Chapman Hill, Durango’s Ski Mountain

3/8/2021

Nolan Stowers, describes the importance of Chapman Hill for the community. Chapman hill serves as a training ground for young athletes, a family environment, and a healthy way for people to enjoy the outdoors.

...

1

00:00:04,170 --> 00:00:05,760

My name is Nolan Stowers and I was born

2

00:00:05,760 --> 00:00:07,050

and raised here in Durango, Colorado.

3

00:00:07,050 --> 00:00:08,560

I'm the program director for

4

00:00:08,560 --> 00:00:10,500

the Durango Winter Sports

Club freestyle team.

5

00:00:10,500 --> 00:00:11,640

We're here at Chapman Hill

6

00:00:11,640 --> 00:00:13,450

which has been one of our training grounds

7

00:00:13,450 --> 00:00:15,500

for the past 20 years here in Durango.

8

00:00:15,500 --> 00:00:17,780

Chapman Hill is awesome for the public.

9

00:00:17,780 --> 00:00:19,240

Technically it's a city park.

10

00:00:19,240 --> 00:00:22,147

Yeah, It's a very inexpensive

place to learn how to ski

11

00:00:22,147 --> 00:00:25,300

and we have a great freestyle program

12

00:00:25,300 --> 00:00:28,000

and the race training program

here at night and yeah

13

00:00:28,000 --> 00:00:30,360

some night skiing on weekdays from two

14

00:00:30,360 --> 00:00:33,870

until seven and then

weekends from 11 till five.

15

00:00:33,870 --> 00:00:36,600

Yeah, we've been fortunate

enough to have snowmaking

16

00:00:36,600 --> 00:00:37,860

for the last couple of

years in Chapman Hill

17

00:00:37,860 --> 00:00:40,750

and it's given us an

opportunity to build some pretty

18

00:00:40,750 --> 00:00:41,920

good looking mogul courses

19

00:00:41,920 --> 00:00:44,560

and have good race

training ground and stuff.

20

00:00:44,560 --> 00:00:46,200

It's a lot different than training at

21

00:00:46,200 --> 00:00:49,220

a normal mountain just due to, you know

22

00:00:49,220 --> 00:00:51,020

the access, how close it is to the town.

23

00:00:51,020 --> 00:00:53,340

It's a lot easier for,

you know, our athletes

24

00:00:53,340 --> 00:00:55,970

on the ski team to come over

for two hours to Chapman Hill

25

00:00:55,970 --> 00:00:58,048

than it is for them to

go to Purgatory all day.

26

00:01:04,090 --> 00:01:06,390

It's an awesome opportunity

for kids to come

27

00:01:06,390 --> 00:01:09,520

and ski after school and

kind of get out of the house.

28

00:01:09,520 --> 00:01:12,459

I've been skiing here 20 years now and

29

00:01:12,459 --> 00:01:16,460

yeah, I remember back when

we didn't have snowmaking

30

00:01:16,460 --> 00:01:18,030

and we'd have powder days in town

31

00:01:18,030 --> 00:01:19,920

and snow days would get called and

32

00:01:19,920 --> 00:01:21,010

my parents would shuttle us up

33

00:01:21,010 --> 00:01:22,230

to the top of the hill in their cars

34

00:01:22,230 --> 00:01:24,860

and they'd drop us off for

powder laps and yeah, it's

35

00:01:24,860 --> 00:01:26,810

it's pretty cool to see

how much the mountain

36

00:01:26,810 --> 00:01:28,130

and the Hill here has changed

37

00:01:28,130 --> 00:01:30,443

and how much support

the community gives it.

38

00:01:32,350 --> 00:01:33,183

You know

39

00:01:33,183 --> 00:01:35,140

I think we kind of get the

full spectrum of skiers.

40

00:01:35,140 --> 00:01:36,940

We've got, looks like three-year-olds

41

00:01:36,940 --> 00:01:38,800

out there learning for their first time.

42

00:01:38,800 --> 00:01:40,280

And then you've got guys

43

00:01:40,280 --> 00:01:42,460

out there who are trying

to crush some GS turns

44

00:01:42,460 --> 00:01:43,480

before they go to work,

45

00:01:43,480 --> 00:01:45,950

or go to their restaurant

jobs kind of thing

46

00:01:46,930 --> 00:01:48,410

For the price of a hundred

dollars lift ticket.

47

00:01:48,410 --> 00:01:49,940

You're not going to find a

cheaper place to learn how to

48

00:01:49,940 --> 00:01:50,773

ski. So.

PAST DURANGO LOCAL NEWS STORIES

Need more  Local DURANGO News?

News for Locals. By Locals.
Editorial Policy | Copyright © Local News Network Inc. All Rights Reserved. | Privacy Policy