Welcome to the Bethel Outing Club Summer Nordic Program. This youth program is designed to help skiers develop skills to improve their winter skiing. Our knowledgeable coaching team is led by Fred Bailey and Brad Clarke, with guest appearances from other local coaches, including former US Ski Team coach Dick Taylor. We strive to create a fun environment and a good peer group for the participants to have a variety of training partners and enjoy the social aspects of skiing. Our program has a solid success rate, with 80% of our high school aged participants qualifying for U16 & Eastern High School Championships the following winter.
We are excited to announce a new structure for program participants to tailor their summer training to best fit their individual needs. Please check out the following descriptions (3 options, plus supplemental strength program) to see what will best fit you or your child.
Option 1: One-day per week program
Ages: 12 & up
These sessions introduce middle school and newer skiers to the basics of good summer training. Advanced skiers will do bounding intervals and receive technique instruction.
Athlete Equipment Needs: Running shoes, short ski poles, water, snack
Option 2: Two-days per week program
Ages: 12 & up
Mondays: 4:30pm – 6:30pm* at Pine Hill
Wednesdays: 4:30pm – 6:30pm* at Jordan Woods off North Road
Dates: June 26th – August 9th
Mondays (see description above). Wednesdays are intro to rollerskiing for middle school and newer skiers. More advanced skiers will do technique drills, specific strength and distance.
Number of Sessions: 14
Athlete Equipment Needs: clothing, water, snack
Helmet, skate boots, rollerskis**, ski poles, high visibility
Option 3:Three-days per week program
Ages: 15 & up
Dates: June 22nd – August 10th
Number of Sessions: 22
Mondays: Wednesdays: Thursdays:
4:30pm – 6:30pm 4:30pm – 6:30pm 4:30pm – 6:30pm
at Pine Hill at Jordan Woods off TBD
Mondays and Wednesdays (see descriptions above). Thursdays are advanced rollerskiing/bounding intervals for athletes who have plenty of rollerski experience and a high degree of comfort on rollerskis. Sessions will alternate between bounding/running and rollerskiing. This will include 3000m and double pole testing at the beginning and end of the summer program. Participants in this program are strongly encouraged to keep a training log. Training log analysis is offered as part of this program.
Athlete Equipment Needs: Helmet, skate boots, rollerskis**, ski poles, high visibility clothing, running shoes, short ski poles, water, snack
Supplemental Strength Program
Ages: 15 & up
Mondays: 8:30am – 9:30am* TBD
Thursdays: 8:30am – 9:30am* TBD
June 26th – August 10th
Strength sessions are provided as an extra option for advanced athletes looking to improve whole body strength and coordination as well as injury prevention measures. This is intended for athletes who are at the end of their growth spurt and have good core strength.
Athlete Equipment Needs: CLEAN running shoes, water, snack
* = Sessions often go slightly longer than planned. Please be prepared to pick up you child at the set end time, but be patient while we wrap up practice (I’d suggest brining some light reading).
** = BOC has some rollerskis available to loan to athletes at practices, with priority given to younger athletes. Advanced athletes are encouraged to provide their own.
The Bethel Outing Club also offers scholarships for program participants who are current BOC members. Memberships are $5.00 for athletes or $15.00 for families and can be renewed/purchased on BOC’s website (www.bethelouting.org). Please see the scholarship document for further details.