Wed 1/23: Full club practice except not USA. Skate.
Updated 1/23 7am
Conditions look good for the sprints! Some reminders:
2 Rounds – everyone skis twice (except lollipop). Best time counts.
8am Bib pickup opens
9am Lollipop race
Round 1: First race wave starts immediately after end of Lollipop race
Round 2 begins 15 minutes after end of round 1
Wax: This is a low fluoro race. Use low or no fluoro, Toko yellow or Swix CH8 or LF8
Please register here for the Jan 21st Sprints Now! Registration closes on Jan 19 at 7pm. No day-of registration.
On Jan 21st, check-in begins at 8 am and races start promptly at 9am. See you there!
Dec 9 Practice Details
Waxing Clinic (Dec 9, 9:15am)
Haven’t volunteered yet? Join Country Parent & Games Info Meeting (Dec 9, 10am)
Ski Lessons for Parents! Sign up Now
Winter Trail Day – Jan 6 (free lessons with registration)
Dec 9 All-Club Practice
We look forward to seeing all of our EMBK skiers and families at our second all-club practice at Leo J. Martin Ski Track this Saturday, Dec 9, from 9am – 10:30am. Please look at our website before all practices to get the final call on practice type (e.g. dry land, skate, classic or combo) easternmassnordic.org/ .
Also, please remind your kids to dress in layers, wear good running shoes, bring the appropriate ski gear (per website instructions) and bring their water bottles.
8-9 am Roller ski (returning skiers only, age 11+)
8:30 am Pick-up trail passes in the cafe (for pre-register) or submit applications
9 am All-club practice: Break into country groups for training
We will hold another waxing clinic for parents during practice on Saturday. We plan to focus on on the art of kick wax and klister application, followed by “frustration free removal.” If you are new to skiing or just have questions, please stop by the wax tent at 9:15 am.
Parent Volunteers are Essential: Test the Waters With Easy, Fun Volunteer Opportunities (Info Session, Dec 9, 10am in Cafe)
Our club is entirely parent-run. We need all families to donate a parent’s time and skills to keep EMBK running smoothly. We still have vacancies in a number of simple, but critical volunteer roles.
As examples, being a Country Parent or helping with weekly games at practice, are great ways to jump into the EMBK volunteer waters! Come learn more about various volunteer opportunities in the Cafe at 10am on Dec 9.
Also, if you selected “country parent” as your potential volunteer interest during registration, please join us for this discussion for more details about your responsibilities. If you cannot make the meeting, please contact Josie Petersen, our Country Parent Coordinator.
We look forward to seeing all of our EMBK skiers and families at our first all-club practice at Leo J. Martin Ski Track this Saturday, Dec 2, from 9am – 10:30am. There may be patches of ski-worthy snow tomorrow, but this is dependent on whether the ski track managers can make more snow tonight. So, please be prepared for both skiing and dryland training. If we do have the opportunity to take advantage of the small areas of snow, our skiers will take turns skiing. The remainder of the session will be dryland training. Please note that USA will have a dryland only practice.
Also, please remind your kids to dress in layers, wear good running shoes and bring their water bottles.
8-9 am Roller ski (returning skiers only, age 11+) or on-snow ski (depending on conditions)
8:30 am Pick-up trail passes in the cafe (for pre-register) or submit applications at the front desk
9 am All-club practice: Break into country groups for training
If snow is ski-worthy:
Country Assignments Are Available to View!
Our country assignment process aims to group skiers with similar ages, interests and skills and match them with the right coaches. If you want to request an assignment change, please contact Jim Stock . Although, please know that we will rarely make a change until after coaches have seen your child ski on snow.
Leo J. Martin Ski Track Season Pass Instructions
This year, we will try to minimize long lines at the Leo J. Martin Ski Track front desk by setting-up a table for EMBK pass pick-up in the Cafe area. Please follow the instructions below based on whether or not you pre-registered for your individual or family trail pass:
If you submitted your paper trail pass application and check at the Opening Dinner on Nov 19th: Your trail pass will be ready for pickup in the cafe on Dec 2 between 8:30am – 9:20am.
If you mailed in your paper trail pass application and check after the dinner: If you mailed your paper application and check prior to Wednesday, Nov 29th, please let us know by filling out this Pass Pick-up Reques t and we will have your passes pulled and ready for pick-up in the cafe between 8:30am – 9:20am on Dec 2.
If you have already registered online, or would like to register online: The online trail pass registration link is now working. If you register for your trail pass HERE before 9am on Friday, Dec 1, your pass will be ready for pickup in the cafe between 8:30am – 9:20am on Dec 2. Please let us know if you registered online by filling out the Pass Pick-up Reques t .
Finally, you can still submit a paper application by printing and completing the applicable attached form. Please take the paper application and your payment to the front desk on Dec 2.
We will hold the first of two waxing clinics for parents during practice on Saturday. We plan to focus on glide waxing this weekend and kick waxing next weekend. If you are new to skiing or just have questions, please stop by.
Calling All Interested Country Parent Volunteers!
Being a Country Parent is a great way to jump into the EMBK volunteer waters! If you selected “country parent” as your potential volunteer interest during registration, or if you are interested to hear more now, please join Josie Petersen, our Country Parent Coordinator, at 9:15 on Dec 9th in the cafe to learn about this fun way to get involved! You can also email Josie.
Upcoming event: Julia Kern, EMBK 2006-2011, now on U.S. Ski Team, will lead a clinic for EMBK roller skiers at the Nov. 12 roller ski practice.
