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LOOKING FOR A SKIING SCHOLARSHIP?
If you ski and you’re good at it then a skiing scholarship will be a great option for you. Skiing scholarships are not available in all states for weather condition reasons. So many schools that have skiing programs will be in the northern states. Universities and colleges award skiing scholarships to very talented skiing athletes, which allows’ the athlete to participate in collegiate, intercollegiate matches and national championships. If you are a male or female athlete you are able to gain skiing scholarships. There are two types of skiing scholarships (downhill and cross country).
Skiing scholarships – When is the best time?
The best time to go to the USA with a sport scholarship is right after graduation from high school or up to two years after. Only athletes ages 18 – 24 can compete within the college leagues, any older and you will be looking at competing in the NAIA. Coaches are increasingly committing to younger athletes as this gives them the opportunity to work with the athletes for a longer period of time. It is also possible to go to the USA for one, two, three or four years, it depends on if you wish to seek a bachelor’s degree from your time there. We would recommend going to America as early as possible because this will give you the best chance of gaining a skiing scholarship and turning professional after college.
Skiing scholarships – How good do you have to be?
Athletic skiing scholarships can be achieved if you are at the right level. For good skiing athletes on the level of the Division I the chances to receive a full scholarship are relatively high if you know who to contact.
In order to gain the most opportunities of your profile and thus receive higher scholarship offers, it is important that you try to participate more in national tournaments in the time prior to starting U.S college. This will show college coaches that you are able to compete at a high level.
If you are competing at a national level then you have a great chance of receiving a 100% sports scholarship. Coaches will also look at an athlete’s potential, it’s a vital aspect, as coaches know from experience that even moderate athletic performance can be boosted immensely with their intensive training methods. A college recruitment coach will look at a sport CV or the athlete, photographs, video and our staff advice regarding the athletes ability.
To find out whether you have what is takes to obtain a skiing scholarship and therefore be placed on a college team, please complete our free application form.
The team can evaluate your potential as a possible future college athlete. If the team believes you have a chance you will be invited to join our program. A sports consultant will go through everything you need to know about the sports scholarship process.
Skiing training on a skiing scholarships program
If you gain a skiing scholarship you will be expected to practice with the team for around 3-5 hours a day 5 times a week. This would just consist of skiing training and then you would still be expected to take part in additional strength and conditioning training. If you feel you are currently lacking strength in muscle and size then don’t worry. Athletes USA works with Maximuscle a leading sports nutrition brand that supplies our athletes with leading sports nutrition products and information on how to reach you potential in the gym.
This hard training often allows skiing athletes to reach previously unattained levels of fitness and performance while playing at college. This then allows skiing athletes to have the ability to try-out for their nations in the Olympics.
The skiing season
The skiing season always begins in winter, as you would expect (Winter Term/ October). If you are looking to join a skiing college team you need to be signed to the college team around a year before. Some schools only have two terms fall and spring, so skiing would fit into the fall tern.