Dolph Kuss credited for fostering athletic lifestyle in Durango

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Dolph Kuss credited for fostering athletic lifestyle in Durango

‘Patriarch of skiing’ founded Outdoor Pursuits, celebrating 40th anniversary
Legendary Durango outdoorsman Dolph Kuss stands at the base of Chapman Hill Ski Area. Kuss and volunteers cleared trees and put in the rope tow in the 1950s. He proposed Outdoor Pursuits, a program to introduce Fort Lewis College students to outdoor activities, which will celebrate its 40th anniversary this weekend.
Dolph Kuss skis down the Smelter Mountain tailings pile. Kuss was the only downhill ski coach in Durango in the early 1950s. He still enjoys cross-country skiing.
Dolph Kuss, front left, with members of a boys club, prepares to board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad in the 1950s for a backpacking trip.
If you go

Fort Lewis College will host events to honor Dolph Kuss as part of Outdoor Pursuits’ 40th anniversary. For more information, call 247-7177.
Friday

2-5 p.m.: Tour of Outdoor Pursuits at the Student Life Center. RSVP at http://bit.ly/2GfDCxy.


5 p.m.: A social at Brew Pub & Kitchen, 117 W. College Drive.


Saturday

9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Dolph Kuss Ski Day at Purgatory Resort. Purchase tickets at http://bit.ly/2FIA8ph.


6 p.m.: A Celebration of Adventure featuring Dolph Kuss and friends, Student Union Ballroom at Fort Lewis College. Tickets are $25 and includes heavy appetizers and two drink tickets and can be purchased online at http://bit.ly/2FIA8ph.

Dolph Kuss’ career highlights

1949-1964: Junior alpine and Nordic coach for Rocky Mountain Division of U.S. Ski Association


1950-1960: National ski team member


1963-1972: Nordic ski coach for U.S. Ski Team


1965-1976: Fort Lewis College Ski Team coach


1964: Coached U.S. cross-country skiers at the Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria


1972: Coached U.S. Nordic combined skiers at the Olympics in Sapporo, Japan


1972: Head coach for the World University Games


1975: Organized NCAA championships at Purgatory


1976: Proposed Outdoor Pursuits as a new program at Fort Lewis College


1990: Inducted into Colorado Ski Hall of Fame.


Fort Lewis College

Dolph Kuss credited for fostering athletic lifestyle in Durango

Legendary Durango outdoorsman Dolph Kuss stands at the base of Chapman Hill Ski Area. Kuss and volunteers cleared trees and put in the rope tow in the 1950s. He proposed Outdoor Pursuits, a program to introduce Fort Lewis College students to outdoor activities, which will celebrate its 40th anniversary this weekend.
Dolph Kuss skis down the Smelter Mountain tailings pile. Kuss was the only downhill ski coach in Durango in the early 1950s. He still enjoys cross-country skiing.
Dolph Kuss, front left, with members of a boys club, prepares to board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad in the 1950s for a backpacking trip.
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