Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by SAshey, Nov 23, 2012.
How often do cadets ski while at the Academy. And are athletes even allowed to ski?
Snow time fun at the academy
According to Kaz he is making men and does allow the boys to ski...Thats not to say the Double Black Diamond runs, but he told me it is allowed.
Ok great to know! Thank you John.
Son is a snowboarder rather than a skiier, but he went pretty often. As a Christmas gift each year we bought him the Epic Pass which gives unlimited access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, and Arapahoe Basin - No Blackout Dates. It also includes six Ski-With-A-Friend tickets to take a guest. Obviously he went more often as a Second Class and Firstie, but he did go frequently as a freshman. He was also fortunate to have a classmate's mom who was stationed at Peterson and owned a condo at Keystone where they stayed free. In the four years at USAFA he logged over a million feet of vertical drop while boarding (yes, they have an app for that on EpicMix).
I believe that skiing is not allowed for gymnasts. Any other gymnast parents out there who can confirm? I think also not allowed for some other sports.
Looking for Christmas ideas. Does anyone know the details concerning the various ski passes? Best deal? Ski areas?
I'm very partial to Vail, so the last three years I've gone with the Epic (Local) pass as Stealth already described. However, I believe I have received several emails saying that is no longer for sale, so take that off the table.
There are two cadet pass options:
1. Liberty pass is good at Keytone and A-basin
2. Patriot pass is good at Copper and Winterpark
2a. Patriot Plus which gives you some days at Steamboat
Both of those are in the $250-$300 range... I'm not sure of the exact price because I haven't picket mine up yet. Which one you go with really just depends on what your friends get. Passes are purchased out our Outdoor Rec Center, so this is something your cadet actually gets.
Does anyone have information about Nordic skiing? Does it happen to be a sport or club? How common is it for cadets to cross country ski?
The academy does have a club nordic ski team! I'm a junior on the team. We're a pretty small group - about 12 cadets plus a few coaches - but we have a lot of fun. We compete in Colorado and the surrounding states against a few other college teams most winter weekends, but the skiing is not super competitive (USCSA). Some of us skied in high school, and some of us learned at the academy. Let me know if you'd like any more information.
DS is part of the AFFT (Air Force Freestyle Team - club sport). He's now a C2C and we've helped him out with the Epic Pass every year which comes in handy when he comes home to Northern Calif over Winter breaks (Northstar primarily). During 4* year he skied more than 20 times, last year more than 30 days. Easy to find out online which passes cover which resorts, and you would have to determine which pass would be the right fit in terms of cost and coverage. As explained by other posters, the coach for each particular sport will determine if a cadet can participate in skiing or not (for most it's ok). The freestyle team sent a few cadets to competition on the East Coast last Winter (at their own cost). If interested, there are a few members who are very motivated to get up to ski regularly, so send us a PM and we'll put you in touch with our son.
Can confirm, at least for men's gymnastics it is frowned upon since it is in season. I have heard they still get out some. To be honest, they have so many gymnastics meets in the Winter/Spring, I do not know that they have many weekends where they can ski/snow board even if they want to.
Can we bring our own ski equipment? I dont know how that would work because I dont think a room with a 181 GS and a 165 slalom skis wold be considered SAMI ready but can we? And if no how does the club alpine racing team work? I really want to join when i get to the academy but their is no info online about it so anyone who was on the racing team can give me some info that would be great!!
As a freshman, I've gone twice since the slopes opened, and I am scheduled to go again this weekend and next. I know I will be going just about every weekend after I get back from winter break, which will definitely help with the Dark Ages.
I got the epic local pass, best deal in my opinion, cause I should be getting my money's worth next weekend. Sure its $529, but I get to go to all the resorts Colorado has to offer, with a couple weekend trips to Breckenridge and Vail (all the ski trips are day trips on Sundays).
Yes you can bring your own skis. I have my 156 snowboard sitting in the corner. As long as it looks neat, they don't care.
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