Ford Sayre Nordic Programs

BKL group in powder snowFord Sayre Nordic Programs include the:

Register Online by October 31st for grades 3-8 and by November 20th for grades K-2. No late registration, please. Registration for the 2016-17 season will open during the first week of October.

Scholarships are available to support program costs.


Bill Koch League (BKL; Grades K-8)

Whether this is your introduction to the sport or you’re a competitive skier already, the emphasis will be on having fun and developing a lifelong love for Nordic skiing.

As Bill Koch remarked, “A love of sport, competitive or recreational, opens the door to fun, play and joy. Positive skiing experiences for all our children are paramount. Not everyone can come in first, but everyone can challenge him or herself, learn from experiences, encourage each other, and celebrate together”.

Please read: Important notes on new structure for 2016-17 Season

We have restructured our BKL youth skiing program (grades K-8) to better meet the needs of children and better use our resources, facilities and coaches. Please carefully review the new program descriptions. You will find:

  • Children in Kindergarten through 2nd grade will participate in a program with ski practice on Tuesday afternoons (unchanged from 2015-16 season);
  • Children in 3rd to 4th grade will participate in one program with ski practice on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons;
  • Children in 5th through 8th grade will have three program choices that have practice on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. The programs have different emphases and objectives, equipment, and skill experience required.
  • A subset of children in the 5th to 8th grade development/racing program may participate in racing clinics on Friday afternoons.

BKL structure

Location of practice can vary, but will primarily occur at:

  • Oak Hill: Oak Hill Drive, Hanover, NH; top parking lot of the Storrs Pond Recreation Area
  • Garipay Fields: 9 Reservoir Rd, Hanover, NH; near the Dartmouth Rugby Fields

These locations are within walking distance of the Ray School and Richmond Middle School. Verification of location will be sent by e-mail and posted on the Ford Sayre BKL website the night before practice.

Cancellation of practice: Practice will be cancelled if the Dresden School District is closed, including snow days, early dismissals, or school vacations, OR if conditions are dangerous to children (cold temperatures, unsafe or icy trail conditions).

Practice times: Weather and trail conditions permitting, duration of practice may be extended by half an hour in February to coincide with the longer daylight hours.

Questions: Please contact the BKL Program Directors should you have any questions about enrolling your child in the Ford Sayre nordic programs for the upcoming season.

Co-Program Directors:


Bill Koch League: Kindergarten thru 2nd grade (BKL K-2)

The BKL K-2 program is geared toward our youngest children who are in Kindergarten through 2nd grade. Children will learn fundamental skiing skills of agility, balance, and coordination with a focus on ski play and fun.

  • Prior experience:  None
  • Grades:  Kindergarten through 2nd grade
  • Technique:  Classic
  • Equipment:  Waxless classic skis
  • Practice schedule:  Tuesdays, November 29th thru March 7th, 3:30-4:30
  • Location:  Garipay Fields (Hanover, NH)
  • Program Fee:  $100
  • Trail pass:  Our program fee covers the cost of using Dartmouth’s XC trails during practice. If you wish to ski outside of practice, please purchase a daily or seasonal trail pass from Dartmouth.
  • Program Director:  Aricca Van Citters 603-715-7233; email JuniorBKL@FordSayre.org

Bill Koch League: 3rd thru 4th grade (BKL 3-4)

Our 3rd and 4th grade program teaches fundamental skills for the classic and skate skiing techniques. Having fun, while developing skills through play, will be an integral part of practices. For children interested in racing, Ford Sayre coaches will provide encouragement and support at local and regional races.

