Welcome to the Nordic Ski Team! We make up a great community of kids and their families sharing a love of Nordic Skiing. Our aim is to get all the skiers enjoying their time on snow, furthering their abilities and challenging themselves at appropriate levels.
Please visit our registration page for full details.
Please visit our financial aid page for full details.
Dryland training will start November 7 and happen for most skiers on Thursday afternoons after school. There will be no dryland practices the week of Thanksgiving-but everyone is encouraged to get out with their families! Generally dryland training lasts about 1-1.5 hours. Training sites will vary and you can find out where we will meet and what the general workout will be online and will be updated weekly (usually Sunday night). Look under your child’s group for their specific workouts. The Arctic Foxes (youngest skiers 6-7 year olds) will have fewer dryland training sessions. Check their page for the plan.
Skiing will hopefully start the first week of December on December 1!. IF there is no groomable snow by then, there will be dryland training and we will go to the winter schedule of TU, TH practices for most that week (except Arctic Foxes who are one day/week until after Christmas). We do generally provide a warm drink at the end of practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays once we start skiing. Skiers in the Polar Bear and Lynx groups ski TU and TH afternoons (with some holidays and Saturdays optional); Snow Leopards ski TU, WE & TH afternoons (with some optional weekend and holidays) and Wolverines have a full schedule with skiing 4-6 days/week depending on the week and competition schedules.
Generally at practices we all show up as quickly as we can get there after school, the kids find their groups and play around a bit, then they will circle up with their lead coach and get the plan for the day. Practices generally last 1:15-1:45 depending on the time of year and the group. Practices often get longer as we get more daylight! Try to help ensure that the skiers have the right equipment for the day (classic or skate-generally classic skis are a bit longer and classic poles are shorter; skate skis may be a bit shorter with a more rounded tip and skate poles are longer). We will post pick up times on the website but don’t expect perfection in timing! A coach will always wait with a skier but if you know you will be late, please try to make other arrangements for your skier as all the coaches have families too and want to get home!
The last all team practice is Thursday February 27 but if there is interest and snow, we will keep skiing with those that want into mid-March. Leslie will let you know when it is time to return skis to Winthrop Mountain Sports (generally in April or May-so you can go skiing over Spring Break too!!!).
We encourage carpooling and if you need help finding others with similar aged children, please ask Leslie. The expectation is that your child will be at practice unless you let us know otherwise. You can let the lead coach of your child’s group know your family plan.
Ski rentals are done separately through Winthrop Mountain Sports. You don’t have to rent skis through Rita but Winthrop Mountain Sports has done a lot for the Team, and we encourage you to use this program. The kids’ equipment should be in good condition and they will need both skate and classic skis and poles. Leslie will let you know when your age group can make appointments with Rita for ski fitting. Rita tries to have all the equipment out as quickly as possible but this does require some patience on our part as there is a lot of equipment to deal with. Once you receive your skier’s equipment, please make sure it is labeled with electrical tape (duct tape sticks forever and sharpies directly on the equipment are often permanent). There are lots of pairs of skis and poles at the trailheads each practice and it is best to be able to differentiate. You can also apply for financial aid for equipment. You are responsible for your equipment-please take good care of it!
Updated cost information for rentals will be posted when available. Last year’s information provided for reference.
2018-19 Winthrop Mountain Sports Rental Package Information
Extra-curricular Ski Events
There are many extra-curricular ski events throughout the winter and it is totally optional whether your family participates or not, but we encourage everyone to try a variety of events! For beginner skiers, the ski to decorate cookies with Santa, the Ski Rodeo, possibly the Race of the Methow and definitely Hanz’s Big adventure are all good options. If you think your child would like to travel to a race, try one locally and then talk to Leslie or your child’s coach about how to go about coming to an out of town event. The regional Washington Cup races are great introductory races for kids, and mostly very inexpensive or free. The schedule for the winter can be found on this website under junior race events/schedule. If you think your family would like to go ski at Silver Star BC over Thanksgiving, there will be a large MVNT contingent and Leslie can help direct you if you would like to connect with others up there.
If your child does decide to participate in a race, let the coach know so we will know to expect them at the race or time trial and can help them prepare based on what event they might be doing. Spectators are always welcome, though we discourage walking on the trails so come on your skis! Keep an eye out for racers and move out of their way but please feel free to encourage all the racers (say things like “way to go!” “keep it up!”). Noise is encouraged! The goal is always to have each athlete do their individual best and have fun in the process.
Coaches & Group Placements
Many of the coaches are volunteers. All of the coaches are taking time to help share the love of Nordic skiing with the kids. Please make sure both you and your child are respectful of the coaches and other skiers! If there is an issue with the group your skier is in, please discuss it with the lead coach for your child’s age group. If that is not satisfactory, talk to Leslie.
This season (2019-20) we are implementing a new plan for groups so there will be more flexibility and options for the skiers to be with a variety of coaches. It is a work in progress so feedback and constructive criticism is welcome.
NOTE there is a program for the youngest and less committed families (Ski Cubs) through MVNSEF, Room One and MV ski school. You can register for that on the Ski Cubs page on this website (under Juniors Tab). These kids are in a feeder program to MVNT and can get a taste of all the winter fun and hopefully join the more committing team in the future!
We have safety policies in place and all of the coaches are certified in at least basic First Aid. Lead coaches have safety backpacks with radios and fairly thorough first aid kits. All other coaches have fanny packs with very basic first aid supplies. We will be out in the dark early in the season so it is important that the skiers listen to their coaches and know the expectations for re-grouping and where and when to meet up. Please be prompt in picking up your skiers as it can be cold and dark at the end of practice!
Skiers should be dressed for the weather with wool or synthetic being preferable to cotton. Several layers but not too heavy clothing is recommended unless we are in the teens and lower temperatures. Good ski gloves and a hat are recommended for each practice, especially early season. Team members will be given a team hat to keep.
The ski jackets are loaned to the athletes from the Team each season so please treat them kindly so they are in good shape next year. Check the number on the tag and remember it in case your skier misplaces the jacket. We will collect them at the end of the season. Hats or headbands are given to the skiers each season-they can keep those. There are racing suits, possibly team parkas and t-shirts available for sale through the Team. Let Leslie know if you would like to purchase any of these. It is not required that the skiers have team suits even if they are racing, but the kids do like them. Leslie will be placing an order in mid-October.
Parents will need trail passes if they want to ski during practice if we are practicing on Methow Trails trails-basically all trails except the McCabe trail (but skiers under 17 are free! Thanks Methow Trails!). Methow Trails does provide us with some passes for parents to use to ski with their child’s group during practice if they want. There are some options for parents to take lessons through MVNSEF if you are interested. Ask Leslie for information on this. The parent lessons are super popular!
All families are expected to volunteer and participate in the activities they volunteered for!
Let Leslie know if you have any questions or concerns: firstname.lastname@example.org or 996-6000 and leave a message.
Thanks for joining the Team and we look forward to a great season!
TEAM INFORMATION SHEETS with lots of information:
Basics of Nordic Skiing
Competition Schedule 2019-20
Emergency Action Plan
Equipment and Clothing
Expectation of skiers and parents
Payment and Money
Practice Times and Locations
Ski Team Organization (groups and where your skiers fit in)
Volunteering and doing your part