The University of Utah Ski Team has reason to celebrate, and as a university community, we celebrate with them. The April 26 ribbon-cutting for the Spence Eccles Ski Team Building marks an important milestone. A new home for the team is expected to lead to an even brighter future for student athletes in the program. Difficult to imagine, perhaps, considering that earlier in the week, the team received official recognition from Utah Gov. Gary Herbert as 2017 NCAA champions.
We are grateful to Spence Eccles, and the many other alumni, locally and worldwide, who contributed to this innovative building. It was created from the vision of Spence, who was himself, an All-American skier as a student at the University of Utah in 1957. This facility is state-of-the-art, with a ski tuning room, a student lounge, video area, and much needed storage space.
The Spence Eccles Ski Team Building is unusual among university ski programs, and will allow us to continue to attract the world’s finest skiers, who also are looking for an excellent education. We continue to be very proud of the academic records of our ski team. In 2017, while winning races, 14 members were also named to the National Collegiate All-Academic Ski Team. Go Utes!