ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- With a new ski season on the horizon, the Lobo Ski Team has high expectations for themselves, especially with a more travel-friendly schedule. Last season was highlighted by long trips and flights to events over 3,000 miles away, but their furthest trip this season will be just over 1,000 miles. This season’s schedule will not require the Lobos to fly to any events, as their furthest meet is in Montana. The team should also benefit from the NCAA Championships being hosted just north of UNM, in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
"It's a little different this year with our home meet being so late in the year," said head coach Fredrik Landstedt. "It's similar to last year with three meets early, although they are split up a little bit. We are looking forward to regionals and NCAAs in Colorado, which will allow our fans to make the short trip."
Overall they will be competing in six meets this season and two qualifying events. They can look forward to long bus rides, which will give them time to complete schoolwork, and frequent travel for January and February.
The season will start out with the team traveling to Utah and Montana for consecutive weekends to compete in the University of Utah Invitational and the Montana State Invitational. These events will be valuable preparation for the first RMISA Qualifier, which will be held after the Alpine portion of the Montana State Invitational. The following week the team will travel to Steamboat Springs for the University of Colorado Spencer James Nelson Memorial Invitational. The second, and final, RMISA qualifier will be held the same weekend at the site of NCAA Championships.
The RMISA Qualifiers for giant slalom will be held again this season due to UNM hosting two slaloms this year. The qualifiers give each skier two extra giant slalom races to qualify for NCAA and Regionals. This year there will once again be five slaloms and five giant slaloms.
The final event before the RMISA Championships will be the Jade Enterprises New Mexico Invitational hosted in Red River, NM. This event will be the only home event of the year, and should help the team prepare for the RMISA Championships the following weekend. The team is hopeful to qualify as many racers as possible, and have a strong showing at both the RMISA and NCAA Championships. There is also excitement building around the team members returning from last year. The team is fortunate to have two prior national champions returning to the team. Emilie Cedervarn won a national championship last year in the Nordic classical, and Eva Sever Rus won one the year before in the Nordic freestyle. Both racers are excited to return and eager to establish themselves as contenders for this year’s National Championship as UNM will look for an unprecedented fourth straight year with a national title.