Ski and snowboard mountains gearing up in Northern Colorado

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Oct 052012
 

Author: Logan Martinez

 

The weather is cooling down and soon snow is going to be at our favorite mountain peaks. There is a vast array of ski and snowboard spots to choose from. Here is a small list of some in Northern Colorado.
1. Steamboat Ski Resort
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
3 hour drive
Vertical: 3668 ft · Trails: 165 · Lifts: 18
Beginner: 14% · Intermediate: 42% · Advanced: 44%

2. SolVista Basin
Granby, Colorado
2 ¾ hour drive
Vertical: 1000 ft · Trails: 33 · Lifts: 5
Beginner: 30% · Intermediate: 50% · Advanced: 20%

3. Winter Park Ski Resort
Winter Park, Colorado
2 ½ hour drive
Vertical: 2610 ft · Trails: 143 · Lifts: 25
Beginner: 8% · Intermediate: 17% · Advanced: 75%

4. Eldora Ski Resort
Nederland, Colorado
1 ½ hour drive
Vertical: 1600 ft · Trails: 53 · Lifts: 12
Beginner: 20% · Intermediate: 50% · Advanced: 30%

5. Echo Mountain
Idaho Springs, Colorado
2 hour drive
Vertical: 660 ft · Trails: 16 · Lifts: 3

6. Loveland Ski Resort
Georgetown, Colorado
2 hour drive
Vertical: 2210 ft · Trails: 93 · Lifts: 10
Beginner: 13% · Intermediate: 41% · Advanced: 46%

7. Breckenridge Resort
Breckenridge, Colorado
2 ¾ hour drive
Vertical: 3398 ft · Trails: 155 · Lifts: 31
Beginner: 14% · Intermediate: 31% · Advanced: 55%

Students seek bonding, teamwork at challange course

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Sep 052012
 

Author: Logan Martinez

Heart pounding in your ears, knees shaking, reaching up to the next peg until it is time to climb to your feet at the top of the 24-foot pole. It is time to jump and the cries of encouragement ring through the air from fellow group members.

This 24-foot pole is in the center of the 1.9-acre plot at 1717 Center Ave., where the CSU Campus Recreation Challenge Course sits. This challenge is referred to as the trapeze jump or the leap of faith, where the person must jump from the top of the pole and attempt to grab a trapeze baton that hangs several feet out in front of the pole.

The leap of faith is one high element challenge out of 12 low and 19 high element challenges the course offers. Other challenges include a climbing wall, crossing a log that is mounted 25 feet in the air and several low balance elements.

“If you look inside [of the course], it looks like some sort of obstacle course or something. It has even been described as a prison yard by some people, but what it is about is personal challenge and personal growth,” said Rodney Ley, assistant director of the challenge course.

Alongside personal challenge and growth, the course serves as a course for on-campus or off-campus groups to utilize for team and community building along with support and personal challenge in four-hour blocks of time.

“It is bonding, teamwork, and feeling like you are a part of a community. Police and firefighters have a deep sense of community and are protective of each other because they have short intense experiences together,” Ley said. “This is a little artificial and certainly not a SWAT team experience, but that is what we do. We provide intense group experiences and allow them to have that time to share. So, virtually 100 percent of the people want that for their group.”

Stephanie Sabga, CSU’s Daniel’s Scholarship Relations Officer, brought her new group of students to try the course for the first time Aug. 26 to help the group come to recognize each other on campus.

“We came to the course predominantly for team building,” Sabga said. “We have about 100 students that go to CSU and 31 in the new class, and a transfer, so we thought it would be a great way to spend some time together.”

Chloe Christell, freshman microbiology major, experienced some personal growth during her time at the course.

“It definitely put me out of my comfort zone and I think going outside of your comfort zone is a growing zone,” Christell said.

The Challenge course is a rare experience and that is something Ley likes to utilize as a motivator for growth in people on the course.

“We transition the groups after two hours to high elements, talk about support and use a lot of phrases like ‘what would it be like if you take one more step,’ or go by guiding principals like challenge by choice,” Ley said. “It is your choice to take the challenge, but we like to point out, when are you going to have this opportunity again?

We often say ‘I wish I had a nickel,’ for every person who walked in the gate and said, ‘you are not getting me up there,’ but of course, two and a half hours later that is right where they are. There is a difference between what people say and do.”

From peddling to downward-dog

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Aug 282012
 

Author: Kendall Greenwood

English: downward dog posture I took this pict...

English: downward dog posture I took this picture for use in the Anahata Yoga instruction manual. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You have been going for 30 minutes now. Your legs burn, there is sweat dripping down your back and your heart is racing. You aren’t sure if you can take anymore but there is an instructor at the front telling you if you don’t go faster you will have to ride for another song. Then, five minutes later, you are in the downward-dog position listening to tranquil music while the same instructor’s soothing voice lulls your heart to a steady beat.

ZenRide, offered at the CSU Recreation Center, is a class that combines cycling and yoga. The beginning half of the class focuses on the cardio of cycling while the last half consists of a calming yoga routine. Mixing these two gives the feeling of rigorous exercise and a sufficient cool down, according to yoga and cycling instructor Samantha Lieurance, 32.

“I don’t know if you’ve ever done long distance runs in the morning, but you get that really happy endorphin kick,” Lieurance said. “Well, with the cycling and yoga class you get the cycling endorphin kick, but then you get to bring everything back down and get really centered in the body.”

Lieurance created the class three years ago with group fitness directors Tamara Stroh and Nicole Larocque so students could have a safer workout.

“Every time that I do the cycling classes I would feel really bad because there are so many technical things I was seeing students do [that cause] injury,” Lieurance said.

According to Lieurance, cycling classes spend about ten minutes stretching. The body may need more than that, especially if an improper technique was used. The yoga thoroughly stretches the body and protects against possibly injury.

“I get to get psyched, show my personality and be like ‘yeah, let’s ride and push really hard’,” Lieurance said. “Then I get to show people how to be safe.”

ZenRide pushes CSU senior Abby Harder, 22, to do better.

“I’m really bad at working out by myself,” Harder said. “The class motivates me a little more.”

With a busy schedule, Harder can complete a tough workout in a short amount of time.

“My favorite part of the cycling in general is that you get a really good workout in 45 minutes to an hour,” Harder said. “I’m pretty busy, so it’s important for me to get here, workout and leave.”

ZenRide also gives Lieurance the opportunity to get to know attendees.

“Sometimes I’ll have a new student come in, and they’ll give me some of their goals,” Lieurance said. “I like it when (students) open up to me.”

In other cycle classes this is not always the case.

“Some cycling classes you go in and sprint (with) loud music (playing) the whole time (and) you don’t get a chance to talk to people as much as you would like,” Lieurance said.

Harder said she receives more from ZenRide than a good workout too.

“I like the yoga,” Harder said. “It’s nice to relax after you have been riding.”

ZenRide is held Monday mornings from 7 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. and Thursday from 8:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Students can buy a semester cycling pass for $35 or a joint cycling and mind and body pass for $89.

“(You) learn your limit, learn proper form,” Lieurance said, “but then (you) also learn how to push yourself. It’s fun.”