The CRMS sports program enables students to experience first-hand the world of skiing, kayaking, cycling, climbing, and horsemanship, in addition to other outdoor activities, in the adjacent mountains, rivers, and deserts. These offerings embody a multitude of outdoor pursuits, providing opportunities for participation in both individual and team sports. By engaging in these activities, students open themselves up to learning new skills, a physical sense of well being, and developing a lifelong passion for the outdoors. Students participate two afternoons a week in their sport of choice and four afternoons weekly if they join a competitive team. CRMS is unique in that all of the sports offerings are open to every student and no prior experience is necessary.
The climbing program teaches students of all abilities to develop and hone their skills, beginning in the school’s extensive indoor climbing facility and moving to the outdoors at world-class bouldering and sport climbing areas within an hour of campus. This program has broad appeal for students new to climbing as well as for those who are interested in competing on the championship Climbing Team.
The CRMS campus is nestled at the confluence of two of the most scenic rivers in the West, hence the school’s long-standing kayaking tradition. This program is designed for students of all abilities, beginning on the school’s kayak pond before progressing to local rivers. After gaining more experience, paddlers may choose to take these skills to a competitive level and join the Kayak Team.
CRMS is at the heart of a network of scenic mountain trails and progressive bike paths, providing students access to incredible cycling opportunities. Riders of all abilities can learn, and master, mountain biking and road biking in a recreational to competitive setting.
CRMS is synonymous with winter activities, being located just 30 miles from the world-renowned Aspen-Snowmass ski areas and only seven miles from the extensive Spring Gulch Nordic trail system. From alpine and snowboarding to Nordic and telemarking, there is no better place for the beginner to learn a new snowsport or for the advanced winter athlete to experience such a vast array of terrain. CRMS offers beginning to competitive in all of the following winter disciplines:
- Alpine & Freestyle Skiing
- Telemark Skiing
- Nordic Skiing
- Off Piste Skiing
Off Piste, or Backcountry, skiing is an opportunity to enjoy winter in the surrounding mountains away from ski areas and off the beaten track. In order to enjoy carving turns in the fresh powder, one first has to “earn the turns” by skinning up. This activity meets two mornings per week in the winter quarter. CRMS instructors introduce and practice the basic concepts of avalanche awareness and precautions. Every student is required to carry the proper avalanche equipment when entering the backcountry.
With over 300 pastoral acres that were formerly a working ranch, CRMS has a rich history with horses. Those students participating in this program develop a rewarding relationship with horses as a way to foster such traits as confidence, connection, and mastery of basic equine skills.
The CRMS boys’ and girls’ soccer teams play in the Colorado High School 3A League. Varsity and junior varsity teams are fielded each year and practices consist of skill-building drills, conditioning, and scrimmaging on the school’s soccer field with the majestic 13,000-foot, snow-covered Mount Sopris as a backdrop. Afternoon practices are held five days per week, in addition to games, which are strongly supported by a student, faculty, staff, and local parent fan base - go Oysters!
Cross-country running at CRMS provides students with an opportunity to enhance their overall fitness while exploring many of the scenic mountain trails surrounding the Roaring Fork Valley. The focus is on preparation for running, including warming up, stretching, and different techniques for running on varied trail terrain. Students may choose to run recreationally or to compete in the Colorado High School Athletic Association cross-country league.
For those students interested in creating or pursuing a yoga practice, the CRMS program focuses on postures as they are taught in three different traditions: Ashtanga, Anusara, and Bikram’s. Students work on alignment and flow, as well as meditation and yoga philosophy.
Offered in the fall and spring, the CRMS recreational tennis program is for players of all abilities. Students receive instruction in all aspects of the game, including technique, strategy, tactics, and rules, and enjoy practicing and playing on campus courts in a beautiful setting.
Whether you are new or experienced on the water, students in this program paddle the nearby scenic and impressive Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers, learning the basic skills and techniques to safely navigate flat and whitewater sections of these magnificent rivers.
During the winter months, lap swimming is a motivating and inspiring pursuit enabling students to excel in a full-body muscular and cardiovascular workout. As a conditioning exercise, swimmers are encouraged to work up to a minimum one-mile swim. Instruction in basic strokes is provided, as are interval training and basic life-saving maneuvers. Students enjoy swimming at an off-campus state-of-the-art recreational facility.