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Nordic Skiing

Head CoachChris Manges
Assistant CoachJill Nichols

Nordic skiing has a long storied history at LI and is a lifelong sport closely tied to the region. 
In the Nordic program we provide daily physical and mental challenges for skiers teaching them everything they need to know about this challenging but rewarding activity. 

Skiers see the full gamut of NEK winter weather, endeavoring to persevere and pushing their limits in practices and races. Training and racing in these conditions requires lots of courage and commitment. Nordic skiing builds character and teaches participants valuable life lessons as they take care of each other and accomplish things they never thought possible at the outset. We are a safe and caring crew with experienced skiers helping novices and training groups differentiated based on ability and physical stamina.

Nordic draws an eclectic mix of folks, the team is co-ed and we have both local and international kids represented. Skiers are coached by an experienced staff and given regular feedback on their performance in practices and races with oral communication as well as video/film. Many skiers who graduate come back to visit and ski with us after they have left LI. We have a tradition of doing an all-night ski-a-thon that is an intense experience that creates lasting memories and really bonds the team. 

We regularly help local youth programs on weekends teaching them how to ski.  As far as connecting to the region, Nordic allows all of us to appreciate the NEK as we watch the sunset from Kingdom Trails on Darling Ridge or explore the Willoughby State Forest. We also see some other amazing areas across the state and connect with lots of passionate skiers who are all very welcoming and supportive of our program. 

A recent article posted to the website states that Lyndon is one of only six American boarding schools to offer interscholastic Alpine Skiing, Nordic Skiing, and Ice Hockey teams, according to The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS).”
LI Alpine coach John (JK) Kresser is an example of the trend at the top boarding schools where the schools are choosing “the very best coaches for their winter sports teams”. Coach Kresser is a former coach with the U.S. Women’s slalom and giant slalom teams.
“Student-athletes benefit in many ways from being a part of the program,” says John. “It all begins with the upkeep and organization of the equipment involved with the sport.  There are many components to remember and maintain on a daily basis. This is a large part of an athlete’s potential success.”
He adds: “Alpine skiing is a unique sport in that you actually compete against teammates. We strongly emphasize the team concept while each athlete strives to bring out their best skiing. Our training emphasizes personal growth rather than comparisons. The mountains are a great place to grow, develop and learn to appreciate the outdoors.”
In addition to Ice Hockey, Alpine and Nordic Skiing, Lyndon Institute offers their students the opportunity to participate on interscholastic teams in Indoor Track, Basketball, and Cheerleading.
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