Nordic Runners Program

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We are putting the final finishing touches on our all-new site and we can’t wait to show it to you!! It will be available soon — in early October. Information on Nordic 2017-18 programs, rates, dates, coaches and registration will be available then too! Please contact Chris or Gretchen at with questions.

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Program Overview 2016-2017

Please read before you register or contact Program Head Coach Gretchen Czaja for more details.

Registration link will open October 1st, 2016

Program Overview and Philosophy

The Nordic Runners Ski Team is a  Nordic ski program for children ages 6-14. We start with basic Nordic ski skills, which include both skating and classic style technique. Previous experience is not required because our coaches are able to work with all abilities. Skiers are encouraged to race or participate in low key yet competitive events held on weekends in different areas around Vermont and New Hampshire. Our main goal is to give children a solid and fun introduction to the lifetime sport of Nordic skiing.

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Program fees only cover some of our Nordic operating costs.  A significant percentage of our operating costs rely on the Woodstock Ski Runners fundraiseing efforts including the Wreath Sale (not a requirement for lollipop only families), the Winter Celebration, the Golf Tournament, the Annual Appeal and other donations. We encourage all members to support their club’s programs and to participate in each of the fundraisers.  Please make sure you understand all funding sources and costs before you register.  You can direct all financial questions to WSR Board President Peter Brooke at  or Nordic Board Representatives Paul Ramsey at or Trisha Husain at or  Chic MacMaster at

Program Contacts

Nordic Runners Head Coach

Gretchen Czaja

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Nordic Administrative Assistant

Chris Henderson

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Woodstock Ski Runners Program Manager

Chic MacMaster


Program Descriptions

Lollipop (Kindergarten-2nd grade)

Head Coach-Tessa Westbrook,

Asst. Coach-Kirk Kardashian,

Dryland: Saturday Family Fun Hikes (schedule TBA)

On-Snow: Starting Wednesday, January 4th -March 8th  (3:15pm-4:30pm) Saturday Family Ski (TBA)

This a 1 day program for our youngest never-ever to beginner skier. Coaches give skiers the basics on using equipment, body position, how to stand up and how to fall down. Skiers learn through group games and drills emphasizing fun on skis. Lollipops are also encouraged to take part in our Family Fun Hikes that take place during the dryland season.

Equipment Needs: 1 pair of fish scales and 1 pair of poles reaching top of shoulder, 1 pair of bindings

Team Norway (Grades 3-6)

Head Coach-Gretchen Czaja

Volunteer Coaches- TBA

Dryland: Mondays @ Woodstock Elementary School starting November 2nd- 3:00-4:30pm, Saturday Family Fun Hikes

On-Snow: Mondays and Wednesdays starting when skiing is available (3:15-4:30pm)-optional Saturdays at the Woodstock Nordic Center

This group practices 2 times a week on snow and is for skiers who wish to learn both classic and skate technique in a fun non-competitive environment. Coaches work with all abilities in this age group to emphasis skill and technique through drills and games. Skiers will be broken up into ability groups to learn and practice skills and then join back together as a larger group to play games.

Equipment Needs: Both skate (shorter) and classic (longer) skis (length determined by height and weight of skier), 2 pairs of poles (skate reaches to bottom of lip and classic reaches to top of shoulder), 1 pair of combination boots, 2 pairs of bindings-Please reach out the other families for used equipment, especially classic skis. We can help with your equipment needs, please ask!

Skiers should have both classic and skate equipment because combination skis cause technique problems as a skier progresses. If you are having trouble getting both sets, please let the program head coach know so we can work with you to get the correct equipment. At this level, we encourage all skiers to choose 1-2 local races or events around New England to participate in.  Team Norway also meets for dryland practice during the fall to help increase fitness and create a positive team atmosphere.

Team USA (Grades 7 & 8)

Head Coach-Gretchen Czaja

Volunteer Asst. Coach:TBA

Dryland: Wednesdays @ Woodstock Elementary School starting November 2nd (3:00pm-4:30pm) and Saturday Family Fun Hikes

On-snow: Thursdays, Fridays (3:15-4:30pm) (weekend races or travel to ski events) starting when snow is available and Saturday Family Ski (TBA)

This is our two day on snow program for the committed skiers in Grade 7 and 8. The goal for this age group is to improve endurance, improve technique, and begin participating in a consistent race/event schedule. Racing is not a requirement, however it helps build a skier’s confidence and illustrates the greater world of skiing outside of Woodstock.  Both classic and skating equipment is required for this group. Dryland practice takes place 1 day a week and one day of hiking on the weekend.