  • Prior experience:  None
  • Grades:  3rd – 4th
  • Technique:  Classic & skate
  • Equipment:  2 separate pairs of skis (classic & skate skis) OR 1 pair of combi skis.*
  • Practice schedule:  Tuesdays & Thursdays, November 10th thru March 7th, 3:30-4:30
  • Location:  Oak  Hill or Garipay Fields (Hanover, NH)
  • Program Fee:  $220, plus $25 NENSA membership (New England Nordic Ski Association)
  • Trail pass: Dartmouth XC ski center season trail pass is required. Individual season pass: $70, if purchased prior to 12/15/16. OR, “Early bird” family season pass: $290, if purchased prior to 11/7/16. Note “Ford Sayre member” on application form.
  • Program Director:  Aricca Van Citters 603-715-7233; email JuniorBKL@FordSayre.org

* NOTE: We highly recommend 2 pairs of skis for 3-4 grade skiers (one pair of classic skis and one pair of skate skis). Technique-specific skis often lead to more rapid skill progression, and reduce the time needed to wax and maintain skis. If cost is an issue, skiers may select 1 pair of combination (“combi”) skis that work for both classic and skating technique. However, please be aware that this option requires extra time and skill to clean and re-wax the skis for different techniques (on a practice-to-practice basis.) Refer to the Fordsayre.org website for more detailed information on equipment and contact the Program Heads with any specific questions.


BKL 5th-8th grade, New Skier

The New Skier program is dedicated to teaching foundational skiing skills such as balance, agility, ski maintenance, and proper classic technique to all new nordic skiers in grades 5-8. Based on skier readiness and a coach’s recommendation, the skier may progress into the Adventure program or Development/Racing program within the season.

  • Prior experience:  None
  • Grades:  5th-8th
  • Technique:  Classic
  • Equipment: Waxless Classic or Waxable Classic or Combi skis.**
  • Practice schedule:  Tuesdays & Thursdays, November 10th thru March 7th, 3:30-4:30
  • Location:  Oak  Hill or Garipay Fields (Hanover, NH)
  • Program Fee:  $220, plus $25 NENSA membership (New England Nordic Ski Association)
  • Trail pass: Dartmouth XC ski center season trail pass is required. Individual season pass: $70, if purchased prior to 12/15/16. OR, “Early bird” family season pass: $290, if purchased prior to 11/7/16. Note “Ford Sayre member” on application form.
  • Program Director:  Jane Phipps  802-359-3868; email BKL@FordSayre.org

** NOTE: Waxable classic or combi skis are highly recommended for children interested in exploring the skate technique and/or advancing to the Development/Racing program within the season. Waxless skis are most suitable for children interested in advancing to the Adventure program within the season. Refer to the Fordsayre.org website for more detailed information on equipment and contact the Program Directors with any specific questions.


BKL 5th-8th grade, Adventure

This program is designed for skiers who prefer the recreational pace of skiing. The program will include skiing adventures on and off the groomed trails. The program emphasizes sound nordic skiing fundamentals, adventure, exploration, and fun. Practice may also include learning about wilderness safety, orienteering, leadership skills, and exploration of the skate skiing technique. This program promotes skiing for health and fitness and as a lifelong sport.

  • Prior experience:  1 year of classic skiing experience
  • Grades:  5th-8th
  • Technique:  Classic
  • Equipment: Classic (NOTE: Waxless classic skis are highly recommended.)
  • Practice schedule:  Tuesdays & Thursdays, November 10th thru March 7th, 3:30-4:30
  • Location:  Oak  Hill or Garipay Fields (Hanover, NH)
  • Program Fee:  $220, plus $25 NENSA membership (New England Nordic Ski Association)
  • Trail pass: Dartmouth XC ski center season trail pass is required. Individual season pass: $70, if purchased prior to 12/15/16. OR, “Early bird” family season pass: $290, if purchased prior to 11/7/16. Note “Ford Sayre member” on application form.
  • Program Director:  Jane Phipps  802-359-3868; email BKL@FordSayre.org

BKL 5th-8th grade, Development / Racing

This developmental and racing program emphasizes improving technique, speed, and agility in both classic and skate techniques, while also building fitness and having fun. Skiers will be encouraged (though not required) to participate in local and regional races. Coaches will support skiers through races, including individual goal setting, waxing skis on race day and cheering. Families are expected to learn to wax and maintain skis.

