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Wolf Pack Reunion 2014

On March 16, 2014, two hundred alumni from CMC Steamboat Springs returned to campus to remember and celebrate the lives of two classmates, Shawn Pace and Corey Eardley. The group had been tightly knit while they were CMC students, bonded together by the immediate sense of community they felt in Steamboat Springs and their passion for skiing and snowboarding on the mountain. They often rode and skied on the hill together in a large gang they named The Wolf Pack.

Originally envisioned as a small gathering, the reunion grew in numbers immediately once word spread about the potential event. They group created a scholarship in memory of their fallen classmates – The Wolfpack Scholarship Fund – and returned to campus to reconnect, remember their friend, and take some turns together on the mountain once again. CMC sustainability studies student and adjunct faculty Ben Saheb documented this special reunion for the Wolf Pack Alums.

One for the books: Colorado Mountain College student balances skiing, class

This article appeared in the Steamboat Today. By Joel Reichenberger.

Colorado Mountain College student Brett Somen cuts through the trees at Steamboat Ski Area on Sunday, the resort's closing day. Somen skied 119 days at Steamboat and 149 overall, every day but one during the season. He also didn't miss a class and maintained a 3.5 GPA while working on a sustainability bachelor's degree.

Colorado Mountain College student Brett Somen cuts through the trees at Steamboat Ski Area on Sunday, the resort’s closing day. Somen skied 119 days at Steamboat and 149 overall, every day but one during the season. He also didn’t miss a class and maintained a 3.5 GPA while working on a sustainability bachelor’s degree. Photo: Joel Reichenberger.

Steamboat Springs — Brett Somen can’t make it across Gondola Square without seeing five people he knows, and that’s before he even makes it into the gondola building, where the lift operators know him and often greet him by name, as well.

That’s one of the perks of skiing every day, a task Somen, 22, didn’t set out to accomplish this year, and one he, in fact, didn’t accomplish.

He missed a day, one day, after a St. Patrick’s Day celebration that went on a little too long — at least, that’s how it looked in the light of the following Read more

CMC Ski & Snowboard Business students hone their skills in the backcountry

CMC class travels to Wyoming to boost their skills

A class of prospective guides taking part in Colorado Mountain College’s Professional Ski & Snowboard Guide Certificate program caught sunset recently during a ski tour at Wyoming’s Three Rivers Ranch. The program introduces students to guiding techniques, risk management, Snow Cat and Heli-Skiing operations  and small business skills. Check out CMC’s upcoming Summer 2014 class schedules online next week for great outdoor summer classes!

Intro to Ski Guiding students practiced their skills recently at Three Rivers Ranch in Savery Wyoming. Photo: Bingman/Osteen.

Intro to Ski Guiding students practiced their skills recently at Three Rivers Ranch in Savery Wyoming. Photo: Bingman/Osteen.

Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center hosts Success Steps Seminar event March 20

Colorado Mountain College’s Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center and Yampa Valley SCORE will host a talk by Steve Muntean, of Muntean Leadership Group, on Thursday, March 20. The topic of the talk is “How to Grow Your Business Results Now,” and is geared towards business owners.

Thursday’s event is part of the Success Steps Seminar Series, and takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 213 at Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus. The cost is $15 and includes coffee and light snacks. Registration is required by calling 970-870-4491.

CMC alum Josh Loubek recaps judging 2014 Winter Olympics ski events

Summit Daily News reporter Kelsey Fowler caught up with Colorado Mountain College alum Josh Loubek to learn about his experience as the head judge for the ski halfpipe and ski slopestyle events at the Sochi Winter Olympics Games. First printed in the Summit Daily News.

Josh Loubek. Loubek was the head judge for ski halfpipe and ski slopestyle at the Sochi Olympics.

Colorado Mountain College alumnus Josh Loubek started training for competitive skiing while attending the campus in Steamboat Springs. Loubek served as the head judge for ski halfpipe & ski slopestyle at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Photo courtesy Josh Loubek.

Colorado Mountain College alumnus Josh Loubek has traveled the world, but credits his education and time spent in Colorado in the ’90s as an important jumping-off point for his career in winter sports.

He came to Steamboat Springs as a teen, and spent time all across the Colorado Rockies. Loubek recently returned from his stint as the head judge of the ski halfpipe and ski slopestyle events at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The Summit Daily News spoke with Loubek about his time at CMC, his love of the slopes and his approach to judging a sporting event watched worldwide. Read more

CMC Steamboat Springs event recognizes student success

“Sweet, I Got an A” event celebrates student achievement
Steamboat student Connor Croasdale selects a Colorado beanie as his prize for getting four A’s on his transcript last semester. Connor is a member of the Alpine Ski Racing Team and is currently pursuing an Associate of Arts in Business degree. He currently holds a 3.9 cumulative GPA.

Steamboat student Connor Croasdale selects a Colorado beanie as his prize for getting four A’s on his transcript last semester. Connor is a member of the Alpine Ski Racing Team and is currently pursuing an Associate of Arts in Business degree. He currently holds a 3.9 cumulative GPA.

