BKL Recent Program Emails

Our most recent updates for BKL families in all programs.

Ford Sayre Nordic BKL Programs: Getting Started for the 2016-2017 season!

Hello Ford Sayre Families!

We hope you are enjoying this beautiful weather! We’ve been busy getting organized for the upcoming cross-country ski season, and have some exciting changes in the works.

One of our big changes is that we are restructuring our programs to create a more unified Bill Koch League (BKL) program – including more integrated communication and curriculum across the K-8 grade programs. Please check out our website for more information. 

As a heads-up, Online Registration opens during the first week of October! Please let us know if you have any questions about which program is the best fit for your child. 

In the meantime, please mark your calendar with the following important upcoming dates/events.

  • Sunday, 9/25: Stratton Mountain School Elite Team Clinic, 2:30-4:30pm at the Richmond Middle School in Hanover, NH. Details hereThis is a great opportunity for children of early elementary through high school age.
  • Monday, 9/26: Deadline for reserving Mont-Ste-Anne rooms for December trip*
  • Wednesday, 9/28: Meeting of the local Nordic community to hear about proposed plans (and give input) on developing a cross-country ski venue at Oak Hill in Hanover. The project is still in its beginning stages and will be a collaborative effort with Dartmouth and the Hanover and Upper Valley Communities. 7:00pm at the Norwich Congregational Church (located next to Tracy Hall in Norwich, VT; Use the side entrance and then turn left for the meeting hall).
  • Thursday, 10/6: Omer and Bob’s Team Night, 6:30-8:30pm, (Lebanon, NH. Team discounts for ski gear and garb)
  • Saturday, 10/15: Dartmouth Ski Swap & Sale, 10:00 – 4:00pm, Dartmouth Collis Common Ground (Hanover, NH)
  • Thursday, 11/3: New Families Night: 5:30pmMayer Room, Howe Library
  • Sunday, 11/6: Ford Sayre Ski Sale,12:00 – 2:30pm at the Richmond Middle School. A great source for used gear (Hanover, NH)
  • Thursday, 11/10: First Day of Practice for children in 3rd grade and higher (dry land), 3:30-4:30pm (Hanover, NH)
  • Tuesday, 11/29: First Day of Practice for children in kindergarten through 2nd grade (expected to be dry land), 3:30-4:30pm (Hanover, NH)
  • Thursday, 12/1: Deadline for reserving BKL Festival rooms*
  • Saturday, 2/11: Silver Fox Trot – our home race! (Hanover, NH)
  • Sat & Sun, 3/4 & 3/5: New England BKL Festival (Bethel, Maine)
  • Tuesday 3/7: Last Day of Practice

* Reminder: Information regarding room reservations for both the Mont-Sainte-Anne & BKL Festival events may be found on our website under recent e-mails.

We look forward to seeing you soon. As always, please contact us with any questions or concerns. 

Best wishes, 

Aricca and Jane (BKL co-program heads)
Aricca Van Citters, 603-643-5670, JuniorBKL@fordsayre.org (Grades K-4)
Jane Phipps, 802-649-8823, BKL@fordsayre.org  (Grades 5-8)
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Mont-Sainte-Anne December trip, reserve rooms by Sept. 26th

Ski w/ Ford Sayre families at Mont-Ste-Anne near Quebec City Dec 26th-30th: a tradition in its 4th year! Reserve rooms by September 26th.
This will be the 4th winter that Ford Sayre families have been gathering at Mont-Ste-Anne over the winter holiday break. What started out with just a few families has grown to nearly 20 Ford Sayre families, and families that go have had a whole lot of fun with some early-season skiing!!
The Mont-Ste-Anne trip has historically included more middle-school and high-school aged Ford Sayre skiers and their families. However, this is a great opportunity for younger families to get to know other Ford Sayre families, and enjoy skiing with friends on a beautiful trail system.
Each day we will have gathering times for folks who want to ski in Ford Sayre groups, led by parents/coaches. This is completely optional, but as many parents have noticed, kids seem to ski with fewer complaints when in kid groups! There are 5 warming huts on the trail system so it is extra fun to ski in packs and take snack breaks together.
It can be cold, but the extensive trail system cannot be beat, and Quebec City is only 30 minutes away!

