The University of Maine at Presque Isle has made a significant step toward developing a top nordic skiing program in New England. After several years sucessfully competing at the USCSA division, the Owls nordic ski team has been accepted as a member of the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (Eastern Division of the NCAA). With its new membership amid the most competitve NCAA level of competition, UMaine Presque Isle will be competing against top nordic ski programs on a regular basis from Dartmouth College, Harvard University, University of Vermont, Willams, the University of New Hampshire, Bates, Colby, and Bowdoin. Being able to successfully compete at this level will require lots of training and commitment from the UMPI team members.
At the University of Maine at Presque Isle, where it is possible to combine a quality education with an NCAA ski team in one the nation's most exciting Nordic communities. UMPI Skiing is interested in individuals who are serious about their education and committed to becoming the best ski racers they can. The goal of UMPI Skiing is to support aspirations through a commitment of continual improvement and the supportive development of all our skiing student-athletes. At the same time, we strongly believe in an "open door" policy for everyone on campus and for interested students. Nordic skiing is a lifelong sport; therefore, any student is welcome to join our program and we guarantee improvements not only in ski specific skills, but in in overall fitness.
A few reasons to study and ski at the UMPI:
The UMPI campus provides great opportunity to use for dry-land workouts grassy running trails, a gym, a weight room, a swimming pool and a high-class performance lab. (Gentile Hall)
Student-athletes complete on-snow preparation at the Nordic Heritage Ski Centre - a world-class venue for cross country skiing, biathlon and mountain biking, situated 20 minutes from the campus. It is the home site of the UMPI ski team, and it is also voted as one of the top 5 Nordic venues in the world. Additionally, Aroostook State Park is nearby and offers another over-distance skiing opportunity.
Maine Winter Sports is a nationally and internationally recognized program in developing world class Nordic skiers and biathlets; MWSC works closely in cooperation with the UMPI athletic department as well as with the sceince and physiology departments; for the UMPI nordic skiiers, it is a great resource and avenue of development and competition.
Head Coach: Paul Stone
Office Phone: 207-768-9689