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 and healthy outdoor lifestyle mixed with a 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.
Are you an adult, looking to improve your skiing skills or just have fun skiing with like minded people? Consider the Durango Nordic Masters Program.
Snowburners Youth Program
Ages 5 - 12
Sundays, Jan 5th - Feb 23rd from 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
or Mondays, Jan 6th - Feb 24th from 2 pm - 4 pm
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 take place at the Durango Nordic Center both on and off the groomed trails. Program options are available once a week on either Sunday morning or Monday afternoon. When registering, you will specify Classic or Skate skiing, and have options to sign up for season long rental gear.
This sheet provides detailed program information.
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
Elementary and Middle School ages (6 - 14 year olds)
December - March (depends on snowfall)
2 Day option: Monday & Wednesday after school.
3 Day option: Monday & Wednesday after school plus Saturday mornings.
The Durango Nordic Ski Club's Cruisers non-competitive programs are perfect for Elementary and Middle School aged athletes who wish 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 and/or age level and all skill levels from beginning skier to more advanced are encouraged to join this program. These programs are ideal for the active child looking to explore a new activity. Come have fun with us!
Winter Athletic Conditioning Outdoors (W.A.C.O.) Program
High School Ages (14 - 19)
2 or 3 day a week option
Same general dates as Cruisers
New for the 2019 - 2020 season, High School aged athletes (up to 19) who wish to maintain fitness during the winter can sign up for the Winter Athletic Conditioning Outdoors program - or W.A.C.O. for short. This program is ideal for the competitive mountain biker, the cross country runner, or the summer sport athlete who is looking for a way to remain fit during the snowy winter months. No other winter activity provides the opportunity for athletes to develop fitness like Nordic Skiing and we think it’s also an amazing way to be outside and social at the same time.
The W.A.C.O. program will focus on Skate Skiing technique to minimize equipment concerns. Season rentals can be arranged through Pine Needle Mountaineering and racing is not required. However, if you wish to be a part of the DHS Nordic Team, this program is the right choice for you.
November (dryland) - End of March
After school & weekend practices.
JNQs are held on the weekends throughout Colorado and Utah and athletes are highly encouraged to race.
The Durango Nordic Race Program is tuned towards competition minded skiers who wish to reach their full potential. Participants compete in Rocky Mountain Nordic (RMN) Junior National Qualifier (JNQ) races in Colorado and Utah. The season begins in November with dryland training and continues through the end of March (depending on snow and racing schedule).
The DNSC U14/U12/U10 Race Program introduces skiers age 8-13 to high levels of competition around the region. 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.
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. 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.
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.
Program Dates: November - End of March
Practice Days: 5 days a week:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday; Strength program included.
Program Fee: Before November 1: $1300
After November 1: $1430
DNSC / Durango High School Race Team
Durango Nordic Ski Club is working to support Durango High School’s efforts in fielding a competitive high school nordic race team which will compete in CHSAA races throughout Colorado. The 2019 - 2020 team details are not yet determined, so anyone interested in signing up for the DHS program are encouraged to register for W.A.C.O. for now. Any adjustments to registration fees can be sorted out at a later date when DHS details are known.
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