NCAA Championships return to Steamboat in March |

NCAA Championships return to Steamboat in March

The NCAA Skiing National Championships will return to Steamboat Springs next spring. It will be the event's eighth stop in Steamboat Springs, and the fourth in the last 12 years.
Joel Reichenberger

— NCAA skiing will be back in Steamboat Springs in a big way next spring.

University of Colorado was awarded the right to play host to the 2018 NCAA Skiing National Championships, and the Buffalos will lead the stampede back to Steamboat.

“We are excited to put together another great championship,” CU head coach Richard Rokos said in a news release. “Steamboat Springs has such a great history with the NCAA Championships and other elite-level skiing. We will look to improve upon the quality championships we put together over the years and as recent as just two seasons ago.”

Steamboat has a long history of serving as the venue for the championships.

It most recently played host in 2016, when Steamboat native Andy Leroy coached University of Denver to its 23rd NCAA Championship in the sport.

The event also was set in Steamboat in 2010, 2006, 1993, 1979, 1969 and 1968.

No other location has been the site of six skiing national championships, and Steamboat will gain a year on the field by hosting its eighth next year.

The location has been sweet for hometown teams. CU won championships in Steamboat in 1979 and 2006. DU won in 2010 and 2016, with CU landing in second place both years.

The action will be spread between Howelsen Hill and Mount Werner. It will start March 7 and run through March 10.

While CU landed the 2018 championships, Vermont is on the board for 2019, Montana State for 2020, Middlebury for 2021 and Utah for 2022.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email or follow him on Twitter @JReich9

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