IMG Comes to Crested Butte

Good day readers,

Big news in Crested Butte recently. Crested Butte Academy (CBA), IMG Academies and Cay Clubs announced their 3-way partnership creating a unique opportunity for the local sports academy to combine its world-class training and educational programs with exceptional facilities and accommodations, making it the only ski-in and ski-out sports training academy in the country. This partnership includes Cay Clubs – the company that bought out Sunvest’s interest in the Elevation Hotel in Mt. Crested Butte. Read the full press release below.

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Channing Boucher

Crested Butte Academy partners with IMG Academies and Cay Clubs International

Crested Butte, Colorado — Crested Butte Academy, the highly regarded winter/mountain sport and high elevation training and education program, has joined forces with two unique industry leaders in their respective fields-IMG Academies and Cay Clubs International. The collaboration creates a unique opportunity for CBA to extend its world-class training and educational programs with exceptional facilities and accommodations, making it the only ski-in and ski-out academy in the country.

The Crested Butte Academy is a fully accredited college preparatory (6-12) boarding/day school combined with world class training camp/academy programs in alpine skiing, free ride skiing, snowboarding, and high altitude running.

IMG Academies (IMGA) is universally regarded as the world’s leading multi-sport training and education camp/academy in tennis, golf, soccer, baseball, basketball, performance training, fishing, and officiating.

Cay Clubs is an experienced developer of premier resorts-for both vacation and investment opportunities-in some of the most celebrated destinations in the world. In late 2006, Cay Clubs acquired the 265-room (former Club Med) resort hotel at the foot of Mount Crested Butte. Cay Clubs has become the "in house" real estate development partner of IMGA. IMGA is Cay Clubs’ internal sports training, education, health, fitness program facility expert. Both entities realized that an association between the "Crested Butte Cay Club" resort hotel and the Crested Butte Academy (CBA) would be a natural fit.

The CBA management concurred, and a tremendous partnership was established. The CBA is now headquartered at Cay Club Crested Butte. All boarding students reside in the four-star resort where buffet or menu style dining is provided. IMGA and CBA management are collaborating on all aspects of the training, education, and business operations. IMGA’s International Performance Institute and Mental Conditioning experts are assisting CBA coaches as they integrate these essential elements into their skiing, snowboarding, and running training curriculums. Expanded programs for short time weekly students in all disciplines are being expanded.

"The chance for the CBA to team up with a fabulous resort property like Crested Butte Cay Club is a phenomenal opportunity," said Graham Frey, Director of the Crested Butte Academy. "Combine this with the chance to learn from and work closely with Greg Breunich, Ted Meekma and their world class team at IMG Academies-well, it is truly a dream come true. Together we will take the CBA full time and weekly camp programs to heights we had never imagined possible."

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