Sports Briefs

Chapman Hill ski lift is getting an upgrade

The Durango Winter Sports Foundation, in conjunction with the city of Durango, is working on improvements to the ski hill at Chapman Hill.

The upper portion of the hill will be graded and smoothed out to allow for more efficient snowmaking and grooming operations.

The rope tow loading and landing areas will be improved.

Two additional anchor points will be installed for the winch-snowcat.

An elevated rock and earthen platform will be built at the top of the hill for the starting area for the mogul course.

A new path will be created to the sledding hill so the snowcat can be used to groom the sledding hill.

The hill improvements are scheduled to be completed Friday, weather permitting. Chapman Hill users are encouraged to use caution while construction is in progress.

For more information, contact Durango Parks and Recreation at 375-7300 or

Cyclocross cyclists, start your engines

The first official cyclocross practice of the season will be held at noon today, then will continue through December.

The practices will start around the Fort Lewis College softball fields, but organizer Dave Hagen warned in a news release to The Durango Herald: “Please steer clear of the other teams practicing or any other activity in the area as these folks have priority until November.”

Starting Nov. 7, the cyclocross practices will begin at 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays.

For more information, email Hagen at

It’s time to hit the hardwood in Towaoc

Registration is open for men’s and women’s open fall basketball leagues at the Ute Mountain Recreation Center in Towaoc.

Leagues will play Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, beginning Tuesday at the UMRC.

The entry fee per team is $260 with a 10-player roster maximum. Eight regular-season games are guaranteed, and there will be a postseason tournament.

For more information, call 564-5360.

Shop Backcountry to help cross country

Backcountry Experience (1205 Camino del Rio) will host an ongoing fundraiser for the Durango High School cross country program from Oct. 10-17.

The outdoors’ outfitter will donate all profits from the sales of Osprey Packs and Saucony shoes to the cross country team to help cover the boys and girls teams’ travel expenses to attend the Stanford Invitational at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif.

For more information, call 1-800-648-8519.

Durango Herald