The NCAA national office announced 523 sites have been awarded as hosts in 82 of its 89 championships between 2014-18 on Wednesday, and the University of Colorado was selected to host the 2016 NCAA Ski Championships in Steamboat Springs.
"We are excited to put together another great championship," CU head coach Richard Rokos said. "Steamboat Springs has such a great history with the NCAA Championships and other elite level skiing. We will look to improve upon the quality championships we put together in both 2006 and 2010."
The championships will take place March 9-12, 2016, with the Nordic races and the slalom race being decided at Howelsen Hill and the giant slalom on Mount Werner. A staple of the 2006 and 2010 NCAA Championships were a night slalom race on Howelsen Hill.
"We really want to thank everyone who put in a bid," said Mark Lewis, NCAA executive vice president of championships and alliances. "The competitiveness of the bids made it extremely difficult for the sport committees to select sites as there just weren't spots for all of the great bids we received. Ultimately the sites that were selected will provide our student-athletes, coaches and fans the best experience possible."
Howelsen Hill and Steamboat Springs boast a remarkable skiing heritage. Howelsen Hill is Colorado's oldest continuously operated ski area, opening in 1915, and has been the training ground for more than 79 Olympians, 15 members of the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame and six members of the National Ski Hall of Fame.