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Hi BKL Parents and Kids! It’s fall and time to start thinking about this winter!

Here is a mini to-do list for the near future ūüôā

1) Reserve your Room for the BKL Festival! This year’s Festival is on¬†Feb. 17 & 18¬†in Weston, Ma. ¬†The host hotel is the Embassey Suites in Waltham. Be sure to use the group code to get the special rate of $119/nt.

Group Code: BKF
Check-in: 16-FEB-2018
Check-out: 18-FEB-2018
Hotel Name: Embassy Suites by Hilton Boston Waltham
Phone Number: 7814874240
2) Coming soon: BKL Fall Hiking Series! Keep your eye on the e-blast and MNC website for dates and times to be posted soon! Hikes will be on weekends in November and October. Can’t wait to see you all at the hikes!
Hope you are all having a fun, active fall!
PS…check out this awesome video of Brady practicing his backflips on skis. Wow!

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MNC awarded Bronze Level Status by US Ski and Snowboard Podium Certification Program!

MNC has just received recognition as a Bronze Level program by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard’s Podium Club Certification Program. MNC is the ONLY Nordic-specific club in New England to achieve this status. Along with Loppet Nordic Racing in Minnesota, Mansfield Nordic is one of only TWO Nordic-specific clubs in the country to be awarded status from the U.S. Ski and Snowboard certification system.

Below follows a press release from U.S. Ski and Snowboard:

The Mansfield Nordic Club has recently been awarded Podium Certification at the Bronze level by U.S. Ski and Snowboard. U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s Podium Club Certification Program requires a rigorous, mission driven self-assessment and review of best principles and practices in eight areas of organizational performance. The Mansfield Nordic Club has demonstrated appropriate levels of performance in all areas and is recognized as an important partner of U.S. Ski and Snowboard and a leader among ski and snowboard clubs in the nation.

Ellen Adams, USSA Club Development Manager
The Certification process not only recognizes club excellence, but also gives a clear roadmap for all clubs to become stronger organizations. This is a strategic part of U.S. Ski and Snowboard’s plans to support clubs, be a more club-based organization and better understand the challenges and opportunities that exist for clubs in every corner of the country. The process to achieve Podium Level Certification requires a commitment to excellence on behalf of a club and its constituents, and clubs have reported finding great value in doing the work necessary to complete the certification. Many clubs have found that the most positive impact was not necessarily the certification designation, but, rather, in uncovering the true opportunities they have to improve and continue to deliver sustained excellence. These clubs all set great examples, and are leading the charge for club improvement nationally.
Luke Bodensteiner, USSA Executive Vice President of Athletics
Working in closer partnership with our member clubs to recognize excellence and create a platform for continued improvement is the new frontier for our organization. Our clubs are our sport’s biggest asset to athlete recruitment and development, and working hand-in-hand with them will enhance their levels of achievement and will transform the performance of our athletes and teams at all levels.
Jon Casson, USSA Sport Education Director
The USSA Club Certification program is a valuable resource for all our clubs.  Our clubs all are working hard to be the best they can be and give all of their athletes a great experience in skiing and snowboarding.  The Certification programs give our clubs the resources they need to assess and improve their structure and programs to meet their organizational goals and the goals of the thousands of U.S. Ski and Snowboard athletes across the US.
MNC end of season party
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Adam Terko named 2017 NENSA Coach of the Year!

We are pleased to inform you that Adam Terko has been named the 2017 NENSA Coach of the Year.  Adam joined MNC in 2015 as our Head Coach/Executive director and from the first day has embraced and embodied the core values of our club;  Excellence, Passion and Fun.

Through his tremendous level of dedication,  passion and playfulness  he has made significant contributions to our athletes, our club as well as the local and regional ski community.

We as a club are extremely thankful to have Adam, and are proud that NENSA has chosen to honor him.  Congratulations Adam for this outstanding achievement!

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Thanks for an amazing season!

This Saturday, MNC held our annual end-of-season party to celebrate a great 2016/2017. No manmade snow was required to make for a great day of skiing, as another late-season storm brought a few fresh inches of snow to an already-snowy Vermont! It served as a good metaphor, to say the least: no matter how great our seasons are, Mansfield Nordic can always look for more!

Thank you so much to EVERYONE involved with MNC at any level: skiers, parents, volunteers, coaches, board members, the Range groomers, the National Guard, our great sponsors (Toko, Bobo’s, Skirack, Rossignol, Rudy Project, Dee PT) and all of the great skiers and community members that make our sport such a joy!

At our event, we also said a very special thanks to Sharon Henry and Gary Solow, who have contributed unimaginable amounts of their own time and energy to help organize events, capture photos, rally volunteers, and handle all manner of gatherings. Many, many thanks Sharon and Gary!

Karen gave a very nice speech recognizing all that Sharon and Gary have done for MNC!


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