First and foremost, it must be noted that we at Boulder Freeride love snow. Whether it’s dropping cliffs or learning to link turns, this is the reason that we’re here: to promote the sport of skiing and snowboarding on the campus of CU to our members.
Since 1933, Boulder Freeride has been a student run, non-profit organization. It’s the largest student group on campus as well as the largest collegiate ski and snowboard club in the world. The club is run by a board of directors, consisting of 12 students who are enrolled in the university. Every fall we recruit new board members to join us, so if you’re in for one of the greatest experiences of your life, look for application opportunities in August and maybe you can take part in the quest for snowcapped greatness.
Our club does activities year-round. Aside from an epic camping trip in the fall, we throw down at the beginning of the year at our annual welcome back bash, Welcome Freeriders. To pump our members up for the season, we host a number of upcoming skiing and snowboarding movie premieres. Each month we hold general meetings, in-store shop nights at our sponsors’ shops, on-the mountain BBQ’s, and a handful of unforgettable trips. With these trips, we bring literally hundreds of CU students to places around the world.We have a few regular condo weekends (Summit County) and trips (Breckenridge for Thanksgiving & the X-Games in January) but we have also been known to travel to such exotic locales as Jackson Hole, WY; Innsbruck, Austria; Chamonix, France; and Whistler, Canada.
Is this the Snowboard Team?
No, while the snowboard team takes a more competitive approach to the sport, Boulder Freeride makes sure that there’s a place for everyone in the club. We focus more on the social aspect of the ski/snowboard lifestyle, while still providing members with everything they need to have an epic season.Many of CUST’s team are also members of Boulder Freeride (which is perfectly awesome) as both organizations have something very different to offer.
How do I sign up?
Come into our office (UMC 1B74), 11-3 Monday through Friday. We'll get you signed up for the club and hooked up with a t-shirt and all the other free shwag that comes to us from sponsors!
Do you provide transportation to the mountains?
We do not directly provide transportation to the mountains, but we try our hardest to make sure that everyone who wants a ride gets a ride. Whether that is setting up a carpool ride board in our office or online. We encourage our members to fill up their cars with as many kids as they can fit so you can all make friends and ride together!
I’m just a beginner… can I still join?
Of course. Even if you’ve never set foot on the mountain, we want you to join. We’ll hook you up with someone to teach you, take you up, and entertain you. We want everyone to have a good time, whether you ride or not!
How can I get involved working with the club?
The club is run by a board of directors, 12-18 CU students who love the sport, are ambitious and creative, and have a great passion to see the club succeed. Each year we elect new members to the board towards the end of September. If this sounds lke something you’d like to do, keep an eye out in the fall for applications.
Why should I get a 5-year membership if I’ll only be here for 4 years?
Many CU students, we have come to find, end up sticking around Colorado longer than planned. We offer a 5-year membership as opposed to a 4-year so that those who have taken a semester (or two..or three…) off can still get all the benefits of being a member.