Mountain Sports at Western Colorado University gives student-athletes the opportunity to train and compete in skiing, snowboarding, trail running, mountain biking, road cycling and climbing. Our coaches work with athletes across a spectrum of skill levels. Every team values consistency, commitment and the desire to improve. Mountain Sports enhances the student experience and develops young athletes for success beyond their time at Western.


Greg Chase, Director of Mountain Sports

Greg Chase took on the role of Director of Operations for Mountain Sports in 2016 and is now the Director of Mountain Sports. Greg is an avid skier, trail runner and mountain biker who simply strives to spend time traveling in the mountains. Through Mountain Sports, Greg is driven not only to provide our athletes with authentic training and competition, but also foster lifelong participation in outdoor sports.


Dave Wiens, Founder of Mountain Sports

Dave Wiens is a 1990 graduate of Western Colorado University and has competed in mountain bike races for over 30 years. He has won the Leadville Trail 100 MTB six consecutive times, is a two-time U.S. National Champion, has won World Cup races, is a member of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame and is the International Mountain Biking Association’s Executive Director. He chose Western due to its proximity to world class skiing and whitewater kayaking.

In 2012, Dave founded Mountain Sports to bring together various campus entities and support Western athletes pursuing competition in mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding and trail running.