Colorado Mountain College trying to earn title of top adventure college |

Colorado Mountain College trying to earn title of top adventure college

Colorado Mountain College student Steve Rasso prepares to head into the backcountry at the top of Rabbit Ears Pass for his avalanche awareness class.
John F. Russell

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Colorado Mountain College Eagles are locked in a fierce contest with the Boise State Broncos to claim the title of top adventure college in the western United States.

“It’s a David and Goliath contest,” CMC Marketing Director Doug Stewart said Thursday.

Being the smaller college system, CMC is the David in the final round of the contest, which pits colleges with adventure-loving students and outdoor curriculum programs against each other in online polls.

CMC, which has 11 campuses around the Western Slope, has already defeated several other small schools in the west to rise to the top of the “small school” bracket and make it to the final round of the contest.

In the fourth round of the outdoor adventure college tournament, CMC also vanquished its longtime rival in the outdoor college contest: Western State in Gunnison.

To keep CMC’s momentum going, Stewart has been busy in recent days emailing alumni and even changing his email signature to remind everyone he communicates with CMC needs their vote.

Readers can vote online once per day in the contest by clicking here.

“We’re rallying our troops, and they are rallying theirs,” Stewart said. “It’s gone back and forth, but right now we’re up by 2 percent.”

Voting in the contest ends Tuesday, May 1.

Why does CMC think it deserves the title?

“Our location is right in the heart of adventure land Colorado, and many of our programs support that,” Stewart said. “In Steamboat, we have the ski business program and outdoor education program. All of those things support that active outdoor lifestyle.”

Stewart said winning the title of the top adventure college would give CMC beneficial bragging rights.

“I think that gives people a reason to give another look at us, and we can explain our story,” Stewart said. “And we have a great story to tell.”

The top adventure college title is awarded by Elevation Outdoors Magazine.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10.

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