Coaching Programs

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.

Our Coaches


Carl has been involved with coaching skiing and biathlon for the past 23 years, and is a life long lover of anything you can do on skis! Coordinating training programs, range activities, FKOC development, and the local High School Nordic team fill most his days. When he is not working on ski programs and activities, you can find Carl out traveling, or riding horses, bicycles, and motorcycles. 

Contact Carl:


Phone: 207-631-9589

Elysha Dyer

Elysha recently relocated to Fort Kent from Freeport, Maine where she spent many years coaching the Freeport High School Ski Team and traveling the world enjoying her passions for skiing, hiking and trail running. In the short time she has been with us she has dug right in to help coordinate ski camps, summer events, wedding bookings, biathlon and Nordic summer training sessions, and trips to competitions for our Jalbert Program athletes.

Contact Elysha:


Phone: TBD



An active skier all his life, Matt spent several years as part of the National Guard Biathlon team, and now focuses on volunteering to help us coach our youth and masters biathletes. Two of his boys are currently active in our programs and you can find Matt occasionally jumping in to a biathlon event demonstrating skills he learned during his years with the guard.

Contact Matt:


Phone: 207-991-1905

Ben Paradis

Ben Paradis

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!

Contact Ben:


Phone: 207-316-7318



Sarah Ashley is our wonderful middle school and ladies night coach who is an alumni of our high school ski team and she always finds a way to instill and have have fun out in the ski trails with a smile on her face!

Contact Sarah:


Phone: 207-231-4349



PG Program will be limited to first 5 athletes registered due to housing restrictions, so apply early to get in. Please download and fill out this application, and email it to, or fill out the online application below.


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.


University of Maine at Fort Kent LogoWe 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.

Schedule Options

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

Program Costs

  • Housing $300/month

    Utilities and internet included.

  • Coaching/Training $200/month

    Includes: Daily training, Race support, Wax supplies, and Team FKOC Uniforms

  • Ammunition $50/month

    Biathletes only

  • 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

The Post Graduate program is supported by the generous help of Phyllis Jalbert, who has provided us with the “Jalbert Biathlon Residence”, located within walking distance of the FKOC. There are 5 bedrooms, a spacious living room/kitchen, and a common area in the basement. at the located at 422nd Ave, about a mile from FKOC. Available to full time athletes on a first come first serve basis.

Lodge Housing

Dormitory style housing is available in the lodge for skiers training t FKOC over a daily or weekly basis. Twelve bunks are available in gender separated rooms with access to shared bathrooms, sauna, and kitchen ($10 per person up to $30 max) to prepare meals. Bedding and toiletry not provided. Occupants must be 18 years old or with a parent/coach/guardian. Bunks are available at $30/night.

Jalbert Ski Programs

Winter Program

The Jalbert Youth Ski Program is a great opportunity for children grades K-6 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 thanks to Phyllis Jalbert who has supported the program for many years. Sessions are typically held on Saturday afternoons twice a month (January-March). Dates and details are posted each year once the trails at the FKOC are skiable. Whether your child ends up coming to just one session, or catches Ski Fever and doesn’t miss a single one, each week’s session will incorporate most of the necessary skills, including balance, glide and uphill and downhill techniques into the activities and games.

A dedicated team of 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). Classic technique is the best choice for beginning skiers.

Participants who have rented complimentary ski packages through the Jalbert Program will be asked to return their skis/boots/poles at the last session.

We are always looking for volunteers (ages 15+) to help out inside and outside. Our indoor tasks include helping with registration and running the rental shop. Our outdoor volunteers would be helping with instruction out on the snow. If you are interested in helping out, please send us a message.

The 2022 Winter Program Starts January 15th!
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Summer Program

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

2021/2022 Season


FKOC Training camp – Fort Kent, July 8-11

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

Eastern Regional Biathlon Cup #3 –  January 20-25, 2022

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

Post Graduate Team Application

Want to be on Team FKOC? Apply for our Post Graduate program for Nordic or Biathlon ski training.

Cover Letter

Please include a Cover Letter with a statement of what your goals are for the program, and what you hope to get out of your time training with us.

Athlete Resume

Summarize your past athletic achievements in whatever sports you have competed in, including time in sport, experience in either Cross Country or Biathlon including results, and coaches you have worked with.

Fort Kent Outdoor Center Webcam

Keep up to date on our current Weather / Snow Conditions, and check in on our events by viewing this facility Web Cam which is updated with a new image every five minutes.

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