By: Rick Bender
Dartmouth Awarded Skiing NCAA Championships for 2025
— The NCAA today revealed that it has awarded the men’s and women’s skiing championships for the 2024-25 season to Dartmouth College as part of an announcement of among more than 450 selections of host sites for preliminary rounds and final sites of predetermined championships in Divisions I, II and III, with most to be held from 2022-23 through 2025-26.
This will be the first time Dartmouth has hosted the event since 2003 and just the third time ever. While the Big Green finished sixth at the championships the last time they hosted, they took home the title as the host school back in 1958.
Last year, Dartmouth was sitting in eighth place after the first two days of the championships when the final two days were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Big Green have finished in the top eight in every year dating back to 1998 and the top six 17 times in that span, including 2007 when they last won the crown.
“Having the opportunity to bring the NCAA Championships back to the Upper Valley is exciting!” said Cami Thompson-Graves, the Dartmouth Director of Skiing and head coach of the women’s Nordic team. “The 2003 championships was very successful and a huge motivation for our teams, and I expect that to be the case again in 2025.”
This is the third time for this specific NCAA championship bid process, which created the largest host site announcement ever, spanning 86 championships across a four-year cycle. Previously, selection announcements varied by sport. This process now gives the NCAA and host sites more time to plan each championship experience.
Bidding for 86 of 90 NCAA championships began in August 2019 and more than 3,000 bid applications were ultimately submitted. Each sport committee, per division, selected the host sites it believed would provide the ultimate experience for the respective student-athletes, resulting in more than 450 total championship event sites being awarded. More than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships each year.
“We are thrilled that the NCAA Skiing Committee selected Dartmouth to host the 2025 NCAA Skiing Championships, and we are ready to work to put together a first-class experience for all participants,” said Tiffani-Dawn Sykes, the Dartmouth Associate Athletics Director for Compliance who spearheaded the bid. “Hosting this event is a great opportunity to honor Dartmouth ski team alumni, showcase our current student-athletes on a national stage right here in the Upper Valley, and also serve as a recruiting tool for future Dartmouth skiers.”
The four championships not included in the process due to preexisting site arrangements are: Division I baseball, Division I football, Division I softball and Division III women’s ice hockey.