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Outdoor Recreation programs strive to be a community leader in providing access to our area’s variety of outdoor opportunities. To do so, we offer three unique program buckets – knowledge, skills, and leisure. Within these buckets, we have youth, adult, and family programs that are designed to educate and inspire participants to connect with themselves, one another, and the outdoors.

Locations and dates are highly dependent on weather conditions. Please see below for updated 2023 session information.


HELPFUL LINKS

Mountain Rec Youth Scholarship
Outdoor Recreation for Adults

2023 Knowledge Sessions

  • State of the Snowpack with CAICJanuary 19 in Gypsum

    Join Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) forecasters from our zone, who will be leading a talk & discussion on the state of our snowpack going into the mid-winter and spring season. Join us at the Gypsum Recreation Center for this event, connect with the backcountry community, and maybe score a sweet door prize from a local business!

    CAIC forecasters will discuss how our season has developed so far in the Vail Zone, and what our local forecasters are looking for as our snowpack transitions throughout the winter and into spring.

    Dates: January 19
    Times: 5:30-7pm
    Ages: 12+ years
    Price: Free
    Location: Gypsum Rec Center

    REGISTER HERE

  • Wilderness First Aid Course with NOLSJanuary 27-29 in Gypsum

    Prepare for the unexpected with this engaging, hands-on introduction to wilderness medicine, taught over two or two and a half days. If you like to take short trips relatively close to medical resources, work at wilderness camps, enjoy weekend family outdoor activities, or recreate outdoors, this course is for you.

    This course is great for people of all experience levels, and is best suited for those who recreate outdoors where EMS response can be expected in a timely manner (fewer than eight hours). You’ll learn the Patient Assessment System, how to provide effective first aid treatments for injuries and illnesses common in the outdoors, and how to make appropriate evacuation decisions.

    You’ll learn both in the classroom and in outdoor settings regardless of weather, so come prepared for wet, muddy, cold or hot environments!

    Dates: January 27-29
    Ages: 16+ years
    Times: 8:30am-5pm each day
    Price: $275
    Location: Gypsum Rec Center

    REGISTER HERE

2023 Skills Sessions

  • Ski/Snowboard Waxing & Care with Purl WaxWinter Waxing (Feb 8) and Spring Waxing (Mar 29) in Edwards

    Experts recommend waxing your alpine gear every five trips to the mountain. Don’t lose speed on the snow because of something you can easily fix at home! Learn how to wax your skis or snowboard in this hands-on workshop offered in partnership with Purl Wax, a family-owned/operated business based in Eagle County. You’ll learn how to choose the best wax for the conditions, and have expert guidance as you clean and wax your personal equipment.

    Bring your own gear (ski/snowboard, we’ll provide the waxing equipment) to this workshop, and leave with a freshly waxed base so you’re ready to hit the slopes! No prior experience needed.

    Dates:

    • Winter Time Waxing (Feb 8)
    • Spring Time Waxing (Mar 29)

    Ages: 14+ years
    Times: 5:30pm-7pm
    Price: $20
    Location: Edwards Field House

    REGISTER HERE

  • Belay ClinicsTuesdays (Gypsum) and Thursdays (Edwards)

    This 1.5 hour clinic will give you basic information and opportunities to practice belaying, and will provide you the knowledge needed to pass Mountain Recreation’s top rope belay test. In this clinic you will learn climbing knots, harness use, hardware use, belaying technique, climbing communication, how to catch a fall, and how to lower a climber. This class will take place at either the Edwards Field House or Gypsum Recreation Center’s climbing tower, so come ready to climb.

    Dates:

    • Tuesdays (Gypsum Rec Center)
    • Thursdays (Edwards Field House)

    Times: 6:30pm-8pm
    Ages: 14+ years
    Price: $5

     

    EDWARDS REGISTRATION

    GYPSUM REGISTRATION

2023 Leisure Sessions

  • Family Skate Night with EVOMFebruary 11 in Eagle

    If you are an expert or a beginner on ice, it doesn’t matter for this event. Come out and skate at the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink for our EVOM Family Skate! Entrance is free to the event. Skate rentals are $4.

    Dates: February 11
    Times: 2:30pm-4:30pm
    Location: Eagle Ice Rink
    Price: Free admission, skate rental not included ($4)

    REGISTER HERE

  • EVOM Backyard Adventure Day CampFebruary 27 - March 1 in Gypsum

    School’s out, let’s keep your kid busy! Mountain Rec is excited to offer multi-adventure single day camps to explore our own backyard. Activities may vary and are dependent on weather and conditions. Sign up for one day of fun or a whole week of adventures!

