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Mountain Sports

Expansive terrain for freeride skiing and snowboarding.

Members of Western’s Freeride Ski & Snowboard Team find organized training, coaching, travel, competition and expansive natural terrain within the Mountain Sports program at Western Colorado University.

Freeride skiing and snowboarding at Western are all about progression. Whether you’re coming up through the Junior Freeride Series or a weekend warrior looking to take your passion to the next level, our experienced coaching staff and diverse team will meet you where you’re at. All that we require is a passion for skiing and riding in natural terrain, hard work in training and a commitment to be a student first and athlete second.

Practice begins in late fall and we compete throughout the spring semester in up to five IFSA Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ) events. Newer athletes compete in 2-star events whereas experienced athletes typically compete in 2- and 4-star events. Our competition schedule changes each season, but we try to offer a mix of large trips to Canada, California and Washington along with regional events in Crested Butte, Breckenridge and Taos.

Just 30 miles north of campus, Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) is the team’s bread and butter for practice. The “birthplace of extreme skiing,” CBMR’s steep and technical terrain challenges even the most experienced athletes; if you can ski here, you can ski anywhere. Combined with transportation to and from the mountain in team vans and the free community RTA bus on days off, no other school in the nation matches our access to world-class skiing and riding on a daily basis.

Western’s Freeride program welcomes a range of abilities (assuming you have some experience) and recognizes that hard work and dedication, both in the classroom and out on the snow, will allow you to grow and to achieve as a person, as a student and as an athlete. As part of Western Mountain Sports, you’ll meet lifelong friends and have unforgettable experiences.

Western Freeriders at Red Mountain

The Western State Colorado University Mountain Sports Freeride Team traveled to Red Mountain, British Columbia for the first stop of the IFSA Collegiate Freeride Series. In addition to the competition, the team was able to shred the excellent snow and terrain Red had to offer.


  • Regional Team: $500 – Less for travel competition
  • Travel Team: $700 – More for travel competition

Covers: Coaching, travel, food and lodging.

Doesn’t Cover: Lift tickets at comps, season pass, licenses, entry fees and equipment.

Season: Dryland training begins in the first week of October and on-snow practice begins mid-November. Competitions start in the Spring Semester and run through early April.

Practice: Two-three afternoons per week and on Saturdays.

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