The ski resorts here in Colorado make the state the nation’s number one ski and snowboard destination. Colorado’s resorts allow skiers and snowboarders more time on the mountain, as the 26 resorts generally open earlier and stay open later than anywhere else in the country – usually October to April. Colorado also has the highest altitude lift-serviced terrain in the country, making this state an ideal location for the Colorado School of Mines Ski Team to compete.
During the 2010-2011 ski season, many ski areas across saw the best snow falls they had seen in decades. So far, the 2011-2012 season hasn’t met the high snow fall standards set by last season; however, the Mines Ski Team didn’t let this dampen their spirits. Instead, the Ski Team used the lack of open terrain and powder as an excuse to train and prepare for one of its best seasons ever.
The CSM Ski Team competes in both Slalom and Giant Slalom races at Loveland, Powderhorn, Telluride, and Winter Park throughout January and February. CSM is a part of the Rocky Mountain Conference under the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA). This conference allows the team to compete against schools such as CU, CSU, Air Force, and DU.
Throughout this semester, the team will be competing in multiple races across the state. The first race of the semester was January 19, 2013 in Winter Park, with the second race of the semester in Loveland January 26 and January 27. The following weekend (February 2 and 3) finds the team in Telluride. The team will then be racing February 16 and 17 in Powderhorn and February 21-23 in Red Lodge, MT. The season wraps up with the team in Sun Valley, ID from April 4 to April 9.
The Ski Team has its largest team ever this year, boasting 20 members (including six girls). It is an international team, having members from Canada, Lebanon, and all over the United States. Many freshmen came in with racing experience and those that didn’t were quick to learn the sport.
CSM’s Ski Team always encourages new members to join, although the team is no longer able to accept new members this semester due to registration deadlines. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or join the team’s email list by signing up at https://mailman.mines.edu/mailman/listinfo/clubskiing. Interested students can also visit http://recsports.mines.edu/REC-Club-Sports-Ski-Team for more information.
Club sports, like Ski Team, must fundraise in order to compete against other teams and travel. Fundraising is especially important for Ski Team, as they must travel long distances for practices, as well as buy lift tickets for each practice. This team has two main fundraisers throughout the year: a TGR movie premiere and a Loveland ski race. The TGR movie premiere last year featured TGR’s “The Dream Factory” and Jeremy Jones’ “Further”. The Loveland race is comprised of volunteer course workers from the school. The team charges race entry fees in order to raise money.