Last week, Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs celebrated students’ academic achievement by recognizing any student who has earned an A this year, whether it was on an academic transcript or on an assignment, and celebrating their success with prizes and ice cream.

The “Sweet, I Got an A” event was held on Thursday, Feb. 20 and was hosted by the TRiO Success Center and Student Activities professionals. Seventy five students participated. The event as created to encourage students to remember that overall academic success is built upon smaller building blocks.

“All the little A’s add up to the big A’s,” says Amy Phillips, Coordinator of the TRiO Success Center at CMC in Steamboat Springs. “Each A starts one quiz or paper at a time, and as these build you find yourself with an A in the course.” Read more

Faculty Stories: Tim Widmer

Faculty are the heart of Colorado Mountain College. We’re featuring them all week in eNews via articles on CMC’s faculty and adjuncts of the year. We’ve also started a video series profiling a handful of additional faculty stories.

Our first video shares ski and snowboard business faculty Tim Widmer’s passion for teaching and for Steamboat Springs. We’re inspired by Tim and other CMC faculty’s dedication daily. Find and follow upcoming faculty stories projects at #CMCFacultyStories on Instagram and Twitter. And, if you like the work of the filmmaker, you can follow CMC student (and adjunct!) Ben Saheb at http://vimeo.com/bensaheb.

SnowSports Industries America and Colorado Mountain College Honor First Graduates of Joint Certification Program

Washington, DC (February 19, 2014) — The inaugural graduating class of the Colorado Mountain College (CMC) SIA Certification program, created in partnership with SnowSports Industries America (SIA), is the first to complete curriculum and assessments that qualify them to work in snow sports sales, marketing and retail. SIA

“The greatest part about this program is that it has allowed me to live my dream,” said Kyle Ballinghoff who recently earned the SIA Certificate with a marketing focus. “When I was younger all I wanted to do was ski, and I wanted to turn that into a career. Through CMC and SIA I was able to do that.” Ballinghoff was a marketing intern for Burton Snowboards while enrolled at CMC and is now Read more

CMC Sky Club’s Crystal Observatory through the lens

The Crystal Observatory, built by the Colorado Mountain College Sky Club, will be open four more days. If you can’t catch the sculpture in person today, Feb.6 through Sunday, Feb. 9, you can now check out this unique ice-and-snow sculpture on video, thanks to CMC student Ben Saheb.

The unique ice and snow sculpture recreates a to-scale model of the solar system sculpted in ice. Visitors are also treated to snow-sculpture version of Stonehenge, views from a telescope and a giant, walk-in, flying saucer carved from snow. The final stop is the crystal observatory, where the tour’s largest telescope is located, surrounded by enormous stalagmites.

The Crystal Observatory will be open for four more days on the CMC campus in Steamboat Springs on Feb. 6, 7, 8 and 9, from 7 to 10 p.m.

Tickets must be purchased on nights when the observatory is open, at the ticket table located on the second level of CMC’s new academic and student services building, where tour guides will lead visitors to the observatory grounds.

Tickets are $10 per person, with all proceeds going to support the CMC Sky Club. Kids under six and students with a valid CMC ID get in for free. Appropriate winter footwear is advised.

For more information, contact Westlake at 970-870-4537.

- See more at: http://enews.coloradomtn.edu/2014/01/29/cmc-sky-club-opens-crystal-observatory-jan-31/#more-16450

CMC Sky Club opens Crystal Observatory Jan. 31

Same group that operates popular Screamboat to showcase celestial wonders

One of the icicle columns of the Colorado Mountain College Sky Club’s Crystal Observatory

One of the icicle columns of the Colorado Mountain College Sky Club’s Crystal Observatory glints in the early morning sun after a frosty night of freezing and growing. The columns are grown by fusing together icicles harvested from local rooftops, then spraying them with water at night to grow and fill in the lattice. The Crystal Observatory – an extravaganza of ice sculptures and telescopes for winter viewing of the stars – will be open to visitors Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 6, 7, 8 and 9 at the college’s campus in Steamboat Springs. Photo Jimmy Westlake

Members of the public and students and are invited to gaze at winter’s stars while strolling through an outdoor structure that’s part ice-and-snow sculpture and part outdoor mandala.

The Crystal Observatory, built by the Colorado Mountain College Sky Club, will be up and running by Jan. 31 and return during the Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival weekend.

“To my knowledge,” said Jimmy Westlake, noted CMC professor of physical science, award-winning astro-photographer and Sky Club advisor, “this is the only ice observatory in the history of civilization.”

But the observatory is more than an observatory – you could even call it a Crystal Cosmos.

Participants will follow a circular trail in the snow that leads them through a to-scale model of our solar system sculpted from ice. Along the way, visitors will enjoy views from a telescope and several man-made attractions including a laser light show projected against a snow screen, a snow-sculpture version of Stonehenge (“Snowhenge”) and a giant, walk-in, flying saucer carved from the snow.

The final stop is the crystal observatory, where the tour’s largest telescope will be located. Surrounding it, enormous stalagmite icicles will create a curved wall of Read more

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