CRMS maintains a strong Nordic tradition providing students every range of opportunity, from first experience to high-level competition. Students find gratification in this sport whether they are gliding through the woods or pushing themselves for their personal best.
Each student’s ability level will determine the time commitment required. The Nordic program at CRMS offers two distinct programs. There is a recreational program dedicated to getting students out on the snow and exploring the area. There is also a racing team, which engages students in a serious schedule of training to promote being adventurous through skiing and competing. Both programs are individualized and coaches work with each skier to develop a program that will meet their goals. This entails supporting students who simply want to get out and cross-country ski for fun, as well as those who wish to join the Nordic Team. For the team, on-snow camps occur during Thanksgiving week. The competition season starts in mid-December and continues through the end of March.
Students learn the basics of Nordic skiing on local groomed trails. Skiing primarily takes place at the Spring Gulch Trail System
but also in areas throughout the Roaring Fork Valley.
The school campus is located ten minutes from trails that typically open in November. With the wide variety of centrally located trail options, the CRMS campus is the ideal location for students to grow their Nordic skills or just have fun out on the beautiful trail. The Nordic program helps skiers develop their full potential, fulfill their passion for cross-country skiing, and perfect their racing skills. Students of varying ability levels race using both classic and skate techniques, with the goal of instilling a sense of passion and adventure for the sport. CRMS also houses facilities and equipment specifically designed for Nordic training, including purpose-built waxing and tuning facilities dedicated to the competitive ski teams. In 2017 our girls' varsity team placed first in the Colorado State Competition.
The team strives to develop nationally competitive athletes. Races occur through the Colorado High School Ski League, and a major racing focus is placed on the Rocky Mountain Division Junior National qualifying series that culminates with the USSA Junior National Championships, normally held the second week of March. Competitions and training have also taken the team to national locations such as Alaska and Minnesota.