BKL Recent Program Emails

Our most recent updates for BKL families in all programs.

Silver Fox Trot 2017 Results

Silver Fox Trot 2017

Strafford Nordic Center

February 11, 2017

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Ford Sayre Ski Swap; Sunday, 11-6-16


Reminder: The Ford Sayre Ski & Winter Sports Sale is Sunday, November 6th from 12:00-2:30 at the Richmond Middle School in Hanover, NH. You’ll find nordic equipment (I’ve shared a preview of what I saw this afternoon), alpine gear, ice skates, and other great used equipment.

There will be a handful of Ford Sayre parents, coaches, and program heads to help answer questions about equipment. The swap is a VERY busy event, so arrive early for your best change of getting good equipment. 


Junior boots

junior-skisJunior skis

mixed-assortment-of-skisMixed assortment of adult, junior, and youth skis

youth-bootsYouth boots
youth-skisMore youth skis

Ford Sayre Gear Exchange: If you don’t find what you’re looking for, there is a lot of really nice equipment listed on our family to family Ford Sayre Gear Exchange!


Registration: And, if you haven’t registered for the ski program yet, but still want to do so – head to our online registration page! We’d love to have your child join us this winter.


Best wishes,

Aricca Van Citters, Co-Program Head, BKL Grades K-4, JuniorBKL@fordsayre.org
Jane Phipps, Co-Program Head, BKL Grades 5-8, BKL@fordsayre.org


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Ford Sayre Nordic Registration – 1 week to go!

Dear Ford Sayre families,

Many of you have already registered your children for cross-country skiing, but we expect this task remains on many “to do” lists. Click here to enroll now.

Registration deadlines: 

Registration for all 3rd-8th grade nordic programs closes on October 31st! Just 7 days away!

Registration for kindergarten to 2nd grade nordic programs closes on November 20th (register early to help us create our coaching rosters)!

Questions about our new program structure: 

As you likely know, our 3rd-8th grade program structure has changed this year. You can find a summary of our new structure here. Please let us know if you have any questions about the programs, schedule, equipment, or costs. All are welcome to come to our New Families Night on Thursday, November 3rd (5:30pm; Mayer Room, Howe Library, Hanover) to meet coaches, hear about the upcoming season, and ask questions.

Scholarship support is available: 

As a reminder, generous support from Ford Sayre donors allows us to make scholarships available, when support is needed. Ask us for more information, or visit our scholarships page!

Sell your old gear – or buy some great used equipment!

Our Ford Sayre nordic gear exchange is hopping this year – with inexpensive gear (skis, poles, boots, jackets, etc) and sometimes even FREE stuff!

So, take a look at what might fit your kids!

And – check your basement and garage for equipment you no longer need! List it on our used gear exchange, make a bit of money, and help a local Ford Sayre family find some new treasures!

Can’t find it online? Shop at the Ford Sayre Ski Sale on Sunday, November 6th. Or even better, volunteer for a shift & shop early at the volunteer sale on Saturday!


Aricca Van Citters, Co-Program Head, BKL Grades K-4, JuniorBKL@fordsayre.org
Jane Phipps, Co-Program Head, BKL Grades 5-8, BKL@fordsayre.org


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FS BKL Reminders on registration, gear & trips


Registration is happening NOW! Click here to enroll. Registration closes on 10/31 for Grades 3-8 and 11/20 for K-2.

USED GEAR: Family-to-family exchange

Check out Ford Sayre’s online used gear exchange. This is a great spot to sell or buy used equipment from other Ford Sayre families – and prices are often ridiculously low!  Check back often to see if new equipment has been posted: Click here to buy or sell.


The Dartmouth Ski Team will be hosting their annual Ski Swap this Saturday, October 15. Doors open at 10am, and close at 4pm in the Collis Center. The ski sale has plenty of gear: new and used, alpine and cross country, clothes and accessories. There will be vendors, athletes and coaches on site to help you find what you’re looking for and fit your gear correctly. If you have items you’d like to sell, consignment is Friday evening from 4-7pm (also in the Collis Center). Please note: In past years, the selection of youth cross-country ski equipment has been limited.

Mont-Ste-Anne (December): Click here to revisit prior e-mail.

BKL Festival (March): Click here for info on reserving a room, deadline December 1st.

