Nordic Skiing

Youth, Junior and Adult Development

Bend Endurance Academy’s Nordic programs are designed for all abilities of youth and junior cross country skiers. We also have select offerings for adults.  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 and 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 of being outside all year round. 

Key Contacts:

Greg Rhodes, Nordic Program Director

612-599-8004  //  greg@BendEnduranceAcademy.org

How to Choose a Program

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

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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Fall Training Program 2018:

BEA’s Fall Training Program is perfect for all middle school and high school age athletes that are looking to stay fit after an active summer, balance other sports with some ski-specific training or join friends after school on some fun fall adventures!

There are Comp (U16+) and Devo (U12+) options. Find your group and desired amount of training days per week.

Looking for a fun year-round package? Check out our Competition Team Offerings!

Comp Training:

For Nordic skiers, fall is the most important season for SMART training. Race-specific intensity training combined with volume and technique work help to ensure you are ready to ski to your full potential when the snow falls, and race season begins. Whether you’re training to qualify for Junior Nationals or training to have your best high school result ever, fall is a crucial time to train hard and train smart.

NOTE: BEA Nordic encourages High School skiers to participate in fall sports at their high school (i.e. CC running, soccer, volleyball, NICA, etc.) and will work with individual athletes to construct a plan that best fits their commitments to their fall sport as well as some XC ski specific training. Please talk with Coach Greg directly to make a plan.

Coach: Greg Rhodes

Dates: 9.18.18 – 11.16.18

Comp Program Training Options

1 day per week:          $225

2 days per week:         $375

3 days per week:         $525

4 days per week:         $675


Devo Program:

Fall is the best time for young skiers to work on body movements that will transition to on snow ski technique. BEA offers 2 training sessions per week that Devo athletes can join to help work on their ski specific movements as well as develop some general fitness.

Coach: Greg Rhodes

Dates: 9.18.18 – 11.16.18

Days: Tuesdays and/or Thursdays

1 day per week:           $225

2 days per week:         $375


Fall Weekly Comp Training Sessions

Tuesday: 4:00-6:00pm @ Skyliners


Wednesday:2:00-4:30pm @ Skyliners


Thursday:4:00-6:00pm @ Skyliners


Friday:4:00-6:00pm @ BEA Office


Saturday: 4 supported over-distance roller skis (or snow skis if early season snow is available). These are included with any registration for a Fall Comp Training program ($50 drop-in fee for anyone not registered in a Fall Comp training program).


NEW PROGRAM! Climbers, cyclists, and skiers – your coaches have created a new academy wide program to supplement your sport specific training. Professional strength and conditioning coaches will lead you through strength progressions designed to help you reach your athletic goals. This program will focus on maximizing strength and power, applying strength and power in your specific sport, identify imbalances and weaknesses to prevent injury and optimize your athletic performance!

Coach: Greg Rhodes PhD, CSCS

Dates: 9.17.18 – 11.16.18

Days and Time:  Monday/Wednesday/Friday at 5:45 am – 7:15 am

Cost: $250

November Pre-Season Tune-up:

This is designed for those that did not ski train all fall and want to get reconnected with Nordic skiing before the high school ski season or joining BEA at the West Yellowstone Thanksgiving Training Camp. This tune-up is great for athletes who participated in a high school sport in the fall and would like a 1 or 2-week Nordic training tune-up prior to the start of the winter training season. Training sessions are run in conjunction with the last two weeks of regularly scheduled Comp Team fall training sessions.

Coach: Greg Rhodes

Dates: 11.5.18 – 11.16.18


1 week of training (1st OR 2ndweek of the two week block):  $100 for 5 training sessions

2 weeks of training (both weeks of two week block): $170 for 10 training sessions

BEA Trail Kids

TRAIL KIDS teaches youth ages 8-13 outdoor literacy and a connection to nature through outdoor activities and inclusive events with a focus on having fun and developing skills in a safe environment.

Fall Trail Kids: 

Dates: 10.1.18 – 10.29.18

Where: BEA Office

When: Mondays, 4:30 – 6:00pm

What: Trail kids will work on ski specific balance drills and games in preparation to jump on your skis when the snow arrives. Suitable for all ability levels.

Equipment: Participants will need to come dressed for the weather of the day with good running shoes, water bottle, and drink belt.

Cost: $100

Nordic Competition Team:

Comp Team is focused towards U20, U18, and U16 skiers. These skiers can range from those striving to qualify for Junior Nationals to those looking to improve their performance at high school ski races.

Yes! BEA offers athletes the opportunity to train full-time and year round with a team in beautiful Central Oregon! This page will be updated soon – see our Summer Comp and Comp program pages for the big picture.

Contact Coach Greg for more details. greg@BendEnduranceAcademy.org

High School:

This program is designed to provide High School athletes additional resources for training and technique coaching while still being fully involved with high school skiing. We also encourage past BEA devo skiers to continue skiing with this program where the coach-skier ratio is low and the social atmosphere is familiar.

