At its peak in the 1960s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, the Johnson State College ski program was a powerhouse in the Eastern United States. Competitive skiers were attracted from Vermont and out-of-state to ski in the Green Mountains. On the slopes, Johnson was a force, with the men winning two NCAA Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association Division II Championships and the women winning the W.E.I.S.A. Division 2 Championships in 1980. There was also individual success, with numerous JSC skiers making the U.S. Ski Team.
Perhaps more important than the championship banners and trophies, however, were the friendships built off the slope. Generations of Johnson skiers were drawn not only to the team’s history of success, but the culture the team was known for. When the ski program was cut in the mid-90’s it left a hole in Johnson State’s culture that has yet to be filled. That is why the Johnson State College athletics and recreation department is proud to announce the Return to Glory Campaign to raise $1.5 million to fund the start-up costs for a men’s and women’s alpine ski program.
The goal of the campaign is to ensure that Johnson State College has a competitive alpine skiing team for years to come. The funds raised will assure the return of the ski program by covering the costs of securing a full-time head coaching position, equipment, and practices and races.
How We Get There
The next generation of great Johnson State skiers will bring with them the return of a culture that has been missing from campus for two decades. We can only meet our goal with the support of Johnson alumni and friends.
For more information regarding making a tax-deductible gift, please contact Lauren.Philie at 802-635-1657.
For more information about the plans for the JSC ski program, contact Cameron.Creamer@jsc.edu at 802-635-1384.