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 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.


The Nordic Team


  • Thank you for participating in our Nordic program.
  • 2019 Fall Training programs for Comp and Devo Level skiers are open.
  • 2020 Winter program enrollment will open in November
  • For more information regarding our Comp and Devo programs, please contact Coach Zach Hill at zach@bendenduranceacademy.org

How to Choose a Program

  • Choose a season: Winter, Fall, Spring, or Summer
  • Find your child’s age and appropriate program
  • Lastly, decide your level of commitment, or days per week.
  • Still not sure? Contact us!

Nordic Skiing Information - Open for Details

Sync the Nordic Calendar to your Google or iCal account by clicking the “+Google Calendar” button in the lower right of the calendar:

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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.
  • We only pro-rate tuition for late sign ups after a program’s start date when available.

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 Head Nordic Coach.
  • 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.

What about racing?

  • Racing is always optional.
  • We do mock races and relays at some practices, for all ages, but racing in sanctioned races is only allowed if the skier is 10 or older by December 31st of the current year.
  • Skiing is a team sport and racing is encouraged for those 12 and older.


We will not be offering Fall Nordic Training for Fall 2019.  Please check back in October for our Winter Programming Schedule.

Spring Nordic Training

Springtime is a great opportunity to get together, enjoy the remaining snow, and have some fun as a team. We will mix it up with crust skiing and checking out snowmobile trails as well as running, playing games, and doing light strength training. Spring programming will begin on Tuesday, April 9th and run through Thursday, June 13th.

Session 1: $270

April 9 – April 27:

  • Tuesday and Thursday: 3:00 – 5:30pm
  • Saturday Adventure Skiing: Times and Locations TBA

Session 2: $500

April 30 – June 13:

  • Tuesday and Thursday: 3:00 – 5:00pm
  • Wednesday Strength Training at Recharge Physical Therapy: 2:00 – 4:30pm (Tentatively)
    More specific pick up and drop off information will be distributed via email. Contact Coach Zach Hill for more information at zach@bendenduranceacademy.org


May On Snow Ski Camp 1 (3 and 5 Day options)

We will be taking advantage of the late season snow at Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center with an intensive on-snow camp in late May.  The focus will be on high volume and technique, with video analysis.  Each day we will have a ski session in the morning; while Saturday and Sunday afternoons we will do some strength and discuss video from the morning session. Late season Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center trail passes required.

  • 5 Day camp will include ski sessions on Thursday and Friday morning, with an early departure from BEA with a drop off at area schools after skiing.
  • 3 Day camp will include 5 sessions on Saturday/Sunday/Monday
  • Additional 2 day camp the following weekdn June 1-2, depending on snow conditions.

Fire and Ice (Hosted by MBSEF)

June 14-18 in Bend- PNSA wide camp including on-snow and dryland sessions.

Registration open with MBSEF

Trout Lake

July 17-21 near Trout Lake, WA

PNSA Summer Camp 2 hosted by BEA.  We will be camping near Trout Lake, WA for 5 days of  high volume dryland training including rollerskiing, trail running/adventure hiking with many other clubs from around the Pacific Northwest.

Methow Camp

August 14-18

PNSA Summer Camp 3, hosted by Methow Ski Team.  Much like Trout Lake, we will be camping and training for 5 days.  It is tentatively scheduled for somewhere in the Methow Valley, but smoke is often a consideration that time of year, so there may be a Plan B involving Courtenay, BC or another location.

Summer Nordic Training

Its summer, and it’s time to get serious about training and build that base of strength and fitness that we will draw on all winter long.  There will be NO practices the dates of Fire and Ice, Trout Lake or Methow Camps.

Summer Comp (U23, U20, U18, U16)

June 19 – August 26

  • 5 days per week Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday 8:00am to finish
  • 2 morning gym strength sessions, rollerskiing, trail running, hiking, hill bounding and more.
  • Meet at BEA or training location.

Summer Comp Lite (U23, U20, U18, U16)

June 19 – August 26

  • 3 days per week Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday 8:00am to finish
  • 1 morning gym strength sessions, rollerskiing, trail running, hiking, hill bounding and more.

Summer Devo (U16, U14)

Session 1 June 24 – July 16

Session 2 July 22 – August 13

  • 3 days per week Monday/Wednesday/Friday
  • Activities to include strength, rollerskiing, trail running, hiking, plyos/games.

Summer Strength Only

June 19 – August 26

  • Monday/Wednesday gym sessions at ReCharge.
    More specific session information will be distributed via email. Contact Coach Zach Hill for more information at zach@bendenduranceacademy.org.


Nordic Coaches

Darragh Hildreth

Nordic Youth Coordinator

Comp Coach

Email: darragh@BendEnduranceAcademy.org

Cell: 541-350-6890

I was part of the first generation of skiers to race for BEA. I started nordic racing when I was 10 years old since I was already working to keep up with older brothers. My sophomore year of high school, I won the Oregon State Title and qualified for Junior Nationals 4 times representing PNSA. Finally I raced briefly for Montana State University. Outside of skiing, I enjoy competitively racing XC mountain bikes, playing violin either solo or with a group, and love Backcountry Skiing while eating donuts. My motto: Give your competition a good fight, a hard race and a strong finish.

Zach Hill

Head Coach Comp

Email: zach@bendenduranceacademy.org

Zach has been coaching the Comp program since 2018.  He grew up skiing in Alaska where he was a 4 time Junior National Champion.  He later ski raced at the University of Denver in College, where he was a member of 2 NCAA Championship winning teams.  He came to Bend and  BEA after a decades long career in commercial fishing.  When he’s not trying to keep up with the Comp team, he enjoys mountain biking with his wife and dog, hunting,  and exploring his new home in Oregon.



Adriana Boylan

From a young age I loved getting outside to downhill ski. While student teaching in Norway, I first learned how to cross country ski and enjoyed hit trips with friends and seeing the countryside. After moving to Bend in December, I found BEA through another coach. Teaching youth programs has been a blast and a shift from teaching full time in a classroom! When I’m not with BEA, I enjoy rock climbing, running, dancing, and playing music with friends. I’ve always believed, “may we be in a perpetual state of reinvention” and have enjoyed pushing myself athletically, especially climbing the last few years. Excited to spend time outside with you!

Chris Emme

I found out about BEA while working as a climbing guide in Australia. Contemplating a move to Central Oregon, BEA seemed like it would be a great outlet to help get kids outside, and it has been a great fit! When not coaching, I enjoy climbing, bikepacking, backcountry skiing and leading overseas trips for high school groups. The motto I aspire to live by is from Aldo Leopold, “A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.”

Sherri Dean

I moved to Bend 4 years ago after 22 years in the tropics and dove into snow sports to acclimatize. Never looked back. I started with BEA after a chance encounter with Darragh – she asked, I said yes. Outside of BEA, I am a physical therapy tech and biomechanics geek who lives to get out and explore the peaks, trails, and trees around Central Oregon – run, walk, hike, or ski – preferably in the company of family or friends, and a dog or two. My motto is “Life is short, live it!”

Don Leet

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.