Auraria Campus Knows How to Shred

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Posted Thu, May 1, 2014

Rob Mitch Powers - sophomore at the University of Colorado Denver and Head of Public Relations for the Auraria Ski and Ride club.

Rob Mitch Powers – sophomore at the University of Colorado Denver and Head of Public Relations for the Auraria Ski and Ride club. [Photo courtesy of Auraria Ski and Ride and Rob Mitch Powers]

DENVER, Auraria Campus — Located in heart of Downtown, the Auraria Campus is the largest college campus in Colorado. A hub of activity, Auraria boasts enrollment of over 45,000 students throughout the three different educational institutions located there, and is home to a diverse group of individuals. Among the many activities available to students, the Auraria Ski and Ride Club highlights one of Colorado’s most proud winter traditions.

The head of public relations for Auraria Ski and Ride, Rob Mitch Powers, has been a student on the Auraria Campus for two years. A sophomore currently attending the University of Colorado, Powers is a snowboarder himself, originating out of Chicago.

Powers is in charge of engaging in new relationships with different companies in the winter sports world, hoping to form ties with companies that provide products and services to snowboarders and skiers to enhance the benefits offered through club membership, as well as maintaining the relationships that have already been established with the club’s current sponsors, Red Bull, Vail Resorts, Cheba Hut and Saucer Wax.

Any events that are put together for the club members are carried out by Powers, who joined the club as soon as he had the chance.

“I have been a member of the club ever since I came to college! They welcomed me to the family and it’s been great ever since,” Powers said.

Although the club does hold fundraisers, Powers notes that their sponsors help the group a lot. Recent events have included a free snowboard tuning party offered by all 7Twenty Board Shop locations in Colorado.

 “We have members who are just dialing in those perfect turns and we’ve also got members that are throwing down Backside 900′s in the park. Auraria Campus knows how to shred.” [Photo by Shaun Kramer]

ONE BIG FAMILY: “We have members who are just dialing in those perfect turns, and we’ve also got members that are throwing down Backside 900′s in the park. Auraria Campus knows how to shred.” [Photo courtesy of Auraria Ski and Ride and Rob Mitch Powers]

“Wax is provided by the club. We want to make sure all (of) our member’s boards and skis are maintained so they’re still flying down the mountain,” Powers said.

There is a 7Twenty Board Shop near campus in Denver, where members got together on Feb. 7,  for a free hot wax for their snowboards. Several members took the opportunity to have their boards tuned up and waxed for free, and were soon organizing carpools to the next possible riding day.

“This semester, we’re sitting at 212 members,” Powers said.

About two-thirds of club members snowboard (or “ride”), and the remaining one-third ski. Although the club lacks any cross-country skiing members, and most of its members are between the age range of 18 – 25.

“It’s very diverse between the three schools and I feel as if we have a balanced mix of students coming out from all three schools. As long as you’re a student on Auraria Campus, you are more than welcome,” Powers explained.

Members of the club hold a wide range of ability levels. Powers said, “We have members who are just dialing in those perfect turns and we’ve also got members that are throwing down Backside 900′s in the park. Auraria Campus knows how to shred.”

Powers said he was inspired to join ASR, “because I was looking for the ski and board community. It’s always great to add to the list of people you ride with.”

Above everything else, Powers says, “One of my favorite parts (of being a member of the club) is the people, and the unity us board members try to provide to the rest of the members. It’s one big family.”

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Shaun Kramer is a Denver-area photographer and writer.

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