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BKL Winter Programs

"" 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).

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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: Friday Foxes is a collaborative parent/skier experience. All Friday Foxes parents are encouraged to attend a Friday Fox parent meeting and workshop at The Range on December 8th from 3:30-5:30. See event link HERE.  

Dates: 12/15 until the snow is gone.
Schedule:  3:30 – 4:45PM – Friday Only
Location: Ethan Allen Range, Jericho VT
Equipment needed: Classic no-wax skis, poles and boots, rental skis available.
Cost: $45 (increases to $50 on Dec 1)

Note: there is no 2nd-child discount for the Friday Foxes program

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 Julie Longstreth.

Dates: 11/28 thru 3/12
Schedule:  3:45 – 5:15PM – Tuesday only
Location: Ethan Allen Range, Jericho VT
Equipment needed: Classic no-wax skis, poles and boots, rental skis available.
Cost: $75 (increases to $80 on Dec 1)

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.

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!

Snow Leopards are skiers who love being on snow and are looking to spend more time on skis.  Most Snow Leopards sign up for 3-day training. This group has 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.

For 3-day skiers: our third day is either a Saturday or a Sunday, depending on the BKL race schedule. If there is no race or event on a weekend, we’ll have a training session on Saturday instead, usually at 10 AM. Locations can vary depending on snow conditions and include the Range, Craftsbury, the Notch and other local ski touring centers. Training sessions will include technique work with video analysis, race tactics & practice, long tours and sometimes games and tours with other BKL clubs.

Sign up for 3-Day programming if: You are skier who LOVES to ski and is looking for more time on the trails, as well as racing more during the winter months at regional events. 

Sign up for 2-Day programming if: You are looking to develop your skiing regularly and attend some winter races as well as the BKL Festival. 

Dates: 11/28 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.)


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

As a desire for more advanced coaching and on-snow time becomes apparent in the middle school age groups, MNC offers 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/Regional 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: 11/28 thru 3/15 Schedule:  3:45 – 5:15PM – Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, select Sundays (depending on winter race calendar) 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 $450 on Dec 1)

EABC Biathlon Add-On 
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New for 2017/2018! MNC BKL skiers age 8-13 interested in Biathlon may sign-up for this new option in partnership with the Ethan Allen Biathlon Club. Skiers will work with MNC during regular 3:45-5:15PM sessions, and on Tuesdays will train with Biathlon Air Rifles from 5:30-6:30PM. This program is coached by EABC’s Yves Dubief. No experience with rifles is required, but this program is limited to the first 10 registrants! Unless special circumstances dictate, it is expected that parents of skiers in this program be an active presence during sessions. Parents interested in learning how to coach shooting and range protocol are encouraged to get involved!

Program limited to 10 skiers, so sign up early.

Dates: 11/28 thru 3/15
Schedule:  5:30 – 6:30PM – Tuesday evenings
Location: Ethan Allen Range, Jericho VT
Equipment needed:  Skate skis, skate length poles, skate boots.
Cost: $75 (increases to $85 Dec 1).


Interested in joining a MNC BKL group?

Registration for the 2017-2018 season is open October 10th.  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

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! 24983456343_5830b6fd8a_k

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