Saturday December 16 - Skiing! On snow! 10:30-12:00 at Mendon Ponds North Meadow. Skating for those who skate or are ready to learn. Classic for new skiers who want to learn classic first (it's easier for many to get started that way), and for Lollipop skiers (who always ski classic). Dress warmly (in layers).
Equipment Get your gear squared away so you can get out on the snow! There's still stuff floating around... See our Equipment page for advice about what to get, and ask about our club loaner gear.
• Used gear - if you didn't get everything you need at the Ski Swap, check our club Facebook site for deals on hand-me-downs within the club. You may also get lucky at Play It Again Sports (especially if you're looking for waxless classic skis).
• New gear - before or after the Ski Swap, visit Park Ave Bikes (3400 Monroe Ave) and ask about RXCSF team prices - probably the best deals on new gear that we can get (and you can't beat in-person fitting). Links to online ski stores who may have sales or team pricing (ask) are here.
• Club loaner gear - we have an assortment of equipment that you may borrow, if we've got your size. If you've joined the club and are looking to borrow for the season, please fill out the online form to let us know what you need. If you're a new skier who wants to try skiing out before deciding whether to join, email us (including shoe size, height, weight and age/experience level) and we'll see what we can do.
• Share the equipment, share the love. We want help make it easier for more kids to try out skiing and fall in love with it, and are looking to expand the club's fleet of loaner equipment. If you have used gear that you're looking to pass on, let us know!
• Support your local ski organizations. Our parent organization Rochester XC Ski Foundation (RXCSF) provides grooming, trail maintenance and insurance to support our program and Rochester area skiing in general - check the main RXCSF site for updates on conditions as new snow falls, and join for a tax-deductible donation to further the cause. NYSSRA organizes festivals, racing on a state-wide level and provides insurance for our club events - all BKL kids should join (free for the first year, $15 after that or $45 for the whole family - membership or $5 one-day licenses are required for all NYSSRA-sanctioned races).
Lend Us Your Skills
We're an all-volunteer club, and the more who get involved the more fun we all have! There are many ways to help:
• After-ski snacks - post-skiing hot chocolate and snacks have been a Bill Koch League institution since Ruth Hayes first nailed shoes to some skis (or so I'm told) and started our club 40+ years ago. Help us to keep it going! We're looking for volunteers to bring snack for a week (or better yet, 2-3 in a row) - our Snack Coordinators will provide you with the supplies (at practice the week before or during the week), and on the day of you'll mix up hot chocolate, Gatorade, and lug it all to practice. Fill in your dates on the sign-up sheet.
• Help with coaching - We've got veteran coaches to head all the age groups, but can always use more assistants to help tailor our coaching to our kids' range of needs. Expert skiing skills not necessary (in fact, assistant coaching is a great way to improve your own skiing), and part-time is fine - we're glad with whatever you can offer.
• Festival Organization - the RXCSF Festival in January is a highlight of our season, and introduces a lot of ways to have fun on skis. Help out, and let your creative juices flow!
2018 BKL Festivals
RXCSF Youth Ski Festival January 20-21 at Bristol Nordic Center. Two days of fun on skis for all ages and abilities, including racing for the speed junkies in the crow, Tour de Ski adventure for those who'd rather keep it chill, on-snow games, dancing, family relay, and food. The best ski weekend of the year - this is the event that gets more RXCSF kids hooked on xc skiing than any other - you won't want to miss it!
New England Bill Koch League Festival Saturday-Sunday, February 17-18, 2018 at the Leo J. Martin Ski Track in Weston MA. The ultimate in Northeastern youth ski festivals, best for those who enjoy racing but with lots of non-competitive fun as well. All who've been will say it's worth the drive. Festival rates are now available at the host hotel, Embassy Suites in Waltham MA (group name: BILL KOCH FESTIVAL, group code: BKF). Book early if you think you might go (there's plenty of other lodging around Boston, but often for more $$).
Mid-Atlantic Bill Koch League Festival March 3-4 at Osceola Ski Center in Tug Hill. LOTS of snow, low-key racing and skiing fun with clubs from New York and sometimes PA. Perfect if you loved the RXCSF Fest and are looking for more, but aren't crazy enough to travel to New England.