CALDWELL, Idaho – The College of Idaho Ski Team competes at Brundage Mountain Resort this weekend. The men’s and women’s teams have gotten off to a strong start, with some first-place finishes so far this season.
Teams compete in slalom skiing, where skiers slide down a mountain hitting flags along the way. While teams can only compete in the winter, preparation takes place throughout the year.
“We’ve worked really hard this fall with dry land and weight lifting,” said team co-captain Sasha Muller. Worked hard but it’s really exciting to see it paying off these first couple of races.”
She has been running her whole life and it was a major part of her decision to attend the College of Idaho.
Muller said, “Just to take it back a bit, but still have fun being a teammate.”
The team’s coach, Aaron Flynn, competed as a skier at the College of Idaho. He made the transition to coaching right after his playing career and now holds the head position at Caldwell.
“So if you can be successful in ski racing, you can be successful anywhere,” Flynn said.
He is excited about what his team is capable of, not just this year, but in the future.
“We believe we can get back into the top five in the country this year,” Flynn said. “Then we’ll work on getting back on the podium at nationals moving forward.”
After competing at Brundage this weekend, they will head to Washington next weekend. At the end of the month, they will host a regional tournament at Bogus Basin.