Nordic Skiing

Bend Endurance Academy’s Nordic programs are designed for all abilities of youth, junior, and adult cross-country skiers. All practice sessions are led by professional, enthusiastic coaches who promote winter fun in a safe environment where skiers improve their skills. Some of our participants are just learning to ski and others are motivated to improve their efficiency and fitness; some may never compete while others are striving to be their best in state, regional or even national competitions. We teach the joys of nordic skiing and foster a life long passion for being outside all year round. We hope to meet you soon.

Mini Nordies - Ages 5 - 8

 

This eight week program is designed for our younger Nordic skiers, ages 5 to 8. Within our Mini Nordies program skiers will be grouped by age for better focus, ages 5-6 years old and 7-8 years old. Our coach to skier ratio will be 1:5 and allows for plenty of quality and safe instruction.

This program is focused on PLAY/SOCIAL SKILLS and SKIING SKILLS.

PLAY/SOCIAL SKILLS:

Plenty of time for free play is offered while we move through the trails. Children can play in powder fields, follow animal tracks in the snow, and make snow sculptures. We encourage pretend play and everything the younger public needs to build their social skills and joy of being outdoors.

SKIING SKILLS:

Our sessions bring emphasis on the following skills:

  • Balance
  • Gliding and pole use
  • Agility and coordination on skis

Winter 2021 Info

All programs start and end at the Virginia Meissner Sno Park 

Dates:

January 7, 2021 – February 25, 2021

  • Thursdays
  • 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Tuition:

  • $300 
Youth Team - Ages 9 - 12

Whether your child is a beginner or an avid Nordic skier, Youth Team offers possibilities for all. Participants will break into smaller groups based on skills and skiing fitness levels. 

Our coach to skier ratio of 1:5 allows for more individualized coaching and confidence building to help ensure all participants are receiving the attention they need. 

This program has a transportation included option that provides a ride from Bend to the trails at Meissner Sno-Park, and back to Bend. There is also an option of driving your child to meet the group at the Sno-Park.

Each session will balance a mix of fun activities, building endurance and skill practice. 

Winter 2021 Info

Dates:

January 5, 2021 – February 23, 2021

  • Tuesdays or Wednesdays
    • 2:30pm – 5:00pm (with transportation)
    • 3:00pm – 4:30pm (without transportation)

Tuition

  • $360 (with transportation)
  • 300 (without transportation)
    •  
Development Team - Ages 13 - 18

This program is designed to start taking the joy and passion of Nordic skiing to the next level in an age and developmentally appropriate way for Middle School and High School participants. Participants will break into smaller groups based on skills and skiing fitness levels. 

Our coach to skier ratio of 1:6 allows for more individualized coaching and confidence building to help ensure all participants are receiving the attention they need.  Skiers will be introduced to classic and skate skiing, waxing and ski care, as well as appropriate sport specific training. While racing is not the primary focus of this group, we will start building on race specific techniques and tactics.

This program has a transportation included option that provides a ride from Bend to the trails at Meissner Sno-Park, and back to Bend. There is also an option of driving your child to meet the group at the Sno-Park.

Each session will balance a mix of fun activities, building endurance and skill practice. 

Dates:

  • January 6 – March 9, 2021
  • Wednesdays 
    • 2:30pm – 5:00pm (with transportation)
    • 3:00pm – 4:30pm (without transportation)

Tuition:

  • $420 (with transportation)
  • $360 (without transportation)
Masters Program

2021 Masters Program 

Are you looking to increase your skate skiing game?  Or maybe you have some ski goals in mind that you need help reaching. Our Masters level Nordic programs are geared towards helping adults increase their ability on skis or work towards a ski/fitness goal.

In order for us to continue to offer great programs while keeping all of our participants and coaches as safe as possible we ask that you familiarize yourself with our COVID-19 operations prior to enrolling. You can find them in the menu below.


Intro to Skate Skiing

Have you watched skiers effortless ski past you in the classic tracks and wondered how you can learn to skate?  Join long time BEA masters coach Don Leet for 8 weeks of learning different skate ski techniques and when to use them. Participants should have some previous on snow experience like classic skiing, alpine skiing, etc.

Instructor: Don Leet

  • Tuesdays
  • 9:30am – 11:00am
  • January 5, 2021 – February 23, 2021
  • Virginia Meissner SnoPark
  • Limit of 6 participants

Cost:$270


Intermediate Skate Skiing

Looking to take your skate skiing to the next level?  This group is designed for the skier who has previous experience skate skiing and is comfortable with and understands V1, V2, and V2 alternate techniques.  Over the course of the 8 weeks the group will work on refining those skills and breaking them down for increased efficiency. 

Instructor: Don Leet

  • Thursdays
  • 9:30am – 11:00am
  • January 7, 2021 – February 25, 2021
  • Virginia Meissner SnoPark
  • Limit of 6 participants

Cost:$270

Collegiate

Summer Collegiate Training – 2021

Bend has long been known to be an ideal training area for the serious Nordic skier.  

Bend Endurance Academy aims to create a summer training program that bridges the gap between seasons for college athletes. What this means to us is to deliver high quality, consistent training, in one of the best summer locations in the country. Through knowledgeable coaching staff and ongoing open communication with your current coach, we hope to create a training environment that heightens athletes skills/fitness and delivers them back to their respective programs in the fall ready to hit the ground running. 

