What is a typical day at camp?
A typical day begins a morning run. The distance depends on the group athletes run with (self selected based on ability) but can range anywhere from 4-10 miles most days. Most routes have a decent amount of elevation gain so even if the mileage doesn’t seem like much we promise that athletes will get in plenty of intensity. Each day we have at least one activity like listening to a panel of current pro or collegiate runners or nutritionist. We also have a team challenge throughout the week where athletes compete in activities such as a plank competition, bucket relay etc. During the evening we did a shorter run or hike with time to connect and relax after.
Are athletes separated by gender? What’s the sleeping arrangement like?
Athletes are broken up into houses or ski condos by gender. A coach of that same gender will be supervising each house or condo. Athletes will share a queen bed or have a bunk to themselves depending on the layout of the room they are assigned to.
My athlete is located out of state. Do you help with transportation?
Yes, we will offer 2 pick up times from the airport for out of state athletes on the Monday camp starts. If athletes arrive earlier or later than those times then athletes will need to find their own transportation to Keystone which is about a 2 hour drive from Denver International. We will return out of state athletes to the airport that Friday arriving around 11am. Pick up times will be coordinated about 2 months from camp.
My athlete has dietary restrictions how do you accommodate?
Parents are required to complete a medical form prior to camp listing any special dietary restrictions, food allergies, and special needs. We strive to accommodate athletes needs from the moment they arrive. Athletes are responsible for cooking for one another during their stay at camp. Athletes needing Gluten-Free or vegetarian/ vegan meal options will be cooked a separate meal as needed. Please be specific with your athlete’s needs when you complete your athlete form. Please contact us directly with any specific questions.
What do I need to know about athletes at altitude?
Athletes need to be extremely conscious of hydration and caloric consumption. Athletes who don’t take hydration and calories seriously will struggle to complete the daily mileage. Air at over 9,000 ft has a lower concentration of oxygen and can lead to some initial discomfort that can be mitigated with increased hydration and caloric intake. We know the signs of altitude sickness and how to mitigate these effects with minimal intervention. Athletes will need additional calories – we’ve got this all under control!
Are there any other costs I should be aware of?
All housing, transportation and food is provided (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks). The only money your athlete might want is for when we explore Keystone. Sometimes athletes like to grab a treat like ice cream or a souvenir. We have no issues with athletes bringing specific bars or snacks that they enjoy to camp as we might not have their favorite snack available.
Anything else I should know?
We are tied to our phones from the moment we wake up to the moment we fall asleep at night. We are looking for the athletes to take a break from the device so they can truly be present with their teammates. This camp has a firm no device policy. Athletes are asked to surrender all devices upon arrival – no smartwatches, phones, iPads, or tablets. Athletes that desire to check in with family will have 30 minutes a day to do so if requested.