Program Philosophy

The general philosophy of AVSC Nordic programs is to provide all youth in the Roaring Fork Valley with the opportunity to experience cross country skiing as a fun and competitive sport. Opportunities will be provided by the availability of need-based scholarships and fostered by a dynamic pipeline of progressive development programs intended to advance athletes of all ages and ability levels. AVSC Nordic believes that commitment, teamwork, and integrity are an essential part of the competitive sport experience. All AVSC Nordic coaches, staff, volunteers and athletes are expected to learn and live by a strict code of values emphasizing character, work ethic, healthy competition, leadership, and inclusion. Ultimately, the AVSC Nordic program aims to achieve national and international success by utilizing world class facilities, executing science based training, providing exceptional coaching support, and hosting high quality events.

The AVSC Nordic program’s main focus will always be on the best interest of our student-athletes and fostering a love for cross country skiing. Our goal is to create healthy athletes that always put forth their best attitude and effort, live each day with intention, and strive for personal excellence. 

Nordic program success can be measured by athlete participation at all levels, athlete community involvement, alumni community involvement, results, representation at major championship events (Junior Nationals, Scando Cups, and World Juniors), and placement of athletes onto College teams, post-grad teams, and/or the USST.

Parent Handbook

Please follow the link below to access our Parent Handbook

Parent Handbook 2020-2021

Helping Your Skier to Thrive


Program Recommendations 2019/20

AVSC’s Nordic Programs are designed for children to progress in ability and commitment from our Base Camp programs through the high school Team programs. Coaching staff recommendations based on age and ability are listed below. There is some purposeful age overlap built into program descriptions for parent discretion. Parents are encouraged to discuss their son or daughter’s preferences with a coach.
Age Group Birth Year Ability Program Recommendation
U8 2012 and 2013 All One Day BK Program
U10 2010 and 2011 Beginner One or Two day BK Program
U10 2010 and 2011 Advanced Two day BK Program
U12 2008 and 2009 Beginner Two day BK Program or Devo Team 
U12 2008 and 2009 Advanced Devo Team 
U14 2006 and 2007 All Devo Team 
U16 2004 and 2005 Beginner High School Program (if 9th grade) or Devo Team (if 8th grade)
U16  2004 and 2005 Advanced High School Program or National Comp Team 
U18 & U20 2000 to 2003 Beginner High School Program
U18 & U20 2000 to 2003 Advanced High School Program or National Comp Team

**age groups are defined by your child’s age on December 31st, 2019


Development Pathway