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New England Bill Koch League Festival
March 5 - March 6
The New England Bill Koch Youth Ski League Festival is the marquee event of the New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA)’s Bill Koch Youth Ski League. This league has the mission to introduce young people to the sport of cross country skiing with its social, fitness and competitive opportunities.
This fun youth festival will feature racing, as well as a wide range of non-competitive winter activities for youngsters from throughout the northeast. Skiers of all ability levels from kindergarten up to 8th grade are welcome!
The event will take place March 5-6, 2022 at Waterville’s Quarry Road Trails. It is hosted and organized by the Quarry Road Ski Club.
Soar Over Snow Theme & Parade: There are many birds that we see in the winter at Quarry Road. During the Festival we will refer to 7/8th graders as eagles, 5/6th graders as pileated woodpeckers, 3/4th graders as owls , 1/2nd graders as crows, and Lollipops and Nordic Adventurers as chickadees. We will have these birds in our signage and we encourage any and all bird costumes for the parade.
Nordic Adventure Participation (non-timed events): Includes the parade, mini-marathon/bird search, obstacle course, terrain park, bump jump, biathlon with US Biathletes, live birds with Chewonki, and autograph session with Bill Koch. For Grades K-8.
**Nordic Adventure events are included with race entry (details below)**
Lollipop Race Participation: Includes the mass start untimed lollipop race and the Nordic Adventure activities. For Grades K-2.
**The youngest skiers (grade 2 and under) can sign up as Lollipop participants or if they are in 1st or 2nd grade and wish to participate in the 1k race and the relay race, they can sign up for the Grade 1&2 Race Category (details below).**
Race Participation Grades 1-8: Includes the Saturday classic relay race (which is a team pairs race), the Sunday individual start freestyle race (finish order posted and awards for all grades, times only included for Grades 5-8), and all Nordic Adventure activities.
*** Registration costs increase by $10 at midnight on Sunday February 20th! ***