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Lake Elmo Sunday SkiSparks Club
This club is full. Please add your name to the waitlist or register for a different club.
1-9-22: Important update - We are shortening our session today by 30 minutes. We will meet from 2:00 to 3:00.
Welcome to the Sunday Lake Elmo MYSL Club 2021-2022!
There will be a separate trail pass for Washington county trails this year for individuals 18 and older. This will include our coaches. The cost is $30 annual/$6 daily and applies only to the East Side trails (that we've used in past years). As a result, we intend for Level 1 to use trails on the West Side to avoid that additional cost for the adults that need to be present with them.
Registration will open in October 2021. We will post a link to the registration page once registration is open. Ski rental registration will also open at that time. Note that there are a limited number of ski sets to rent, so please register early. If you were not able to get registered, refer to the MYSL Waitlist page for more information on how to get on the waiting list.
Location, Dates, and Time
Lake Elmo Sunday MYSL will meet 8 Sundays from 2:00-3:30pm from Sunday, January 9, 2022 through Sunday, February 27, 2022.
We will meet at various parking lots in the park. You will need to purchase a vehicle permit ($7 Daily/$30 Annual/$20 for a second vehicle annual) before entering the park. **New this year: Adults over 18 will also need a Washington County Ski pass $30 annual/$6 daily (instead of the previous MN ski pass of previous years) to ski on the EAST SIDE TRAILS.
Rental and purchase options
The Lake Elmo club has about 10 rental slots left. Please fill out this Lake Elmo Equipment Rental Request to request a package. This is first come - first serve basis so get your request in as early as possible. Each package is $45.00.
We highly suggest families request a Youth Classic Package (complete request form below) by NOVEMBER 8th 2021)
You can purchase gear at the MYSL Ski Swap and Expo. We recommend you fill out a the form using the Lottery Application (complete request form below) by NOVEMBER 4th 2021)
MYXC MEMBERS ONLY: Youth classic or adult packages
This option is available for fish scale or skin classic skis/boots/poles only. Full packages (skis, boots, poles) are available to skiers who are under:
- 5 feet tall
- Size 41 boot (men's 8, women's 9)
Deadline is Monday Nov 8th.
- We will email you by Thursday Nov 11th if we can fulfill your request.
- We will have your order ready inside the building (you will need a ticket to get in)
- All orders will include a Willow Wrap all-in-one ski and pole tie for an additional $10. This helps us organize the orders.
- We would like to limit boot try-ons/exchanges, so please be careful when filling out the form
- Please take your time with the questions on the form and contact Amy with questions.
- Please pay by check (helps us save on processing fees) or credit card
- There will be a ticket lottery (deadline to sign up for the lottery is Thu Nov 4th).
- One person PER FAMILY should fill out the lottery form
- On Nov 5th or 6th, you will be given a password to buy tickets.Tickets are $3.00 per person. Everyone needs a ticket for contact tracing.
- On Monday Nov 8th the remaining tickets will go on Sale. Check back here and on Facebook for the status of ticket sales.
- You will purchase a ticket for an exact time and we will do our best to stay on schedule (pending building capacity limits)
- Swap hours are 9am - 1:30pm
- NOTE: If you are shopping for a team (multiple kids that are not related to you), we ask that you do not enter until one hour before the end of the sale.
- At the swap, please pay by check (helps us save on processing fees) or credit card
Levels and age guidelines are as follows
For children who are new to MYSL: Assign the child to the lowest skill level that spans their age as of January 1. If a child has skied at least 10 times, consider advancing them one skill level.
**For returning skiers: Please use the recommendation you received from last year’s coaches. We will be using the first couple of meetings to assess if kids should move to a different level.
Weather and cancellation policy
We will not ski if the air temperature is below -10˚ F or the wind chill is below -30˚ F, or at the leader’s discretion. Cancellations will be posted on this Web page under “Announcements” and e-mailed to registered members of the club.
Children should be dressed in layers. A moisture wicking under layer, an insulating layer, and a wind proof layer are typically appropriate. Wool socks such as Smartwool are great for wicking moisture and keeping the kids toes warm. 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 are too warm once the child gets skiing unless they are young and in the beginner group.
Winter Gear Guidelines
Cold feet and hands are the most common issue. Use this checklist for success:
- Dry boots: Boots need to be dried out near a heat source between uses. They can’t stay in the car or garage.
- Wool socks: No poly blends, no cotton. Really. I mean it.
- Dry socks: A dry pair of socks needs to be put on right before you put on your boots. This makes a big difference.
- No updrafts: Cold hands can often mean your body is too cool. Make sure jackets are not too big and billowy. To stop drafts, stuff jackets into pants, tighten drawstrings or wear a drink belt.
- Put on a hat (and a neck gator): We all know we lose a lot of heat through our heads. But making sure your ears and neck are covered is just as important. Buffs, muffs, or neck warmers are almost essential. Having the ability to cover your face up to your eyes makes a difference. The trapped warm air from breathing really helps keep the cheeks and nose warm.
- Good gloves: Good ski gloves/mittens are an investment and can be found at ski retailers, but they are worth it. Keeping track of these should be in your job description. These should not be your child's school playground mittens.
- Hand/Foot warmers: These are oxygen activated and you can “turn them off” by putting them in an airtight container (such as a jam jar). You can get about three uses out of each pack.
- Calories: A skier that is low on calories will have a hard time staying warm. Bringing back up snacks and drinks is always a good idea.
This is an all volunteer run club. The success and affordability of this program comes directly from your contributions of time, energy, and talent.
We are thrilled to have many returning coaches this year, but would love to have you join our great team. If we have more coaches, we can also have more skiers. You may even choose to get out with a level that is different from the level your child is signed up for. It’s a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon in the winter!
If you have any skis, poles, or boots you no longer use, please consider donating them to the Lake Elmo MYSL Club. We would add them to our rental fleet or if they are not NNN bindings with fish scales we will bring them to the swap and use the funds to purchase new rental skis. We are especially in need of skis for the older kids. MYSL is a 501c3 organization, so please let us know if you would like paperwork for tax purposes.
We are partnering with Youth Advantage to provide free programming for Stillwater Area residents in our SkiSparks Lake Elmo program (we have saved spots, so please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Youth Advantage).