The snowpack here in Central Oregon is looking spectacular, so it looks like we’ll be on skis in June. We will have grooming at the nordic center at Bachelor through May if you want to come a little early, and after that it’ll be months of crust cruising/trail running up to the Three Sisters. Rollerskiing is pretty spectacular, with long roads up to Mt. Bachelor or into the mountains offering routes that are big on views and low on repetition. Bend also offers nearly 1000 miles of mountain bike trails (that are also great for trail running) that start in town and go for as long as you’d like.

Information:

  • Geared towards the Collegiate Nordic Skier and athletes taking a gap year
  • Five days a week of dedicated training
  • Dates: June 1, 2021 – August 14, 2021
  • Cost: $1800

ENROLLMENT OPEN NOW!

For more information or questions please contact: zane@bendenduranceacademy.org

or 

reitler@bendenduranceacademy.org

Planning for Nordic Skiing - Equipment

Planning for skiing – Equipment:

  • If you are new to skiing, be sure to review our equipment guide in the Nordic handbook. 
  • BEA Loaner Gear – We have a limited number of skis, boots and poles to loan for the winter session. Although our goal is to help new families enter the sport smoothly, inventory is limited and we cannot outfit every family. We will email dates and times for selecting loaner gear once enrollment opens.
  • Sunnyside Sports has a deep inventory of lease equipment suitable for our after-school skiers under 100lbs. We encourage you to look into their deeply discounted Winter equipment lease options available to BEA families.  Webskis is another good local option if you’re looking for new gear.
  • If you have equipment your child has outgrown, you can donate it to BEA and we’ll find a family that can use the gear.
F.A.Q

Can I schedule a make-up day?

  • We expect skiers to come on the day they have signed up to attend. Switching days is tough on the coaches and can disrupt groups; please do not come on a day that you are not signed up to attend.
  • No make-up days for full programs or after school programs.
  • There is no “credit” for days that you miss.

How do you assign skiers into groups?

  • We create groups on any day based on a number of factors including terrain, weather, experience, ability, age and motivation of the participants.
  • By default, we begin with age and then adjust by friendships / ability / experience to make efficient groups.

What is the best program for my child?

  • Start with their age. All programs have a minimum age, some have a maximum age. Exceptions must be approved by the Nordic Program Coordinator.
  • We can always switch groups or programs once they get started. There’s a lot of info on this page. Get started, go for a ski, and check in with the coach afterward to see if we need to make any adjustments to groups or programs.
  • Ability must be evaluated by our coaches, and skiing in “slow groups” is not a bad thing — we are trying to ski as a team so being in a bunch is often part of how the skiers get to socialize with each other.
  • If a skier wants to try a next-level group please talk to the coaches at practice.
  • Skiers must earn their progression through dedication, participation and demonstrated mastery.
COVID-19 Operations


COVID-19 Operations – Nordic

General Health Criteria for Staff and Participants 

We ask that any staff or participants with the following signs or symptoms stay home.:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

We ask that any staff or participants who may have had close sustained contact with anyone who is sick stay home

We ask that any staff/coach/participant who has tested positive for COVID-19 contact Bend Endurance Academy Executive Director, Mike Rougeux, at mike@bendenduranceacademy.org or 541-419-5071

Practice Sessions 

Masks are required during all outdoor BEA practices where and when social distancing cannot be maintained.  For winter Nordic programs please do not use cotton based masks as they can become wet and not work.

We ask that no parents or spectators attend sessions to help limit the number of individuals in our groups. 

Van Transportation

We are limiting the number of passengers in our vans to nine athletes to help increase spacing between riders. Masks must be worn at all times when traveling in the van.

We ask that no parents or spectators attend sessions to help limit the number of individuals in any of the facilities. 

Additional Resources 

More information regarding COVID-19 and how to stay healthy can be found online here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

Contact Nordic

Nordic Youth Program Coordinator

Email: natasha@bendenduranceacademy.org

Collegiate and Post Grad Nordic Programs

Reitler Hodgert: reiter@bendenduranceacademy.org

Zane Fields: zane@bendenduranceacademy.org

Nordic Coaches

Zane Fields

Coach's Bio
Zane, a Vermont native, discovered Bend through BEA’s summer skiing training group back in 2015 and spent three summers training in the area. After graduating from Colby College in 2019, Zane spent a year training with the US Biathlon team as well as competed for the US Ski Team in the U23 World Championships in 2020. Since then Zane has moved to Bend and hung up his race bib, although he’ll still chase a local strava segment, turning instead to coaching, leading our youth development program this past winter.
 
Why I coach: “Skiing has served as so much more than a sport to me, and I was lucky enough to have an incredible set of coaches along the way to guide me through much more than just practice. Now, given the opportunity, I’d love to play that role for others.”
 

Reitler Hodgert

Coach's Bio

I was born and raised here in Bend and have spent the majority of my life exploring this area. During my years as a skier I have skied at the club  and colegate levels, but over the past 4 years I have really dived into the world of coaching. Starting out with BEA back in 2017, I helped to coach the college and junior programs. Later I moved back to Duluth where I spent the following few years coaching under Maria Stuber at the college of St. Scholastica.

Don Leet

Coach's Bio

I started cross country skiing in 1970 when I was on a snowshoe overnighter and a couple of skiers went by us on cross country skis. It looked fun and fast. I was there at the beginning of skating and have been at it ever since. Similarly, I’ve been with BEA from the beginning of its inception. In reality, I’m actually a cyclist who loves to ski. Fun, Fast, Safe is my motto.