Olympic trainees can be found darting up trails in Chatauqua Park while competitive ski racers zoom down snow-covered mountains at the nearby Eldora ski resort. In addition to the many star athletes who live here, Boulder County is home to winter sports enthusiasts who just love to get outside to enjoy the sun and snow. Given Boulder’s close proximity to ski and snowboarding resorts such as Eldora, Vail, Breckenridge, and Loveland, the county offers ample opportunities for residents of all ages to get outdoors during the winter season in order to have some fun!
For this winter sports article, I interviewed a combination of star athletes and down-to-earth Boulderites who have an intrinsic love for a winter sport, be it skiing, snowboarding, or ice climbing. Interviewees were asked what motivated them to engage in their chosen sport, how their winter sport prepared them for life challenges, and what competitions to look forward to in the coming year, among other questions. What they all shared were a passion for the outdoors, a desire to push boundaries, discipline, perseverance, and focus. We hope these interviews inspire you to get your ski boots on this winter!