Are Colorado Colleges Really Specializing In Skiing?
Colorado colleges aren’t specializing in skiing per se, but more and more colleges are getting wise to the idea that college students love to ski, especially in Colorado. More colleges are specializing in skiing perks than ever before. One example is Colorado College.
Specializing in Skiing Benefits For Students
Colorado College, located in Colorado Springs, is a college that makes sure it has plenty of perks to attract skiers. Colorado College follows the CC Block Plan, dividing the school year into eight blocks of three-and-one-half weeks apiece. Students immerse themselves in one subject at a time during each block. The laid back schedule leaves plenty of time for skiing.
Colorado College is located just a couple of hours away from many world-class ski resorts, like Vail, Keystone, Eldora, Loveland, and Breckenridge. One of Colorado College’s ways of specializing in skiing is through the Freeriders Union of Colorado College. Every student automatically belongs to the Freeriders Union.
The Freeriders Union operates a weekend ski van service throughout the ski season. For just $8, students get a round trip to Vail, A-Basin, Keystone, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, and Winterpark. The Union’s Colorado College Skiing Van, specializing in Saturday and Sunday trips, is driven by students 21 years of age and older who, in exchange for driving, get a free ride for themselves and one passenger.
The Colorado College Freeriders Union also organizes long weekend student skiing trips, specializing in Colorado College carpools and lodging at destinations like Jackson Hole and Crested Butte. The Union sponsors other snow events throughout the season, like ski and snowboarding films and live music events. The Union also publishes a snow and weather report compiled from ten different ski areas: Breckenridge, Keystone, A-Basin, Vail, Beaver Creek, Copper Mountain, Winter Park, Crested Butte, Wolf Creek, and Jackson Hole. As if that weren’t enough, the Union publishes photos and video of all these events, so the excitement builds and builds as the weekend approaches.
The Freeriders Union of Colorado College is specializing in skiing and having fun in the snow. The Union was founded in 1998 by Grant Kaye, then a sophomore, who thought there should be a campus organization devoted to riding and fun. The Union makes T-shirts that say “Ridin Dirty” available at Union events, and occasionally during lunch breaks on campus.
The Freeriders Union also offers leadership opportunities for students. The current president is Bern Keannally; vice president is Jamie Storrs, and Web Developer is Pete Benoit.
Colorado College’s specializing in skiing is a smart move that will undoubtedly attract many talented, athletic students.