The Durango Nordic Ski Club (DNSC), founded in 1952, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides individuals of all ages and abilities the opportunity to learn, enjoy, and improve in the sports of Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, and fat biking. We maintain over 20 kilometers of groomed trails and offer complete ski and snowshoe rental packages as well as private lessons, clinics, and a youth team program. Our Nordic Center is located one-third mile north of the base of Purgatory on the east side of Highway 550.

DNSC offers racing and development program for junior cross country skiers ages 6 through 19 years old. We embrace skiers of all abilities, from those interested in recreational pursuits to racers aspiring for Junior World Cup racing or the Winter Olympics. Our mission is to help young athletes achieve great things as individuals and as competitors by providing financial, developmental, and organizational support to the athletes and their coaches.

DNSC provides year-round opportunities and support to develop and build individuals into respectful, ethical, and disciplined athletes. Each year, up to 75 athletes participate in the DNSC’s activities including weekly training, a series of local races at the Nordic Center at Purgatory, Junior Nationals qualifying events around the State, and National events.

DNSC is funded through memberships, trail fees, and generous donations from sponsors and community members.


  • Helen Low, Nordic Center Manager

  • Brad Pratchet, Lead Groomer

  • Jesse Guglielmo, Groomer

  • Chip White, Groomer

Board of Directors

  • Tom Holcomb, President

  • Josh Freeman, Vice President

  • Terryl Peterson, Treasurer

  • Moira Compton, Secretary

  • Mary Oswald