We have had great success with this program as it serves a wide range of abilities and goals. Members of the Bend Endurance Academy High School program are instructed in varying activities to improve their strength, technique, coordination, agility, and endurance to improve their skiing all while having an awesome time with their teammates! We understand not everyone wants to be a world-class racer – this is a great platform to keep improving and get more days on snow! We strive to teach the skills required to make Nordic skiing an enjoyable, life-long sport.

This program is the perfect “lift-off” for high school skiing. The Bend-LaPine School’s early release schedule provides a unique opportunity for team members to attend practices directly after school on Wednesdays and enjoy skiing without the constraints of winter daylight hours. Participants will be picked up from their schools on Wednesdays and dropped off at the Academy‘s office after practice. There is no cost for transportation.

High School Team Options:

    Information coming soon.

Nordic Development Team:

The Development Team is designed to introduce and motivate middle-schoolers (Ages 11-14) to consider Nordic skiing as their favorite winter sport. With an annual roster of around 50 kids, the Devo Team proves year in and year out to be a highlighted program for new and returning BEA skiers!

Skiers will learn skate and classic technique through coordination and agility drills, demonstrations and trail skiing adventures. Our staff is fully trained to work with a wide range of ability levels; from first time skiers to individuals seeking racing opportunities, we have progressions to fit your needs. Program content is age appropriate and FUN! The Bend-LaPine School’s early release schedule provides a unique opportunity for Development Team members to attend practices directly after school on Wednesdays and enjoy skiing without the constraints of winter daylight hours. Participants will be picked up from their schools on Wednesdays and dropped off at the Academy‘s office after practice.

The Bend Endurance Academy wants to help families get their kids to the snow. We offer free transportation to all members of our programs. Not only does this relieve pressure on parents to coordinate scheduling and carpooling, we have heard year after year that riding in the van is one of the highlights of our programs.

    Information coming soon.

Nordic Youth Club:

The very popular Bend Endurance Academy Youth Club is a fun-focused program that introduces young people to the basics of cross country skiing and the joys of winter. During the weekend sessions, participants will learn both classic and skate technique through ski games, skill exercises and skiing adventures from an enthusiastic, experienced and professionally trained group of coaches. As skiers improve throughout the season we enjoy challenging Youth Club members with longer skis and tours to all of the secret spots around the Meissner trail system. Skiers are paired with friends, by ability or desire or even by favorite coach. We make it work!

Information coming soon

Nordic Youth Afterschool:

BEA Nordic staff is excited to offer another year of Wednesday After School Nordic. This program is designed for elementary school aged children (7-11) who may have little or no experience with Nordic skiing. Participants will learn the basics of the “classic” technique from our enthusiastic, experienced and professionally trained group of coaches. The goal of the program is to get kids outside and moving in a winter environment. Skiers are paired with friends, by ability or desire or even by favorite coach. We make it work.

Information coming soon.

Mini Nordie Club:

We are heading into our eighth year with this great program and couldn’t be more excited! This program inspires youngsters ages 4-6 to give Nordic skiing a try – teaching them the joys of sliding, playing, falling, and rolling around on the snow. Parents, you will be very impressed with what your child is capable of doing on skis- particularly after they get a chance to learn from their peers and our awesome coaches.

Mini Nordies meet for four consecutive Saturdays or Sundays for one hour where participants take part in easy, introductory ski skills and games. Class sizes are small and the focus is on fun. We offer two sessions over the winter so families can extend ski time for their young ones.
Participants must provide their own skis, poles, boots. No experience is necessary and we meet at the Meissner Nordic Community Ski Trails only 13 miles west of Bend. No ski pass necessary.

  • Information coming soon.

We partner with several schools to offer customized programs to their students.

Information coming soon.

Montessori Center of Bend


Cascades Academy

Seven Peaks

Fall Fitness for Women

Bend Ladies – this is for you! Come meet us for a weekly workout and watch your fitness take off this fall. If you love being outside and are looking to improve on your current strength and conditioning – this program is for you!

This high energy group is bound to improve your strength, fitness and skiing efficiency. While improving your ski specific fitness is a focus, all ladies with all ski experience levels are welcome! This group is FUN and one heck of a workout!

Coach: Greg Rhodes

Dates: 9.25.18 – 11.13.18

Days and Times: Tuesdays, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Cost: $200

Winter Women’s Group:

Our popular Nordic Fall Ladies group is continuing through the winter. Join us for ten sessions on snow. This high energy group is bound to improve both your fitness and skiing efficiency. We’ve moved the time up to help accommodate our working women! Come join us!
Feel like you need some positive group energy to get you out the door? Want to improve your skating and start zipping around the trails? Looking to build strength and stamina this winter? Want to find a snow sport that keeps you fit for another active Bend summer? This group is for you! Bring a friend or two and let’s get more ladies hooked on Nordic this winter!

  • Information coming soon.

Winter Adult Nordic Program:

The Bend Endurance Adult Nordic Program inspires adults to improve their skate skiing while enjoying the Meissner Nordic Community Ski Trails just west of Bend. The Adult Ski Program has educated and inspired hundreds of skiers over the past 5 years and our experienced and passionate coaching staff are motivated to help you too!

