The mission of the Durango Winter Sports Foundation (DWSF) is to help young athletes achieve great things as individuals and as competitors by providing financial, developmental, and organizational support to the athletes, their coaches, clubs, and programs.
More kids are participating in winter sports than ever before due to the various program and scholarship offerings.
History & Vision
- Supporting programs which utilize winter sports activities to not only introduce young athletes to the value of lifetime involvement with sport but also help develop athletes who are ethical, respectful, and disciplined individuals;
- Supporting, and encouraging competent, qualified coaches;
- Providing opportunities and scholarships for DWSF athletes to compete at the local, regional, national, and international level;
- Recognizing and publicizing local kids doing great things through the achievements of current and former athletes;
- Working with local ski areas, parks and recreation departments, and the ski industry to maintain, improve, and promote winter sports facilities and opportunities in the Durango area;
- Engaging and working with communities in the Durango area to meet the objectives of the DWSF;
- Establishing and maintaining relations with other sports organizations in the Durango area to provide assistance in attaining mutual goals;
- Maintaining memberships and representation in the United States Ski Association (USSA), the USSA Rocky Mountain Division, Rocky Mountain Nordic, and other similar entities and cooperating with those organizations to attain mutual goals; and
- Providing a vehicle for fund raising for the respective teams of the DWSF.
DWSF gives back to our community
Scholarships and Financial Aid
One of the goals of the Durango Winter Sports Foundation is to provide all youth in the community with the opportunity to train and compete in winter sports to the best of their ability. In furtherance of this goal, the Durango Winter Sports Foundation has a scholarship program to assist with team tuition based on a families financial need. Scholarship assistance comes from private and corporate donations and fundraising events such as the Durango Mountain Resort Alpenglow November 15, 2014.
Durango Winter Sports Foundation, with financial assistance from area businesses and community members, has invested heavily in making improvements to our local recreational facilities at Chapman Ski Hill and the Durango Nordic Center.
The past two years DWSF, along with the City of Durango and the Purgatory Nordic Center, has organized SKI FREE DAY events for the community.
DWSF helped raise money for the Adaptive Sports Association of Durango Veteran’s Scholarship Program.
DWSF athletes and families provided aid stations at the Animas Surgical Hospital’s annual Durango Double.
Each year before the snow starts flying, coaches, athletes and their families volunteer time, labor and materials to enhance trails at the Durango Nordic Center and the City of Durango Chapman Ski Hill.
Below are the annual reports for each fiscal year for the Durango Winter Sports Foundation.