That big old Pikes Peak you see every day from campus talks to you, telling you that adventure in the Rocky Mountains is yours for the taking. Since Fountain Valley's earliest days, the School has understood the significance of its setting in the Rocky Mountain West, and the inspiration, adventure and opportunity the mountains so generously offer.
Skiing and Snowboarding
Students in the Outdoor Education program explore some of the most spectacular scenery and pristine wilderness in the Rocky Mountains. This is a team sport offered in both the fall and spring. Students develop mountaineering, camping and orienteering skills, build physical stamina and learn backcountry safety. Weekend excursions have included a ski and snowshoe excursion to Section House hut atop snowy Boreas Pass, a weekend spent riding the smooth single track of Fruita, and trail work in the Garden of the Gods. There is also an annual trip to Chicago Basin on the Durango steam train.
Fountain Valley School is about a two-hour drive from the slopes of Breckenridge and other ski resorts. Moreover, the Mountain Campus is very close to Monarch Mountain and is used as the base for Ski Weekend, held every January. Students and faculty hit the slopes of nearby resorts during the day and relax in the cabin at night.
During the winter season, students can shoose skiing/snowboarding as an afternoon activity. They do dryland training daily and head up the mountains nearly every weekend. Recreational Sunday ski trips for more casual skiers are also offered during the winter.
Mountain Bike Weekend is a highly anticipated annual event in the fall. Students spend the day riding mountain trails and then sleep at the Mountain Campus. On Saturday evening, there is a well-deserved trip to Mt. Princeton Hot Springs to soak sore biking muscles.
Biking is so popular at FVS that in the fall of 2012 the School began sponsoring a competitive interscholastic mountain biking team consisting of eight athletes (four boys and four girls). The team competes in four events during the fall with the final race classified as the state championship for the Colorado High School Cycling League
. The league runs races for riders of all levels (check out the video
). In 2015, the Danes finished sixth in the state championship race. With the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, FVS athletes have the chance to interact with great cyclists, including Olympian Alison Dunlap
, who worked with FVS athletes in 2013.
How good is the Fountain Valley School competitive indoor climbing team? Well, the varsity boys team captured the Colorado state title in 2012 and the girls have finished in the top three for eight straight years. In 2016, the boys and girls both finished second while both JV teams captured state titles. Athletes must try out for the varsity and JV teams, and training takes place at the Sport Climbing Center and CityRock in Colorado Springs