Junior Nordic Team: U16, U18, U20

The Junior Nordic Team (JNT) is a team for U16, U18 and U20s who are committed skiers with previous race experience and a willingness to train year-round for ski racing. This program emphasizes skiing improvement, competition, and the development of athletes with skills in all facets of Nordic racing. Skiers in this program often participate in other sports, but their primary athletic focus is developing as cross country skiers.

Coaches expect that JNT skiers will complete a training log, communicate with coaches on a regular basis, attend at least 3 practices per week, and follow a training plan, even on days when there is no practice. 

Participants in this program travel together to compete in Eastern Cups, Junior Olympic Qualifiers, New England U16 Championships, and/or Eastern High School Championships. Each season, some skiers in this group race at Senior and/or Junior National Championships. 

We use a mix of criteria to create a cohesive team and training group, including a simple application process for the winter season. Final winter enrollment is contingent upon previous Nordic racing experience and consultation with the coaches. With very few exceptions, members are expected to join in the summer to allow for more effective coaching during the competition season. Typically, there are 12-15 skiers on the team. Priority is given to previous participants who have demonstrated their commitment to the program and to attaining personal goals. 

Summer Training

(Mid June – late Aug)

Prerequisites: Prior racing experience; 1 season of rollerski experience. 

Summer Program Fee: $425

During the summer months, when daylight hours are endless and athletes don’t have school, the training focus is on building fitness base and enjoying adventures and training outdoors with teammates. At the JNT level, Ford Sayre offers 6-8 coached sessions a week, with a combination of running, bounding, rollerskiing, strength and mobility. JNT skiers in the summer program are comfortable to confident rollerskiers. Beginner rollerskiers will be placed in our high school summer programs. Skiers from programs other than Ford Sayre BKL must meet with a coach prior to registering. All new skiers are invited to an informational meeting prior to registering. 

2021 Summer Practice Schedule (Tue June 8 – Thu Aug 26)

*Note that schedule for wks of June 7 & June 14 are different.

  PM 5:00 – 6:00pm Zoom Mobility
TUE AM 7:30 – 8:45am Strength. Usually Oak Hill
  PM 5:00 – 6:30pm. Foot-based.
WED AM 7:45 – 9:30am U18s and older.
  PM 5:00 – 6:30pm U16s.
THU AM 7:30 – 8:45am Strength. Usually Oak Hill, Hanover
  PM 5:00 – 6:30pm Rollerski
FRI PM 5:00 – 6:30pm Roll or Foot
SAT AM 9:00 – 11:00am Occasional
SUN AM 9:00a – 12:00pm Every other week – Over Distance

Fall Training

(Mid Sept. – early Nov.)

Prerequisites: Prior ski racing experience; 1 season of rollerski experience and/or coach approval.

Program Fee: $150 / $300

With the reintroduction of school, falling temperatures, and waning daylight, the training emphasis shifts to quality over quantity. Athletes can expect to see an increase in specificity and intensity, but a drop in overall weekly hours. Practice times move to 3:30pm to accommodate shorter days, with the exception of weekend training sessions which are either in the morning or evening. Recognizing that weekends are often the best opportunity for fall-sport athletes to attend Nordic practice, the emphasis on weekends will be rollerskiing and strength. All athletes who intend to participate in the winter programming are expected to maintain a training log over the fall, even if they are participating in fall HS sports. Ford Sayre offers two fall Nordic program options:

Partial $150 Designed for athletes who are participating in fall sports. This includes 1-2 sessions a week and the athlete is expected to communicate their schedule with the JNT coaches.
Full $300 Designed for athletes who want to focus only on Nordic Ski training in the lead-up to winter. This program is for athletes attending 3 or more training sessions a week with the Nordic Training Group.


Winter Race Season

(Early Nov.  – late Mar.)

Prerequisites: Participation in summer training and/or coach approval

JNT winter program is for focused U16-U20 skiers who want to improve as ski racers. JNT is a racing development program and currently intended to be an athlete’s primary ski team. The racing schedule follows the Eastern Cup circuit, with a few stops at VT/NH qualifier races and local races. Many athletes also participate in season-end championship events, such as U16 Championships, Eastern High School Championships, or Junior Nationals. For all regular season overnight race trips, JNT offers travel, lodging and meal support to all teammates and coaches. JNT offers up to 5 coached sessions a week on snow, as conditions allow.

Most practices will be held at either Garipay or Oak Hill in Hanover, NH. With some travel locally to Woodstock, Strafford, or Greens Woodlands. 

Winter Program Fee: $2300 base program fee covers coaching, race support, race travel and lodging, some team camp expenses, and most training or instructor fees (like trail passes at non-local venues or team yoga classes).

Additional out-of-pocket costs will be associated with races and/or training camps, including travel, lodging, and food. All of this is detailed in the handbook. 

Program Fee: $2300 base program fee
NENSA Fee: $35 (join on your own, choose “Ford Sayre” as your club: www.nensa.net)
USSS Fee: $95 (join on your own, choose “Ford Sayre” as your club, choose the “Competitor U16 and up option): usskiandsnowboard.org)
Facilities Fee: Each athlete must have a Dartmouth XC trail pass (purchase on your own or receive via HHS if on the HHS team)
Days/Time: TBA
Place: Oak Hill, Hanover, NH
Head Coach: Hilary McNamee  hilary@fordsayre.org
Program Head: Scott May  JNT@FordSayre.org

Register Online for all programs. June 7 for Summer, Sept. 1 for Fall, Nov. 1 for Winter. No late registration, please.

Scholarships are available for all programs..

Nordic Junior Racing Calendar