1971 NCAA Skiing Championships

The 1971 NCAA Skiing Championships were contested at Terry Peak ski area in Lead, South Dakota, at the 18th annual NCAA-sanctioned ski tournament to determine the individual and team national champions of men's collegiate alpine, cross country skiing, and ski jumping in the United States.[1]

1971 NCAA Skiing Championships
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Tournament information
SportCollege skiing
LocationSouth Dakota Lead, South Dakota
DatesMarch 4–6, 1971
Venue(s)Terry Peak
Number of
4 (7 titles)
Final positions
ChampionsDenver (14th title)
1st runners-upColorado
2nd runners-upMiddlebury
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Denver, under new head coach Peder Pytte, captured their fourteenth national championship and tenth in eleven years. They finished 21.6 points ahead of rival Colorado in the team standings.

Denver's Otto Tschudi, winner of the previous year's giant slalom, swept the three alpine titles; teammate Ole Hansen repeated as Cross Country champion,[2] and John Kendall of New Hampshire repeated as Skimeister (all four events).[1]

Despite Denver's impressive streak of success, the Pioneers' next team title came in 2000, nearly three decades later.


The eighteenth edition, this year's NCAA skiing championships were held March 4–6 in South Dakota at Terry Peak, in the Black Hills near Lead.[2][3]

Through 2020, these remain the only championships hosted in South Dakota.

Team scoringEdit

Location in the United States
Rank Team Points
  Denver 394.7
  Colorado 373.1
  Middlebury 368.8
4 Dartmouth 368.3
5 New Hampshire 367.0
6 Wyoming 360.8
7 Fort Lewis 358.5
8 Utah 328.8
9 Montana 326.3
10 Northern Michigan 317.7
11 Nevada–Reno 308.2
12 Michigan Tech 249.0

Individual eventsEdit

Terry Peak
Location in South Dakota

Four events were held, which yielded seven individual titles.

  • Thursday: Downhill (2 runs), Cross Country
  • Friday: Slalom
  • Saturday: Jumping
Event Champion
Skier Team Time/Score
Alpine   Otto Tschudi Denver 3:21.68
Cross Country   Ole Hansen (2) Denver 55:05
Downhill   Otto Tschudi (2) Denver 2:31.22
Jumping   Vidar Nilsgard Colorado 222.5
Nordic Bruce Cunningham New Hampshire 7:04.9
Skimeister John Kendall (2) New Hampshire 346.8
Slalom   Otto Tschudi Denver 1:33.40

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "NCAA Skiing Championships Results" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. Retrieved January 17, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b c "Denver takes lead in NCAA ski meet". New York Times. Associated Press. March 5, 1971. p. 42.
  3. ^ "Weber skiers in NCAA". Deseret News. (Salt Lake City, Utah). March 6, 1971. p. A4.

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