Nordic Ski Team

About Us

Blackhawk Nordic Ski Team (BNST) is a competitive team for high-school and middle-school cross-country skiers.  Our goal is to provide:

  • A positive, team-focused Nordic skiing experience.

  • Racing opportunities as catalysts for learning to ski and train well.

  • A life-long interest in Nordic skiing and fitness.

  • Development and growth for skiers of all abilities.

Check out our video produced by members of our team: Nordic Ski Team-

Our coaches have skied for NCAA teams and have a wealth of national and international racing experience.  We work closely with top national coaches to ensure quality, state-of-the-art programs.  We endeavor to keep fees reasonable based on our philosophy that youth sport should be experiential, not transactional.

BNST trains at Blackhawk Ski Club's 60-acre facility, which has the most extensive snowmaking infrastructure for Nordic skiing in Wisconsin.  This ensures fun, safe skiing even when natural snow is scarce.

BNST competes in Wisconsin Nordic Ski League events from mid-December through early March.  Race participation is optional but encouraged at all skill levels!

BNST coaches and parent volunteers take COVID-19 safety seriously.  Skiers must wear masks and stay socially distanced during practices, all of which are held outdoors.  There is emergency access only to the chalets at Blackhawk. Skiers must not attend practice if they are experiencing any COVID-like symptoms, or if they have been exposed to anyone with COVID-like symptoms.


Middle School Team (grades 5-8):

  • Optional dryland training started September 2, 2020, with COVID-19 safety protocols in place. Practices take place Wednesdays 5:30 - 7:00 pm at Blackhawk Ski Club. Activities include strength training, pole hikes, hill bounding, running, and maybe orienteering! A good workout and fun for all...

  • On-snow training begins in mid-December and takes place 2 days per week (Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:15 - 6:45 pm) at Blackhawk Ski Club.

High School Team (grades 9-12):

  • Optional dryland training began in early summer with COVID-19 safety protocols in place and is ongoing. Practice is held 5:30 - 7:00 pm Mondays (rollerskiing), Wednesdays (trail runs), and Thursdays (hill bounding); locations may vary.

  • On-snow training begins in mid-December and takes place 4 days per week (Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 5:15 - 6:45 pm) at Blackhawk Ski Club.


Steve Swenson skied for Northern Michigan University (NCAA Div II) and is a USSA-Certified Coach. Steve has coached Wisconsin Nordic Ski League championship teams and successful Junior National and collegiate skiers.

Danny Sonnentag skied for Peak Nordic in high school and then for UW–Madison’s Nordic ski team. Danny helped lead BNST’s middle school girls team to 1st place in the 2017 WNSL state championships, and the middle school boys to 2nd place in 2019.

All coaches and adult volunteers who ski with the team are Safe-Sport certified.

 Under Registration:

Participants must have a Limited Access Membership or Full Access Membership to Blackhawk Ski Club.  The program is open to anyone in the greater Madison area, including Middleton, Cross Plains, Mount Horeb, etc..

Registration for the 2020-2021 season opens September 14, 2019 (for returning club members) and September 28, 2019 (for new club members).