SALT LAKE CITY —The Westminster College Department of Athletics is pleased to announce their men's and women's alpine ski teams have accepted an invitation to become associate members of the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association (RMISA). The RMISA is the official association for college and university NCAA ski teams in the Rocky Mountain region. It is comprised of seven NCAA Division I and one Division II institutions from eight states stretching from Alaska to New Mexico. Westminster becomes the eighth member and the first from the NAIA.
"Westminster College is very appreciative of the opportunity the RMISA has afforded us in allowing our men's and women's alpine ski teams tojoin their conference. The RMISA will offer our alpine skiing student-athletes a very positive experience and allow us to furthershowcase our institution and the world- class skiing opportunities surrounding Salt Lake City," stated Westminster director of athletics, Shay Wyatt.
"On behalf of the RMISA I would like to welcome Westminster College as an associate member. We are very excited to have Westminster join as an associate member, and know they will bring new strength and more competition to our division," stated RMISA president, Bruce Cranmer.
Head coach Chris Hendrickson will guide the Westminster Griffins against the other RMISA members: University of Alaska-Anchorage, University of Colorado, University of Denver, Montana State University, University of New Mexico, University of Utah, and University of Wyoming.
The 2010-11 season begins on January 8-9, 2011 with the Utah Invitational held at Park City Mountain Resort. The 2011 RMISA schedule feature seven alpine races from January to the last weekend in February. There are also five Nordic races on the schedule however, Westminster does not field a Nordic team.
Since Westminster will be competing as an associate member and is not eligible for the NCAA Championships, they will not receive NCAA qualification points. The team will receive result points and be listed on the results list. However, they are not eligible for team or individual RMISA awards.
The Westminster men's and women's alpine ski program began competition in for the 2008-09 season as member of the United States Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association. The Griffins won the 2009 and 2010 women's USCSA National Championship. The men's program finished second at the National Championships in both 2009 and 2010.