Cannon Mountain Hosts NCAA Alpine Skiing Championships This Week

Franconia Notch, NH - The top college athletes from seventeen schools across the country have arrived at Cannon Mountain for the NCAA Alpine Skiing Championships taking place March 8-10.

A total of 32 of the best men and women skiers from eastern colleges and 36 of the best men and women from western colleges will race in giant slalom and slalom events. The giant slalom is scheduled for 9am on Wednesday, March 8 on the Baron's Run trail and the slalom is scheduled for Friday, March 10 on the Taft Training Slope.

Cannon Mountain is the official training site of the UNH Alpine Ski Team, the host school for the championship, and is also an official US Ski Team-sanctioned training site. "This is one of the very best venues I've ever seen for an NCAA Championship event," remarked Richard Rokos, a veteran ski coach from the University of Colorado, which has won the NCAA Championships eight times during his tenure. Teams from around the country have been on site and training at Cannon since March 4 and the feedback on the slopes that will be used for the races has been extremely positive.

Franconia Ski Club and Holderness School recently completed the $4 million Mittersill Improvement Project, gifted to Cannon Mountain and the State of New Hampshire, which involved the installation of snowmaking on five trails at Mittersill, improvement and widening of Baron's Run, creation of the Taft Training Slope, and installation of a new T-bar. The successful project and new venue has been of great benefit to the public and ski racing in the region and can be credited with attracting events like the NCAA Alpine Skiing Championships.

For more information on teams, competitors and league information for the NCAA Ski Championships visit http://unhwildcats.com/sports/2017/3/6/ncaa-ski-championship-rosters.aspx.

For additional NCAA Ski Championship information including schedules, directions, parking info, scores, and video, visit http://unhwildcats.com/sports/2017/2/27/ncaa-skiing-championship-central.aspx.

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Greg Keeler | Director of Marketing | Cannon Mountain
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