Durango Nordic offering summer training programs

2014 Summer Nordic Devo Team 

What:  The Summer Nordic Devo Team is for skiers wanting to get a head start for the upcoming Nordic season. The goals of the program are to: 1) Learn & improve basic athletic skills (balance, agility, coordination, range of motion), 2) Improve overall fitness (endurance, speed, strength), 3) Learn Nordic dryland techniques, 4) Goal setting, 5) Better preparation and easier transition into on-snow Nordic training/racing, and 6) To have fun! 

When: July 8-August 14; Tuesday and Thursday – 7:30-9:30 am

Who: 1st year U16 & 2nd year U14 skiers *going 7th or 8th grade

 Where: Meet at the Rec Center back parking lot near rodeo arena

Cost: $150 for entire program

Contact: Gary Colliander (970) 946-9659 or gary.colliander@gmail.com

2014 Summer Nordic U14/U12 Team

What:  The Summer Nordic U14/U12 Team is for skiers wanting to get a head start for the upcoming Nordic season. The goals of the program are to: 1) Learn & improve basic athletic skills (balance, agility, coordination, range of motion), 2) Learn general fitness aspects (endurance, speed, strength), 3) Learn Nordic dryland techniques, 4) Goal setting, and 5) Have fun!
When: July 18-20

Friday, Saturday & Sunday – 8-4pm

Who: U14 & U12 skiers *going 5th or 6th grade

Where: Meet at the Rec Center back parking lot near rodeo arena

Cost: $150 for entire program

Misc: Participants should bring their own snack, and lunch for the day, along with the appropriate clothing.

Contact: Gary Colliander (970) 946-9659 or gary.colliander@gmail.com

2014 Summer Nordic U20 Team

What:  The Summer Nordic U20 Team is for skiers wanting to get a head start for the upcoming Nordic season.  Skiers will improve their general athletic skills, strength and overall fitness in a fun environment.  Skiers will also spend time learning and fine tuning their Nordic ski technique through dryland and rollerski (Yes, we will help teach this) sessions.  In additions, skiers will have access to coaches for personal guidelines, training outlines and goal setting.

When: June 2-August 21

Monday and Wednesday – 7:30-9:30am & 3-5pm

Tuesday and Thursday – 4-6pm

Who: U20/U18/2nd year U16 skiers

 Where: Meet at the Rec Center back parking lot near rodeo arena

Cost: $345 for entire program

$130 per month

Contact: Gary Colliander (970) 946-9659 or gary.colliander@gmail.com


Director of Development

Durango Winter Sports Foundation (DWSF) seeks a dynamic person to fill our Director of Development position to work on behalf of Local Kids Doing Great Things!  He/she will be the overall manager and leader in the organization, the community spokesperson, and is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives.  He/she will report directly to the Foundation Executive Committee and will function as Board liaison to affiliate members.

The Director of Development will manage fundraising and marketing initiatives and will be responsible for meeting annual fundraising goals with the assistance from the board of directors and volunteer committees. The key revenue sources within the scope of the Director of Development’s responsibilities include: donor stewardship and cultivation, grants, direct mail solicitations, and special event fundraising.

Job Function / Discipline:  Fundraising

Job Type:  Part time


  1. Development Planning:  Work with Executive Committee to develop and implement a comprehensive annual fund development plan. Meet fundraising objectives within agreed-upon timeframe. Use donor software to generate reports that track results.
  2. Annual Fundraising: Develop fundraising appeals to support DWSF’s membership program. Orchestrate annual call-a-thon and other strategies for membership retention and growth.
  3. Major Gifts:  Manage a select group of top donor prospects from across the state. Work with board members and executive committee to communicate effectively with donors through face-to-face solicitation and stewardship meetings, as well as ongoing and strategic written and e-communication strategies. Plan and execute targeted donor meetings and events throughout the year. Develop support materials for executive director/board members going on visits, including talking points, appropriate solicitation materials, background, strategy, and follow-up proposals.
  4. Planned Giving:  Develop a planned giving program including creation and distribution of appropriate marketing materials.
  5. Fundraising Events:  Work closely with fund development committee to research, plan, and execute successful fundraising events.
  6. Grant Writing:  Write persuasive grant proposals and correspondence to prospective and prior funders; develop collaborative proposals in conjunction with program staff. Communicate with colleagues across the organization to understand funder objectives, requirements, and related program activities, and to ensure fulfillment of commitments.
  7. Database Management:  Implement donor software program and effectively manage and track donor cultivation activities in database and provide regular progress reports to executive director and fund development committee.
  8. Supervision of Volunteer Staff:  Promote active and broad participation by volunteers in all areas of the organization’s work.  Train and supervise communications coordinator. Collaborate on annual communications plan, external communications and media relations.
  9. Other:  Assist with other projects as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, business or related field preferred but not required; fundraising experience in the non-profit sector required.
  • Proven success in asking for and closing major gifts and in building and maintaining long-term relationships with major donors, foundations and corporations.
  • Proven success in writing winning grant proposals.
  • Knowledge of current and evolving trends in charitable giving, particularly in the areas of major gifts, capital campaigns and planned giving.
  • Solid knowledge of word processing, database management and spreadsheet software, with ability to construct and produce reports, use mail merges and other advanced functions.
  • Willingness and ability to develop and apply technology and research skills on an ongoing basis.
  • Outstanding interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, with the maturity, integrity, and experience to gain the trust and confidence of DWSF’s donors, leadership, colleagues, and partners.
  • Ability to work effectively both as part of a team and independently, and take on a leadership position within the fundraising program.
  • Strategic, analytical approach combined with a collaborative nature.
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented self-starter.
  • Energetic, hard-working, and enthusiastic team player.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with volunteers as part of a staff team.


