This is an archive of emails for the BKL 2 and 3 Day program for the 2015-2016 season and earlier.
- Practice CANCELLED for Tuesday, January 6 and Other General Logistics January 5, 2015
Welcome back to real-life-post-vacation! Hope you all had a wonderful holiday and managed to get in some skiing.
We are CANCELING PRACTICE FOR TOMORROW! Dartmouth is not grooming either location and while we have spent many hours trying to find another interesting venue, it just isn’t going to happen in a way that would be safe. We encourage all of you to get outside in some capacity, keep up the good early-season mojo and maybe take a snowshoe with poles in the woods. Better than nothing!
We have a few logistics listed below and then don’t miss the piece written by Noah Phipps, Ford Sayre 6th grader, describing the trip made by 17 Ford Sayre families to Mont Sainte Anne this vacation. This was our club’s first time heading north as a group. Huge thanks to Emily Silver for her fantastic organization! The trip was an enormous success.
- Clothing/gear: don’t forget to check the FS Gear Exchange for used/new items that folks want to sell. There are some great items there. If you ended up with the wrong sizes in clothing for one reason or another, this is a great place to “trade”. Go here.
- This Friday is our first Friday practice for 3-Day Skiers! Woohoo! Dorcas Wonsavage will be leading the charge. Get psyched! 3Day skiers will receive emails regarding location…cross your fingers!
- The Ford Sayre Nordic Committee is meeting this Thursday night at 7:00 in the Rotary Room at the Howe Library. All are welcome.
- Our first FS supported race, the Bogburn, will take place (hopefully) this Saturday, January 10. It is a classic style race. For details and to register go to the NENSA Calendar here. PLEASE NOTE, snow conditions are unpredictable, so check the NENSA site in case of cancellation.
- General racing information: Each season Ford Sayre “supports” a certain group of races. This means that we commit to having coaches present to work with each grade level group. For classic races, we also have a wax team that helps apply the appropriate kick wax if families need help. You can find the list of supported races on the “racing”tab on the site. FAMILIES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR REGISTERING THEIR CHILDREN FOR EACH RACE. We will always remind you at the beginning of the week of the race, but you must go to the NENSA site and register your kids. Later this week we will be posting organizational details for kids who want to race this weekend. It will be on the website under the “Racing” tab. This is where you will be able to find out which coaches will be at the race, what time age groups will warm up, etc. Please email us if you have questions! We are here to help. Carpooling is encouraged, so reach out to friends and drive together.
Mont Sainte-Anne 2014
by Noah Phipps
The Ford Sayre cross-country ski trip to Mont Sainte-Anne surely created many fond memories of skiing and being with friends. Mont Sainte-Anne has plenty of paths ranging from easy Green Circles to steep Black Diamonds, and at least 100 k. (60 m.) of groomed and tracked trails. In the morning, it was common for the Ford Sayre group to congregate at the lodge (a leisurely 10am start to allow it to warm up a bit) and organize into groups to ski together. After lunch at the lodge, Chateau Saint-Julien, families then skied by themselves or with friends. Chateau Saint-Julien provides a snack bar, a fireplace, multiple bathrooms, two lounges, ski shop (the hats were extremely popular!), and a waxing room (“Le salle de fartage”) with over 20 waxing benches.
Pouring rain and warm temperatures in the Upper Valley made people nervous about the conditions but luckily an email from a Ford Sayre parent on the 26th shared “For everyone coming in the next day or so, you are in for a real treat. Conditions are great, and don’t be deceived by what it looks like on the drive up. More opening up tomorrow so it could be back over 100K.” The trails at Mont Sainte-Anne proved to be well groomed, maintained and simply beautiful.
Kids had fun skiing with friends who might not be in their regular ski group at practice. The ski groups were based on speed and distance and everyone was in great spirits. It was fun trying to speak French, and hearing Canadians talk flawlessly in French. Camaraderie in the waxing room was built upon trading waxing tips and even lending wax and other waxing equipment among FS and other ski clubs. The supportiveness, friendships and amazing skiing made this trip a special time. A new tradition is born.
- New Year’s Family Fun Races – Postponed December 30, 2014
We are sorry to have to postpone the Ford Sayre Family races that were scheduled for New Year’s Day. The snow has not been cooperative and we’ve all agreed that it won’t be as much fun to have the family races on crusty ice!
Stay tuned. We’ll try to find another date for the event.
Thanks to Jonathan Chipman for holding two waxing clinics in the last few weeks. We will try to hold a few more over the season. If you are interested in learning more about waxing skis, Omer and Bob’s will have a clinic on Jan 2nd, at 6:30pm. Go to their site for more information about this great opportunity.
Cheers and cross your fingers for snow!
Ashley & PeterContinue reading →
- Nordic Survey – Tell Us How It’s Going! December 30, 2014
Ford Sayre Nordic is dedicated to continuously improving its programs. To that end, each season we ask our families to complete surveys at different points in the season so we know how it’s going for you and your children. We don’t want to wait until the end of the season to hear what you think!
We would appreciate your taking a few moments over the holiday to complete the survey below and sharing your thoughts with us.
You can access the survey here or copy and paste this link:
d/1QjPRovhN-BEaOoT2LdNSu_ 21GQvxYud-MiesAhRoykQ/ viewform?usp=send_form
Thanks for your help and have a blast on the snow this holiday!
The Ford Sayre Nordic CommitteeContinue reading →
- Silver Fox Events in Hanover- Mark Your Calendars and Please Volunteer! December 19, 2014
Greetings BKL Parents,
We have started skiing with much enthusiasm amongst the kids and coaches! The winter ski season is underway.
For the past several years, Ford Sayre has hosted a highly popular BKL race. This coming winter, the BKL race will continue and Ford Sayre will also host a NENSA Eastern Cup. These events are a fine way to come together and put on our best Ford Sayre faces for visiting skiers and families.
So, mark your calendars for Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2015. You are all cordially invited to help with the races, the Silver Fox Trot NENSA Eastern Cup/Zak Cup/Club Cup for ages 14 and older, and the Silver Fox Trot BKL races for ages 13 and younger! We are lucky and honored to be able to host these events. NENSA Eastern Cups are awarded by a competitive bid process. The BKL races are back by popular demand following several years of a hugely popular and successful event. Lots of young skiers look forward to the day, and parents eagerly await the citizen race after their children are done.
Join the party. Fun for all. The more the merrier. We have great race crews forming and hope you will be with us.
Click here (or the link below) to complete a simple questionnaire where you can indicate your interest (or, sigh, unavailability) to help with the races and your preferred event.
Please share this message with anyone you know who might like to be a part of this annual celebration of Nordic skiing and racing!
Dennis Donahue (race director) and the Silver Fox Trot Eastern Cup race leaders:
Greg DeFrancis, chief of race
Scottie Eliassen, race secretary
David Loney, chief of course
Brian Pogue, chief of timing
Lou Bregou (chief of race) and the Silver Fox Trot BKL race leaders:
Scott Nichols, chief of course
Lars Blackmore, chief of resultsContinue reading →