Greetings fellow knuckle draggers and two plankers,
Welcome to the Rutgers University Ski/Snowboard team (RUST) website! We are a team of about 75 undergraduate skiers and riders that race for the United States Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association (USCSA). Our skiers compete in both giant slalom and slalom races, and our riders compete strictly in giant slalom. Traditionally, we have not competed in any slopestyle, boardercross, or halfpipe events, but due to the high demand, the USCSA may include some of those events in the 2011 season.
Though we hold fundraisers and Power Gym workouts during the offseason, our main activities take place during winter break and the first few weeks of the spring semester. Our season kicks off with an optional training camp in Mont Tremblant, Quebec in mid-January. Itís a great opportunity to improve your skills and learn what racing is all about, even if you think youíre a boss. You will totally revamp your skiing and riding here, as well as have the opportunity to run gates if you havenít before. Our trainers at Tremblant are world class athletes from all over the globe, and many of them have competed in the Olympics. For most of us, camp is the highlight of the year.
After camp, we begin our competition races against other schools in our conference like Lehigh, Lafayette, Princeton, UPenn, Stevens, etc. Most of these races take place at Hunter Mountain or Wyndham in upstate NY, but we will also have a few closer to home at places like Mountain Creek. For an upstate NY race, we will typically leave Rutgers on a Friday night, race both Saturday and Sunday, then return home Sunday night. On a race day, you will be required to do a morning and afternoon run, which take about an hour each, and then you get the rest of the day to tear up the mountain. All lift tickets, race fees, lodging, transportation, and insurance are included in your dues. Itís really an awesome deal if youíre looking to ski or ride competitively and enjoy some quality days on the mountain with your friends.
Though we have both veterans and new racers on the team, we strongly recommend that you have a solid background in your respective sport if you want to join. You should definitely be comfortable carving at high speeds on not-so-perfect terrain because the race courses are designed for advanced skiers and boarders. We are a race team, not a ďlearn to skiĒ adventure club for novices.
Should you have any questions about who we are and what we do, please feel free to contact me, and I will do my best to convince you to become a part of the best club sport experience at Rutgers.
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