WEFOUNDBill Koch Youth Ski League Parent / Leader Manual


On January 23 and 24, 2016 Bill Koch League Youth skiers ventured to Bristol Mountain in Western, NY for the annual Mid-A Ski Festival hosted by Rochester Cross Country Ski Foundation (RXCSF).  There were 105 registered skiers ranging in age from 3 to 13 years, traveling from four different NY Bill Koch clubs.  Saturday’s events consisted of Freestyle racing and the non-competitive Tour de Ski for those who were not interested in racing.  The afternoon was filled with snow games.  On Sunday, the technique changed to classic and the event concluded with the family fun relay and a cookout. Local news coverage captured the enthusiasm of the relay .

The event also honored this year’s graduating Bill Koch skiers and named the 2016 Secretary Cup winner- Emelia Jordan.  Festival Highlights were captured in video .

Clubs that are interested in hosting the 2017 Festival should contact Mid Atlantic BKYSL Chair Janine Phaneauf or NYSSRA Nordic Secretary Eric Hamilton to express their interest.  Please consider having your club host and continuing this great tradition for our young NY skiers! This is the future of Nordic skiing in New York!

On January 23 and 24, 2016 Bill Koch League Youth skiers ventured to Bristol Mountain in Western, NY for the annual Mid-A Ski Festival hosted by Rochester Cross Country Ski Foundation (RXCSF).  There were 105 registered skiers ranging in age from 3 to 13 years, traveling from four different NY Bill Koch clubs.  Saturday’s events consisted of Freestyle racing and the non-competitive Tour de Ski for those who were not interested in racing.  The afternoon was filled with snow games.  On Sunday, the technique changed to classic and the event concluded with the family fun relay and a cookout. Local news coverage captured the enthusiasm of the relay .

The event also honored this year’s graduating Bill Koch skiers and named the 2016 Secretary Cup winner- Emelia Jordan.  Festival Highlights were captured in video .

Clubs that are interested in hosting the 2017 Festival should contact Mid Atlantic BKYSL Chair Janine Phaneauf or NYSSRA Nordic Secretary Eric Hamilton to express their interest.  Please consider having your club host and continuing this great tradition for our young NY skiers! This is the future of Nordic skiing in New York!

This is the HomePage of the Windblown Bill Koch Youth Ski Club located in New Ipswich, New Hampshire.  This site is designed to keep both members and others interested youth cross country skiing linked.   Through this site, we communicate information about our club, club events & calendar, race results and other useful ski links.

The Windblown Club is part of the Bill Koch Youth Ski League (BKYSL).  BKYSL offers cross country, ski jumping, and nordic combined programs for boys and girls 13 years old and younger. It is cross country skiing's largest membership group. The league is based on local club participation and involvement. All membership materials and communications will be directed to the local club leader.

The program is named for Olympic Silver medallist Bill Koch. Bill, a native of Vermont, began skiing in the early 70's in a local ski club and was an active nordic combined skier before turning his efforts toward cross country ski racing. In 1976 he shocked the ski world with a silver medal in the 30-kilometer event at the Winter Olympic Games in Seefeld/Innsbruck, Austria. A few years later, he won the World Cup series. He is often credited with starting the "skating revolution" that so dramatically changed cross country skiing in the 1980's.

The New England Bill Koch League (BKL) Festival is the marquee event of the New England Nordic Ski Association’s Bill Koch Youth Ski League.  Individuals and Clubs from all over New England and New York are welcome to participate in the Festival for a weekend of activities centered on cross country skiing.

The Eastern Massachusetts Bill Koch League (EMBK) looks forward to welcoming and hosting friends from the region at our home course, the Leo J Martin Ski Track in Weston, MA on February 17-18, 2018.  Weston is a just 20 minutes from downtown Boston so come early and stay late! You can even ski at night! We’re planning a fantastic course that allows spectators to see almost the entire race. We’ll also take advantage of skiing under the lights by hosting THREE races this year—two on Saturday and one on Sunday! Race details coming soon!

EMBK is hosting a dance party on SNOW. And, we’ll be doing plenty of snow dances to ensure lots of snow before February. And, really…this festival is all about kids and families having loads of fun while making friends, staying fit, and participating in supportive competition. Therefore, the Festival Theme is Snow Dance . We’ll have food, music, and lots of crazy costumes!

On January 23 and 24, 2016 Bill Koch League Youth skiers ventured to Bristol Mountain in Western, NY for the annual Mid-A Ski Festival hosted by Rochester Cross Country Ski Foundation (RXCSF).  There were 105 registered skiers ranging in age from 3 to 13 years, traveling from four different NY Bill Koch clubs.  Saturday’s events consisted of Freestyle racing and the non-competitive Tour de Ski for those who were not interested in racing.  The afternoon was filled with snow games.  On Sunday, the technique changed to classic and the event concluded with the family fun relay and a cookout. Local news coverage captured the enthusiasm of the relay .

The event also honored this year’s graduating Bill Koch skiers and named the 2016 Secretary Cup winner- Emelia Jordan.  Festival Highlights were captured in video .

Clubs that are interested in hosting the 2017 Festival should contact Mid Atlantic BKYSL Chair Janine Phaneauf or NYSSRA Nordic Secretary Eric Hamilton to express their interest.  Please consider having your club host and continuing this great tradition for our young NY skiers! This is the future of Nordic skiing in New York!

