Winter is an amazing time of year in southwest Colorado. As a student at Fort Lewis College you have the opportunity to pair a liberal arts education with some thrilling winter adventures - skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice climbing, hockey and more. There are adventures suited to any and every skill level. We'll even give you a free lift ticket just for visiting campus. Interested? Click the button to the right for details.

Skiing & Boarding


Find world-class skiing close by

If you want to experience that famous Colorado powder, you don't have to go far.

Closest by is Purgatory Ski Area, at Durango Mountain Resort. A quick 25 miles north of Durango, the ski area features two terrain parks and 85 runs on 1,325 skiable acres ranging from green to double-black, all back-dropped by the stunning Twilight Range. Durango Mountain Resort also offers discounted season passes to college students.

For powderhounds who are seeking fresh powder, there are two cat ski operations nearby; San Juan Ski Co based at Durango Mountain Resort and Silverton Powdercats located outside of the town of Silverton. Be forewarned though, powder skiing can be addictive!

Other great places to get to powder are just an hour or two away:


FLC Team/Club Sports


Compete with ski, snowboard, or hockey teams



If you're the competitive type, Fort Lewis College fields ski and snowboard teams and an ice hockey team as intercollegiate club sports. The Ski Club is the longest running club sport at Fort Lewis, hitting the slopes and running gates for more than 30 years. FLC hockey joins more than 130 teams in the American Collegiate Hockey Association's Division 3 for the 2013-2014 season.

The ski & snowboard team competes in Alpine, Big Mountain, and Freestyle competitions in the Rocky Mountain Division of the United States Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association, facing schools including Colorado State University, University of Colorado, and Colorado College.

The hockey team hosts home games at the Chapman Hill Ice Arena and benefits from the social atmosphere of the Durango hockey community. 

Like all club sports, the Ski & Snowboard Club and the Hockey Club are open to any student with equipment and a love of competition.

Other Winter Activities

Explore the backcountry

Free your heel AND your mind at Fort Lewis College. Visible from campus are the majestic San Juan Mountains, with hundreds of backcountry powder stashes- ideal for cross country skiing and snowshoeing. The San Juans are also home to the San Juan Hut System, five huts connecting Ouray and Telluride, Colorado, with access to unlimited untracked powder runs.

Scaling frozen waterfalls, icy ledges, and other ice formations offers challenges to winter climbers. Surrounding mountains provide spectacular ice climbing opportunities. In fact, the nearby Ouray Ice Park hosts one of the largest ice climbing competitions in the world.

Play near campus

Cross country skiers can walk - or ski - just north of campus to Hillcrest Golf Course. When the links are covered with snow, the course is opened to the public free-of-charge (donations welcome) for cross-country and skate skiing. The views are magnificent.
For those that are interested in downhill skiing close to campus, check out Chapman Hill Ski Area or Ski Hesperus ski area.

Want to join in the fun?

Get started at Outdoor Pursuits

As a member of Outdoor Pursuits, you can check out all the gear you'll ever need! The Outdoor Pursuits program makes getting outside easy, loaning members outdoor equipment for almost any adventure, including skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and backcountry gear, as well as winter camping gear.

OP also offers frequent clinics, movies, and guided backcountry outings for all abilities. Members also have free access to the 18 km of trails at the Nordic Center at Durango Mountain Resort.