The 2017 ARHE Collegiate Recovery Student Summit and Recovery Skiathon is the first-ever student-focused event in Association of Recovery in Higher Education’s Mountain Region. Over 185 students and staff from collegiate recovery programs all across the country will come together Feb 2-5 at Keystone Resort in beautiful Keystone, Colorado to share inspiration and wisdom with each other and experience a truly epic adventure in recovery.

The University of Colorado Boulder Collegiate Recovery Center and the Penn State Collegiate Recovery Community are the host schools for the event.

Registration for student groups is now full, though there are a few single registrations still available. Go to the Registration page. Thank you to our awesome sponsors for supporting this event and students in recovery.

Check out the Skiathon Program, and learn more about all of the awesome things to do at Keystone Resort (including the A51 Terrain Park and the largest Night Skiing ski area in the country!) Not into alpine skiing or snowboarding? There are plenty of other things to do, including Ice Skating, Nordic Skiing and Snowshoeing, and SnowTubing on the mountain or at the Nordic Center. (cost not included in registration). Or just hang out in the Lakeside Student Lounge with music, games, hot chocolate and movies.

See below for basic info on registration and lodging.  If you’re already registered, go here for info on Lift Tickets and Gear Rentals through the ARHE Group.

We invite you to join us and experience Collegiate Recovery in the Colorado Rockies!

The 2017 ARHE Skiathon Team

– Sam Randall, CUCRC, ARHE Mountain Region

– Jason Whitney, Penn State CRC, ARHE Northeast Region

– Jeremy Haut, CUCRC Student Lead

– Robert Shearon, CUCRC Alum

– Joe Fortenbraugh, Lions for Recovery

– Jimmy Hatzell, Life of Purpose, Lions in Recovery, and Penn State CRC Alum


What is included with my registration?

  • Breakfast + Dinner Buffet on Fri Feb 4th + Sat Feb 5th
  • Student Workshop Sessions + Keynote Speakers
  • Morning and Evening Recovery Meetings
  • Lakeside Lounge with Music, Games, and Movies
  • Use of Lodge Hot Tubs and Heated Outdoor Pool
  • Shuttles every 20 mins to and from the Ski Lifts (5 mins)
  • Ski Valet Gear Storage at Ski Lifts
  • Discounts on gear rental through Keystone Sports

All attendees that stay in Keystone lodging for at least 2 nights will also receive one “Play for Free” voucher per person to apply toward ONE of the following:

  • free night skiing (on night of arrival only)
  • ice skating admission + 20% off skate rentals
  • one free yoga class
  • 15% discount on one hour of snowtubing

What are the Lodging Options?

Lodging is at the Keystone Lodge and Spa and Lakeside Village.

To make it affordable for as many students can attend as possible, scholarships for lodging and lift tickets are being provided for CRP students that register by the early bird deadline. All scholarships have been given out as of January 13, 2017. Attendees that register after January 2nd are responsible for their own lodging and lift tickets.

Students and staff that receive scholarships will be pre-registered for their lodging and only need to provide names and contact information to the conference committee for individuals in their group to be placed in accommodations. Scholarship lodging is for shared queen beds or sofabeds for students and shared rooms with own beds for staff.


Check in for everyone is at the main desk at Keystone Lodge and Spa. 22101 US 6, Keystone, Colorado. Some of you will be staying in the Lodge hotel rooms and others are staying in Lakeside Condominiums with walkways to and from the Lodge.

For those receiving a scholarship or sponsored lodging, confirmation codes for your room(s) will be sent to you or your group contact by Wednesday morning to use when checking in, or you can also give them the name of your school.

PLEASE NOTE: Keystone will need someone for each room to provide a credit card to have on file for any room incidentals and as a retainer for the $17/day/room+taxes Resort Fee. This includes those in scholarship lodging, as mentioned in previous emails. Work with your roommates or program staff on how you want to share or pay for that cost when you check out — approx. $58 total per room for the entire weekend.


For those driving, complimentary valet is provided for up to 2 cars. Pull directly in to the Lodge entrance. Or you may continue just past the lodge and turn left to go to the parking area to park on your own. There is no charge for parking. A covered walkway under the road brings you to the Lodge entrance.

How do I get there?

