CRMS is perfectly situated to capture the hearts of every type of skier – beginners to experts alike. The school campus neighbors four world-renowned ski resorts in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, including Aspen Mountain
, and Buttermilk
. Skiers enjoy extensive terrain options from miles of rolling beginner trails to the steep and deep double-black diamond runs to some of the best terrain parks on the planet.
Each student’s ability level will determine the time commitment required. Students in the beginner, intermediate, and advanced instructional groups will ski on Tuesday and Thursday mornings during the 3rd quarter, with a CRMS faculty coach. Competitive skiers will train four days a week, two days on the mountain and two days of dryland condition training. Races and competitions typically take place on Fridays or over the weekend. CRMS faculty provide transportation to the mountains every weekend during the season, so students have the option to ski with friends and take advantage of the skiing opportunities in their own back yard.
Before the ski season begins, students engage in dryland training. Dryland training involves a variety of workouts aimed at building strength and stamina to make the most of the ski season ahead. Once the ski areas open after Thanksgiving, competitive teams will have access to on-mountain training, while students in the instructional programs will wait until January to begin going to the mountain regularly. Certainly all students are able to take the ski buses up to the ski resorts on the weekend whenever the mountains are open.
CRMS Alpine and Freestyle skiing focus on developing fundamental skills from basic stance to carving turns, helping students develop technique, competency, and confidence while encouraging a love for this life-long sport. Everyone is taught the Skier Safety and Responsibility Code as well as Park Smart Terrain Park Safety. Many of the instructors are CRMS in-house USSA certified alpine instructors. Additionally, the school partners with the renowned Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club
and the Aspen Ski Company
to provide additional expertise and instruction for students.
CRMS is minutes away from world-class terrain for both skiing and training. Snowmass Mountain
, a 3,362-acre ski area with 94 trails ranging from easy to expert levels, is the main destination for instructional and early season skiing. Snowmass also boasts three terrain parks with approximately 100 features, including boxes, rails, tabletop jumps, rollers, pipes, and more, for developing freestyle tricks. CRMS alpine racers and more advanced skiers test themselves at Aspen Highlands
. This ski area boasts 122 trails and takes skiing to the next level, with 36% of these trails being classified as advanced. The Alpine Team regularly trains at Highlands, where gate courses are set to test and improve technique and speed. CRMS has a tuning center for all ski equipment. Athletes can learn to tune their own gear or drop off their gear to be tuned by a student service crew.
The Colorado Rocky Mountain School Alpine Team is a comprehensive competitive alpine ski racing program that competes in the disciplines of slalom and giant slalom and works in conjunction with the Aspen Valley Ski Club
. The team competes statewide within the Colorado High School Ski League under the umbrella of the Colorado High School Activities Association
. Racers compete in the CHSAA race series at various ski areas throughout Colorado. Events are generally scheduled on Fridays. The CRMS alpine program aims to produce spirited and competitive racers as well as balanced, powerful skiers through the development of core practices and teamwork.