This is the HomePage of the Windblown Bill Koch Youth Ski Club located in New Ipswich, New Hampshire.  This site is designed to keep both members and others interested youth cross country skiing linked.   Through this site, we communicate information about our club, club events & calendar, race results and other useful ski links.

The Windblown Club is part of the Bill Koch Youth Ski League (BKYSL).  BKYSL offers cross country, ski jumping, and nordic combined programs for boys and girls 13 years old and younger. It is cross country skiing's largest membership group. The league is based on local club participation and involvement. All membership materials and communications will be directed to the local club leader.

The program is named for Olympic Silver medallist Bill Koch. Bill, a native of Vermont, began skiing in the early 70's in a local ski club and was an active nordic combined skier before turning his efforts toward cross country ski racing. In 1976 he shocked the ski world with a silver medal in the 30-kilometer event at the Winter Olympic Games in Seefeld/Innsbruck, Austria. A few years later, he won the World Cup series. He is often credited with starting the "skating revolution" that so dramatically changed cross country skiing in the 1980's.

On January 23 and 24, 2016 Bill Koch League Youth skiers ventured to Bristol Mountain in Western, NY for the annual Mid-A Ski Festival hosted by Rochester Cross Country Ski Foundation (RXCSF).  There were 105 registered skiers ranging in age from 3 to 13 years, traveling from four different NY Bill Koch clubs.  Saturday’s events consisted of Freestyle racing and the non-competitive Tour de Ski for those who were not interested in racing.  The afternoon was filled with snow games.  On Sunday, the technique changed to classic and the event concluded with the family fun relay and a cookout. Local news coverage captured the enthusiasm of the relay .

The event also honored this year’s graduating Bill Koch skiers and named the 2016 Secretary Cup winner- Emelia Jordan.  Festival Highlights were captured in video .

Clubs that are interested in hosting the 2017 Festival should contact Mid Atlantic BKYSL Chair Janine Phaneauf or NYSSRA Nordic Secretary Eric Hamilton to express their interest.  Please consider having your club host and continuing this great tradition for our young NY skiers! This is the future of Nordic skiing in New York!

This is the HomePage of the Windblown Bill Koch Youth Ski Club located in New Ipswich, New Hampshire.  This site is designed to keep both members and others interested youth cross country skiing linked.   Through this site, we communicate information about our club, club events & calendar, race results and other useful ski links.

The Windblown Club is part of the Bill Koch Youth Ski League (BKYSL).  BKYSL offers cross country, ski jumping, and nordic combined programs for boys and girls 13 years old and younger. It is cross country skiing's largest membership group. The league is based on local club participation and involvement. All membership materials and communications will be directed to the local club leader.

The program is named for Olympic Silver medallist Bill Koch. Bill, a native of Vermont, began skiing in the early 70's in a local ski club and was an active nordic combined skier before turning his efforts toward cross country ski racing. In 1976 he shocked the ski world with a silver medal in the 30-kilometer event at the Winter Olympic Games in Seefeld/Innsbruck, Austria. A few years later, he won the World Cup series. He is often credited with starting the "skating revolution" that so dramatically changed cross country skiing in the 1980's.

The New England Bill Koch League (BKL) Festival is the marquee event of the New England Nordic Ski Association’s Bill Koch Youth Ski League.  Individuals and Clubs from all over New England and New York are welcome to participate in the Festival for a weekend of activities centered on cross country skiing.

The Eastern Massachusetts Bill Koch League (EMBK) looks forward to welcoming and hosting friends from the region at our home course, the Leo J Martin Ski Track in Weston, MA on February 17-18, 2018.  Weston is a just 20 minutes from downtown Boston so come early and stay late! You can even ski at night! We’re planning a fantastic course that allows spectators to see almost the entire race. We’ll also take advantage of skiing under the lights by hosting THREE races this year—two on Saturday and one on Sunday! Race details coming soon!

EMBK is hosting a dance party on SNOW. And, we’ll be doing plenty of snow dances to ensure lots of snow before February. And, really…this festival is all about kids and families having loads of fun while making friends, staying fit, and participating in supportive competition. Therefore, the Festival Theme is Snow Dance . We’ll have food, music, and lots of crazy costumes!

ORN strives to support our next generation of skiers by creating a fun-filled environment where nordic skiing can be learned, enjoyed and respected as a lifelong sport. Our kid's program, called the Bill Koch League (BKL), meets on Sunday afternoons when experienced club members, with help from parents of the participants, will provide hands-on instruction and guidance for kids of all ages and abilities.  Read more about our program below and then  Click Here to Register for the Sunday BKL program online.  

For all levels of skiers, aged 5 to 13 (K-8th grade), this weekly program will develop the technique, agility and balance of young skiers through drills, games, and exploration of the Morse Farm trail system. (Please note that for the youngest beginner skiers (K-1st grade), a parent or guardian is required to accompany the child. At that age they may need one-on-one assistance.)  We focus primarily on the classic technique during the Sunday sessions.  We rely on parent volunteers to help at these sessions, so please sign up to help on the registration page!

For committed junior skiers, grades 5-8, who are ready for a more challenging program that features both classic and skating techniques, as well as the chance to gain some racing experience. Note that all abilities levels, from beginners to advanced, are welcome to join this group. The only criteria are desire and commitment!


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