Mountain Sports

Join Western’s powerhouse Nordic Team.

Members of Western’s Nordic Team find organized training, coaching, travel, competition and kilometers and kilometers of ski trails within the Mountain Sports program at Western Colorado University.

Western’s Nordic Team is emerging as a regional and national powerhouse with a men’s national title and a women’s runner-up title in 2018. Competing in the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) Rocky Mountain Conference, the team attends between 10 and 15 races in Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico and Utah, primarily competing against the University of Wyoming, Colorado Mesa University, Air Force Academy and Colorado College. Members of the Nordic Team have also competed internationally with Team USA at the World University Games.

Dryland training season begins in the fall, with weekly roller-ski sessions, trail running and strength training. The goal of this eight-week block of training is to lay the foundation for a smooth transition to on-snow training in early November. Combined with detailed goal-setting and an eye on the future, this dryland season sets the tone for a strong season of competition.

The competition season starts in November with a training camp and races at the West Yellowstone Ski Festival in Montana and concludes in mid-March with the USCSA National Championships. The team meets for six to eight training sessions per week in the winter and has access to 75km of groomed trails throughout the Gunnison Valley.

Western’s Mountain Sports program welcomes all abilities 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 will meet lifelong friends and have experiences that you’ll never forget.

Dues: $1,500

Covers: Coaching, uniforms, travel, entry fees and lodging.

Doesn’t Cover: Food, licenses, and equipment.

Schedule: Dryland training begins in the first week of September and on-snow practice begins mid-November.

Practice: Five days per week.