AVSC Nordic Travel Checklist

  • Pre-arranged absence (if missing school on Friday)
  • Headlamp
  • Skis, Boots, Poles
  • Team jacket & warm-ups (will be here before we leave!)
  • Team race suit (coming in early December)
  • An extra ski jacket and warm up pant in case you get wet
  • A winter parka
  • Under layers (long-underwear, fleece, etc)
  • Watch
  • Hats and gloves (multiple of each)
  • Water bottle and carrier
  • Snow boots
  • Warm street clothes
  • Extra socks
  • Running shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • toothbrush, toothpaste, etc
  • Sleeping bag if you don’t want to share the covers
  • Cash for snacks & incidentals
  • Swimsuit (optional)
  • Homework, books, games or movies you love
  • Add your own packing reminders:
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November Camps- Grand Mesa and West Yellowstone

There are 2 camp opportunities in November that I like to tell you about in advance of our season start.

1. The Grand Mesa “First Tracks” Camp is a great opportunity for athletes to get to know their teammates and coaches.  It is a full weekend of ON SNOW skiing (hopefully) and team bonding.  All athletes and parents have a chance to learn what to expect on the road.  This trip does wonders for establishing our 2016 Nordic Family.  RSVP’s for the Grand Mesa Camp are due by Friday, Nov 13th.  Letting us know sooner would be greatly appreciated.  More information on the Grand Mesa Camp can be found here: 2015 Grand Mesa Training Camp.

2. West Yellowstone Camp- The West Yellowstone Camp is a higher level training opportunity geared towards our National Comp Team.  At this camp, we take advantage of a week off school to get in tons of on-snow time and technique work.  This camp gives athletes a great jump start on the ski season and ensures a big training base during the Winter months.  We will often do multiple workouts in a day and end the week with some racing.  This camp is for athletes who love to Nordic ski and can handle being on skis up to 4 hours each day.  During Thanksgiving, the town of West Yellowstone shuts down for a “ski festival.”  Over 3000 Nordic skiers from around the country flood the town, many of which are high school age.  More information on the West Yellowstone Camp can be found here: 2015 West Yellowstone Training Camp.  The event website is HERE.  I need to have RSVP’s for West Yellowstone Camp by Monday, November 2nd.

We will talk more about both these camps at the first parent meeting.  I will be looking for parent volunteers to plan a meal for the group when we go to Grand Mesa.

Devo Team at Grand Mesa Camp 2014


Chelsea and Nina, West Yellowstone Camp 2014




First Parent Meetings- Devo and Comp Teams

Hi Devo and Comp Team Families,

Nordic season is quickly approaching.  I’d like you to mark you calendars for our first team program parent meetings the 2nd week of November.  For your convenience we will have meetings in both practice locations.  You may attend whatever meeting is easiest for you.  Please make an effort to be there if at all possible, especially if you are a first year parent!  This is a great chance to ask all your questions and meet your child’s coaches.

Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club- November 9th, 2015 @ 5:30

Roaring Fork High School Library- November 11th, 2015 @ 5:30

Most of the information we will cover is available in our parent handbook.  Please take a look at it before your meeting– Nordic Parent Handbook 2016.

The Local Comp Team starts practice on Monday, October 26th.  The Devo Team starts practice on Monday, November 9th.  If you have any conflicts during the first couple weeks, just let us know.  We are really looking forward to the season!


Maria Stuber and your 2016 Nordic Staff 


Last year’s Devo Boys in Minturn

Spring Gulch Trail Work Day

Calling all AVSC Nordic parents, athletes, friends and family: Spring Gulch needs us this weekend!

This Saturday, September 12th at 1PM will be the annual Spring Gulch Trail Work Day.  Do not miss this opportunity to help maintain and improve our treasured Spring Gulch skiing experience.  All ages are welcome but kids under 12 should be accompanied by an adult.  We will be seeding trail and spreading hay on newly graded trails, cutting branches and clearing debris.  Bring loppers if you have them, rain coats and work gloves. 

This trail day happens about one time per year.  It is very important for us to be a part of it.  The trails that we love and use regularly would not exist without community support and trail work is the best way for kids to be involved.  It is also a great chance to get to know parents, coaches and other Roaring Fork Valley Nordic supporters.  Think of the advantage you will have in foxes and hounds when they get to see all the new trail improvements in September.  College bound skiers can definitely use this work day as volunteer experience on their resume. 

We hope to see you there!

SG WOrk Day



2015 Nordic Video!

Thank you to Nina for making this great video and thanks to everyone who sent me their video clips.  If your clips didn’t make the final cut, it was probably not high enough quality footage (often the case with cell phone footage).  I did get lots of fun video though.  Thank YOU ALL for a great year!