Bill Koch League

We're accepting registrations for the 2021-22 Season!  Please see sign-up information below.

What is the Bill Koch League? BKL is the largest membership group in cross-country skiing in the United States. Founded by Olympic Silver Medalist Bill Koch, the League’s mission is to introduce children to cross-country skiing in a supportive fun environment.



Open to all Blackwater Nordic member children grades 1-8.

 Held at the Hopkinton Fairgrounds
 Meets Tuesday and Friday afternoons early Dec. through Feb.
 Optional Sunday afternoon at Pat's Peak
Skiers are grouped by age and ability
Practice incorporates a mix of games, demonstration and ski exercises
Introduced to both Classic and Skate techniques

Coaches: The program will operate under the leadership of Sam Garland, Rob Dapice and parent volunteers. When available, members of the Hopkinton High School Nordic Team will also act as instructors. Instruction is in small groups providing an excellent skier to instructor ratio.

Equipment:  Blackwater Nordic has limited equipment available to rent. Equipment also can be purchased or rented at a 20% discount (for Blackwater Nordic members) at S&W Sports in Concord. 

On Saturday, October 30, 2021 we will be at the fairgrounds from 10AM to 12:30 PM to rent Blackwater equipment.  We also are looking into a small, local ski swap at the same time & day; if we pull that together we will provide more information.

Program Contacts:

Juliana Dapice:   907 952-8876
Sam Garland:          603 986-8624

How to Sign Up:

Youth who join Blackwater Nordic Club as part of a family membership ($90) or who join with an individual youth membership ($20) may also participate in the BKL program for an additional fee of $25/child.

Please fill out the membership form and a waiver (we'll need a waiver for everyone in the family planning to ski) and return with payment to coaches or mail to:

Emily O'Rourke | 45 Penacook Rd., Contoocook, NH 03229

2021-22 Membership Form 

2021-22 Waiver

Watch for event announcements including a race and family fun days. 

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