Ski Conditioning Season is Here!


Feeling that fall nip in the air? In addition to the changing aspens and sweater weather, many folks turn their thoughts to snowy slopes this time of year.  Alpine Orthopaedics is here to help you get stronger before the ski season even begins. Pre-season preparation helps to both prevent injuries as well as let you ski longer, earlier in the season.

We’ve partnered with Synergy Athlete of Crested Butte to offer 2 unique, pre-season conditioning courses. Over the course of 7-weeks, participants will be taught cross training techniques specific to a skier’s or rider’s conditioning needs.

Courtesy of Synergy Athlete

Courtesy of Synergy Athlete

Get Fit to Ski Class

Time: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday @6-7:15pm

Dates: Runs October 5th – November 19th (no class October 8th)

Cost: $60 for 7-weeks

Where: Community School

Need a little less intensity but still want to be mountain ready?

Achy Back and Creaky Knees Class 

Time: Monday & Wednesday @8:45am

Dates: Runs October 5th – November 19th

Cost: $50 for 7-weeks

Where: Town Hall

To sign up for either class, please stop by Synergy Athlete or give them a call at (970) 349.6445

Triathlon Tips to Keep You Safe and Strong

This Saturday, September 12, 2015 many athletes will gather for the 3rd annual Gunni High Tri race. Both kids and adults may enter with entrance fees starting at $50. The 500-yard swim, 13-mile bike ride, and 3.2-mile run is a sprint triathlon, with shorter distances to cover compared to other races. But remember, just because it’s shorter, doesn’t mean proper preparation and recovery aren’t necessary!


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Here are some tips to stay healthy during a competition like the Gunni High Tri:


  • Eat nutritious, easily digestible foods the night before and morning of the race – even though it’s a sprint, it doesn’t mean your body won’t be pushed to its limits. Keep the tank full so when you’re sprinting to the finish, you have a little something left.
  • Get some sleep. If you’re nervous about missing check-in, set several alarms. Being bleary-eyed when the gun goes off may result in stumbles and injuries down the line.

Race Day

  • Be familiar with the course. If you know what’s coming, it will be easier to anticipate more challenging sections when your body will need to work harder.
  • Review transition routines, between the swim, bike, and run sections. Not only will smooth transitions reduce your overall time, but they will also reduce the risk of injury.
  • Don’t deviate from your training plan. If you have been using certain equipment and habits, race day is not the day to try something new. Last minute changes may result in blisters or worse. Stick with what you know, you trained for a reason.

Race Recovery

  • Because this is a sprint triathlon, a modest day-after workout may be appropriate for some athletes who are accustomed to heavy training loads. For others, a simple walk around the block and rest day could be what’s needed. Listen to your body and let it heal.
  • Re-fuel and Re-hydrate your body. Consuming ample water or sports drink will make a huge difference in the way you feel.
  • Assess yourself. Does anything hurt more than usual or in a different way? Seek medical attention if pain persists rather than the typical soreness.
  • High-five yourself! You did it and can start planning for your next competition.

For more information on the Gunni High-Tri or to register – click here.

Stay safe out there and good luck to all the athletes!

Staff Profile: Dr. Blake Clifton

It would seem Dr. Blake Clifton was destined to land here at Alpine Orthopaedics years ago, when he chose to specialize in adult and pediatric orthopaedic sports medicine.


“I have wanted to be an Orthopaedic Surgeon as long as I can remember. I grew up around an orthopaedic surgeon and have had several surgeries myself. “


Dr. Clifton completed his surgical residency at Texas Tech, where he occasionally worked with their Red Raider football program.  Following this program, a fellowship in orthopaedic sports medicine took him and his family to the University of New Mexico, where he worked with UNM athletes across several sports. His background in diverse sports and specialization in both pediatrics and adult procedures lends itself to serving a broad population of potential patients.

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“I believe everyone deserves to have a chance at overcoming unexpected injuries or disabilities and I hope I can offer some help in patients achieving their goals.”

In addition to his speciality, Dr. Clifton also performs total joint replacements in the hip, knee, and shoulder. An athlete himself, he understands what it takes to make a healthful recovery and get back on the trail, in the water, or on the slopes in the best shape possible.


“If I had to choose my favorite sport or activity it would be skiing in the winter and mountain biking in the summer.” 


For Dr. Clifton’s full profile, visit his page on Alpine Orthopaedics or to schedule an appointment call (970) 641-6788.

Dr. Clifton enjoys his big, Colorado back yard.


2015 Parapan Am Games Brings Success to Team USA

The 2015 Parapan American Games finished in Toronto, Canada last weekeend and this marked the largest Games to date. Thousands of athletes and supporters gathered to celebrate at the closing ceremonies, which included a fireworks display over the Toronto skyline, and musical performances by artists such as Grammy award-winner Wyclef Jean. After the festivities, the traditional hand-over ceremony took place between Toronto mayor, John Tory, and Lima, Peru’s Mayor, Luis Castañeda Lossio. Lima will host the next Parapan American Games, in 2019.


The United States took third overall, winning 135 total medals. Team USA followed behind Canada in second with 168 medals, and Brazil in first with an impressive 257 medals. The U.S. walked away with 40 gold medals in events such as wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and road cycling, archery and track events.

Winning Gold – USA Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team

Alpine Orthopaedic’s Dr. Gloria Beim, served as the 2015 Parapan American Games Chief Medical Officer. She wrapped up her time there by saying:

“It was such an honor to work with the most amazing, talented and inspirational athletes I have ever met….it opened up another dimension of sports medicine for me.”

Dr. Gloria Beim with Parapan athlete

About the Parapan American Games

The Parapan Am games began in 1999, in Mexico City, and became a qualifying event for the Paralympic Games. Participation quickly grew from 1,000 athletes from 18 countries in that first year, to 1,300 athletes representing 26 countries in 2011. The TORONTO 2015 games are projected to be the largest yet, with over 1,600 para-athletes slated to compete.

For more information about TORONTO 2015:

About Dr. Gloria Biem

Dr. Beim founded Alpine Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Regional Hand Center, located on the Western Slope of the Colorado Rockies in 1999 and holds clinics at three different locations: Gunnison, Crested Butte, and Telluride.

She earned her M.D. at the University of California at San Diego, and then went on to earn her specialization credentials at the New York Orthopaedic Hospital at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Cente. Dr. Beim completed her sports medicine, knee, shoulder and arthroscopy fellowship training at the University of Pittsburgh, Center for Sports Medicine in 1996.

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