Due to our coaching staff levels this year, the middle school skiers will ski on Thursdays and Fridays this year.  We highly encourage them to be skiing on their own throughout the week and welcome them to join us on Wednesday to ski with our younger skiers, but there will not be a specific coaching session for them on Wednesdays.

Equipment needs:  Both skate (shorter)  and classic (longer)  skis (length determined by height and weight of skier), 2 pairs of poles (skate reaches to bottom of lip and classic reaches to top of shoulder), 1 pair of combination boots, 2 pairs of bindings-Please reach out the other families for used equipment, especially classic skis. We can help with your equipment needs, please ask!

Program Fees

Program fees help fund coaching salaries, program  insurances, wax equipment and supplies. Fundraisers such as the Wreath sales, Winter Celebration, Annual Appeal, the Golf Tournament and donations help fund these and other incidental costs without which we could not keep our fees low and our program sustained. Please participate in these important fundraisers to the fullest extent possible!

Lollipops ($125) plus Nordic Center Pass ($60)*

Team Norway ($300) plus Nordic Center Pass ($60)*

Team USA ($325) plus Nordic Center Pass ($60)*

*This year we will  be collecting $25 as reflected in the program fee above for New England Nordic Ski Association skier memberships. NENSA supports all levels of nordic skiing in New England. Being able to support this organization supports many events that we attend throughout the season and also assists in sustaining youth skiing efforts throughout our region. Please visit their website for more details on what this membership gets your skier! 

Late fees apply after December 1st. Paper copies with check will need to be submitted because online registration will be closed.

All skiers participating in dryland training must be registered and have completed health waivers.

Scholarships are also available, please contact Chic MacMaster at for more information or download form below.

Ski Passes– All skiers must purchase a Woodstock Nordic Center discounted pass for $60. This pass allows skiers access to the facility and its properly maintained trails all season long. We encourage skiers to ski as much as possible outside of practice to develop basic ski skills

Online registration Link:

Equipment Suggestions

Recommended Nordic Ski Shops

The Woodstock Nordic Center at the Woodstock Country Club

Discounted equipment:  Team Night- October 15 at the Woodstock Elementary School Cafeteria. 4:00-6:30

Omar & Bob’s (Lebanon, NH)

Paradise Sports (Windsor, VT)

The Nordic Skater (Norwich, VT)

Fundraising Efforts

We participate in the Ski Runner’s wreath sale during November into early December.  We ask families to sell 15 wreaths. If you have only one child in Lollipops you are exempt from this fundraiser, however if you would like to participate, please let us know! Wreaths can be sold un-decorated or decorated.  Community members look forward to skiers coming around to take wreath orders.  It is a well-received tradition that supports our ski teams. If you would like to opt out of the wreath sale, the fee is $300.  More information can be obtained by emailing Trisha Husain at , Erin Quicker at or  Ski Runners Program Manager, Chic MacMaster at

Saturday Family Hikes

We encourage families to get out and hike together.  We will travel to different locations every Saturday in the month of November.  Come meet other Nordic families, gain fitness and learn about different hiking trails in the area. Schedule to be announced!

Saturday Family Ski Time

We are contiuing our Saturday morning ski and hot chocolate! We are encouraging families to ski together on Saturdays at the Woodstock Nordic Center or at Mt. Tom.  We will meet as a group, choose a loop or destination and ski from 10-12pm. This will not be a formal coaching session, it will be a time to gain fitness and ski together as a family. Stay tuned for more details.

New England Bill Koch Festival @ the Gould Academy Trails in Bethel, Maine-March 4th-5th

We encourage families to participate in the local youth races. The events are low-key and children find it enjoyable to be around other skiers from around New England. At the end of the season many New England skiers get together in a 2-day ski festival.  This year it is located in Bethel, Maine.  Please “save the date” and try to make this a priority in your child’s ski season!  There are races, activities and overall a time when children on skis are celebrated.

Nordic Skiing Resources

Online registration:

Scholarship Form:  Alpine and and Nordic Runners Team 2016-17 Scholarship Application

New England Nordic Ski Association

Faster Skier


Contact Us

Woodstock Ski Runners
PO Box 171
South Pomfret, VT 05067
(802) 457-2971


It is a proud tradition and an ongoing mission to instill a life-long passion for on-snow sports for the children of our community. By providing a FUN, supportive, family-oriented environment we ensure access to both introductory and competitive programs in Alpine, Nordic and Free Ride disciplines.

Refund Policy

No Program fee refunds will be granted after January 1, 2018. Prior to that there is a $25.00 handling fee. There will be a $25.00 handling fee for all returned checks. Partial payments are not permitted

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