  • Prior experience: 1-2 seasons of classic skiing experience in a club environment
  • Grades:  5th-8th
  • Technique:  Classic & Skate
  • Equipment: 2 separate pairs of skis (classic & skate skis) OR 1 pair of combi skis.*** Waxless classic skis are not appropriate for skiers participating in this program.
  • Practice schedule:  Tuesdays & Thursdays, November 10th thru March 7th, 3:30-4:30
  • Location:  Oak  Hill or Garipay Fields (Hanover, NH)
  • Program Fee:  $220, plus $25 NENSA membership (New England Nordic Ski Association)
  • Trail pass: Dartmouth XC ski center season trail pass is required. Individual season pass: $70, if purchased prior to 12/15/16. OR, “Early bird” family season pass: $290, if purchased prior to 11/7/16. Note “Ford Sayre member” on application form.
  • Program Director:  Jane Phipps  802-359-3868; email BKL@FordSayre.org

*** NOTE: We highly recommend 2 pairs of skis for children in the development / racing program (one pair of waxable classic skis and one pair of skate skis). Technique-specific skis often lead to more rapid skill progression, and reduce the time needed to wax and maintain skis. If cost is an issue, skiers may select 1 pair of combination (“combi”) skis that work for both classic and skating technique. However, please be aware that this option requires extra time and skill to clean and re-wax the skis for different techniques (on a practice-to-practice basis.) Refer to the Fordsayre.org website for more detailed information on equipment and contact the Program Directors with any specific questions.


BKL 5th-8th grade, Friday Race Clinics

The Friday Race Clinic program is designed for children enrolled in the Development/Racing program who are motivated to ski fast and interested in racing. The Friday Race Clinic program provides an additional day of practice to focus on race-specific techniques and strategies, and dedicated time to train and prepare for upcoming weekend races. Coaches will support skiers through races, including individual goal setting, waxing skis on race day, and cheering.

  • Prior experience: Must be enrolled in the Development/Racing Program, have experience in both classic and skate techniques, AND have previous racing experience.
  • Grades:  5th-8th
  • Technique:  Classic & Skate
  • Equipment: 2 separate pairs of skis (classic & skate skis) OR 1 pair of combi skis. Please read the note about equipment that follows the development / racing program.
  • Practice schedule:  Fridays, November 18th thru February 24th, 3:30-4:30
  • Location:  Oak  Hill or Garipay Fields (Hanover, NH)
  • Program Fee:  $100
  • Program Director:  Jane Phipps  802-359-3868; email BKL@FordSayre.org

Junior Nordic Team: U16, U18, U20

The Junior Nordic Team is for 9th through 12th graders who want to continually improve their racing skills and develop a lifelong appreciation of the sport. This program emphasizes skiing improvement, competition, and the development of athletes with skills in all facets of Nordic racing. Skiers with regional and national goals will find the low athlete/coach ratio and team dynamic advantageous. The benefits of this program include: personalized planning, an emphasis on personal responsibility as a young adult, technical instruction, and team logistical support for practices and races coupled with the flexibility to adapt to each skier’s individual goals and schedule.

The program may either complement a skier’s participation in the local high school program (two weekday sessions) or stand alone as a skier’s primary team (three weekday sessions). Skiers should plan to participate in the majority of Ford Sayre supported NENSA races (single and multi-day trips across New England) and are expected to keep a training log. Enrollment is limited to 15 skiers and is contingent upon previous Nordic racing experience and consultation with the coaches. The program runs Nov through March. A summer training program runs late June through mid August (separate registration in June).

  • Program Fee:
    • $1,375 for two weekday sessions per workweek (for those on high school teams);
    • $1,575 three weekday sessions per workweek (for those participating only in Ford Sayre JNT).
  • NENSA and USSA Membership: Both are required. Join on your own, choose “Ford Sayre” as your club: www.nensa.net, www.ussa.org
  • Facilities Fee: Each athlete must have a Dartmouth trail pass (purchase on your own or receive via HHS if on the HHS team)
  • Days/time: Wed 3:00, Fri 3:30, third day is usually Mon 3:30; Sat and/or Sun TBA Place: Oak Hill
  • Head Coach: Scottie Eliassen 603-795-3165
  • Program Head: Ashley Milliken;  802-649-2159JNT@FordSayre.org