The Boulder Nordic Club is a federally recognized 501c3 nonprofit association whose mission is to provide and support cross-country skiing in the Boulder area. Founded in 1986, the Boulder Nordic Club is not really a “club,” per se. Rather, the BNC is what is technically termed an “association.”
The BNC lends skis with integrated bindings for three to six year-olds out of Boulder Nordic Sport’s retail location in Boulder. The bindings accept typical kids’ snow boots. There are some poles available too but it is recommended that novice kid skiers begin without poles. Boulder Nordic Sport has no customer service responsibilities around these skis, direct all inquiries to email@example.com. Please return the skis when done, consider those who will use them next, and have fun!
The BNC grooms North Boulder Park and CU South when conditions permit. We groom with entirely BNC owned equipment, volunteer operators, and maintain formal agreements with land managers. The BNC acts as an informational clearing house on cross-country ski related topics via its website, email, Facebook, and Twitter accounts. The BNC co-hosts the annual Expo and Ski Swap in November with the Boulder Nordic Junior Race Team. We act to represent skier interests and maintain a liaison status with Eldora Mountain Resort. Occasionally, we pilot groom terrains in order to demonstrate feasibility. Sometimes we help host ski events and/or training sessions. We have an annual meeting where voting for directors occurs. We support the BNJRT when possible, acting to cultivate the ethics of skiing in young people and professional coaches. Social events have become less popular but we still consider them. We partner with businesses to offer our members benefits and help publicize those business partners. The BNC operates transparently, has board oversight on all operations and finances, serves to uphold skier expectations in the community, and aspires to embody civil standards among our membership who shares trails with other users.
Board of Directors And Key Volunteers
Groomers – Steve Cann, Greg Naber, Chuck Bird, Beth Bennett, Jon McClurg, Jeff Tupala, Anders Wood and Joel Kimmel. Thanks also to Jim Smith, Andy Hunter, Al Bol, and Michael Robson. Applause. Fingers crossed, there may be some new groomers coming onboard. (Complaint Department: Matt Muir m2muir[at]gmail.com (*be wary))
Boulder Nordic Junior Race Team Liaison(s)
The current BNJRT BOD president or their appointed representative.
Board of Directors, 2022-23
|The longest currently serving member of the BNC BOD, Clark is also a long-time local attorney whose office seems to be on the ski trails in the Fraser Valley.
|Ingrid Alongi, President
|An award winning local business woman, Ingrid keeps active with her twin girls. She is an alumna of the old LERT (now BNJRT) and she's trapped in a karmic circle as she now tries to give back to a ski community that gave to her.
|Kyle Kuczun, Vice President
|According to census data, Kyle is one of the three people originally from Boulder. A local entrepreneur and business person, Kyle also possesses the voice of reason which sometimes feels rare in The People's Republic of Boulder.
|Andrew Lainis, Treasurer
|Andrew thought he was done volunteering as a treasurer for the BNJRT when his son graduated. Then the BNC wrangled him into helping and his son will never graduate from the BNC, ha!
|Nathan owns Boulder Nordic Sport which, in fewer than ten years, he built into the nation's leading retailer of cross-country race skis. He used to ski a little too but you couldn't ever see him then because he was too fast.
|Matt got into the BNC almost twenty years ago, is the greater among equals on the grooming staff, and loves it when there's enough snow to set classic track. He recently handed over the reins of presidency and chose to drive in circles on the BNC groomer instead. He is a wealth of all things nordic.
|Emanuel started xc skiing in the mid-1980s as off season training for bike racing. He liked it so much, it took on a life of its own. Around that time he joined BNC and enjoyed fall dryland training and volunteered for XC trail maintenance at Eldora. In 2019 he took over as membership coordinator.
|Nicole Haas, Social Media & Community Relations
|Nicole is organized. She looked at the BNC and decided it could be more organized. Instead of talking about it she actually did things about it. She's a local PT and the BNC's website and other things would still be running on Atari if not for her. She also assists the BNC with social media and community relations, so if you're doing something socially nordic or want to support the BNC community, email her.
|Paul thinks Nordic skiing is the best winter sport for endurance athletes, and therefore everyone should be doing it. With so many endurance athletes in Boulder scattered across multiple clubs, like triathlon and skimo, he is making it a mission to tap into those resources.
|Steve learned to ski in college in Seattle before working at Nordic areas in New Mexico and New Hampshire. He and his family delight in skiing close to home at North Boulder Park. Steve’s daughter skis with BNJRT.
|Liz learned to nordic ski after many years as an alpine ski racer. Liz still looks forward to snow days as much as she once did as a child–snow days mean North Boulder Park will be groomed for the community to enjoy.
|Zac is the Deputy Director of Boulder County’s Office of Sustainability, Climate Action, and Resilience. Zac oversees Boulder County’s Built Environment and Decarbonization teams focused on commercial and residential electrification, efficiency, sustainability, and environmental justice. Zac has an MBA and a BA in environmental politics. Prior to Boulder County, Zac was operations manager of Colorado CarShare, a Fellow at Natural Capitalism Solutions, and advised entrepreneurs as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa.
|Dozens of individuals have contributed to the BNC on the board or as volunteers. Some keep us from losing touch with our mission or our membership. Others take on a specific role or task. Thanks to all of them, the BNC is approaching 40 years of existence.