The glory of competing as a member of USCSA is being a part of something that is bigger than you. Sounds corny for sure, but this type of skiing is about learning how to ski for a team, lead an organization, and manage your social, academic, and athletic lives. Skiing is a lifestyle sport and USCSA is a testament to that – almost the entire organization, over 5,000 athletes, is run by volunteers. Skiers keeping the sport of skiing alive for college kids while making those countless ski lessons 10 years ago seem a lot more worthwhile.
Q: So you’re the president of the Syracuse Ski Team—easy job?
A: Not at all. We have a president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, and recruitment officer. All of us work all year long to make sure the team and our season runs smoothly. We are a club sport, so we actually have close to 100 athletes on the ski team. Ultimately it’s only the top eight men and women who compete on the varsity level, but we hold practices for everyone and junior varsity races for those skiers who don’t compete on the varsity level. It’s definitely tough getting people to the mountain, registering the team, holding dryland practices in the off-season, and managing finances, but I guess you could say it’s a labor of love. It gets hectic at times but it’s great to put on your resume and forces you to be organized and understand how a club or a team functions.
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