We hope this little Mini-Fest Guide will give you some ideas to help you create a fun celebratory event in as safe a manner as possible. Whether you are celebrating skiing with your family, with your home club, or with multiple local clubs, you are still part of the greater BKL community. This year’s theme is State By State United We Ski. And while we cannot all gather this year, we can still celebrate skiing at home in our own state. We can focus on what makes our state unique while celebrating our shared love of skiing that knows no border.
BKL skiers who participate in any of the activities listed below, whether on their own or at an event, can submit this Mini-Fest Activity Entry Form to NENSA to be eligible for raffle and contest prizes. We are also collecting photos of 2021 BKL Graduates for a slideshow HERE.
Costume Contest: We do not recommend parades this year in light of the pandemic, even within your own club, but we strongly encourage costumes and the NENSA staff will be voting on a few of their favorites with a prize going to the most creative and most representative of your home state. Send in a photo of you in your costume to be considered!
Obstacle Course / ”Big Air”: Create an obstacle course that includes a jump. You can also opt to build a standalone jump. Make sure your jump has a safe outrun! Send in videos of the action and NENSA staff will compile a highlights reel to share with everyone. A prize will go to the skier with the silliest jump!
State-Themed Scavenger Hunt: There are variations on this activity depending on how familiar the skiers are with the area in which they are hunting. If skiers are quite familiar with the area or trail system, place the images out and about with a list of locations where each image can be found (but do not say which image is at which location). Have an accompanying adult keep hold of the location list and mark down which images were at which location on the list. If skiers are not familiar with the area, set a marked loop with the images all along the loop for the skiers to spot as they ski around. Consider providing a pre-packed snack (maybe one that includes your state fruit or berry) at the end. We recommend laminating or putting the images in plastic sheets so they stay dry.
Races: If you attend a club Mini-Fest with official racing, you can submit a link to results. You can also do your own virtual race and submit your time and distance. We will not compare virtual times but we will create a list of everyone who races in each district.
Recommended distances by age:
Lollipoppers (age 5-7): No more than 500 meters
Grades 1&2 (age 6-7): Up to 1 kilometer
Grades 3&4 (age 8-9): 2 kilometers
Grades 5&6 (age 10-11): 3 kilometers
Grades 7&8 (age 12-13): 4 kilometers
Information for hosting a BKL race HERE.
Mini-Marathon/Ski for Ks: This long-distance, non-competitive, ski event gives the children an opportunity to acknowledge their own abilities and to feel good about themselves and their achievement. We recommend setting up a few marked courses of different lengths such as 5k, 15k, and 25k. Consider a feed station along the course with pre-packaged snacks that can be picked up by skiers in a no-contact manner. If skiers are doing this activity on their own, they can design their own course. Skiers can keep track of their kilometers skied in one day and enter them in the BKL Activity Entry Form so their Ks can count towards the total distance skied by their entire district! How many Ks do you think our entire BKL community can ski in one day all across the East?!
Additional Resource for Event Organizers: While this 2021 BKL Mini-Fest Manual was designed for organizing a state-wide or multi-club Mini-Fest, there are helpful pieces of information for event organizing during the pandemic that are applicable to smaller events as well.