Ski Areas

When winter fever strikes Fort Lewis College, there's only one cure: GET OUTSIDE!! Fortunately, here in beautiful and rugged southwestern Colorado there are plenty of places and ways to get out-of-doors, with adventures suited to any and every skill level.

Ski free at Purg

New for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020, first-time First-year students receive a FREE season pass for use at Purgatory Resort and Hesperus Ski Area. In the event you don't have ski gear, with a membership to FLC's Outdoor Pursuits you can rent gear from them for free.

Find world-class skiing close by

Durango Mountain Resort is considered FLC

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 backdropped by the stunning Twilight Range. Durango Mountain Resort also offers discounted season passes to college students. Telluride Ski Resort, Wolf Creek Ski Area, and Silverton Mountain are other great places to get to powder in just an hour or two!

Explore the backcountry

backcountry skiing

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. 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. Learn more about the San Juan Huts.

Or ski right 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. Learn more about Hillcrest Golf Course. For those that are interested in downhill skiing close to campus, check out Chapman Hill Ski Area or Ski Hesperus ski area.

Compete with ski & snowboard teams

If you're the competitive type, Fort Lewis College fields ski and snowboard teams 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. The 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. Like all club sports, the Ski & Snowboard Club is open to any student with equipment and a love of powder days. Learn more about the Ski & Snowboard Club.


Get started at Outdoor Pursuits

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. Learn more about Outdoor Pursuits.