Along with many community outings and events offered at the FKOC for our adult members, such as annual Welcome Winter evening in early December, and the Band and BBQ event in the fall, we also offer ongoing educational programming for youth.
PROGRAM DIRECTOR/BIATHLON COACH/FKOC PRESIDENT
STRENGTH, CONDITIONING AND SKI TECHNIQUE COACH
YOUTH AND MASTERS BIATHLON COACH
YOUTH AND MASTERS Nordic COACH
Ben Paradis has been coaching Nordic skiing for over 30 years and has never had a bad day skiing. No matter what, skiing puts a smile on his face. Ben is especially adept at analyzing and explaining technique to all age levels, and you will surely come back from a refreshing ski in the brisk air with a smile on your face!
Team FKOC TRAINING PROGRAMS
POST GRADUATE (PG) Training PROGRAM
The FKOC Post Graduate program is a high performance training program designed to bring high school graduated Nordic skiers and Biathletes, aged 18-23, to the next level of competitive performance with a dedicated annual full time training program.
The training will take advantage of the excellent facilities at the Fort Kent Outdoor Center. This includes a 3km paved roller skiing loop, a 30-point shooting range, and 25km of excellent Nordic trails that are FIS and IBU homologated. Fort Kent has the longest snow-covered season in the Northeast, usually starting in early November and finishing in late April.
Coaching responsibilities are shared between Carl Theriault for biathlon specific training and Hannah Streinz for ski technique, strength and endurance training.
We offer two housing options for out athletes. Our lodge, and While the coaches do check in frequently, the athletes are living independently and are expected to maintain their space appropriately.
We highly encourage athletes to take advantage of the University of Maine at Fort Kent to stay intellectually stimulated while training and fulfill some early collegiate course requirements. The University offers scholarship programs to all athletes training with the FKOC PG program.
PG athletes can participate in a full year of programming or any of the seasonal options outlined below:
Summer: July 7-Aug 30
Fall: Sept 15-Nov 15
Winter: Nov 30-Mar 31
Full Year: July 7-Mar 31
Utilities and internet included.
Includes: Daily training, Race support, Wax supplies, and Team FKOC Uniforms
Training Camps/Events - In Region Registration Fees
We will provide transport/housing/food. You will cover the registration costs.
Training Camps/Events - Out of Region Airfare/Registration
We will provide housing and food, you must cover your airfare and registration fees
Jalbert Biathlon Residence
Jalbert Ski Programs
The Jalbert Youth Ski Program is a great opportunity for children ages 4-14 to get outside and learn to cross-country ski! This exciting winter program hosted at the Fort Kent Outdoor Center (FKOC) offers trail passes, ski rentals, and instruction at no cost. Sessions are typically held on Saturday afternoons twice a month (December-February). Dates and details are posted once the trails at the FKOC are skiable. Whether your child ends up coming to just one session, or gets hooked and doesn’t miss a single one, each week’s session has a different focus—be it balance and glide, or uphill and downhill skills.
A team of over 15 FKOC volunteers help coordinate ski rentals and provide instruction to the participants according to their ability level and preferred technique. While most participants are equipped with classic skis (fish-scales on the base), some participants take advantage of the opportunity to try skate skiing (no fish scales). After an hour of instruction, relays, and games on the snow (limbo is an all-time favorite!), participants return their ski rentals and enjoy refreshments in the Lodge provided by parent donations.
We are always looking for volunteers (ages 15+) to help out both indoors—registration, rental shop & kitchen—and outdoors for instruction on the snow. If you are interested in helping out, please send us a message and look out for more information about our Jalbert Volunteer Training held in mid-November.
For youth ages 10+ interested in competing in biathlon, the Jalbert Biathlon Program offers instruction at the same time as the Youth Ski Program. The biathlon portion of the program extends beyond the winter months, however, with training and events held throughout the summer for a nominal fee.
Since it began in *2011, the Jalbert Youth Ski & Biathlon Programs have been funded by the generosity and enthusiasm of Fort Kent native, Mrs. Phyllis Jalbert. Phyllis is happy to see cross-country skiing and biathlon thriving in our community. The FKOC is very grateful for her ongoing support.
Events Supported By FKOC Coaches
Jericho Roller Ski Championships – Jericho, VT, August 7-8
FKOC Roller Ski Festival – Fort Kent, October
World University Games – Switzerland, December 11-21
US Youth/Junior World Championships Trials – Soldier Hollow, UT, December 28-31
NORAM FKOC – Jan 28-30, 2021
Youth/Junior World Championships – Soldier Hollow, UT, February 20-March 3
US Biathlon Nationals – Lake Placid, NY, March 23-27
Several Canadian Biathlon events assuming the border opens
FKOC Training Camp – Fort Kent, July 8-11
FKOC Roller Ski Festival – Fort Kent, October
NENSA Eastern Cups – series of 4 Junior National Qualifiers, schedule to be released soon
US Junior Nationals – Minneapolis, MN, date TBD
Several Canadian Nordic events assuming the border opens