The Ski Shed

The Eastern Mass Bill Koch Youth Ski Club, a cross-country club for athletes aged 7 to 13, took their turn hosting the New England Bill Koch Festival at the Weston Ski Track. Over 600 children signed up for the two-day event and volunteers were mobilized to handle everything from shuttle buses to food to race logistics. That’s where thoughtforms helped out: a building was needed to house the timing equipment and to provide the race crew a perch for observing the starts and finishes.

Our millwork shop collaborated with experienced race organizers to design and build a simple yet elegant timing shed, nicknamed the “taj ma-hut” by the race crew. Was the project a success? A few weeks after the festival, the NCAA contacted us to see if we would loan them the shed for the NCAA National Championships at Middlebury College in Vermont. And the United States Ski & Snowboard subsequently contacted us to ask if we would loan them the shed for the Junior National Championships in Stowe, Vermont.

All the accolades aside, the most important though: a bunch of kids and their families had a great time being active outdoors.