    Dates:

    • February 27 (Gypsum)
    • February 28 (Eagle)
    • March 1 (Edwards)

    Times: 9am-3pm
    Price: Free admission, skate rental not included ($4)

    REGISTER HERE

     

  • Teen Climbing ClinicFebruary 28 (Gypsum) and April 25 (Edwards)
  • Winter Family Campout with EVOMMarch 18-19 at Sylvan Lake State Park

    Join Mountain Recreation and EVOM partners for the 2023 Winter Family Campout at Sylvan Lake State Park near Eagle, CO. This event is an introductory, hands-on winter “camping” experience for EVOM and Mountain Recreation families.

    We will stay in the cabins near Sylvan Lake, provide fun activities for the whole family, and connect with one another while connecting with the outdoors! Cabins are outfitted with bunk beds, mattresses, and propane heating. Activities may include snowshoeing, sledding, outdoor cooking, intro to ice fishing, and more. Most of the activities will occur Sunday.

    • Mountain Recreation will provide dinner on Saturday evening and breakfast and lunch on Sunday, as well as activity specific and overnight camping equipment (sleeping bags, snowshoes, etc.), and staff to help families make the most of their camping experience.
    • Please bring a pillow and sheets, or email kschroeder@mountainrec.org if you will need to borrow a sleeping bag. Bring snacks and a water bottle that you will be able to refill throughout the weekend.
    • Check-in is 3 pm on Saturday 3/18 to the cabins. You are welcome to recreate in Sylvan Lake State Park with your family outside of the designated program times for day use

    Ages: 4+ years
    Times: Friday, March 17 (3pm) – Saturday, March 18 (3pm)
    Price: $10/person
    Location: Sylvan Lake State Park

    REGISTER HERE

  • NEW! Tots & Top RopesTuesdays (Edwards) and Thursdays (Gypsum)

    Have a little one who climbs anything and everything? Come join us for Tots and Top Ropes! Inspired by our beloved Tumble Tots programs, Tots and Top Ropes is open to children who are walking up to 5 years old. Our staff will help parents learn tips and tricks for adventuring and climbing with young ones, how to belay your kiddo, and offer a few extra pairs of watchful eyes so you can get on the wall too. All skill and ability levels are welcome.

    Dates:

    • Tuesdays (Edwards Field House)
    • Thursdays (Gypsum Rec Center)

     

    Times: 10am-10:50 am
    Ages: 0-5 years
    Price: $10/kiddo

     

    Edwards Registration

    Gypsum Registration

  • Community Climbing NightsMondays (Edwards) and Fridays (Gypsum)

    Join us for a Community Climbing Night, where there’s something fun for everyone!

    • Are you looking to practice your belay skills before you sign up for a belay clinic/test?
      Trained volunteers will be available to help you practice your belay technique.
    • Do you have a young climber who needs to get their wiggles out?
      We have belay tested volunteers who can belay your kiddo or teach you how to belay them.
    • Want to meet other climbers and perhaps spark a new belay-tionship?
      Sign-up for a Community Climbing Night in Edwards or Gypsum and come ready to climb!

     

    Our climbing facilities offer opportunities for climbers to boulder, get on ropes, or ascend our climbing towers via an auto-belay. These weekly events are designed to build an inclusive and inviting climbing community for everyone. All climbers under 13 must be accompanied by someone who is 16+.

    Dates:

    • Mondays (Edwards Field House)
    • Fridays (Gypsum Rec Center)

    Times: 6:30pm-8pm
    Ages: 6+ years
    Price: $5/person

     

    Edwards Registration

    Gypsum Registration

  • Summer Family Campout with EVOMJune 24-25 in at Sylvan Lake State Park

    Join Mountain Recreation and EVOM partners for the 2023 Family Campout, June 24-25th at Sylvan Lake State Park near Eagle, CO. This event is an introductory, hands-on camping experience for EVOM and Mountain Recreation families. We will focus on basic camping techniques, provide fun activities for the whole family, and connect with one another while connecting with the outdoors!

    Activities may include guided hikes, archery, nature story time, and more. Mountain Recreation will provide dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday morning, as well as overnight camping equipment (tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, etc.), and staff to help families make the most of their camping experience.

    Ages: 4+ years
    Times: Saturday, June 24 (3pm)-Sunday, June 25 (3pm)
    Price: $10/person
    Location: Sylvan Lake State Park

    REGISTER HERE

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