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:
- Coordinating the EMBK Sprints (January 2018)
- Coordinating club participation at the BKL Festival (helping organize the food table, and distribution of race bibs/packets) February 17-18, 2018
- Co-coordinator for Opening/Closing Dinner
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