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.