About The Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association

2021 RMISA Handbook & Rules

The Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association (RMISA) is a conference for collegiate skiing made up of nine members, seven institutions that sponsor NCAA skiing and two associate members.

The full members that all compete in the NCAA are the University of Alaska Anchorage, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the University of Colorado, the University of Denver, Montana State University, the University of Utah and Westimster College. Colorado Mountain College and the University of Wyoming are associate members. Colorado Mountain College competes in alpine and Wyoming competes in Nordic. Wyoming was a fully sanctioned member before dropping skiing as a varsity sport in 1992. Its Nordic team is a club program. Alaska Fairbanks came to the RMISA from the CCSA prior to the 2017 season and competes in Nordic only. Westminster College completed a three-year transition from NAIA to NCAA and became a full member in 2019.

Founded in 1950, four years before skiing became an NCAA sponsored sport, former members of the conference include Boise State, Colorado College, Colorado Mines, Colorado State, Nevada, Utah State, Western State and Whitman College.

From 1950-76, the RMISA was only made up of men's ski teams. From 1977-82, women's teams were part of the conference and championships were held separately. During that same time frame, the women's teams were part of the AIAW from a national perspective. In 1983, the NCAA incorporated women's sports across the board and skiing became a coed sport, and the RMISA followed that lead and since 1983, the conference has awarded a combined champion.

Colorado has won 28 RMISA Championships, 11 men's, two women's and 15 coed. Denver (15-0-4) is next with 19, one ahead of Utah's total of 18 (3-2-13). Wyoming won six (3-2-1) with New Mexico and Western State both having won two championships.

Those Championships are a result of the championship meet, which for the most part has coincided with the NCAA Western Regional. Since 2006, the conference has also crowned a regular season championship, totaled by adding all the season's meet points together prior to the RMISA Championships.

Colorado won the regular season championship in 2006 with Denver winning in 2007. The Buffs then won in 2008 and '09 before New Mexico won in 2010 and Utah in 2011 and '12. The Buffs claimed the title in 2013 and Denver won in 2014. The Buffs again claimed the title in 2015 with Utah winning in both 2016 and '17 before Colorado took the title back in 2018 and Utah battled it back in 2019 and then won again in 2020 and 2021 to win five of the last six titles.

Utah has won seven regular season titles with Colorado winning six, Denver two and New Mexico one. That gives Colorado 34 total championships with Utah claiming 25, Denver 21, Wyoming six, New Mexico three and Western State two.

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