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Lake Elmo Youth Ski Club
Parent email sent 1/26/19:
Hello MYSL families!
I've been watching the weather and the temps don't appear to be dropping below our threshold, so we are willing to meet up with those who would like to experience another kind of winter (or any time of the year) fun.
The plan for tomorrow will be to meet at Lake Elmo at 2:00 to go orienteering. There are 3 permanent courses at Lake Elmo. The distances are 1.55, 2.76, and 4.0 km. I learned how to lead the beginner course yesterday and it was a blast. You will be able to choose which course you'd like to go on when we meet at Lake Elmo. Here's an overview of information:
- There are maps at the visitor center that can be purchased for $4.00. Our club already has 6, which should be sufficient, but if you wanted a map of your own this is an option.
- A compass is not necessary for the beginner route. However, if you own a compass this would be a great time to bring it out.
- We think this is a great opportunity for the whole family to be active. We would love to have parent participation. It's a great way to get to know the other families in our club. If you have experience with orienteering, please let me know. We'd love to have you share your knowledge!
- Dress warm! I was dressed in my snow pants, warm mittens, neck gator, hat, wool socks, and snowboots yesterday and felt very comfortable even though the air temperature was -6. You can add the hand or foot warmers if you'd like.
-If there is a person (or two) who would like to volunteer to prepare our snack while we are out, it would be very helpful.
If you have any questions, please let me know. I am enjoying watching these tiny flakes of snow fall this morning. C'mon snow!!!
Parent email sent 1/17/19:
Parent email sent 1/11/19:
Update as of 12/2/18:
Our Lake Elmo Adult "Learn to Ski" class through Endurance United is full. Endurance United does offer other classes at different times during the week. See their website for more details.
Update as of 11/8/18:
Lake Elmo SkiSparks is full. Thank you to our dedicated coaches, and some new coaches who said YES to volunteering, we were able to expand our club by 20 more skiers. We are now at our permitting capacity. 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 throughout the spring, summer and fall to open new clubs close to our most popular locations so every child has the opportunity 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.
Welcome to the Lake Elmo MYSL Club 2018-2019!
We are looking forward to another wonderful winter of skiing! Please read through the information below to get a better understanding of our club.
Registration will open around October 9th. We will post a link to the registration page once registration is open. Ski rental registration will also open at that time.
**Note: MyXChange Ski Swap and Expo will be held Saturday, November 17, 2018, Basecamp at Fort Snelling.
New this year! We will offer adult lessons in cooperation with Endurance United! Sessions are designed for new skiers. Join the experienced EU staff for five sessions to quickly improve your skiing. At the end of the 5 sessions, we invite you to ski along with your kids in their group and support the lead coaches. Each session will have a coach dedicated to skate skiing and classic skiing. These sessions take place at the same place and time the kids are skiing (what could be more convenient than that?). Register through Endurance United.
Location, Dates, and Time
Lake Elmo MYSL will meet 8 Sundays from 2:00-3:30pm from Sunday, December 30, 2018 through Sunday, February 17, 2019.
We will meet at the Chalet in Lake Elmo Park Reserve, which is the first right turn into a parking lot about 1/2 mile after you pass the park entrance building. You will need to purchase a vehicle permit ($7 Daily/$30 Annual/$20 for a second vehicle annual) before entering the park.
Plan to arrive a bit earlier to help your child/ren get their equipment on.
**If you are renting skis, we will be be fitting kids for the right size at the Lake Elmo Chalet on November 11th. The exact time is yet to be determined but likely around 3:00.
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: If you are questioning your child’s ski level, please contact us at email@example.com for a recommendation based on last year’s sessions. It is common for kids to repeat skill levels, so returning families need to choose a skill based on last season’s performance, but still staying within the age ranges. Coaches will re-assess at the first club session as well.
Classic ski lessons expectations:
Level I: Ages 4-7 (parents ski along with the child)
Level 2: Ages 6-8 (parents check in occasionally)
Levels 3-6: Do not require parent check-ins, but children are expected to respect and follow their coaches instructions while on the trail. Safety is a top priority while out in winter conditions.
Level 3: Ages 7-10
Level 4: Ages 8-12
Skate ski lessons : Skate skiers must purchase their own used or new equipment, our club does not have skate ski rental equipment
Level 5: Ages 9-13
Level 6: Ages 11-14
More about skill levels here: http://mysl.org/skill-levels. Questions about levels? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
This is an all 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.
We are currently seeking to fill 3-4 Coach and Assistant Coach positions. If you have any classic or skate ski experience, you can be a coach! We can offer coach training and will support you through your first year of coaching. Please email us if you have an interest in coaching and we can discuss the options with you to find the best fit/level for you to coach or assistant coach this year.
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.
Volunteer Leaders: Heather Carlson & Ami Schakel email@example.com
Important upcoming dates for the 2018-2019 Season
-Ski rental fitting Sunday, November 11, 2018, Lake Elmo Chalet
-MyXChange (Ski Swap + Expo): Saturday, November 17, 2018, Basecamp at Fort Snelling
-MYSL Coaches Training (Elm Creek Park): December
-Nordic Opener: Saturday, December 8, Elm Creek
-Club meetings begin: Sunday, December 30, Lake Elmo
-Birkie Weekend: February 21-23
-Midwest Junior Champs and Festival: March 2-3, Theodore Wirth Park