The Development Team is designed to motivate middles schoolers (Ages 11-14) to consider Nordic skiing as one of their favorite winter sports. With an annual roster of around 50 kids, the Devo Team proves year in and year out to be a hoot! Devo team participants are offered a careful balance of play and instruction in addition to being taught how to be comfortable and prepared in a winter environment. Program content is age appropriate and FUN!
Participants will learn modern skate and classic technique through coordination and agility drills, demonstrations and trail skiing adventures. As skiers improve throughout the season they are exposed to more aspects of training designed to improve endurance and continue honing technique. Our staff is fully trained to work with a wide range of ability levels; from first time skiers to individuals seeking racing success, we have progressions to fit your needs.
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. Weekend practices provide Devo Team skiers the opportunity of skiing with and learning from the Competition Team and coaches.
The Bend Endurance Academy wants to help families get their kids to the snow. Therefore 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 and we enjoying providing this service as a part of our Development Team package. We hope everyone gets a chance to experience the magic of ski team vans.
Development Team members are not required to purchase a season pass. We train at the Virginia Meissner ski area where passes are not required, although we do encourage all Academy families to support Meissner Nordic/The Tumalo Langlauf Club who operate and maintain the ski area.
Our Development Team coaches are professionally trained using United States Ski Association guidelines and have worked with hundreds of young individuals of all abilities throughout their many years of experience. Our coaches consistently provide appropriate program content to a wide range of ability levels.
Development Team participants can choose to be transported to and supported at local and divisional races and overnight trips throughout the season.
- Nordic Parent Meeting – Tuesday, Nov. 5th – Bend Endurance Academy Conference Room 6:30pm
|Ages||11-14 (6th grade – 8th grade) or USSA Age Classes under U-16|
|Dates||November 20th, 2013 to March 9th, 2014. Camp Dates: Thanksgiving Camp: Nov 26-27 and Nov 29- Nov 31; Winter Camp: December 26-29|
|Note||Athletes will be picked up from their schools on Wednesdays (early release) for the entire season.|
|Days/Times||1, 2, or 3 days per week|
|Saturday and/or Sunday mornings (9am- noon) Vans leave from BEA offices and return following skiing|
|Wednesdays- after school, early release (1 pm pick up from local schools or meet at Cascade MS. at 1:30 pm)|
|Costs||3 Days per week $795 (includes transportation)|
|2 Days per week $585 (includes transportation)|
|1 Day per week $375 (includes transportation)|
|Trail Pass||The Bend Endurance Academy encourages families to support Meissner Nordic/TLC by purchasing an individual or family membership for the grooming and trail maintenance at Meissner Sno Park. Visit www.meissnernordic.org to join!|
|Locations||Meissner Sno Park (13 miles SW of Bend off of Century Drive, half way to Mt. Bachelor)|
|Extras||Tuition is all inclusive. Participants will be provided with transportation, waxing facilities and team wax. Some loaner equipment is available. Winter Break Mini Camps on Dec 26-27, Dec 29-30 and Jan 2 are included.|
|“I’ve been Nordic skiing for 3 years and it’s my favorite sport. I like being part of a team- everyone cheers you on. The best part of skiing is going to the away races with the team- they are so much fun. I have learned so much from the coaches and the other kids- I know now if I commit to something I can make anything happen.”Teddy Widmer, 8th Grade, Bend Nordic Development Team|