Château Mont-Sainte-Anne

RESERVE by Sept 26th(Reserving after will work, too, if rooms are available, but the hotel needs a chunk of money from us by 9/26 to hold the block.)
WHEN: 4 nights: arriving Dec 26; departing Dec 30
RATE: $219 Canadian + taxes per room per night for 2 adults; no additional charge for children 17 and younger (taxes = federal & provincial sales tax 5% & 9.975% and tourist area tax of $3/night)
FORD SAYRE ROOM BLOCK: Ask for “Ford Sayre Ski Team” rate; rate is discounted. We have reserved 20 rooms.
ROOM TYPE: “Château Studio” = 2 queen beds; small table for 4; kitchenette w/ stove, microwave, fridge, toaster. You can ask about upgrade costs if you would like a different type of room.
OUTDOOR HOT TUB: This is an après ski highlight!
PHONE & LINK:1.855.342.3376
MONT-STE-ANNE SKI AREA & proximity to our hotel:
There is no lodging right at the XC trails except for one big lodge that many people would need to co-rent. Chåteau Mte-Ste-Anne is at the alpine mountain, and you can ski to the XC lodge from there, but it’s 7K, so what most families do is drive to the XC lodge in the morning w/ lunches packed, and then individual family members ski back to the hotel at the end of the day if they so desire.
FOOD: Here is what most families do, making use of the grocery stores that are only a few minutes away from the hotel.
Breakfast in hotel rooms. (Many enjoy the bakery in the hotel lobby.)
Lunch in ski lodge: families pack lunches and eat among friends. Food is also sold at the lodge.
Dinner plans vary: families go out to restaurants; they cook in hotel rooms; and they bring food down to the conference room we have reserved in order to eat among other families. (We have reserved that conference room again this year for each night.)
Please e-mail Emily Silver at: emily.silver@thet.net
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SMS Nordic Ski Clinic – Amazing opportunity!

Dear Ford Sayre Families,

We have an amazing opportunity happening right here in our backyard.

Come rub elbows with Olympic athletes and celebrate cross country skiing!

The Stratton Mountain School Elite Team is offering a clinic on Sunday, September 25th, 2016 at the Richmond Middle School, 63 Lyme Road, Hanover, NH.

The clinic will start with instruction and training so come prepared to be active outdoors. Bring last year’s classic ski poles (well-labelled). The clinic will end with a video presentation and a Question & Answer period with the team.

The clinic will run from 2:30-4:30 pm. There is no charge for the clinic, and all ages are welcome. We will split into groups by age. The team mission statement is “International Excellence, Local Inspiration”, and the clinic is a way to give back to the community that supports them.


All participants must complete a release form. Please print, complete & bring to clinic. Click here for the form.

For returning skiers, more information regarding Ford Sayre BKL 2016-2017 registration will be e-mailed in a couple of weeks. And for those of you not wishing to receive these future messages, you may unsubscribe at the bottom of this e-mail.

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Summer Fun is on its Way!

Hello Ford Sayre families!

As part of our effort to connect our Ford Sayre community with fun, youth-focused outdoor activities, I am sharing some upcoming events.

  • Storr’s Pond Summer Kick-off Event, Saturday, June 4th: Drop by for the season opening of the Storr’s Pond Recreation Area this Saturday from 10:00-2:00pm. This event is open to the public (free of charge) and sponsored by the Hanover Improvement Society. The event will include two organized runs: a one-mile family fun run around the pond (starting at Noon) and a special edition Fiddlehead 5K Race (starting at 2:00pm). Other events include tennis contests, disc golf demonstration, sand castle contest, big splash competition, all-comers water polo game, all comers sand volleyball exhibition, field games, free use of all boats in the Storrs Pond marina (seven canoes, three kayaks, three paddleboat and three paddle boards), fire truck demonstration, jugglers and face painting!
  • Third Annual Hanover Trails Hike Challenge: If you’re looking for a fun and low-key way to keep your kids active outside this summer, consider signing up for the “Hanover Trails Hike Challenge“. The Trails Challenge highlights seven easy to moderate hikes in Hanover. This is an approachable group of walks that will show your family some of the hidden gems right in your backyard. The Trails Challenge is a collaborative venture sponsored by Hanover Parks & Recreation, The Hanover Conservancy, Hanover Improvement Society, Town of Hanover Conservation Commission, and local businesses. 