Photos: Julia in the EMBK sprints in 2008 (blue suit, second from right)
Julia (far right) and her relay team after getting Bronze at World Juniors, 2017.
We are excited to open registration for EMBK’s 2017-2018 ski season. Please register as soon as possible to help us plan more effectively for the upcoming season. Also, please note that all kids who wish to roller-ski must register before the first practice (Roller skiing practices are for returning EMBK skiers, aged 11+ by 12/31, and will start in October).
If you have any questions about registration, please email us at EMBKskiclub@gmail.com.
Introducing a New Registration Process
This year, we have a slightly updated registration process. All of our club skiers, coaches and assistant coaches are members of NENSA (New England Nordic Ski Association). This allows the club to purchase its insurance coverage through NENSA and allows skiers to join in NENSA sponsored races — like the BKL festival, which EMBK is hosting at the Leo J Martin Ski Track in Weston on February 17-18!
This year, we will ask you to enter your kids’ NENSA numbers (a.k.a. NENSA License) during registration. Please take the following steps so that everyone has a NENSA membership before registering for EMBK:
The overall cost of registration (NENSA + EMBK) remains the same this year, but will require two payments. First, a $25 payment to NENSA (youth rate) and then a $50-$75 payment (depending on age) to EMBK. Previously, the total cost, all paid through EMBK was $75 – $100.
Please note that registration closes on December 13th at 5pm. Thanks in advance for bearing with us through this new process. It remedies data flow problems and ensures that EMBK, NENSA and our insurers all have critical information about our club skiers.
We look forward to the season ahead!
Registration — Opens September 27th
Registration will open on September 27th. Please register early if you’re able—early fall registration helps us to better plan for the season. Special note for fall roller skiing: All skiers who plan to roller ski with EMBK must be registered before they will be allowed to roller ski.
Help our club to grow…spread the word!
Spreading the word about EMBK’s program to new families is the primary way we continue to bring people to the sport and to our club. We have relied heavily on word-of-mouth to grow our numbers, and it has been effective. We have grown to be one of the biggest youth Nordic programs in the US. However, each year skiers graduate and move on. So start talking us up! There are so many kids and families who could enjoy the sport and club, but aren’t aware of our program. Please share your enthusiasm for the club and point folks to our website and our opening banquet!
We are an all-volunteer club. We rely on parents to volunteer each year to coach, organize specific activities and events, or help with club management and operations. Great opportunities exist this year to get involved with other skiing families. Currently we need help with:
Need New Coaches
We welcome and need new coaches. You don’t need to be an expert skier. We have a wide range of skier groups you can coach. Young skiers who have aged out of EMBK but not moved on to CSU are also encouraged to become assistant coaches with Team USA (7-8 year olds). We ask new coaches to attend the coaches’ clinic on Nov. 11 (see schedule). Anyone thinking about coaching is encouraged to attend! If you haven’t coached with us in the past, but would like to, please contact Jim Stock.
BKL Festival 2018
Mark your calendars now for February 17-18, 2018 for the BKL Festival! We are hosting! This season, the Bill Koch Ski Festival is being held at the Leo J. Martin Golf Course. Our theme is Snow Dance! Is your Snow Dance more Disco or Ballet? Is it Hip Hop or Country? Whatever your style, get on your dancing shoes and start your snow dance. We need lots of snow by February! Initial planning is already underway and we will be asking for lots of volunteer support. We need parents who love to plan fun stuff for skiers, who are good at organizing skiers, who like logistics around parking and facilities, and even someone to order up what we’ll eat throughout the weekend. You don’t even have to cook! If you would like to volunteer to help out on the festival team, please email Kris Scopinich.
Leo J. Martin Ski Track Update
Operations at LJM will be similar to last year. Charles River Recreation is responsible for grooming and snowmaking, and is handling rentals as usual. Skiers will be able to use the cafeteria for putting on boots, leaving bags, etc. just like last year.
We look forward to seeing you at practice and the opening dinner!
Important EMBK Fall Dates
Sep 27 Registration opens
Oct 22 Roller skiing practices start for returning EMBK skiers, age 11+ by 12/31
Nov 11 Annual NENSA/EMBK Fall Coaching Clinic*, (9 – 11:45am)
Nov 11 Bill Koch League Parent/Leader Workshop—Sudbury, MA (12:30 – 4pm)
Nov 19 Opening full club practice and fall banquet
Nov 26 Full club dryland practice (2:30pm)
Dec 2 Saturday practices commence (9am)
The first on-snow practice is the first Saturday that we have a big enough patch of snow for skiing.
Wednesday/Thursday practices are on-snow only and commence the first Wednesday after the first Saturday on-snow practice. Please note that if there is insufficient snow for an all-club practice, the first weekday practices might be for Scandinavia only.
* open to all parents with potential interest in coaching
Phillip Walton, Club Director
Jim Stock, Head Coach
Pilar Doughty, Head of Communications
Dee Cogill, Head of Registration
Cecile Tucker, Head of Volunteers
Alex Appleby, Head of Equipment
Craig Keller, Head of Waxing
Sarah Lynch, Wax Team
Chris Woll, Wax Team
Ian Fitzpatrick, Webmaster
Watch your email on September 17th for the EMBK Ski Club Fall Newsletter, which will include information about club registration, volunteer opportunities and critical dates. If you have not registered with EMBK in past years, please send an email to EMBKskiclub@gmail.com, and we will add your email to our distribution list. More information soon!
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