Great Glen BKL Club

For 1st through 8th graders, the Great Glen BKL* Club is a weekly program that emphasizes the fun of skiing as well as learning skills.


(*BKL: Bill Koch League, a regional youth ski program, named for the first US Olympic medalist in cross country skiing: Bill Koch.)

The Club meets Sunday afternoons from 1:30 pm to 3:30pm beginning late December and continuing into March. (Prior to that first on-snow session is the Club’s major fundraiser, a bake sale at Great Glen’s Craft Fair Saturday, November 26, 2016.


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Activities include:

  • Games on skis, (tag, Capture the Flag, Ultimate Frisbee);
  • Trail explorations, both groomed and non-groomed;
  • “Hunts”—balloon, Trails Tracker and more
  • Challenges that promote ski skill improvement, (Moose in the Road, gliding for distance, rapid fire double pole . . .);
  • Junior Sprints
  • Relay races
  • Ski jumping
  • Ski care clinics
  • Optional participation in the New England BKL Festival

Junior Sprints:

The first and third Sundays of January and February, a short sprint race loop of 220-225 meters will be set, and Club kids have the option of being timed on it between 1 and 1:15 pm, before the group session starts.  Racers will start at individual intervals and will earn one of four colored Junior Sprint stickers based on their time.

Jan 3-classic technique; Jan 17-freestyle (classic or skate); Feb 7-classic; Feb 21-freestyle

Back for a third year:  (updated 1/26/16 in red)

Performance Skills Workshops for 7th and 8th graders. Coaching by 1984 Olympian and Ski School Director Sue Wemyss, these workshops are for those older members of the Club who are interested in more focused technical learning. 2015-16 Season Dates: January 3 classic, 17 classic, 31 skate, February 7 skate.  Sundays 2:30 – 3:30 pm, (follows whole group session). Additional cost: $20. Minimum group size: 5; maximum 8.

Additional Benefits:

Club members pay reduced rates for trail passes and rental equipment during Sunday afternoon meetings.(See below.) Club members receive the team discount rate for in stock children’s ski equipment: skis, boots, poles, and bindings at Great Glen Outfitters, (20% off). Children joining the Club receive BKL Youth membership in the New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA) for the winter. NENSA has a ski lease program available to members, making introductory kids’ xc ski packages available for lease for $60. (Supplies are limited.)

View a photo gallery with a sample of some fun. (Photos courtesy of Maury McKinney.)

Unlike many other BKL Clubs, children are led and taught by professionals at Great Glen Trails. In fact, Great Glen Trails goes one step further and on most Sundays this instructor is Ski School Director and 1984 Olympian Sue Wemyss.

Each year in November, the Great Glen BKL Club raises money through their bake sale and raffle at the Great Glen Craft Fair. The date of this year’s Craft Fair is Saturday, November 28, 2015. Help from parents is needed for this event to be successful.  Manning the bake sale/raffle table, providing baked items, and selling raffle tickets are possible and important duties.

Parent volunteers are required for each session and they are also needed for: communication and coordination of volunteers; Craft Fair bake sale; membership records; skiing assistants; lodge parents.

Club members receive the team discount rate for in stock children’s ski equipment:  skis, boots, poles, and bindings at Great Glen Outfitters.

Bill Koch Ski Club, great glen trails, dolly copp, xc skiingCosts: To join GGBKL Club

Winter 2015-16 Club Dues: $40 first child, $35 additional child(ren). Includes BKL membership with NENSA (New England Nordic Ski Association). Plus some parental participation (may be on or off snow)

Trail Pass for Club on-snow session at Great Glen (Sunday afternoon) Kids….$5/session

Parent Volunteer skiing with Club that afternoon . . . FREE

**Please note Great Glen’s winter season pass policy:  when an adult purchases a winter season pass, that adult’s children aged 17 and under can get their season pass for free.  Season passes purchased before Dec. 1, 2015 are eligible for special discounting of the regular season pass rate.

Rentals (if needed)

Kids . . . $5/session

Parent Volunteer  $15/afternoon (begins at 12:30 pm; regular rental rate)

For questions and to join the Great Glen BKL Program, please contact Sue Wemyss at Great Glen phone 466-2333, ext. 148; email