What is Bill Koch League?

***Please note: BKL registration for 2020-21 is closed due to max capacity.  Check back next year!

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.


Youth members who are part of a family membership or who have an individual youth membership may also participate in the BKL program for an additional fee of $25/child.

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

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 is not provided by Blackwater but can purchased at a 20% discount (for Blackwater Nordic members) at S&W Sports in Concord. Blackwater occasionaly has some boots to rent and loans skate skis to be used during skate instruction.

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

NENSA BKL   Dressing for Nordic Skiing    Swix & NENSA BKL Jacket Program

Contact: Juliana Dapice:  juliana.popper@gmail.com   907 952-8876
                   Sam Garland: srvgarland@gmail.com          603 986-8624


The smiles speak for themselves!