The Crested Butte Ski Club has been around since 1982, and since then, they have developed many excellent ski racers. But now, the focus of the group has changed to make snowsports of all kinds accessible to more kids. Today, Crested Butte Mountain Resort and the Crested Butte Ski Club focus on snowboarding and big mountain programs too. Interim director Brian Krill notes, “Once the mountain started running the programs, the club, which was still very much alive, needed a new mission.”
The Crested Butte Ski Club has been transitioning and redefining their focus for several years now. This year, the Crested Butte Ski Club will become the Crested Butte Snowsports Foundation (CBSF). The group hopes to increase their number of members, while also improving the quality of coaching, participating, and access to kids who come from a wide range of economic backgrounds. Krill adds, “Our number one priority is scholarships, with the goal to maintain or increase those in coming years.”
One of the new group’s first projects will be the “Ski for PE Program,” where kids from all over the valley would be introduced to entry-level snowsports. The hope is to open up the pipeline of talent to kids who might otherwise not be able to participate because of financial reasons. Krill says the foundation is focused on quality over quantity. He notes, “We’ll never have the 500 kids participating that Vail or Winter Park have. To me, that’s our advantage. Where we’ll thrive is in producing national and international-caliber athletes out of fewer numbers. Crested Butte is like the Slovakia of snow sports. At one time, of the top 100 USSA (United States Ski Association) racers, we had four kids on that list, all locals.”
The Crested Butte Snowsports Foundation will continue to provide scholarships to local student-athletes in alpine skiing, snowboarding and freeride disciplines, but they will also extend their reach to Nordic athletes, including a new Junior Backcountry Program through Crested Butte Mountain Guides.
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