If flying, book your flight (if you haven’t already!) to Denver International Airport (DIA). Then reserve a spot on one of the many mountain shuttles that transport to the ski resorts (approx 2 hours drive time – though this can be longer with snow/ski traffic)

The other option is to rent a vehicle and drive, though make sure it is AWD or 4WD and that your driver is comfortable in winter mountain driving

Or click here for driving directions to Keystone Resort. Follow the directions for check in to Keystone Lodge and Spa at 22010 U.S. 6, Keystone, CO 80435.

To reserve a mountian shuttle at a discounted rate through the ARHE group go to: Colorado Mountain Shuttle or call 800-525-6363 or 970-754-7433 and reference code ARHE2017

Schedule your shuttle to: 

Summit County

Keystone Lodge and Spa

22010 U.S. 6

Keystone, CO 80435

Other shuttle services: Summit Express or Peak 1 Express.

PROTIP: for those that would like to use their “Play for Free” voucher for Night Skiing at Keystone on the night of arrival on Thursday, Night Skiing is from 4-8pm!

How do I purchase lift tickets and set up gear rentals?

Go here for info on discounted Lift Tickets. For those receiving scholarship lift tickets, a discount code will be provided for you to use when registering for lift tickets.
If you plan to ski and still need gear rentals, you MUST reserve them online by Wednesday Feb 1st with the ARHE group for the 25% discount at Keystone Sports. Go to You can always rent gear the day of at any Keystone Sports location, but the process will take a little longer.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the number of reservations, Keystone moved the gear pickup for ALL ARHE group rentals to the Keystone Sports Mountain House location instead of the River Run location. 

A full menu of things to do, where to do them, and what it costs will be posted to the website by Thursday and will also be available at the Registration Tables by the Lakeside Lounge. For Keystone activities other than skiing, lounging or hanging out in the pool or hot tubs, plan on spending between $20-$40 depending on the activity.

You can pick up your Play-for-Free Voucher at the front desk when you check in as well – especially if you plan to use it for Night Skiing that evening (4-8pm from the River Run base area.) Or you can save it for a free yoga class, discounted ice skating or discounted snow tubing instead.


Those staying in the Lakeside Condos will have access to the condominium pool house at the east end of the lake, with an indoor pool and outdoor hot tub.

Those staying in Keystone Lodge hotel rooms will have access to the Lodge Spa outdoor heated pool and indoor hot tubs. Sign in at the Lodge Spa to use the pool + hot tubs. Condominium guests may pay an additional $8 to use the Spa pool area if desired.

Additional spa services at your cost are also available through Keystone Spa.


Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with Emergency Numbers and Medical Services if you or someone in your group needs some help. Participation in the winter sport activities available at the resort during the event is entirely voluntary, and you are solely responsible for the condition of your own personal health and well being, as well as that of your lodging, rental equipment, baggage and personal effects. If you lose something, contact Keystone Lost + Found.

Keystone offers lots of convenient lockers, baskets and ski check on the mountain and base areas to securely stow stuff for easy access to throughout the day if you would like.


Keystone Base is at 9,280 feet in elevation. The top of Dercum Mountain (the main lift and gondola stop) is at 11,640 feet, Outback Peak tops out at 11,990 feet, and the highest summit at Keystone is 12,408.

Altitude sickness is a real thing, and can ruin your day of skiing. Those coming in early on Thursday and skiing Thursday day or evening will have the greatest risk. But it can affect others, especially on the first day of skiing. At even just 8,000 feet, you are getting 25 percent less oxygen into your blood than you would at sea level. (For the scientists in the group: the reduction in oxygen causes the capillaries in the body to dilate and leak fluid until acclimatized.) This can cause a laundry list of possible symptoms: shortness of breath, headaches, dizziness, lethargy, decreased appetite, nausea, fever and sleeplessness.

Hydrating is one of the best things you can do to reduce the risk of altitude sickness. It is recommended that you drink twice as many fluids as you do at home, starting the day before you travel and throughout your time in Keystone.

Reducing your salt intake and eating fruits and vegetables that carry fluids into your body as well as foods high in potassium can help too.

Here are some other tips on how to prepare for high altitude + exposure to the elements

Other questions? Anything we forgot? Need help? Travel Delays? Sam Randall will be the onsite point of contact.

Sam Randall cell: 512-466-9298

Who do I contact before then for other questions?

Sam Randall, CUCRC |  303-492-9642 |

Jason Whitney, Penn State CRC | 814-404-4494 |

We hope to see you there!