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Elm Creek Sunday SkiSparks
This club is full. Please add your name to the waitlist or register for a different club.
Welcome to Elm Creek SkiSparks
Ski for Fun. Ski for Sport. Ski for Life!!
STATUS for March 6: ON!!
Kiki's Last Hurrah!!
PLUS: The Hats are in! New skiers get their hats!
Please make every effort to be on time. We don’t want to lose valuable coaching time for our groups trying to locate other groups. If your skier arrives late, we may put them to work with a younger group. “Out on Trail” may literally mean out on trail… not just out in the practice area.
Let's get everyone checked in by 2:15, play some games and hand out awards. We will by done by 3:15-30.
Remember, if your skier is not feeling well, stay home and rest up.
2021-22 Schedule and location
MYSL Elm Creek will meet for 8 Sundays beginning with our first meeting Sunday, December 19th, from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Our last week of club meeting will be Sunday, March 6th. (**Parking is tricky, but there are shuttles, please plan for this in your timing!) We plan to schedule MLK (Jan 16) weekend off as well as Super Bowl Sunday (AKA Loppet Sunday Feb 6 unless a make up is needed) and Birkie Sunday (Feb 28). IF we need to make up sessions, I'll add them closer to those flex dates.
Sessions: Dec 19, Jan 2, Jan 9, Jan 23, Jan 30,Feb 6 (added) Feb 13, Feb 20, March 6
(Feb 28 only if needed for make up due to weather being too cold)
Elm Creek Park Reserve 12400 James Deane Parkway, Maple Grove, MN 55369
Weather and cancellation policy
We will not ski if the air temperature is below -2˚ F or the wind chill is below -10˚ F, or at the leader’s discretion. Because the little kids ski out in the open, wind is a big factor at Elm Creek. Always check the website or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Cancellations will be posted on this Web page as well as the MYSL - Elm Creek SkiSparks Facebook page.
"There is no bad weather, just bad clothing"
Children should be dressed in layers. A moisture wicking under layer, an insulating layer, and a wind proof layer are typically appropriate. Please use your discretion noting your child’s activity level and the outside temperature/wind chill. Often a winter jacket and snow pants or a snowsuit can be too warm once the child gets skiing unless they are young and in the beginner group. “Wool is wonderful. Cotton is rotten!”
Equipment and Passes
Elm Creek has rentals available at the Chalet.
NOTE: Three Rivers Parks has worked out a rental system where you are able to purchase your rental packages online in advance.
We also have 12 sets of rentals skis alotted to our club through MYSL. That info is available on on the registration page.
Trail Passes are not required for children 11 years old and younger. Ages 12 and up (skiing parents/coaches as well) need to purchase passes. Daily $9* or seasonal $80.65 for the first in the household ($40.33 each additional). The annual passes are good at ALL Three Rivers parks ski trails. (*subject to update on daily trail pass price.)
MYSL Ski Swap Sale is set for Saturday November 13th details found here: https://www.mysl.org/events/skiswap
Levels and age guidelines are as follows:
New Guidelines for Level Sign Ups this year!!
New Level Assignments
Level 1 (Classic) Ages 4 and 5: Beginning Skiers (Ski Chaperone REQUIRED sign up as a volunteer SWEEPER)
Level 2 (Classic) Ages 6-8: Completed Level 1; Beginners in this age range; Skiers who can walk on skis and get up independently
Level 3 (Classic) Ages 7-10: Completed Level 2; Beginners in this age range; Skiers who can sidestep up a hill, glide gently down hills and use poles
Level 3* (Classic) Ages 11-14; Beginners in this age range
Level 4 (Classic) Ages 8-14; Completed Level 3; Skiers have learned classic ski technique, have good use of poles and are comfortable on hills. These skiers go out on trail right away.
Level 5 (Skate) Ages 9-14; Completed Level 4 and are ready to learn skate skiing; Skiers who are advanced in Classic Skiing
Level 6 (Skate) Ages 11-14; Completed Level 5; Know basic skate ski techniques; Ready to go out on trail right away.
We will be communicating with Elm Creek MYSL families via email. We need valid emails for all. When you register please include a contact e-mail address. You would be contacted for the following reasons:
1. In the event we cancel because of weather or snow isn't ready at Elm Creek
2. To clear up any questions we may have about your registration.
3. To be given periodic updates with news and information about MYSL.
MYSL is on Facebook! You can “like” the MYSL page to get general announcements, photos and videos from each of the MYSL club. https://www.facebook.com/MYSL-Elm-Creek-SkiSparks-221703068373096/?ref=bookmarks
Need to contact us? Email us at email@example.com
This is a volunteer run club. The success and affordability of this program comes directly from your contributions of time, energy, and talent. By registering for this club, you are committing to the club’s success and are agreeing to volunteer.
Level 1 skiers will need to be accompanied by an adult. Coaching at level 1 is a great way to accompany your child. We are also in very great need of coaches for all levels 1-6. Please consider coaching as it is our number one need! You do not necessarily need to coach at your child’s level.
Following are some suggested areas of volunteer service:
We really need your help! This is our biggest need and is one of the most rewarding ways in which you can help the club. Kids get more out of the program when the coach-to-kid ratio is low, and coaches need not be experienced skiers to volunteer. The MYSL program makes it easy for a coach to know what to do. An eight week curriculum has been prepared for every class level and each day's lesson is printed on a card that can be carried in your pocket. The pocket guide also provides many helpful tips and games to keep classes enjoyable and interesting. You do not have to be an elite level skier to be a coach. All you need is a desire to help kids and have fun. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
High-school aged skiers, we need you! We rely heavily on high school volunteers, who are fun, friendly and in far better shape than most of us. Coaching for Elm Creek MYSL qualifies as a service commitment for NHS. Think about how great this will look on a college application! Contact us at email@example.com to sign up.
Assistant and Sub Coaches:
As an assistant coach, you can support a coach by accompanying the group on the trails and helping skiers (sometimes known as “Sweepers”). If you feel like your skiing level is at the same level as the level your kids are signed up for, you would be a fantastic assistant coach! You are not in charge of the instruction, rather you are there to make sure the kids are safe, have an adult to bring them to the bathroom, and can assist with activities.
If you are a sub coach, you can fill in when a coach isn’t able to make it to ski club.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Head Chalet Parent:
Set up sign-up for parents to bring weekly snacks. Be available on ski days to help organize and clean up snacks. Contact us at email@example.com to sign up. Then we need families to sign up for beverages (juice/cups) and snacks.
Please email Kirsten Kjome firstname.lastname@example.org