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Mansfield Nordic Club offers youth ski programming for all ages and abilities.  The Bill Koch Youth Ski League (read more details below) was created as a system for skiers to partake in before they enter high school.  All of our groups exist under a “BKL” umbrella and are for ages up to Grade 8.  These groups strive to provide the right level of coaching, training and experiences for skiers at a wide range of ages, abilities and goals.

The Mansfield Nordic Club’s BKL programs are all about having fun on skis, whether that means racing, training, practicing our jumping and agility, or playing games on skis!

Multi-Child discounts: MNC offers a $50 discount for the second child of a family enrolling in a BKL program (limit 1 additional child).

Introductory Programs

Friday Foxes / 1-Day (formerly Mt. Mansfield BKL): Grades K-8

The Friday Foxes program is an introductory/recreational program for elementary- and middle school-aged skiers looking to learn the sport and the fundamentals of skiing. Fun games, adventure skis and hot cocoa are favorite staples of this program!

Please note: unless special circumstances dictate, it is expected that all parents of Friday Fox skiers be an active presence on ski days. This can mean on-snow help or assistance with setup/cleanup, or more. 

Dates: 12/16 until the snow is gone
Schedule:  3:30 – 4:45PM – Friday Only
Location: Underhill Central School, Underhill VT  with possibility of   Ethan Allen Range, Jericho VT if snow doesn’t come.
Equipment needed: Classic no-wax skis, poles and boots, rental skis available. Rent equipment via THIS LINK!
Cost: $45 (increases to $50 on Dec 1, 2016)

Penguins /1-Day: Pre-K to 1st Grade

This is our youngest group of skiers who are in pre-school up to first grade and is limited to the younger siblings of skiers on the Devo, Jack Rabbit and Snow Leopard teams. Penguins meet on Tuesdays only, and ski with parent volunteers led by Lisa Burt.

Dates: 12/1 thru 3/15
Schedule:  3:45 – 5:15PM – Tuesday only
Location: Ethan Allen Range, Jericho VT
Equipment needed: Classic no-wax skis, poles and boots
Cost: $75 (increases to $80 on Dec 1, 2016)

Race Oriented Programs

Snow Leopards and Jack Rabbits / 2-Day & 3-Day: Grades 1-8

Skiers in this group sign-up based upon the desired days of training and will be assigned to one of two coaching groups based upon skier age and ability.

Snow Leopards are typically older and more experienced, and have a focus on fun with additional emphasis on technique, speed, agility and racing opportunities! Coaches lead drills, and develop skills and challenges to enhance racing technique and speed on snow.  Kids in this group have experience both classic and skate skiing and are working on improving their technique and learning racing skills. Weekend events may include skiing in BKL races, cheering at high school, college or Eastern Cup races, and family outings at local ski areas.  Participation in races is encouraged but not required, and the annual Bill Koch League Festival is a big highlight!

Jack Rabbits are comprised of younger newer skiers who have a focus on improving technique and fitness, while having fun getting to know what ski racing is all about.  Jack Rabbit kids should have experience classic skiing, but are learning how to skate ski or improve their skate skiing. Participation in local BKL races is encouraged, but not required, and the annual Bill Koch Festival is a big highlight!

Dates: 12/1 thru 3/15
Schedule:  3:45 – 5:15PM – Tuesday and Thursdays, 3-Day skiers add one weekend race/other ski event
Location: Ethan Allen Range, Jericho VT
Equipment needed:  Classic no-wax or waxable skis, classic length poles, skate skis, skate length poles and combi boots.
Cost: $325 3-Day  /  $225 2-Day (increases to $340/$240, respectively, on Dec 1, 2016)

Devo-Comp Team/4-Day (7th & 8th Graders, with Head Coach approval)

As a desire for elite ski training becomes apparent in the middle school age groups, MNC is introducing a Development Competition Team with a weekly schedule and level of training/competition to match the needs of skiers looking to make the transition from BKL to Eastern Cup/National level events. This team will train in conjunction with the Junior Competition Team and Coach Adam 3-to-4 days per week, and team members are encouraged to expand their racing horizons by competing in a few Eastern Cup events

Dates: 12/1 thru 3/15
Schedule:  3:45 – 5:15PM – Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday (3 days concurrent with Junior Competition Team)
Location: Ethan Allen Range, Jericho VT, weekends vary
Equipment needed:  Classic skis, classic length poles, skate skis, skate length poles, skate and classic boots.
Cost: $425 (increases to $440 on Dec 1, 2016)

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Interested in joining a MNC BKL group?

Registration for the 2016-2017 season is open October 15th.  All MNC skiers and anyone planning to ski with the club must hold an Mansfield Nordic Club Membership. For  MNC Membership information and to register click “Join MNC” .

Coaching Opportunities

Parents interested in helping out or becoming a volunteer coach’s assistant should contact Coach Rosemary at sheacobb19@gmail.com

About the Bill Koch Ski League (BKL)

BILL KOCH is America’s most famous cross country skier… he emerged from the hills of Putney, Vermont to become a World Cup Champion and Olympic Silver Medalist.  He grew up skiing in the woods and pastures around his house and was well known for his ability to duck under tap lines and launch off jumps…on his XC racing skis!

When he retired from world cup skiing, NENSA honored “Kochie” by forming the Bill Koch Ski League (BKL) to introduce New England children to Nordic skiing and the joy of going fast on skis.  MNC is proud to promote this league and share the sport of Nordic skiing with young athletes in VT and beyond!

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