UNR ski team at risk
It was great to see Mark McLaughlin’s column on University of Nevada-Reno’s championship ski team from 1939. It is amazing to think these pioneers did four events.
It makes the disputes between snowboarders and skiers, racers and freestylers, jibbers and big mountain skiers look petty. Unfortunately the continuing legacy of UNR’s ski program is at risk.
The team has been put on the chopping block by the UNR athletic department and is seen as an expendable program whose cancellation will help cure some of their budget ills.
To the athletic director’s credit and to the credit of the Ski Teams Booster group, the team has been given an opportunity to continue, but only if the coaches and affiliates can raise a significant portion of their annual budget and get those financial gifts committed to for a five-year period.
I think this ski legacy and the UNR team is a valuable part of the fabric of our community and represents a potential opportunity to young skiers who might consider this a part of their future in skiing.
UNR’s team is the last NCAA team competing in the west, competing in the RMISA conference with five other schools from Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Montana.