Durango NORDIC ski Club - Youth programs

The Durango Nordic Ski Club offers programs for recreational and competitive skiers from ages 5 to 19. These programs are intended to help your athletes develop a love for Nordic skiing and an overall appreciation for being active in the winter months. Our hope is that a fun, healthy, outdoor lifestyle mixed with great group of kids provides a foundation for growth and personal development. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors and fundraising efforts, we have kept average program costs to ~$13 a practice session. Scholarships are available - Inquire via email at josh@durangonordic.org.

Are you an adult, looking to improve your skiing skills or just have fun skiing with like minded people - Consider the Durango Nordic Master's Program.


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Snowburners Youth Program

Ages 5 - 12

Sundays Jan 6 - Feb 24
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
or Mondays Jan 7 - Feb 25
2 pm - 4 pm

Choose between:
Introductory (Ages 5 - 10) - Classic skiing
Advanced (Ages 8 and Older) - Skate skiing

Snowburners is a non-competitive program for ages 5 through 12 to learn cross country skiing through fun and games. Cross country skiing teaches balance, improves strength and coordination and offers a wonderful option for kids to enjoy winter. Instruction will be both on and off groomed trails at the Nordic Center and take place once a week. This sheet provides more program information.

Questions? Call Helen Low, Nordic Center Manager at (970) 382-5899 or call the Nordic Center at (970) 385-2114. Rentals are available for use during the program; they are an additional cost of $30 for classic and $60 for skate. Early registration ends December 25. 

Sunday Program cost: $145   ($160 after Dec 25)
Monday Program cost: $130   ($145 after Dec 25)


Recreational Programs

Explorers (6 - 9 year olds)
Twice a week; Partial season.

Cruisers (6 - 19 year olds)
2 Day or 3 Day a week option.

All of these non-competitive programs have after school practices. Want to ski more?
Sign up for the 3-Day Program and ski on Saturday morning with the club!

The Durango Nordic Ski Club's recreational programs are perfect for the athlete who wishes to have fun, be outside with friends during the winter months, and ski and develop skills in a less competitive environment. Participants will be grouped based on skill level and/or age and instruction and activities will exist for all skill levels from beginning skier to more advanced. These programs are ideal for the mountain biker or runner looking to remain fit during the winter months or the active child looking to explore a new activity. Come have fun with us!


Full season recreational program options are available for all ages (6 - 19) and run December (exact date TBD) through March. The recreational programs DO NOT have dryland training and you can choose between a 2 or 3-day a week option:

CRUISERS 2 Day Program:

Program Dates: December - End of March
Practice Days: 2 days a week: Monday, Wednesday
Program Fee: Before November 1: $350
After November 1: $385

CRUISERS 3 Day Program (adds Saturday):

Program Dates: December - End of March
Practice Days: 3 days a week - Monday, Wednesday, Saturday
Program Fee: Before November 1: $480
After November 1: $528


Competitive Race Programs

All of these competitive programs include after school and weekend practices. Racing occurs on the weekends throughout Colorado and athletes are highly encouraged to race.


The DNSC U20/U18/U16 Race Program is for high school aged skiers with a focus on racing and achieving their fullest potential. Athletes develop skills and fitness in a fun environment with a goal of competing in local, statewide, national, and potentially international competitions. Athletes in this program are encouraged to attend all Rocky Mountain Nordic Junior National Qualifier (JNQ) races in Colorado and Utah. Each individual works with his/her coach to establish goals and develop an annual training plan. Athletes will meet with coaches for a mid season evaluation and an end of season evaluation.

Program Dates:  November - End of March
Practice Days: 5 days a week - Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Program Fee: Before November 1: $1300
After November 1: $1430

DNSC / Durango High School Race Team

Durango Nordic Ski Club is working with Durango High School to support their efforts in fielding a competitive high school nordic race team which will compete in CHSAA races throughout Colorado. DHS Race Program details are located here.

The DNSC U14/U12/U10 Race Program introduces skiers age 10-13 to high levels of competition around the state of Colorado and Utah. Athletes will learn skills and technique of skiing in both classic and skate with a focus on racing. Skiers participate in physical conditioning activities and develop a technical base of knowledge, creating a greater XC skiing skill level.  Participants compete in Rocky Mountain Nordic Junior National Qualifiers and local race series.

Program Dates: November - End of March
Practice Days: 4 days a week - Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday
Program Fee: Before November 1: $875
After November 1: $963

Any athlete racing a Junior National Qualifier (JNQ) race (or any USSA sanctioned event) must have a current year USSA Cross Country Competitor Membership. Go to http://my.ussa.org to renew and/or sign up.



Afterschool and weekend skiing plus an overnight hut trip - For the adventurous explorer.

For the youngster who wants to get off the beaten path and use skiing as a way to venture out into the wilderness in a fun and safe environment. Scaled touring/classic skis are needed. This includes afterschool and weekend skiing including a weekend overnight adventure in a mountain hut. For kids 8 to 14 years old.

Program Dates: TBD
Practice Days: 1 day a week + end of year hut trip
Program Fee: Before December 1: $250
After December 1: $275

The goals of all Durango Nordic Ski Club Programs include:

  • Promoting cross country skiing as part of a healthy, outdoor lifestyle

  • Helping athletes maximize their potential as racers

  • Providing opportunities to connect with skiers around the state and country

  • Developing a close knit, supportive team atmosphere

  • Teaching waxing technique and ski maintenance

  • Fostering a love of the outdoors and developing lifelong skiers