Weather-permitting, the team usually takes a pre-season day trip before winter break. A training trip over the last week of winter break warms the team up for the bulk of the season which lasts from mid-January to mid-to-late-March.
The first half of the season consists of mostly day trips Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, usually to Hunter Mountain (the "Snowmaking Capitol of the World") and Windham Mountain in New York's Catskill range, just two hours north of the city. Competitions take place Saturdays and Sundays. The CU Ski Team often qualifies for the post-season Mid-Atlantic Regional Competition, and has even sent competitors to the national level.
After the competitive part of the season is over, the second half features longer overnight trips to mountains further north in Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine.
As winter break draws to a close in mid January, the team runs a training trip that draws its student-athletes away from the rolling steeps of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and downstate New York to one of the premier resorts on the east coast. The trip is not obligatory and as a result trip fees are kept separate from regular season dues. Still, with incredible team rates and special catering of resorts to our needs (such as privatizing trails for the sole purpose of CU Ski Team training), endless opportunities to free ride, daily apres ski festivities, and inherent social opportunities, pre-season training trips are NOT to be missed.
The Columbia Ski and Snowboard Team has been fortunate to enjoy the benefits of high Columbia subsidization as one of the largest organizations in Columbia Club Sports so take advantage! All levels of riders are welcome to join and share our passion for speed, style, socializing and freshly fallen powder.