Skate skiing is a great way to stay fit during the winter months and compliments so many of the other great activities that Central Oregon offers. Skate skiing is always a work in progress however, and our experienced coaches are motivated to help you progress in a technical sport while improving your level of fitness. Our goal is to leave you excited rather than exhausted! This will be one of the best learning programs you will ever attend- whether you are an accomplished skater or a relative newcomer.

      • Learn modern Nordic skate techniques
      • Increase your fitness and efficiency
      • Learn through established progressions
      • Improve steadily over the winter to become a faster, more confident skier
      • Receive personal attention in small groups with like abilities
Ages and Ability

Academy Masters Programs are intended for adult skiers who have some experience with Nordic skiing. If you are a beginner and would like to learn to ski, try Meissner Nordic’s “Learn to Ski” days to explore the sport or schedule a private lesson with our experienced staff below! We can’t wait to ski with you!

Adult Ski Program Options:

  • Information coming soon.

2018 Summer Training

Next winter’s success is built during the summer. Join the Bend Endurance Academy Summer Training Program with options for those looking for focused training to take their performance to the next level as well as those looking to simply improve their technique and stay fit over the summer months.

The BEA Summer Program is without a doubt one of the most successful programs in the country with accomplishments over the years ranging from US Nationals podiums, World Junior and U23 Championships appearances, multiple EISA, RMISA, and CCSA podiums, and NCAA Championships competitors.

We offer training options from 3-days per week to 5-day programs with additional afternoon training options (up to 10 training sessions per week). Think about what type of athlete you are and what your training goals or interests are and join us this summer. We provide professional coaching and fully supported sessions to help you meet and exceed your fitness goals.



3 Day “Summer Devo”


This is our development program for middle school and high school skiers. If you want to get started on rollerskis, improve your ski specific movements, experienced organized summer ski training this is the program for you. This is a 3-day per week program that will meet Monday, Wednesday, Friday mornings. This program will give our developing athletes plenty of down time between workouts to pursue other activities while still providing enough structure to keep kids active all summer long.

  • Training 3-days per week
  • Focus on skiing skills, basic fitness, and the enjoyment of being active outside.
  • Many Devo practices will be combined with Comp practices.
  • Overall summer training that will be more varied and less ski specific than Comp Team
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 7:30am – 11:00am
  • Program dates: June 11 – August 24
  • No practice August 15 – 19. See Summer Camps 2018 for information.
  • $500


5 Day “Summer Comp”


This is the full package. Our Comp program is 5-days of training and coached sessions, a 3 month training plan to fit your individual needs, plus unofficial weekend training for those interested.

Our training sessions will include fully support long distance rollerskis and running workouts, threshold intervals, speed workouts, technique evaluations, agility, and specific strength. All sessions will be coached to assure that all individual needs are met and progress is made weekly.

  • Focus on year-round training to compete at regional and national competitions
  • Monday – Friday mornings: 7:30am – 11:00am
  • Year of Birth: 1997 – 2004 (contact coach for more info)
  • June 11 – August 24
  • This is for AM only training sessions
  • No practice August 15 – 19. See Summer Camps 2018 for information.
  • $700


Summer Comp PLUS

If you are looking for organized weight/strength training sessions and multiple workouts per day, you need to sign-up for the Comp Plus Program. This programs adds weight room based strength sessions, afternoon training sessions, and longer supported over-distance workouts. Experienced ski group with focus on national and international competitions. All U18+ skiers interested in more coaching and improving strength/speed.
Additional Sessions

  • Monday and Wednesday weight room strength sessions: 6:00am – 7:00am
  • Additional afternoon training sessions: 3:30pm – 5:30pm on select days
  • June 11 – August 24
  • No practice August 15 – 19. See Summer Camps 2018 for information.
  • $300 (must sign up for Summer Comp too)


Summer Camp

  • Methow Camp: August 15 – 19
  • One additional Summer Camp possible
  • See Summer Camp Tab Below

Schedule Reference: Summer is fairly dynamic through mid-June. Weekly e-mails will be sent to keep skiers and parent informed of schedule changes as college skiers arrive and the schools release for summer vacation. 

2018 Summer Nordic Training Camps

Improve your skiing in a 5 day Nordic Training Camp. Camps are aimed at systematically improving your technique, fitness, strength and overall athletic preparation. With multiple coaches and lots of experience, these camps serve all needs. From relative beginners to NCAA skiers and world cup racers, these camps are designed to fit your needs and give your skiing a mid-summer boost.

All participants will receive an informative email prior to the start of their camp including full camp details and packing lists. Roller skiing is a major component of the training cycle so brush up!

Price includes training, food and camping.

  • August 15 – 19
  • Methow Valley, WA
  • $275

Training Activities:rollerskiing (classic and skate), strength, plyometric and agility drills, pole bounding, rollerski time trial and epic off trail adventures.

Questions: Email Greg@BendEnduranceAcademy.org or call 612-599-8004

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.
  • Submit any questions about make up days to Coach Greg – greg@BendEnduranceAcademy.org

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.


Nordic Staff

Greg Rhodes

Nordic Director

Questions regarding our Nordic program? Contact Greg at:

Email: greg@BendEnduranceAcademy.org

Cell: 612-599-8004

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