Divisional Slalom MatchBy Ashley Finan
and Jason Christopher
On Jan. 31 at Tenney Mountain, the MIT alpine ski team hosted its first slalom race in the MacConnell Division of the United States Collegiate Ski Association (USCSA). There are ten other schools in the MacConnell Division, and these ten schools compete in a series of races through January and February.
The top five teams at the end of the season move on to regional races from which the top five teams compete at nationals. The MacConnell division is the most competitive division in the region that most of the teams that move on to nationals are from.
Despite the extreme competitiveness of the league, MIT has been creeping up the rankings in the division and has a chance at qualifying for regionals this year. At MIT’s first hosted race, the women’s team had a strong showing, placing 8th, despite two of their top racers falling.
The men’s team placed 5th, with individuals placing 7th, 24th, and 26th in the overall competition, demonstrating that it has what it takes to make it to regionals. The ski team’s month-long IAP training camp has come to an end, but the team has two more weekends of races to go to prove they’ve got what it takes.