Front Range Ski Club at Echo Mountain
We pride ourselves on taking an innovative and progressive approach to developing Alpine athletes fullest potential. What makes Front Range Ski Club unique and different from other Alpine Race programs around the country is that Front Range Ski Club owns and operates Echo Mt specifically for the devlopement of Alpine Ski Racing. We are not open to the public, so we are able to control our snowmaking, grooming and terrain construction to challenge our athletes. We are 100% focused on becoming the premier Alpine training facility in the United States. The mountain is not open to the general public and all athletes must be a member of the Front Range Ski Club to be able to train. The one exception to this will be during the month of November where we will rent lane space during the day to other elite clubs searching out early season training.
Because we own and operate our mountain we are able to control snow quality, grooming and terrain development. Because we don’t have to cater to the public,
we are able to design every aspect of our hill to challenge and naturally develop our athletes.
The Front Range Ski Club athlete comes to training focused and ready to work hard and fully engage in their own personal development. Our goal is to keep these athletes challenged in a highly intensive 90 minute training environment. Our rope Tows ensure very little down time allowing our athletes to get more training in on one of our 90 minute training session as one would get in a 4 hr training session at a notable Mountain resort.
Our philosophy is that the best type of learning happens naturally. We will build and create terrain, set different training environments that challenge our athletes physically, emotionally and mentally. Athletes will be encouraged to step out of their comfort zones, encouraged to make mistakes. This will create a rich and fun learning opportunity. Front Range Ski Club athletes will discover the enjoyment of real learning and striving to become the best that they can become. Our Front Range Ski Club coaches will strive to stretch each athlete’s personal comfort zones in every training session. Our athletes will take ownership in their learning.
Our athletes will be recognized for their positive attitudes and their strong work ethics.
Our goal is to create the best alpine ski racing club in the World. A club that is comparable to none. We will work to optimize the use of a private mountain at 10,000 feet to our complete advantage. Ultimately we want our racers to be great all mountain skiers. We want to work not just on basic racing fundamentals, but also on stations that will teach our skiers quickness, how to ski in ruts, faster starts, ripping down the bumps, skiing through trees, jumping technique, moving with terrain, strength, edging, and balance. You can not compare ski racing to other sports because so many variables go into the workings of a competitive ski racer. It is a sport that allows a person to develop in situations loaded with adversity and pressure. Through even the simplest mishaps as fogged goggles or a broken buckle in the start house, missing a gate in a slalom course and having to hike back up through the gate, or struggling with your psyche between race runs develops an all around individual.
The work ethic of being outside in windy snow storms and pushing your body into angles you never thought possible speaks for a sport that teaches limits and how to go beyond them. Skiing is the feeling closest to flying. This sport brings people small, and big together. It is a sport you can start as early as age 2 and continue well into your 90′s. When your 12 years old you can train with kids that are 18 years old constantly learning from your peers. Even so the skills you attain on the mountain are more than angulation and carving race turns, they are skills that teach a person to excel in school and social interactions, and illuminate self discipline and strong work ethic. Like with all skills, becoming a great skier requires a commitment of time, patience and practice. With the development of the athletic skill set a parallel skill set of leadership and direction are assured. We will encourage our athletes to love learning, and progressing, as well as goal setting. And when our goals are to win Olympic Gold Medals, to make it into college on a scholarship or to walk away a better skier and a better person the Front Range Ski Club is designed to get you there. Such opportunities are available to you through our program but what’s more is being encouraged in the athletics of alpine ski racing.
WHY FRSC and ECHO MOUNTAIN?
- 40 minutes from Denver
- Night skiing
- The only Colorado area focused solely on ski racing!
- State-of-the art snowmaking operations
- October opening
19285 Highway 10
Idaho Springs, CO.
(303) 378 – 3447