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.


Nordic Skiing Information - Open for Details

After School Nordic Skiing Program  

We are excited to offer a fun-focused Nordic skiing program for elementary school children Grade 2 through Grade 5 (Monday – Wednesday) and for The Montessori Center and High Lakes Elementary School (K-1st Grade) on Thursday.  This after school program includes pick up from different schools throughout Bend.  

Our Nordic program is designed so that everyone can thrive, including those who may have little or no experience with Nordic skiing. Participants will learn the basics of classic ski technique from our enthusiastic, experienced, and professionally trained coaches. The goal of the program is to get kids outside and moving in a winter environment. Skiers are grouped with friends, by ability/desire, or in other ways that facilitate fun. We make it work! 

Don’t see your school on the list? New this year, we are offering a meet up option on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. See schedule below for locations. Registration required.

This year we are offering one 8-week session, starting in January 2020.  Transportation from schools to Virginia Meissner Sno-Park and back to town is provided as follows: 

Tuition is $325 per session.

January 6 – February 24*

Grades 2-5
Amity Creek Elementary
Highland Elementary
Westside Village Elementary

Monday Meet-up option: For students wishing to join us on this day, meet the bus/van at Westside Village Elementary by 2:45PM.  Registration required.

Monday Parent pick-up location: Miller Elementary between 5:15PM – 5:30PM

*Monday, January 20th and Monday, February 17th are no school days.  BEA will run programs on these days from 1:00PM-4:15PM. Pick up and drop off locations TBA.


January 7 – February 25

Grade 2-5
Elk Meadow Elementary
Pine Ridge Elementary
Silver Rail Elementary 

Tuesday Meet-up option: For students wishing to join us on this day, meet the bus/van at Silver Rail Elementary School 2:45PM.  Registration required.

Tuesday Parent pick-up location: TBA/pending final enrollment, between 5:15PM – 5:30PM


January 8 – February 26

Grades 2-5
Miller Elementary
High Lakes Elementary

Wednesday Meet-up option: For students wishing to join us on this day, meet the bus/van at Miller Elementary School 1:15PM.  Registration required.

Wednesday Parent pick-up location: Miller Elementary approximately 4:00PM


Minis Program
January 9 – February 27
Montessori Center in Northwest Crossing
High Lakes Elementary (K – 1st grades only)

Thursday Parent pick-up location: High Lakes Elementary between 5:15PM – 5:30PM

After School Nordic Skiing Program – Middle School

Registration opening soon!

Bend Endurance Academy will offer our Middle School Nordic Skiing Program again in 2020 for REALMS and Cascades Academy students! Due to the school time changes and our need for daylight, this program will start in late January for 6-weeks.

January 28 – March 3
REALMS Middle School
Post-session pick-up location: TBA between 6:00PM – 6:15PM

January 28 – March 3
Cascades Academy Middle School
Post-session pick-up location: TBA between 6:00PM – 6:15PM

Join long-time BEA Nordic Instructor and all around great guy, Don Leet, for 8-weeks of skate skiing instruction and fun.
Tuition: $240

January 7 – February 25
9:30Am – 11:00AM

Meet at Virginia Meissner Sno-Park

Join long-time BEA Nordic Instructor and all around great guy, Don Leet, for 8-weeks of skate skiing instruction and fun.
Tuition: $240

January 5 – February 23
9:30Am – 11:00AM

Meet at Virginia Meissner Sno-Park

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.



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.


Nordic Coaches

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.