Interested in racing for Stanford? We want you to join the team!
Ski racing is a club sport here at Stanford, and our team has a well-earned reputation for fun. This past year, we had 67 club members, with about 25 racers who regularly showed up for training and races. Our girls team has qualified for nationals four out of the last five years; our guys team, has finished top three at regionals the last two years running.
We compete in the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association, a casual but strong league that includes 158 colleges from around the country. The big bear of our league, aside from Cal, is Sierra Nevada College, a group of sub 30-point Europeans who regularly win the National Championship.
What is more, unlike many collegiate race programs, we get to race and ski in Tahoe. When it rains at Stanford, the team gets excited, because it means powder at Alpine on Friday.
We've got two outstanding coaches. Josh Howe, a former racer for Middlebury and now a Stanford Phd Candidate in History, has worked with our program for six years. A tremendous all-around skier, Josh has an excellent feel for our balance between work, fun and academics. Josh will be graduating eventually.
Assistant Coach Tom Schaefer joined the team last year and proved to be an outstanding addition. A five-year member of the US Development Team, Schaefer won the NCAA Eastern Championships slalom in 1994 and finished second at the USCSA National Championships slalom. An all-around baller, light on his skis, by the time Schaefer finished his collegiate career at the University of Massachusetts, he was a three-time USCSA All American with 18 college ski race wins to his credit, a United States record. Schaefer's elite background in ski racing and coaching provides unparalled technical experience for the team.