  • Compensation will be commensurate with experience
How to Apply:

Please send letter of interest, resume and references to: exec@durangowintersports.org

Durango welcomes back Olympians

Lanny and Tracy Barnes

Saturday, March 15th 7-9 p.m. at the Irish Embassy 

Raffle for prizes, including Coors snowboard ($5 tickets) – proceeds plus 5% of bar sales will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club and Durango Winter Sports Foundation.


(if you missed their Guinness commercial, watch it here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpE9Xk0d5Qg&feature=youtu.be )

Durango Nordic Alumni Tracy Barnes was awarded the United Nations UNESCO Fair Play Award

Durango Nordic Alumni Tracy Barnes was awarded the United Nations UNESCO Fair Play Award. Since its foundation by UNESCO and a number of international sports governing bodies in Paris in 1963, the goal of the International Committee for Fair Play is the worldwide defense and promotion of fair play. In order to honor and directly recognize the acts of fair play performed either within or outside the sports world, the International Committee for Fair Play annually awards Fair Play Prizes to personalities who have proved to be excellent ambassadors of fair play. Tracy was given the Pierre de Coubertin World Trophy - for an athlete or team for an act of fair play. Pierre de Coubertin was the founder of International Olympic Committee and is consider the father of the modern Olympic Games. This award has been instrumental in promoting sportsmanship both on and off the field. It is a huge honor in sports to receive this award. Very few are given out annually. Here is what Tracy had to say in accepting this award-

“I think sportsmanship, which this award embraces, is a way for people to go beyond the playing field, or the ski course and recognize that there is more to sport than just a win. Sportsmanship is about creating champions, both on and off the field. And while I am not a champion in my sport, I do strive to be a good person and do the right thing. In sport there is winning and there is losing and sometimes in order to win you must lose or at least sacrifice the win. I didn’t go to the Olympics to compete, but I feel I have won. I had the most incredible experience of cheering my twin sister and best friend in the greatest sporting event in the world. And I couldn’t be more proud of her effort. In biathlon Lanny was not only my best friend, but my greatest competitor. And I’ve come to realize over the years that without your competition there is no sport. You have to show the same kind of respect to your competitors that you do to your teammates. That’s what makes you a good competitor both in life and in sport. I hope that my story will help to inspire people to do something good for the people they care about. Their friends, their family, their teammates, their competitors and their neighbors.

I for one have been surrounded by incredibly inspiring people my entire life and I have to say that their selflessness has rubbed off on me. Both my grandparents were in the army and air force and served their country. Our men and women in uniform are the ones who make the ultimate sacrifice, sometimes with their life so that we can enjoy our freedoms. Both my parents were school teachers and their selfless dedication to their students and that of all teachers continues to inspire me. And my older sister is a doctor and surgeon. Her dedication to helping others is a model I will continue to strive for in my life. So, if I may, I’d like to dedicate this to my family who have supported me and given me a purpose to live by and also to our men & women in uniform, our teachers, and our doctors who work to selflessly help others on a daily basis. May we all strive to dedicate ourselves to others so that we may enrich each others lives in sport and otherwise.

Thanks for seeing something in me that I may never have had the opportunity to see myself. Thanks to the International Fair Play Committee for this incredible honor and thank you to the US Olympic Committee for being such wonderful hosts.”