Zealand Falls AMC hut trip (February): The date is February 18, 2017. This is not an official Ford Sayre sponsored event, but rather a chance for nordic families to coordinate efforts and create a memorable ski experience in the White Mountains. To find out more, click here. Note: We are in need of a lead organizer for this event. Please contact Jane Phipps, bkl@fordsayre.org by November 15th if you are interested.

Please contact your Ford Sayre BKL Co-Program Heads with any questions you might have – or if you would like to help coach this year! You can reach us at:

Aricca Van Citters, Co-Program Head, BKL Grades K-4, JuniorBKL@fordsayre.org
Jane Phipps, Co-Program Head, BKL Grades 5-8, BKL@fordsayre.org

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Ford Sayre Registration is Open


Registration for all Ford Sayre programs is now open. Please go to the Ford Sayre website and click on Registration. Or, CLICK HERE to directly access the registration page. If you have any difficulties, please let us know.


  • Children in grades 3 and higher: Please register by October 31, 2016
  • Children in grades K-2: Please register by November 20th, 2016


Scholarships are available to support program costs. Please see our Scholarships page, contact your Program Heads, or e-mail Scholarship@FordSayre.org if you have any questions.


We have restructured our 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, and let your Program Heads know if you have any questions about which choice may be the best fit for your child.


This program relies on parent involvement for much of what makes it so special for the kids. We Need Volunteers! Both on the snow and off, and for the smallest beginners it’s really more about your enthusiasm and involvement than about your skiing technique and fitness level. So, if you are willing and able to commit a little time (about an hour a week during the short ski season), please get in touch as soon as possible.


Finding and ordering nordic ski gear can be confusing, frustrating and a hassle, but it is well worth it to have solid gear once the snow flies. For help, start by reading our “Ski Gear Info” page. Please ask questions if you need guidance.

  • OMER & BOB’S TEAM NIGHT: Thursday, October 6, 6:30-8:30pm: This is a night during which you can purchase new ski gear at a team discount. Vendors will be present so you can see and try on their gear (Alpina, Salomon, Atomic, Fisher, Rossi and Swix). Each vendor will have reps and we will have coaches on hand to help answer questions regarding fitting skis and poles. For fitting info, review our “Ski Gear Info” page and look for the “Checklist for team-night purchases.” Many have found this helpful.
  • BUY, SELL, OR EXCHANGE USED GEAR: Check out our “Used Gear Exchange” to easily buy, sell, or donate used gear with other Ford Sayre families. This is a family-to-family system, and families are responsible for setting prices and taking down items once they are no longer available.
  • SKI SWAPS: The Ford Sayre Ski Sale often has a good assortment of used ski equipment. The sale is Sunday, November 6th from 12-2:30pm at the Richmond Middle School in Hanover, NH.
  • LEASE PROGRAMS: Omer and Bob’s will again lease waxless classic ski equipment for $79.95 for the season (leasing will begin at the end of October). The cost will be  (This gear is not appropriate for children participating in the 5-8 grade development / racing program).

E-MAIL COMMUNICATION: You are receiving this e-mail because you were on the BKL mailing list during the 2015-16 season. We will be discontinuing the use of the 2015-16 BKL e-mail list after October 31st (for children in last year’s 2-day a week program) and November 20th (for children in last year’s 1-day a week program). If you register your skier in a 2016-2017 BKL program, you will automatically be subscribed to our new e-mail list. If additional family members, caregivers, or others want to stay connected with the BKL program communications, please subscribe here. Future e-mails will automatically be posted to our website.

Please contact your BKL Program Heads with any questions you might have. You can reach us at:

Aricca Van Citters, Co-Program Head, Ford Sayre BKL Grades K-4, JuniorBKL@fordsayre.org
Jane Phipps, Co-Program Head, Ford Sayre BKL Grades 5-8, BKL@fordsayre.org

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Reminder- Meeting Tonight Regarding New Ski Facility at Oak Hill

Come join the discussion about the Proposed Project at Oak Hill
TONIGHT, Wednesday, September 28, 7:00pm
Norwich Congregational Church
If you cannot make it tonight but are interested in staying in the loop, please fill out this Google form:
Email apmilliken@tuckermancapital.com with questions
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