BILL KOCH KIDS SKI CLUB / MAD RIVER VALLEY NORDIC
The Bill Koch Youth Ski League (BKYSL) is a cross-country ski program for boys and girls from 5 through 13 years old (kindergarten - 6th grade). It was founded over 20 years ago by the United States Ski Association and is named for Bill Koch, the 1976 Olympic Silver medalist in the 30 kilometer event. The mission of the New England Bill Koch League is "to introduce young people to the lifelong sport of cross-country skiing with all of its recreational, social, fitness and competitive opportunities".
The local club is the basic unit of organization for BKYSL. The clubs meet regularly throughout the ski season to provide opportunities for kids to learn to ski and to improve their skills. "Instruction" is often through relays and other games on skis. The emphasis is on fun. There are also age-appropriate races for those who wish to try racing. These club events are organized and run by volunteers, most often BKYSL parents.
Bill Koch Kids Ski Club
Tuesdays, Dec. 9 to Mar. 17 3:30 - 5:00 PM,
(NO practice Dec. 23, Feb. 24, & Mar. 3)
Tuesday practice always starts at 3:30 on skis, so arrive earlier to get ready. Tuesday practice will end at 4:30 - 5, extending closer to 5 as days get longer. Bring skate and classic skis to practice each week, except Kindergarteners, who are classic only.
Registration and Outfitting
Tuesday, December 2, 3:30-5:30 PM. Mandatory gear pick-up.
It's only $125 if paid before Oct. 30, and $150 by Nov. 30. Registration includes a NENSA membership. Financial assistance is available. Download forms: BKL Information sheet, BKL Registration Form, NENSA Waiver, BKL Paintball Biathlon Waiver, BKL Schedule.
Seasonal equipment leases ($70), rentals ($40), and special rate purchase of gear are available from Ole's.
For more information contact Chris Badger at email@example.com or by phone at 802-496-9657.
It's all about FUN! Former BKL leader and head coach, Kate Williams at the Mardi Gras celebration ski day.
Photos: John Williams.