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 informally sometime in the mid-1980s, 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 five to eight 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 an array of benefits and help publicize those business partners. The BNC operates transparently, has board oversight on all operations and finances, and 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
Membership – Open / temporarily a board member volunteer
Groomers – Steve Cann, Greg Naber, Chuck Bird, Peter Graf, Beth Bennett, Jon McClurg, Jeff Tupala, and Joel Kimmel. Thanks also to Jim Smith, Andy Hunter, Al Bol, and Michael Robson.
Boulder Nordic Junior Race Team Liaison(s)
Adam St. Pierre and current BNJRT BOD president or their representative
Board of Directors, 2016-17
|Clark Edwards||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.|
|Dorota Porazinska||(retired due to moving) An avid local athlete and researcher at CU-Boulder, "D's" grounded nature keeps the BNC's BOD from wearing no cloths. If Justyna Kowalczyk ever visits, D will be in charge of interpretation. (Thank you to D. She was a great board member and she's missed. The board wishes her luck with her new job!)|
|Edward Morey||A Professor of Economics at CU, Edward likes to end board discussions of finances with questions about free will in the world and economic theory. He is known to the taco restauranteur in Steamboat as "the professor guy" (stated while making a frizzy, curly, out-of-control hair gesture with his hands). He loves wearing pom pom hats, especially with a BNC logo.|
|Henry Gibb||Henry is a fixture at the Eldora Nordic Center and takes really cool ski trips now that he's retired. Come to think of it, he took cool ski trips all along.|
|Ingrid Alongi, Secretary||An award winning local business woman, Ingrid keeps things pointed forward at Quick Left. 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.|
|Joel Kimmel, President||Originally from Minnesota, Joel is permitted to live in Boulder because he has initials after his name and works at things that are either utterly fabricated or too complicated to explain in English. Skiing at CU South exists thanks to Joel whose Upper-Midwestern sensibilities were offended by the lack of accessible skiing around Boulder.|
|Anders Wood||A former coach for the BNJRT and an avid skier, Anders was looking for a way to stay involved in the ski community but in a less time consuming way. Thankfully, he found one by joining the board.|
|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!|
|Matt Muir||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.|
|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.|
|Chris Sachs, Community Ski Organizer||Chris and his wife moved to Boulder from Minnesota thinking they had finally made it to skiing's promised land only to find that snow is easy-come, easy-go in Boulder and there is no Mall of America either. He did help bring a bit of the Midwest community into the BNC by heading up the monthly community skis on the local trails.|
|Nathan Schultz||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.|
|Don Gini (Emeritus)||Don likes to drop in on BOD meetings now and then (sometimes, even on the correct day and time) and, given the Gini family's contributions to nordic around Boulder, Don's presence is an honor.|
|Emeriti||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 30 years of existence.|