More than a hut system

More than a hut system

Learn about the original bad asses of the ski world next Tuesday, when Durango Nordic presents “A Legacy of Skiing: The 10th Mountain Division.” The talk will be presented by Durango’s own three-peat Nordic Olympian and history buff, Mike Elliott, and gets under way at 6 p.m. at Pine Needle Mountaineering, 835 Main Ave.

It all started in the early 1940s when Minnie Dole, a civilian and founder of the National Ski Patrol, convinced the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff to create a mountain division to fight in World War II, and the 10th Mountain Division was born. From their intensive training at Colorado’s Camp Hale, near Vail, to their spectacular night climb of Italy's Riva Ridge, where the 10th scored their first victory against Hitler's troops in Italy, the 10th Mountain Division has left a nationwide legacy of skiing. To fill in the rest of the details, you’ll just have to show up for Elliott’s talk.

And lest you feel the need to quench more than your thirst for knowledge, refreshments from Ska Brewing will be available.