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The Minnesota Youth Ski League (MYSL) is a volunteer organization that offers children between the ages of 4 and 14 and their parents the opportunity to learn, develop and enjoy cross country skiing skills together. The League is a collection of neighborhood clubs, administered by a Board of Directors, offering leader training, festivals, and outreach programs which builds interest in cross country skiing. The Ski League clubs meet in many locations in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, greater Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin for approximately eight weeks beginning in December or January. Programs emphasize fun, fitness and development of a life-long love for outdoor activities, (especially cross country skiing!), as the primary focus of this family organization. Parents are strongly encouraged to come and participate with their children. Skiers of all skill levels are welcome. Most MYSL clubs or hosting facilities provide inexpensive rental equipment.
The Minnesota Youth Ski League (MYSL) is a club-based organization that offers youth and their families the opportunity to learn, develop skills and enjoy cross-country skiing together.
The Minnesota Youth Ski League (MYSL) is synonymous with youth skiing. We are leaders in the XC skiing community at large, actively involved in all issues related to skiing.
We do this through:
- Continuous growth and improved retention
- Using a dynamic curriculum
- Training all coaches in basic skills, with additional coach development available
- Providing families with a choice of defined skill development paths, depending on their goals
- Creating and maintaining infrastructure that supports networking in all directions: e.g. coach-to-coach, club-to-club, membership-to-Board, etc...
The Minnesota Youth Ski League (MYSL) is a non-profit Minnesota Corporation as defined under IRS rule 501(c)3. The MYSL provides membership and instruction to all youth without regard to race, creed, color, or athletic ability.
|Executive Director||Amy Cichanowskifirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Board Chair||Noah Swileremail@example.com|
|Vice Chair||Paul Gagefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Board Member||Jill Sonnesynemail@example.com|
|Board Member||Tom Shaw||612 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Board Member||Mike Naliemail@example.com|
|Board Member||Jessica Johnsonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Board Member||Steve Messickemail@example.com|
|Carnivals/Special Events||Jill Sonnesyn|
|MYSL Clubs & Programs||Paul Gage, Jill Sonnesyn|
|Administration, Budget & Finance||Barclay Kruse|
|Website Working Group||Noah Swiler|
|Racial Equity||Jessica Johnson|
Amy Cichanowski Full Bio
US Ski and Snowboard Level 200 Coach and Technical Delegate Candidate
PSIA Level 2 Instructor
Chrissy started her adventures with MYSL as the Battle Creek SkiSparks leader. In 2017, she transitioned from a career in education and came on as our SkiSparks coordinator. Chrissy has supported the League in innumerable ways. With her help, MYSL is growing at an unprecidented pace. She brings her passion for outdoor activities, kindness and patience to SkiSparks programming. Chrissy brings a positive attitude and robustness, that comes from being the mother of four active kids, to everything that she does.