National championships in the sports that get the most coverage are rare for Colorado colleges. The only football championship came in 1990, when CU won the Associated Press poll. This was before there was the small playoff that exists today. In fact, Georgia Tech won the UPI poll in 1990, so CU actually shared the then mythical title. And while CU has had some success in basketball in recent years, a NCAA title still seems a long way off.
Colorado schools have had great success in other sports, however. Most recently, last year on Memorial Day the University of Denver became the first NCAA Lacrosse champion from a school west of the Mississippi. And the Pioneers LAX team began the season ranked #1 this year, although they are currently #2 in the early season. Meanwhile, DU’s hockey team, a traditional powerhouse in the gentlemanly art of ice hockey, is currently ranked #1 nationally. They have won 7 national championships, the last one in 2005.
DU ski team is also ranked #2 in the current NCAA polls, which makes them the second highest ranked ski team in Colorado. As you might guess, Colorado attracts great skiers, and the #1 ranked ski team currently is the Colorado Buffaloes. It is probably no surprise that CU dominates intercollegiate skiing, having won the NCAA championship 20 times.
Banjo Billy wishes the best of luck to DU and CU teams as they finish their seasons this spring. We also wish to see you on our bus. Grab a ticket on our web site, or call our office to schedule a private tour for your birthday party, team building event, or just for fun.