On March 2-3, 2024 the season finale for our youth skiers, the annual BKL Festival, will take place at Rikert Outdoor Center in Middlebury Vermont. The theme is “Myths in the Mountains” and will be a celebration of fables in the wintry mountains. Helpful information from NENSA: Festival Info Packet, BKL Festival Schedule, and Parking and Shuttle info

Arrival times, course tours, final wax check? See the EMXC Schedule for each day.

EMXC Saturday Schedule and EMXC Sunday Schedule

Driving through the mountains, you may lose cell service so download maps.


Fri March 1 (evening) – Sun March 3 (afternoon). Please plan to arrive Friday evening.

Friday from 1:00-4:30 pm, the course at Rikert will be open for preview. You're welcome to ski the course if you arrive during that time - but don’t feel compelled to arrive early, as there will be course tours on Saturday morning. (Parents must purchase a pass for $25 for the weekend; racers’ passes are included in registration.)

Saturday 5-6:45pm is our EMXC club dinner at Mary Hogan Elementary School, in central Middlebury. Please RSVP by Monday Feb 26th. Club Meeting follows at 6:15pm.

If you have an unexpected change of plans, and your skier signed up for the relay, but won't be able to participate, PLEASE email Erica (youth@emxc.org) by Friday night. Please don't leave your EMXC Relay partners without their team mate!

How to get your skier's skis ready? Read this: EMXC Festival Ski Prep.

What to bring:

  • Prepared skis - all skis should be labeled, waxed, scraped, and brushed before leaving for Vermont
  • Race clothes and EMXC hats/buffs
  • Extra warm clothes and boots to play in the snow, hand-warmers
  • Snacks to share
  • Adult skis
  • Local maps downloaded and screen shots of EMXC Schedule
  • Cowbells
  • Water bottles or water belt
  • Costumes or fun items for Saturday's parade

Plan to arrive at our EMXC tent about 2 hours before your skier's race to allow final wax prep and course tours. Allow ample time for parking and walking, or to take the shuttle from Middlebury (especially if you are coming later in the day).

Please volunteer - all hands on deck.