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Meet our Executive Director, Amy Cichanowski

Amy began skiing with her family in Winona at a young age. She quickly aspired to local races and club level racing, attending many Junior Nationals. She started skiing in the high school league in 10th grade and was State Champ (team and individual) in 1988. She went to Middlebury College for one year and skied on the team.  She then came back to the midwest to work with a coach, finishing her Physics degree at St. Mary’s in Winona. She skied many Kortes (winning three times) and attended regional junior training camps in the summer.

Refund Policy

  • Posted on: December 4, 2018 - 4:44pm
  • By: AmyC

We know that plans don't always work out!

The MYSL Refund policy allows for refunds up until the ski club begins meeting. A $5 processing fee per SkiSparks membership will be retained. After the club starts meeting, there are no refunds. Weather sometimes causes a change in plans and no refunds are given for rescheduled, relocated or canceled sessions.

MyXC Skiwerx League (for clubs)

Minnesota Youth Ski League, with the help of CXC (Central Cross Country), is networking “Ski for Sport” programs throughout the Central Region, to develop the best possible experience for our young skiers. Ski for Sport programs follow the guidelines of the LTAD (Long Term Athlete Development) stage of “Learn to Train”. This is a critical window for skill development. MyXC and CXC have summarized the youth and junior development stages in the Midwest in this document. 

What do I do if my first choice club is already full?

  • Posted on: October 10, 2018 - 10:38am
  • By: AmyC

This season the Hyland MYSL club filled within hours after registration was opened. This is something new in the history of the club.  The Hiawatha MYSL club also filled very quickly. Registration limits are determined by site administrators and the MYSL does not have the authority to change them.  

We are working to formalize a waitlist procedure for our clubs that fill.  If your first choice for a SkiSparks club has already filled, please email Chrissy Snider (chrissy@mysl.org) to be put on the waiting list.  We will continue working with our popular locations to adjust permitted capacity.  If we are able to obtain a permit expansion, we will work off our waitlist, giving priority to families who have agreed to be on the club leadership team (club leader, equipment manager, lead coach).

We encourage you to register for one of our other SkiSparks clubs if your first choice is full.  SkiSparks clubs are more alike than different.  All use the same curriculum and coaching philosophy.  Additionally, all clubs in the Twin Cities metro area have been assigned a back-up location at a facility with snowmaking (Hyland, Elm Creek, Wirth or Edina).  

We have worked hard through the spring, summer and fall to open new clubs close to our most popular locations so every child has the opportuntiy to ski with SkiSparks at a location near them.  In fact, this year we have SIX new metro clubs, many with equipment rental options!  Our new clubs are all led by experienced skiers with a passion for teaching kids how to ski.  Families now have even more options to ski with friends, in a location convenient for you.

Please check our Find A Club page for a list of our clubs around the region.  

As of October 10, 2018, the following clubs are closed.  Below we have listed some suggestions for a great second choice if your first choice has already filled.

Hyland SkiSparks is closed.  Please register for a neighboring SkiSparks club.


Hiawatha SkiSparks is closed.  Please register for a neighboring SkiSparks club.


Rental Equipment 

Unfortunately there is no more rental equipment available at Lake Elmo for this ski season.  It was all spoken for in a matter of days.  You are unable to rent from one club and ski at another.  The equipment is kept within the club you rent from and you must be a member there.
The good news is that there are other clubs in the east Metro that DO have rental equipment available for this winter.  
  • Battle Creek is only 10 minutes from Lake Elmo Park Reserve and there is plenty of equipment to rent at this club.  
  • Tamarack, in White Bear Lake, meets on Saturdays and has about 8 rental sets left.  
  • Lebanon Hills in Eagan has plenty of equipment.
  • Como in St. Paul has a new rental equipment with about 10 sets available.
You can check our Find A Club page for all our club options.  We encourage you to register for another SkiSparks club for this year before equipment at other clubs is spoken for. 
Chrissy can put you on a waiting list for Lake Elmo equipment and will notify you if something becomes available.  At that time if you would like to switch to Lake Elmo we can transfer your membership. Email Chrissy (chrissy@mysl.org) to be placed on the waiting list.
Another equipment option is to come to the MyExchange (SkiSwap + Expo) on November 17 at Basecamp.

Registration Procedure

Registration will open in early October.  Many MYSL SkiSparks Clubs fill up, so you will want to register promptly. Club Rental Equipment is even more limited, so you will want to register ASAP (have your childs, height, weight and shoe size ready). Club rentals are for kids only and waxless (fishscale) skis unless noted. Skis can only be rented at the club that you hold your membership and you must participate fully in the club. 

Refund Policy

The MYSL Refund policy allows for refunds up until the ski club begins meeting. A $5 processing fee per SkiSparks membership and/or rental package will be retained. After the club starts meeting, there are no refunds. Weather sometimes causes a change in plans and no refunds are given for rescheduled, relocated or canceled sessions.


If membership is canceled before sessions begin, 80% of the registration fee will be refunded. 
If membership is canceled within two weeks of the season start date, 60% of the registration fee will be refunded. 
If Skiwerx equipment was rented, it must be returned and a 50% refund will be issued. 



We welcome your feedback on our registration procedure.  Please email Chrissy Snider (chrissy@mysl.org) with concerns or questions.

MyXC adds Adaptive Programming

SkiSparks Clubs are adding registration for adaptive youth for the 2018-19 season. Look for the "Adaptive Skier" selections as part of club registration.

Youth with physical disabilities that may limit the use of poles/s or lower leg impairments, visual impaired youth and sit skiers* are welcome. All skiers, adaptive and non-adaptive, will be in the same programming, with appropriate modifications made when necessary. 

Skiwerx Ski X Results

We had a great time at Wirth Park on Saturday Feb 10th with Ski X (timed obstacle course) as part of the Skiwerx Series. 40 kids helped us test a new course on a beuatiful sunny day. If you missed it, you still have a chance, as we will be running this event again as part of Midwest jr Champs. 

Results linked below. Photoset arriving soon. 

Avoid, Spot, Treat Frostbite and Hypothermia

  • Posted on: January 22, 2018 - 3:34pm
  • By: adminchrissy
As leaders of SkiSparks programs we are very in tune with the weather.  Besides teaching kids how to ski, we also want to teach kids (and their parents) how to enjoy winter and be outside….even when its quite cold.  There are a lot of health benefits to being outside in the winter, but we need to do it safely of course (and all of you are experts at this!).