Big Dreams: Evan Weinman
Evan Weinman’s journey to Middlebury College in Vermont began when he was still a high school student in Steamboat Springs.
Evan Weinman took his talents on the cross-country ski course to Middlebury College in Vermont.
“You start making goals in your junior year,” Weinman said. “Then, as you move through high school, there are certain markers that let you know if you are on track or if you need to sit down and take another look at the possibilities.”
For Weinman, who is now a college sophomore, those markers were pretty clear. The former Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skier had solid results in the Rocky Mountain Division and was ranked among the top six juniors in his age group, which earned him invitations to junior events on the national and world junior levels. Along the way, he was also invited to special camps reserved for the top juniors in the country, and he spent his summers doing the extra things that would get the attention of coaches when he started applying to colleges.
His end goal was to attend a smaller liberal arts college in the East and, hopefully, land a spot on the school’s Nordic ski team. As high school graduation drew closer, Weinman assessed what was within reach and decided on Middlebury, one of the oldest liberal arts college in the Untied States.
“I watched the skiers who graduated in front of me, and I followed the same path,” Weinman said. “There is a culture at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club that inspires skiers to continue racing in college. I wanted to be a part of that.”
His advice to younger skiers hoping to pursue college skiing is to really research the ski programs and colleges they’re applying to. He suggests taking the time to meet the other skiers on the team and find the right fit.
“It was huge when I first showed up to go to school,” Weinman said. “The skiers on my team were there to greet me and made me feel at home as soon as I stepped onto campus. They became my family, and it made the transition to school a lot easier.”
It didn’t take Weinman long to adapt to college life or to discover that ski racing was the common thread that held the Middlebury community together.
“College ski racing is great,” Weinman said. “There is a great sense of community. It’s a lot like the Nordic community is Steamboat Springs, which is really nice.”
Weinman said he knew he wanted to ski in college from the time he was a freshman in high school. He said his Winter Sports Club coaches helped him along the way, and they let him know when he was on or off track.
He said there isn’t an exact formula for getting athletes into college, but added the Winter Sports Club has established a tradition that pushes skiers in the right direction.
“Nobody really had to tell me what to do,” Weinman said. “I watched the skiers who graduated in front of me, and I followed the same path. There is a culture at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club that inspires skiers to continue racing in college.”
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