Sports Briefs

Like DMR, the Nordic Center at Purgatory is open daily

While Durango Mountain Resort opened the mountain for daily operations today, the Nordic Center at Purgatory, too, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Trails are groomed daily for both classic and skate skiing.

The Nordic Center will host a skate ski clinic for beginners at 1 p.m. Saturday. The clinic will cost $15 for Nordic season-pass holders and $25 for others, and rental skis will be available at the Nordic Center.

For more information, call 385-2114.

Hesperus Ski Area is offering a free sneak peak Thursday

Hesperus Ski Area is offering a free sneak preview of opening day.

Hesperus will open at noon Thursday, and there will be no charge for lift tickets – skiers and snowboarders must stop at the ticket counter for their complimentary ticket. Rentals, lessons and tubing, however, will cost the regular rates.

Tickets will be sold Friday at a reduced rate – $29 for adults and $18 for 12-and-under.

The ski area officially will open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and will be open daily through Jan. 6. Night skiing will begin Jan. 7.

For more information, call 259-3711 or go to

Can’t skate? Chapman Hill is teaching all levels

Joanie Hupp will teach you.

Hupp, Chapman Hill’s new Learn-to-Skate director, is hosting 30-minute drop-in ice skating lessons at 4:15 and 5:15 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, at 10 and 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and 3:45 and 4:15 p.m. on Fridays.

The cost is $8 per 30-minute lesson and includes a free skate rental. Punch cards for 10 lessons also are available for $70.

For more information, call 375-7395.

Cross competition is over, but we still can practice

The Four Corners Cyclocross Series has finished, but the noon Wednesday practices will continue through the holidays.

Cyclocrossers can ride noon Wednesday and 11 a.m. Sunday at Fort Lewis College.

For more information, call Dave Hagen at 403-4842.

Durango Herald