Nordic Programs


AVSC Nordic Programs have a rich tradition of success. Recent alumni include two U.S. National Team athletes, two Sochi Olympic team members, two PyeongChang Olympic team members, and hundreds of exceptional alumni. Our team programs are designed to develop, challenge, and engage athletes of all ability levels. All team programs are offered in Aspen on the City of Aspen's trails and in Carbondale on the Spring Gulch Trails. 

Not sure what program is right for your athlete? Contact Program Director August Teague at ateague@teamavsc.org

 

HOW TO REGISTER

Registration for 2023-24 is open!

For additional information on registration, dates and deadlines, forms and more click here. Once you've selected a program, click here to enter our Campminder system and register. If you have used Campminder before with us, please use the same login and do not create a duplicate!  Early season pricing ends August 1st*.

Scholarships are available for all team programs based on need. Click here to access the scholarship form. Athletes applying for a scholarship must submit their registration and scholarship application by the early registration deadline (August 1st, 2023*). A $100 - $600 deposit (dependent on program) is required to apply for a scholarship. Scholarships are only available to residents of the Roaring Fork Valley or Western Garfield County. Post-graduate athletes are not eligible for scholarships.

‚Äč*Please note Bill Koch Youth Ski League Programs have a later Eary Season Pricing and Scholarship Deadline of November 1st.

 

COMPETITIVE PROGRAMS

Our Competitive Programs are designed for competitive athletes. Nordic skiing is their passion. They want the highest level of opportunity – working with the most experienced coaches, having the most hands-on equipment recommendations, travelling to the highest level of competition for their age group. They want to give skiing their all; they are fully committed and excited to invest a significant amount of time and energy year round in pursuit of becoming the very best nordic skier that they can be!

U20 RACE (BIRTH YEARS 2004-2007)

U20 Race is a year-round training and racing program for experienced nordic skiers who have an excellent work ethic and a desire to pursue excellence in nordic skiing. All Race Team athletes are expected to compete in all Rocky Mountain Nordic (RMN) Junior National Qualifier races and participate in summer dryland training. The Race Team training program is designed to help athletes reach the highest possible levels of competition. Race Team athletes will receive an individualized  year-round training plan. Character, sportsmanship, work ethic, leadership, and inclusion will be important parts of the curriculum.

  • Year-round training (July 1st – June 30th); On-snow training: year-round as weather allows.
  • Athletes will have the opportunity to participate in travel competitions with team support (AVSC coordinates transportation and housing; athletes travel as a team at this age). 
  • Program Fee: $6,075. Additional Parent Work Deposit $600

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U16 RACE (BIRTH YEARS 2008-2009)

U16 Race is winter and summer training and race program for nordic skiers who have a desire to pursue excellence in nordic skiing. All athletes are encouraged to compete in Rocky Mountain Nordic (RMN) Junior National Qualifier races and participate in summer dryland training. The Race team training program is designed to help athletes ste between full time training and racing and the Devo Programs. Character, sportsmanship, work ethic, leadership, and inclusion will be important parts of the curriculum.

  • 150 + Training Days throughout winter and summer.  (No spring or fall training as we encourage athletes to participate in other sports at this time)
  • Athletes will have the opportunity to participate in travel competitions with team support (AVSC coordinates transportation and housing; athletes travel as a team at this age). 
  • Program Fee: $4,725. Additional Parent Work Deposit $600

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DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

Development Programs are for athletes who want to participate in nordic skiing on a seasonal basis. Athletes will build a strong foundation in their sport, working through thoughtful progressions to build skills and have fun. Seasonal equipment rentals are available through the Ute Mountaineer (while supplies last). AVSC offers summer training and adventure camps for athletes at an additional cost.

ASPEN DEVO TEAM (U12/U14; BIRTH YEARS 2010-2013)

Based out of Aspen (AVSC Clubhouse & City of Aspen Trails), this program bridges Bill Koch Youth Ski League and Race Teams. It is designed for athletes of all ability levels. Skiers will focus on fundamentals and fun and will be introduced to racing and goal setting.

  • Schedule: November 6th - March 23rd Mon/Weds/Thurs and several weekends (No practices November 20-26; December 24- Jan 1).
  • Athletes will have the opportunity to participate in travel competitions (sometimes with team travel and housing). 
  • Program Fee: $2,280. Additional Parent Work Deposit $450

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SPRING GULCH DEVO TEAM (U12/U14; BIRTH YEARS 2010-2013)

Based out of Carbondale (Spring Gulch Trails), this program bridges Bill Koch Youth Ski League and Race Teams. It is designed for athletes of all ability levels. Skiers will focus on fundamentals and fun, and will be introduced to racing and goal setting.

