Whether a student is strapping on a board for the first time or ready to ride the 22-foot superpipe, CRMS is dedicated to helping students progress and become well-rounded riders. CRMS students have access to Aspen’s world-renowned ski areas and terrain parks where they can enjoy Colorado’s infamous powder and quality instruction.
Each student’s ability level will determine the time commitment required. Students in the beginner, intermediate, and advanced instructional groups will ride on Tuesday and Thursday mornings during the 3rd quarter, with a CRMS faculty coach. Competitive riders 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 ride with friends and take advantage of the skiing opportunities in their own back yard.
Before the 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 snowboarding season ahead. Once the resorts 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.
Coaches' primary focus is to work with boarders on foundational and progressive skills so they may become competent and confident riders. Riders learn a wide variety of tricks appropriate to their skill level. Students will learn things such as the four directions they can spin and all ways to complete 360s. Everyone is taught the Skier Safety and Responsibility Code as well as Park Smart Terrain Park Safety. While some of the instructors are in-house CRMS faculty, the school also partners with the renowned Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club (AVSC)
to provide additional expertise and instruction.
CRMS is minutes away from world-class terrain for both snowboarding 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 riding. Snowmass boasts three terrain parks – the Snowmass Park, the Makaha, and the Lowdown – with approximately 100 features, including boxes, rails, tabletop jumps, rollers, pipes and more. This mountain provides ample terrain variety and all levels of difficulty for every rider to perfect and control their tricks. CRMS has a tuning center for all snowboarding equipment. Athletes can learn to tune their own gear or drop off their gear to be tuned by a student service crew.
CRMS students with the interest and ability to compete have that opportunity by training with an AVSC coach and competing in the local Aspen-Snowmass USSA amateur competitions. If they do well, competitive riders can travel to Colorado's Copper Mountain to compete in the National Championships.