Alpine Team

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The Wisconsin Alpine Team is part of the United States Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association (USCSA), promoting competitive collegiate alpine racing with a strong emphasis on team and personal growth for racers of all skill levels. The team is comprised of ski and snowboard racers of all racing backgrounds, from experienced competitors to beginners. Learn more about the team on the Wisconsin Alpine website!

About Us

This is a downhill race team; however, many of our members had never raced before joining. Our wide range of skiing and snowboarding abilities creates a unique dynamic and fosters an awesome time on and off the hill. We host drylands practices Tuesdays and Thursdays in the fall semester along with many social events. In the fall semester we have an annual team fall formal, bonfires at picnic point, ice skating and other winter events, and many more spontaneous gatherings along the way. In January during our winter break we also have our annual training trip out west for some gnarly team bonding! We race seven weekends all over the Midwest during the second semester, beginning the first weekend in January and going through February. Hopefully our boys and girls teams will qualify for nationals again this year, which is held in the beginning of March. At a typical race, we compete against other colleges in the Midwest, including the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, University of Minnesota-Duluth, Michigan State, Iowa State, and many more. This team is a great way to not only meet 50-60 other skiers on the UW-Madison campus, but to also meet racers on other college teams across the Midwest.

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Where We Race

  • Afton Alps, MN
  • Wild Mountain, MN
  • Mt. La Crosse, WI
  • Giants Ridge, MN
  • Chestnut Mountain, IL
  • Spirit Mountain, MN
  • Marquette, MI
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Winter Break Trip

Each year the team takes a week long training trip out west to log some quality snow time before the season starts. This trip is normally in early January when snow conditions are becoming prime and members are itching to get on the snow and hit some gates. We rent one large house with amenities such as a hot tub and pool table so that our team can relax and catch up with each other after a long day on the hill. A typical training day includes about 3 hours of gate time before lunch followed by an afternoon of free skiing and exploring the mountain. This week long trip includes food, housing, transportation, lift tickets, and coaching. Past trips have been to Winter Park, CO and Big Sky, MT.

Alpine Action

Upcoming Events

  • Student Org Fair: September 13th, 2021
  • Dryland Practices: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. starting in September. Stay tuned for dates!
  • Team Bonfires: Stay Tuned
  • Fall Formal: Stay Tuned

Questions?

For more information, contact Alpine Directors Andrew Santamarina and Alec Riddle at directors@wi-alpine.org!

Also check us out at @WIAlpine on Facebook and @wi_alpine on Instagram to see what we are up to :)