8 reasons to live on-campus at the #1 Adventure College

8 reasons to live on campus at Colorado Mountain College Leadville

8 reasons to live on campus at Colorado Mountain College Leadville

Going to college at 10,200’ elevation isn’t for everyone—but if you crave mountain adventures and million dollar views, you’ll thrive at Colorado Mountain College Leadville. The campus is a four-season outdoor recreation paradise, ideal for college students who find a balance between inspired academics and an active lifestyle.

Besides the wood floors, breathtaking mountain views and private, in-suite bathrooms, the Mountain View Residence Hall is similar to most other college accommodations. We have all the traditional amenities of residential life: computer lab, game room, lounge, shared kitchen, laundry room, study areas, etc. It’s what is outside of the buildings that really sets Colorado Mountain College apart from the rest…


Eligible students will ski for free at Copper Mountain fall 2018
For 2019-20, eligible students will receive a Copper Mountain ski pass at no cost. PC: Copper Mountain/ Tripp Faye

Residential students have the opportunity to ski for free while earning your degree. Your mom probably told you that nothing is life is free, and she’s right (about everything). For 2019-20, eligible students will receive a Copper Mountain ski pass at no cost.

To be eligible for the season pass, students must reside in the Mountain View Res Hall, be enrolled full-time for the full academic year, maintain an overall C grade average in classes, and be in good standing for conduct. You read that right: CMC rewards good grades with a free ski pass. You’re welcome, mom. 😉


Take a break from studying and clear your head with a walk on the campus trails- literally steps away from the Res Hall. Depending on the season, students can explore the 300 acre campus and connected trails while trail running, hiking, biking, snowshoeing or xc-skiing.

CMC Leadville Timberline Trails on campus
The Timberline Trail system at Colorado Mountain College Leadville offers ample access to XC skiing, running, hiking, biking and snowshoeing.

CMC trails wind through an old growth pine forest, intersecting the paved Mineral Belt Trail, and access the extensive Timberline Trail System built and maintained by Leadville’s Cloud City Wheelers bicycling club. When snow covers the trails, students in the Ski Area Operations program practice their grooming techniques with the school’s Snow Cat, creating world-class cross-country trails in our backyard.


Tucked between miles of campus trails, you’ll find a top-rated 18-hole disc golf course. Bring your hiking boots! The high-alpine pine forest and hilly terrain make for a challenging round of disc. Breathtaking mountain views peaking between the trees are your reward for playing this seasonal course.


CMC Leadville indoor climbing wallBelay on all year on the indoor rock climbing wall in the Climax Gym. Open gym hours are several times a week, when Climbing Wall Attendants (yes, that’s a work-study position!) are there to get you set up with the proper gear.

Once the snow melts, the low ropes course is accessible for classes, and team-building exercises.


Once you start buying your own outdoor gear one thing becomes clear: Gear is expensive. The Outdoor Recreation Leadership program owns an incredible gear library—for academic purposes of course.

Mountain bikes, splitboards, cross-country skis, fat bikes, snowshoes, kayaks, wetsuits, paddles, climbing gear, maps, tents… the four-season gear room has everything you need for an adventure. Full-time students are able to rent CMC’s gear for free (OK, technically it’s included in your tuition) during gear rental hours.


Summit a 14er, learn to rock climb alongside your peers, or participate in a backcountry ski adventure with the Outdoor Pursuits Club. The Outdoor Pursuits Club is an active student-led team passionate about leading and learning in the great outdoors.

IMG: Outdoor Pursuits student exploring Corona Arch in Moab.
Outdoor Pursuits provides tools & opportunities for students to experience the outdoors.

CMC Leadville is dedicated to making an outdoor, active lifestyle accessible to every student and part of the campus culture. In fact, they created a work-study position to manage the Outdoor Pursuits club. They plan trips, ranging from rock climbing to mountain biking, based on student interest and supply the gear to make it happen. All students are welcome, regardless of program and level of outdoor experience. Whether you’ve never been rock climbing before or you used to be a ski guide, the Outdoor Pursuits Club wants to adventure with you.


Study breaks just got upgraded. The backyard terrain park is located just steps behind the Mountain View Residence Hall. Features are designed, built and maintained by students in the Ski Area Operations program, using school groomers and hand-tools to perfect their designs. Each February, SAO students in the Events Management course execute the annual Cloud City Rail Jam, which may be held in the backyard terrain park. The terrain park is open to the public. Non-CMC students must sign a waiver, and all skiers and riders are required to wear helmets.


Each year, ski area operations students learn about Snowmaking, gaining practical experience with the college’s snowmaking equipment at Dutch Henry Hill, where the local youth team, Cloud City Ski Club, trains. Thanks to prime snowmaking conditions and an eager class of students, Dutch Henry Hill was the first terrain park in Colorado open for the 2018/2019 ski season. Dutch Henry Hill is conveniently located on the north side of campus, and is also a seasonal tubing hill open to the public from December to March.

CMC Leadville is one of eleven campuses that make up the CMC service area, covering 12,000 square miles, three national forests, six wilderness areas and most of Colorado’s major ski resorts.

Our degrees are just as unique as our location. We specialize in outdoor infused programs like Outdoor Recreation Leadership, Ski Area Operations, and Natural Resource Management. We train fire-fighters, fly fishing guides, welders, and avalanche forecasters. CMC also offers more traditional routes of education, like associate of arts, science, and general studies. With the lowest tuition in Colorado, many students choose to take classes here and transfer their affordable credits after a few years.

Colorado Mountain College believes that your environment should inspire you. Adventurous programs, inspiring locations, and unlimited access to outdoor recreation opportunities make CMC Leadville the best choice for an outdoor infused college education.

See for yourself! Join us for a campus visit day or schedule a personal campus visit. coloradomtn.edu/campuses/leadville/visit