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Stowe Nordic Seeking Youth Program Coach

Stowe Nordic, Stowe Vermont’s premier nordic ski club for over 20 years, is seeking a ski coach for the 2017-18 season to lead our youth program (BKL age group, 5-14).  The coach will be responsible for all aspects of Stowe Nordic’s youth program (weekly communication, lesson plans, and on-snow instruction). Program dates and times are: Tuesday and Thursday 3:00-5:00 pm beginning in December and ending in mid March.  Salary and other ski pass benefits available...

Part of the Team, Part IV: Female Youth Development Coaches

This is the final piece of a four-part series on female nordic coaches in the U.S. Part IV gathers input from women who work with the little guys, the future of skiing, in thriving youth programs across the country. “It’s all about fun for the younger skiers," says Tamarack Gliders coach Marie French. "If we catch their interest year after year, even if it’s with a ride on the groomer or rolling around in the powder, they will love cross-country skiing and come back for more."

NENSA Volunteer Named “Outdoor Hero”

Mary Anne Levins of Rutland, Vermont has been awarded the 2010 L.L. Bean Outdoor Hero award for her phenomenal dedication and devotion to youth Nordic skiing in New England.  Created in 2007, the award was established by L.L.Bean to recognize individuals working towards the preservation and promotion of outdoor recreation. Each year, a committee selects six recipients from a pool of submissions.  “Out of this year’s many nominations, one name rose to the top of...

Coaching the Young’uns

I was not a Bill Koch League skier, so when I was first charged with supervising Craftsbury's BKL program this spring, I was at a bit of a loss for ideas. My early-skiing experience lacked emphasis on fun that I always associate with BKL programs. Sure, I'd seen the occasional BKL practice at the Weston Ski Track, but I never paid much attention. In retrospect I wish I had. Now that I've been hanging around the small ones for a few months, I figure I've picked up a few things worth passing along.