Start the Fun!

Snow flurries are in the cold west wind and the Bill Koch Youth have met on the Shenendehowa Campus.  Snow is in the forecast during the coming week.  I think it’s time for a serious snow storm.


Even with wet weather we had a good turnout of Bill Koch Youth skiers.  The other half of the club will join us next week.

If you know of any middle school or younger youth who might enjoy fun on snow this coming season please have them join us next Tuesday, right after school, 3:45 PM in Room 711 Koda Middle School.  We will be done by 5:15 PM.

We will be matching ski equipment with individuals starting this coming week.


Shenendehowa Classic

Two competitors start their 5 k race as the next pair wait 30 seconds for their start.

Two competitors start their 5 k race as the next pair wait 30 seconds for their start.

The Shenendehowa Classic Nordic Ski Race is calendared for Saturday, January 5, 2019, at Saratoga Biathlon in the northwestern corner of Saratoga County.  Make sure this is on your calendar and pray for snow.  The next day the Adirondack Vauhti will be hosting a ski-athlon starting with a classic loop and finishing up with a free technique loop.


Bill Koch Youth wait for their start and the fun citizens race follows.

It will be a fun weekend for all!

Garage Sale

Free for the asking: one slightly used black Barrecrafters ski rack.  Easily attaches to any four door vehicle.  Call 518-371-7548 or email ejh[dot]bkh[at]juno[dot]com.

Do you have something else to add to garage sale?  Send your item description, price, and contact information to the same e-mail.

Renew your membership now and beat the rush.

Still Skiing

0306181648aAs the temperature approaches 50 degrees our Bill Koch Youth are still skiing! Where the afternoon sun softened the snow it gets even a bit mushy, but in the shade the snow is firm enough to skate. These guys are having fun picking out there favorite conditions: sunny and mushy, shade and skate.
Head to head sprints were interesting, but there’s enough diversity in age so that everyone captured a blue ribbon. As it continues to snow maybe next week we can have a longer course and a coach’s challenge!0306181646a



The team of females.  Lots of questions.

Call it a treasure hunt or call it ski orienteering these youth like maps especially if in color. There were some very interesting dynamics at the club’s recent Bill Koch Youth Ski practice, though and probably a mistake dividing groups between male and female.  Us older generation remember reading “Men Are from Mars, Women from Venus”.


The boys team.  We know where we are!

This was a short story version of that book! In short the females found 4 locations, the boys got only 3 and were last seen headed south.  They were still on the map though.

Clifton Park Winterfest


Photo by Carrie Buetow

We were fortunate to have snow for this year’s Clifton Park Winterfest on February 10. Even with light rain at times we were able to enjoy the snow excellently groomed with the Shenendehowa Nordic Clubs new gooming equipment in Garnsey Park, Rexford.  We had 4 youth finish the Nordic Ski Races:  The two in front are enthusiastic new skiers in what we call the “lollipop” class 6 years and under.  The two on the snow bank are in the U10 (under age 10) class.  Three others joined in a citizen’s race.  Results are summarized:

Lollipoppers (0.5 k)

  • James Clark           0:06:21    1st Place
  • Logan Turnock     0:06:40    2nd

U10 (~2 k)

  • Nolan Gilloolie      0:15:08    1st place
  • James Buetow       0:16:34    2nd

Citizens Race (~2 k)

  • Aline Flaherty       0:17:26    1st place female
  • Charlie Huff           0:11:46   1st place male
  • Jim Flaherty          0:17:56    2nd place male

Later that evening nearly 80 community and club members enjoyed a candlelight ski and snowshoe event with bonfire, marshmallows, hot drinks and good company and great fun on snow.



It’s official.  The Shenendehowa Classic is postponed to Sunday, February 18.  Hopefully the weather will be better.  In case you are wondering the snow at Saratoga Biathlon firmed up quite nicely and Curt Schreiner did some magic.  Today’s skiing was superb.

Those pre-registrated are still good for the February 18 date unless they tell me they cannot make it.

Now I hope we can all cram in a rewarding and fun season before the snow really heads north.