Start here: https://burlingtonathletics.com/forms-resources/online-registration/ to register and be sure your physical is up to date.
Please visit the Nordic Calendar and FB for daily uppdates
NOTE: All athletes need to have a physical on file, within the last 2 years. If you don’t have this up to date, try to schedule it right away - most doctors’ offices are very busy. Let them know you need a sports physical - this is not as long an appointment as a full physical.
Welcome to Nordic Skiing in this weird and wild 2020 season! Nordic skiing is definitely happening this winter, with a delay in the start of competition, and some other changes, but we plan to be training hard right after Thanksgiving (and before, for pre-season), just like usual. Nordic skiing is open to all, no skiing experience is needed, no equipment is needed (though it's helpful if as many skiers as possible lease or but their own gear - see below for lease options).
All updates moving forward will be communicated by email, I keep a running list of skiers and parents/family and updates will be coming frequently now that fall sports are winding down. If you're interested and not already on the list, send an email to me at email@example.com to be added.
Here is the general information for the season - please read all the way through, as the important equipment stuff is at the bottom! Then send me any questions you still have.
Preseason: We are hoping to start pre-season training (optional, highly recommended) in the next week or so. We are looking at neighborhood group runs, roller skiing in small groups, mid-day online core workouts, logging minutes of running with the group (goal of 30-60 minutes, 3 days/week), an instagram page to post training selfies, and some small group bounding/interval workouts with David Lustgarten. Let me know if you have any other ideas for things to incorporate into pre-season.
Home workouts: Here is our legendary Uptown Funk core/upper body workout - it takes me about 3 weeks of doing it every day to be able to do the whole thing without stopping - keep at it! Here is a strength home workout you can do without any special equipment or weights, designed to be done 2-3 times a week to build core, leg and upper body strength.
Season timing: We plan to start official practices right after thanksgiving as usual, Monday Nov 30. All practices will be outdoors, starting under the tent. See the list below for clothing tips. Competition: the competition schedule will be announced after the coaches' meeting Nov 4. Usually it takes a few days to finalize, expect schedule release (and maybe election results!) by the end of that week. The first date for competitions is Jan 11, but don't worry, we'll fill in with plenty of time trials and fun races for the team! Equipment: See below for equipment needs. We have items to loan in ALL categories below except running shoes. Anyone can join the team, regardless of experience or financial means. Cost: We do charge a fee for trail fees for the areas where we practice. We do offer financial aid, so please contact me if you would like to pay a partial amount or get a full scholarship. The application involves you asking me, that's it.
Equipment and Clothing
What you need before the season starts:
Before Thanksgiving, track down your EQUIPMENT – you will need the following for a successful season. And please, PUT YOUR NAME ON YOUR STUFF!!!!
- Running shoes
- Ski lease packages - see below.
- Ski boots – Each skier should have classic boots and skate boots OR one pair of combi boots, and having boots that fit well is probably the most important piece! Find the boots first and then be sure that the boots match the bindings on your skis.
- If you are not getting a full lease package - consider just leasing boots ($50 at skirack). That way you'll know you'll have a pair that fits. DO THIS SOON, THEY ARE RUNNING LOW ON STOCK!!!
- Classic skis – Waxable (aka no fish scales) Fitting is weight dependent, have someone help you get the right pair.
- (optional) - waxless skis for training on icy days
- Skate skis – Weight dependent, have someone help you select them.
- Classic poles – Length should hit at or near the top of the shoulder. Looking for light poles – stay away from the ones with the big baskets. Downhill poles are not the same.
- Skate poles – Length should hit between the chin and nose. Looking for light poles – stay away from the ones with the big baskets.
- Ski bag (ski rack has a good bag at a team discount) - we also have a few to loan, and 2 skiers can often share 1 bag.
- Headlamp – There is not much light for practice in November and December!
- Water bottle. A belt holder lets you keep it with you (we’ll have these for sale). Water bottle REQUIRED at every practice. Put your name on it. The “red bottle with the flowers on it” helps you know which one is yours, but doesn’t help the person who finds it know who to return it to. NAME, please.
- Synthetic or wool base layers, running/ski pants, jacket (one that keeps you warm but allows you to move, we will be selling team coats again this year), hat, wool socks and TWO pairs of gloves. Gloves should be lightweight insulated gloves. Check the vast selection at SkiRack to see the kind of thing I’m talking about. Some people wear very light gloves, others need a heavier glove, but you’ll want something that lets you have a good grip on the poles and isn’t too bulky to fit in straps.
The team does have some skis, poles, and a very limited amount of ski boots to loan to skiers. We will assign team equipment in the first two weeks of practice to those who need it. There are lots of great ways to buy equipment (Ski Rack (new and lease package), ski swaps, from older skiers), please let Kirsten know if you need suggestions. If you want to use team gear and can afford to lease boots alone, this will get you the best fit and durability. If not, we have boots to lend.
Lease Packages: SkiRack lease packages are a great deal for high school racers: Info is here. Ski rack is the only place with a good lease package. Other shops have better prices but the gear is not fitted well or appropriate for high school racing. They have dropped their prices this year.
Complete Skate and Classic Racing Package: $219
Single Set of Skate or Classic Racing Equipment: $129
A la Carte: Boots only: $50
Fees and Costs
Trail fees: Check for $100 to BHS Nordic. This gets you a season pass at Sleepy Hollow that is also good through the summer, as well as day passes at other training locations.
Fundraiser: No complicated time consuming fundraisers, just write a check to BHS Nordic. This helps cover our scholarships and trail fees (any amount is appreciated!)