Best wishes,

Aricca; bkl.one.day@fordsayre.org


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Outdoor Activities in the Upper Valley

Hi folks,

One of my hopes this year is to connect our Ford Sayre community with some of the great outdoor activities happening in the Upper Valley – especially those geared toward younger children who like to spend time outdoors! Here are a few activities coming up in the next month.

  1. Kite Day at Balch Hill is happening in Hanover on Saturday, May 14th from 2:00-4:00 pm. Enjoy a short walk from the Grasse Road parking area to the summit of Balch Hill, then let your children run around with their kites as you enjoy the great views from the top! This event is sponsored by the Hanover Conservancy and Red Kite Candy. Click here for more information.
  2. Storr’s Pond Summer Kick-off Event: Mark your calendars for the kick-off of the summer season at Storr’s Pond in Hanover on Saturday, June 4th from 10:00-2:00pm. This event is open to the public (free of charge) and sponsored by the Hanover Improvement Society – more details should come out soon, but the initial plans sound like a lot of FUN! Note: Your children spent time in December running on the Storr’s Pond trails – come see what the trails look like when we have green leaves and warm water! 
  3. A Trail Kids Hike (ages 8-11) is happening on Saturday, June 4th from 10:00-2:00pm on the Appalachian Trail. The program is sponsored by Youth-in-Action and the Hartford Parks & Rec Department. Children will explore the woods, visit trail shelters, and cover about 4-6 miles (trail section to be identified the week prior to the hike). For more information, click here.

Look for my next message in a month or so when we have more details on the Third Annual Hanover Trails Challenge – a fun and family-centered chance to see some new terrain in our backyard!

Finally, if you are a Hanover resident, don’t forget to vote on Tuesday, May 10th (7am-7pm at the Hanover High School). Article 8 (zoning amendment 7) has direct impact on the nordic ski experience in Hanover. For more information on the amendment, see my previous post.

Best wishes,

Aricca; bkl.one.day@fordsayre.org

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Get out the Vote! – Hanover Town Meeting – May 10th

Dear Ford Sayre Community Members,

Please consider voting “YES” on Article Eight at the Hanover Town Meeting on May 10th.

WHY is this important?  Discussions are underway to enhance the cross country ski experience at Oak Hill (the trails near Storr’s Pond), with the goal of creating more reliable snow conditions through snow-making, homologation of trails (homologation is a fancy term for a “system of evaluation” that is designed to guide the development and upgrade of Cross-Country competition courses), and lighting.  The college is also exploring the possibility of constructing a facility for skiers and other outdoor recreation users to be used for ski tuning/waxing, refuge and training during inclement weather, restrooms, and a gathering space.

What does article eight change? Article eight (amendment 7) changes the definition of “outdoor recreation” and makes it clear that buildings and structures associated with outdoor recreation are allowed as Special Exceptions.  It adds structures associated with Outdoor Recreation to the list of Special Exceptions in districts where Outdoor Recreation is an allowed use. Please note that any new structures that are allowed with this new definition of outdoor recreation must still be reviewed and approved by the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Hanover voters: Please review the language below and consider supporting Article Eight at the May 10th election (Voting: 7am to 7pm at the Hanover High School)



Here is the language that you will see on the ballot:

Article Eight: Amendment No. 7: Modify the definition of ‘Outdoor Recreation” At a public hearing held on March 1, 2016, the Hanover Planning Board voted to recommend that Town Meeting adopt this zoning amendment. This amendment changes the definition of “outdoor recreation” and makes it clear that buildings and structures associated with outdoor recreation are allowed as Special Exceptions and adds structures associated with Outdoor Recreation to the list of Special Exceptions in districts where Outdoor Recreation is an allowed use.

For more information on this and other proposed zoning amendments, click hereFor an absentee ballot, click here



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