  • Schedule: November 7th - March 23rd Tues/Wednesday/Thurs and several weekends (No practices November 20-26; December 24- Jan 1).
  • Athletes will have the opportunity to participate in travel competitions (sometimes with team travel and housing). 
  • Program Fee: $2,280. Additional Parent Work Deposit $450

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DEVO PLUS (U12/U14; BIRTH YEARS 2010-2013)

New "add-on" offering for nordic athletes looking for flexible additional weekend training in other disciplines. This program will include 12 Saturdays on the resorts to work on downhill skills. These days will include gate training (Alpine) and Freeride (Big Mtn). Equipment may vary from telemark skis, touring skis or alpine skis. No snowboards (sorry!). 

•Must be enrolled in a Devo Nordic Program to enroll in Devo Plus
•Schedule: 12 Saturdays starting December 2nd. Final schedule announced early fall.
•Program Fee: $1,000.


PRE-DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

Formerly our two-day Bill Koch Youth Ski League (BKL) program, this new Pre-Devo Program builds on the skills learned in Bill Koch. Pre-Devo introduces skate skiing and provides the option for a few local competitions. Athletes are not required to race, but those that wish to are supported in doing so. 

ASPEN PRE-DEVO (U10/U12; BIRTH YEARS 2013-2016)

Based out of Aspen (AVSC Clubhouse & City of Aspen Trails), this program builds on skills learned in Bill Koch Youth Ski League.

  • Schedule: November 28th - March 21st (end of season gathering March 23rd); (No practices December 22nd - January 7th)
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00 - 5:30
  • Program Fee: $930.

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SPRING GULCH PRE-DEVO (U10/U12; BIRTH YEARS 2013-2016)

Based out of Carbondale (Spring Gulch Trails), this program builds on skills learned in Bill Koch Youth Ski League.

  • Schedule: November 28th - March 21st (end of season gathering March 23rd); (No practices December 22nd - January 7th)
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00 - 5:30
  • Program Fee: $930. 

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BILL KOCH YOUTH SKI LEAGUE

Our Bill Koch Youth Ski League (BKL) Programs are fun, learn-to-ski programs geared towards children ages 5-10. The emphasis will be on fostering a love for the sport and enjoying winter in the Roaring Fork Valley. This program serves as a foundation for nordic skills and will focus on classic skiing only.

Children will develop basic motor skills invaluable to their future athletic involvement. Skills such as coordination, agility, and balance will be taught through a variety of games and activities. As children progress through the BKL Programs, they will learn teamwork, sportsmanship, fair play, and other essential habits common among successful adolescents. Early pricing ends and scholarships are due on November 1 at 5pm for Bill Koch Youth Ski League. 

Note: If there is not enough snow to ski at the beginning of the season, teams will participate in dryland activities. Spring Gulch groups will meet at North Face Park in Carbondale, we will communicate ahead of time as to where to find us! 

This is a CLASSIC SKIING ONLY PROGRAM. Seasonal equipment rentals are available through the Ute Mountaineer (while supplies last). 

About Bill Koch: Bill Koch, aka “Kochie,” is America’s first cross country skier Olympic medalist (1976). He emerged from the hills around Putney, Vermont to become a World Cup Champion. In addition to his international results, Bill was well known for fun and innovation. Often referred to as the father of skate skiing, Kochie helped popularize the technique in the early 80's leading to his bronze medal in the 1982 World Championships. When he was not helping create a new technique or racing in Europe, Kochie was often seen skiing through the back woods and pastures, jumping and just playing on his skis! When he retired from world cup skiing, USSA honored Bill by forming the Bill Koch Ski League to introduce America’s children to nordic skiing and the joy of going fast on skis. AVSC ran this program in the 80's and early 90's. The name change from Base Camp back to Bill Koch Youth Ski League is an attempt to acknowledge Kochie and his innovative, fun-loving spirit.
 

ASPEN – BILL KOCH YOUTH SKI LEAGUE PROGRAMS

TUESDAY (AGE 5-10)

  • November 28th - March 19th (end of season gathering March 23rd); (No practices December 22nd - January 7th)
  • Tuesdays 3:45-5:15pm 
  • Program Fee: $500 until November 1; $560 on or after November 2nd

WEDNESDAY (AGE 5-10)

  • November 29th - March 20th (end of season gathering March 23rd); (No practices December 22nd - January 7th)
  • Wednesdays 3:30-5:00pm
  • Program Fee: $500 until November 1; $560 on or after November 2nd

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SPRING GULCH – BILL KOCH YOUTH SKI LEAGUE PROGRAMS

TUESDAY (AGE 5-10)

  • November 28th - March 19th (end of season gathering March 23rd); (No practices December 22nd - January 7th)
  • Tuesdays 4:00-5:30pm 
  • Program Fee: $500 until November 1; $560 on or after November 2nd

THURSDAY (AGE 5-10)

  • November 30th - March 21st; (end of season gathering March 23rd); (No practices December 22nd - January 7th)
  • Thursdays 4:00-5:30pm 
  • Program Fee: $500 until November 1; $560 on or after November 2nd

 

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