Recreational and Athletic Programs
Western Colorado University is a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, participating under the rules and guidelines of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II. The University fields men’s teams in football, basketball, cross-country running, track and field (indoor and outdoor), and wrestling. Western’s women’s teams represent the University in basketball, volleyball, cross-country running, soccer, swimming, and track and field (indoor and outdoor).
Western’s intramural program is organized and run by the Student Government Association with funding from student fees. Organized activities include men’s and women’s leagues in basketball, flag football, and soccer. There are also coeducational competitions in softball, volleyball, dodgeball, floor hockey, disc golf, and ultimate frisbee.
Club sports provide the opportunity for student-athletes to participate in sporting competitions against other college, university, or club teams. Club sports teams compete against teams across Colorado, the Rocky Mountains, and the United States. Club sports teams include: skiercross/boardercross, and freeride skiing; baseball; cheerleading; men’s lacrosse; men’s and women’s hockey; men’s and women’s mountain biking, cyclocross, and road cycling; men’s and women’s rugby; and men’s soccer.
Mountain Sports is a unique program that takes advantage of and leverages the world class opportunities for authentic mountain sports competition that the Gunnison Valley provides. The brainchild of professional mountain biker and Western Alumni, Dave Wiens, Western Mountain Sports is embarking on its fifth year of existence. Western Mountain Sports is competitive mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding and trail running. Western students have consistently placed in the top three in national championship competitions. Western mountain bikers compete primarily on the US Collegiate Mountain Biking circuit sanctioned by USA Cycling. Western skiers and snowboarders compete on a variety of circuits including a United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboarding Association (USCSA) events.
Wilderness Pursuits (WP) is a co-curricular, professionally managed outdoor program that provides rafting, kayaking, mountaineering, hiking, skiing, ice climbing, sea kayaking, and cycling adventures throughout Colorado and the Intermountain West at deep discounts. WP also rents state-of-the-art camping, kayaking, backpacking, skiing, snowshoeing, and mountaineering equipment for nominal fees. WP provides resources and information for planning private expeditions such as maps, books, and videos. WP maintains ski and bike shop repair areas with free access to tools and supplies. Students and staff of all abilities are welcome to participate in WP programs. WP also implements contract programs, such as the Wilderness Based Orientation, the Peter Terbush Memorial Outdoor Leadership Summit, and other programs by special arrangements.