Philosophical Statement

Colorado Mountain College Ski Team is rooted in a very straightforward philosophical position. Six simple words that apply to all aspects of a student athlete’s life, whether in the classroom, within athletics or the greater college community and beyond:

“Being your best-Doing your best”

The mission of the CMC Ski Team runs a parallel track with the CMC Academic Mission. As a member of the Colorado Mountain College Ski Team, an athlete has two options to consider. First option, they can ski for four years while completing their Bachelors degree. The second option is to ski for two years while completing their Associates degree, then transfer to another four year institution stepping on to a new team and making an immediate impact.

By fully embracing our “Being your best-Doing your best” philosophy, CMC athletes are well prepared to assume new leadership responsibilities.

Leadership is not limited to simply the world of athletics. CMC expects its alumni athletes to continue to standout in the classroom as well as being contributing members of the greater college community and well beyond campus boundaries.

What you can expect

Colorado Mountain College is an Associate member of the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association (RMISA). This conference is comprised of the western Division I Universities.

We have the opportunity to compete in the best college ski racing conference in the country, as well as competing in FIS races throughout North America.

The Alpine Ski Team takes advantage of two excellent training/racing sites in Steamboat Springs. Howelsen Hill, within walking distance to campus, is lighted and used primarily for slalom training/racing. The team has full access to all facilities at Howelsen Hill, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, free skiing, base lodge, Ski Patrol and Nordic skiing. Mt. Werner one of the nation’s premier ski resorts, is located three miles from campus, this is our Giant Slalom and Slalom training/racing venue.

With the outstanding cooperation at both sites, we are able to train any day or night, as necessary. We use a combination of mornings, afternoons and the occasional evening for training. This allows us to take best advantage of snow conditions and class schedules.

As a member of the Ski Team you are expected to live up to the team motto of “Being your best and Doing your best.”


College Racing

Colorado Mountain College competes in RMISA against the best college ski teams in the country. The 2011-12 season will be our inaugural season competing within RMISA. CMC’s Women’s and Men’s Alpine teams have competed successfully on regional and national levels. With our new affiliation we expect our athletes to continue this tradition of collegiate excellence.


Coaching Staff

Coach Terry Leonard
Photo, right: US Ski Team, 2011 Winter World University Games, Erzurum, Turkey.

The coaching staff is lead by Terry Leonard, Head Coach and Program Director. Terry holds a USSA National Coaches License and has been a full time professional sports educator for over thirty years. He has worked in Ski Academies, NCAA Division I colleges, as well as working and traveling with the US Ski Team. In Jan 2011, Coach Leonard was named to the US Team coaching staff for the Winter World University Games in Erzurum Turkey. The team had historic results bringing home 5 Gold Medals and 2 Silver Medals. Terry has been successful in developing Junior Olympic Champions, NCAA All Americans and helping guide many athletes to the US Ski Team.


Join us

We are looking for motivated alpine racers who want to continue their competitive career. If you are an active FIS athlete who wants to continue improving, please consider Colorado Mountain College as your first choice.

Please contact:

Terry Leonard
Head Coach/Program Director
970-870-4471 office