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 2024-2025 Winter Programs will open on July 1st! 

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! 

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, 2024). 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. 

​*Please note Bill Koch Youth Ski League Programs have a later Early 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 2005-2008)

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: $5,740 until August 1; $6,380 on or after August 2nd.  Additional Parent Work Deposit $600

REGISTRATION OPENS 7/1

U16 RACE (BIRTH YEARS 2009-2010)

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 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: $4,465 until August 1; $4,965 on or after August 2nd.  Additional Parent Work Deposit $600

REGISTRATION OPENS 7/1

DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

Development Programs are for athletes who want to participate in nordic skiing on a seasonal basis and serves as a bridge between Pre-Devo and Race Teams. 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 (GRADES 5-8)

Based out of Aspen (AVSC Clubhouse & City of Aspen Trails) this program 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: October 28th – March 20th (no training Dec 23rd-27th). March 23rd Mon/Weds/Thurs and several weekends.
  • Athletes will have the opportunity to participate in travel competitions (sometimes with team travel and housing). 
  • Program Fee: $2,155 until August 1; $2,395 on or after August 2nd.  Additional Parent Work Deposit $450

REGISTRATION OPENS 7/1

SPRING GULCH DEVO TEAM (GRADES 5-8)

Based out of Carbondale (Spring Gulch Trails), this program 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: October 28th  – March 20th (no training Dec 23rd-27th). March 23rd Tues/Weds/Thurs and several weekends.
  • Athletes will have the opportunity to participate in travel competitions (sometimes with team travel and housing). 
  • Program Fee: $2,155 until August 1; $2,395 on or after August 2nd.  Additional Parent Work Deposit $450

REGISTRATION OPENS 7/1

DEVO PLUS (GRADES 5-8)

"Add-on" program offering for nordic athletes looking for flexible additional weekend training in other disciplines. This program will include 12 weekend days 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 weekend days starting December 2nd. Final schedule announced early fall.
  • Program Fee: $900 until August 1; 1,000 on or after August 2nd. 

REGISTRATION OPENS 7/1


PRE-DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

The 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 (GRADES 3-5)

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

  • Schedule: December 3rd - March 20th (No practices December 23rd - January 3rd)
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00 - 5:30
  • Program Fee: $835 until August 1; $930 on or after August 2nd. 

REGISTRATION OPENS 7/1

SPRING GULCH PRE-DEVO (GRADES 3-5)

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

  • Schedule: December 3rd - March 20th (No practices December 23rd - January 3rd)
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00 - 5:30
  • Program Fee: $835 until August 1; $930 on or after August 2nd. 

REGISTRATION OPENS 7/1


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 (GRADES KINDERGARTEN - 4)

  • December 3rd- March 18th (No training Dec 23-Jan 3rd)
  • Tuesdays 3:30-5:00pm 
  • Program Fee: $500 until November 1; $560 on or after November 2nd

WEDNESDAY (GRADES KINDERGARTEN - 4)

  • December 4th- March 19th (No training Dec 23-Jan 3rd)
  • Wednesdays 3:30-5:00pm
  • Program Fee: $500 until November 1; $560 on or after November 2nd

REGISTRATION OPENS 7/1

SPRING GULCH – BILL KOCH YOUTH SKI LEAGUE PROGRAMS

TUESDAY (GRADES KINDERGARTEN - 4)

  • January 7th- March 11th
  • Tuesdays 4:00-5:30pm 
  • Program Fee: $350 until November 1; $390 on or after November 2nd

THURSDAY (GRADES KINDERGARTEN - 4)

  • January 9th- March 13th
  • Thursdays 4:00-5:30pm 
  • Program Fee: $350 until November 1; $390 on or after November 2nd

 

REGISTRATION OPENS 7/1


TEAM Refund Policy: 100% Refunds are permitted before the program start date. Once the program start date has passed, refunds are only available for documented medical reasons that result in a season-ending injury. Refunds are determined by the following: Before January 1 - 50%; between January 1 and February 1 - 25%; after February 1 - No Refund. This season-ending injury refund assumes complete withdrawal from all AVSC programming, including Strength & Conditioning or athletic training services.   All refunds are subject to a $100 processing fee.