Club FAQs

Ski clubs introduce skiers and families to the world of cross country skiing. Whether its a lifestyle, family activity or your training group, belonging to a ski club is a great way to be involved in our ski community.

Being a NENSA Club provides you with a connection to the larger New England ski community. NENSA Clubs can share their events on our NENSA calendar, race in our Club Championship event and participate in Club Program Benefits.

FAQS

Why join a club?
When you join a club you will become a part of the larger ski community. This has an impact on community access to trails, youth programming, and funding for club activities to develop nordic skiing resources in your community. You will also be able to access resources in your club for ski education, coaching, and youth programs.

Do clubs provide training opportunities?
Yes, you need to contact your community or regional club to learn about these. Go to the Clubs Directory . Many clubs have their own websites where you can find the club mission statement, age groups catered to, a calendar of events, etc. Larger scale events will be listed on NENSA’s Events Calendar.

What club is right for me?
NENSA maintains a club directory for it’s members.  Many clubs also have their own websites where you can find a club mission statement, age groups catered to, a calendar of events, etc.

Who can be a member of a club?
Anyone who wants to. Although clubs will often place more emphasis on a particular age group, clubs cater to all ages in some capacity.

How can a club help me?
A club can help in many ways: As a part of a club and NENSA you are part of an organized ski community. With this power as a group you can improve community access to trails, have improved grooming, and even snowmaking. In terms of programming, a club can provide skiing resources, such as an extensive ski knowledge base for technical instruction, fitness tips, and waxing clinics. If you have children, a club can provide ski education programs. Many clubs provide social activities such as potluck dinners and slide shows with a ski session before or after. Club newsletters and websites can serve your communication needs.

Can a club teach me to ski?
Yes, most clubs have introductory programs, if they don’t have a formal program there will always be someone capable of teaching new skiers.

Can a club teach me to race?
Yes.

Can a new skier contribute to a club?
Absolutely! Everyone has skills to contribute to a club. Contact your local club leader and ask how you can help. You will be very appreciated!

Can a skier of any age be part of a club?
Yes. The extent of the club offerings and programs will have different things to offer every member. For example, as an adult you can be an instructor or volunteer to a Bill Koch Youth Club.

I’m a new skier; can I be part of a ski club?
Yes, clubs are frequently looking for new skiers.

Do clubs compete against each other for standings?
Yes. Skiers who designate themselves with active NENSA clubs at the time of registration help their club score points throughout the season. The NENSA Club Series is scored to include all age groups, U16 and older. The total points of all categories will be listed on the Rankings page for each club the week following the event. All Zak Cup races are scored for Club Cup.

Scoring Club Points for an Individual Race. Age groups as follows: U16, U18, U20, SR, U23, M1, M2, M3, M4…, M9, etc. Points awarded as follows: points for all age groups as follows (fastest to slowest) 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1-1-1-1-1-1-…… to the end of each group. Club points will be awarded for age group placing only.

What is the One Day Club Championship?
In addition to Club Scoring there is a One Day Club Championship held in Jackson, NH, this year on January 20th.  The founding concept of the 1DCC rewards age-adjusted skiing excellence across age categories.

Men’s teams and women’s teams score 4 and 3 members respectively from different age groups.  Each team score is determined by the sum of their placements in their age groups.  Ie. a perfect score for men is 4 and women 3.  Competitors in this event will also be scored in the Club Series as an individual event.

How is the New England Club Relay Championships scored to Club Cup?
The 2018 New England Club Relay Championships will be scored for Club Cup points in each of the six age group categories. Teams will be scored as follows: 40 for 1st (10×4), 36 for 2nd (9×4), 32 for 3rd (8×4), 28/4th, 24/5th, 20, 16, 12, 8, 4…. Skier affiliation is based on the honor system at registration. Each club can score two teams per age category and points will be added to each clubs total points. Only current NENSA club teams will be scored and non-NENSA club teams will not displace in scoring.  Protest should be addressed to justin@nensa.net within seven days of posted results.

Club Operations: How to develop and run a great club.

I want to start a ski club, what are good ways to get the word out?
Consider local community bulletin boards at town recreation centers, markets, town office, schools (if allowed). Flyers should include a mission statement, a schedule for meeting, a list of potential activities, and most importantly, details about how to contact you. You could add that you intend to establish this as a NENSA sanctioned club and provide the web address www.nensa.net. If you are technically inclined, create a website for your club. Contact other athletic or recreation clubs like canoe clubs, running clubs, hiking clubs, etc., and ask for permission to broadcast a notice
about your club. Contact your local town recreation office, if one exists, and notify them of your intentions. Many towns have regular community newsletters and will add your club events to their community calendar.

What are some good club fundraising ideas?
This varies from club to club depending upon its individual needs and composition. Having a specific program or need (money for a ski lease program, funding to pay for athletes to go to JO’s or a camp, ski grooming equipment, etc.) is key to a good fundraising effort. This way people know exactly what they are donating money for. Targeting specific donors who have the resources and interest. Other activities: Fall leaf raking, citrus sale, raffles, ski lessons, etc).

How do I start a Junior Program for my club?
The NENSA BKL club leaders Manual is a great resource for Junior program development and operations.
This is available by contacting tom@nensa.net.