Chisholm Ski Club Youth Development Program Outline

Sundays at Black Mountain of Maine, 12:00-2:00, meet at the wax building, snacks and drinks to follow in Muriel’s kitchen

We begin and end each lesson with circle and stretching (Begin - whole group, End- each group independently)

What to Bring:

1.)    A great and positive attitude and readiness to have FUN!

2.)    Warm Clothes!  No one has fun when they are cold.  We have a lovely new wax building with heat and lights to warm up in if any kiddos need a break at any time.  Please be sure that your child is appropriately dressed for winter weather and the infamous “Black Mountain Breeze.”

Layers are great.  Several of them.  Please also wear warm socks that fit comfortably (bring several pairs to try on with boots) as cross country boots aren’t all that warm, hats, and mittens or gloves that are waterproof if possible along with ski pants and warm jackets.  We can help with clothing if need be, and have some donations left from last year.  OR if your child forgets something (likely my own) we have things to borrow for the day.

3.) Personal Water bottles are encouraged, but we have bottled water at the mountain.  Snacks and drinks provided at the end of each lesson, please feel free to make a donation!

4.) Parent or Guardian for Registration Paperwork and to be sure kiddos are okay the first couple of weeks for littles.  

Also, Join the Facebook page!  Chisholm Ski Club Youth XC

Tentative Schedule for 2023:  

Subject to change due to weather, illness, life in general… we will let you know via email and on the facebook page if there is a cancellation.  There will not be lessons on days that the trail conditions, the temperature or wind chill could be unsafe for skiing.  Disclaimer:  End of the year race in the rain was not pleasant, but also not unsafe.  Let's hope to stay dry and have snow not rain!  We have seven weeks of programming so if we miss one we should be good, plus an additional BKL race in VT to attend one week.  

January 8th:  No Lesson, Fitting for Equipment and Registration

(If we get lucky and there is some more snow, and safe conditions, then we will play in the stadium and try out our gear!)

January 15th:  No Lesson, Please come volunteer or watch the Bates Carnival and Eastern Cup Relays (see schedule below!)

January 22nd:  Lesson 1  WOOT WOOT!

Start Date! Fitting for Equipment and Registration Continuation from 11:00-12:00

12:00 Start- Circle up and Stretch (Meet our coaches and friends, learn about our skis, break into groups depending on age level and experience level (Younger: Lollipops, Older:  Junior Mints), have fun in the stadium! Parents/Guardians please stay!)

1:45 End- Put equipment away and go to Muriel’s Kitchen for snacks and drinks

January 29th: Lesson 2

               (Lollipops:  Stadium Games, Junior Mints: Hit the trails and Learn about Skate/Freestyle and Classic Tecnhiques)

February 5th:  Lesson 3

                (Lollipops:  Learn about Wax and Stadium Games, Junior Mints: Learn about Wax and Classic Technique)

February 12th:  Lesson 4 

(May be located in Bethel for a fun 1K Bill Koch League Race)  Discussion to follow based on the group's preferences.   

February 19:  Lesson 5

              (Bean Bag Biathlon Challenge!  All ages!  Spectators welcome to participate!)

February 26:  Lesson 6

              (Fun Race Practice for all, how to start, how to pass, how to finish strong!)

March 5th:  No Lesson at Black Mountain this day, Bill Koch League Festival in Vermont

              Please express interest in attending by February 5th for registration purposes (NENSA too), we brought eight kids last year and we had a blast!

March 12th:  Last Day!  Fun race, prizes, awards.  Thanks for a great year in 2023!

Thank you Volunteers