As ski season starts to wind down (no, seriously weather gods -- we're good), we decided to check in with Annie Davis, president of Boulder Freeride, the Ski and Snowboard Club at CU. The 22-year-old studio arts major has been shredding hard since she was a kid, attending middle and high school for skiing in Vermont.
Tell us more about the mountain schools you went to in Vermont.
I went to Stratton Mountain School in Stratton, Vt., for ski racing, and that generally focuses on athletics first and then education. We trained every morning, Monday through Friday, and generally races would be on the weekend. We traveled mostly around the East, sometimes in the West as well. I've skied since I was 2, so it was a very, very neat experience. You're either a ski racer, a Nordic racer or a snowboarder if you go to that school.
My dad ski raced as well growing up, so he was the one who get me into it. It's a good education system there actually. My brother went there as well.
What was skiing like in that part of the country?
We lived about 10 minutes away from three different mountains -- Okemo, Stratton and Killington. Everything is a lot more compact there. When I was in elementary, we would just go skiing on weekends. I was part of a race team as a little kid. Once 7th and 8th grade came around, I went to a different mountain school, Okemo Mountain School in Ludlow, Vt. I would spend winter terms there.
How did you decide on CU?
I wanted to go to bigger mountains from what I had back home. I used to come to Colorado for some training camps and I always thought it was such a great place. I came for the skiing (laughing).
Do you race anymore?
I don't. I was going to do club racing for fun as a freshman, but I saw an opportunity to apply to be on the board for Boulder Freeride, so I went for it. I didn't have time for both of them.
What positions have you held on the Boulder Freeride board?
When you come on the board, your first year you're what's called a newbie. You are able to help out with whatever position you want to, feel where you fit in best, do whatever you want really. Once that year's up, you're able to apply for the positions that we have available. My next two years I was creative director, so I did all the advertisements, T-shirts, those sorts of things. Then this year I became president.
How long has the club been around and how many members does it have?
It started sometime in the 1930s, and we have between 4,000 and 5,000 members currently, and growing.
What's the biggest reason people join?
We have a ton of people who join that want to get into the sport or don't have friends that are part of it and want to meet friends. That's what we're big on, is building that community and bringing ski and snowboard awareness to everyone, no matter what level you are.
I do like Keystone and A-Basin.
What is your relationship like with other skiing and snowboarding clubs on campus?
We work fairly closely with them because we're not a competitive club. If people are looking for competition, we push them toward the CU freestyle team for skiing or the snowboard team for snowboarding. We all really like to work together just to make sure people get to the right club.
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