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Otter Tail County SkiSparks Club
This club is all about helping kids learn to love the life-long sport of Nordic skiing. The club is open to 1st - 6th grade children.
Wondering about what skills are covered for each age group and how to best support your young skier? Check out the MYSL welcome presentations to learn more.
Visit our Facebook page for photos and other timely updates!
Last practice and equipment return
We will be holding our annual games and s'mores day on Sunday, March 6. All rented equipment will also be turned in that day. Please bring a pair of regular boots or shoes for your child to wear home.
Schedule and Location
For 2022, we will meet the following Sundays from 2:00-3:30pm @ Spidahl's Ski Gaard:
January: 9, 16, 23, 30
February: 6, 13, 20, 27
March: 6 (Season extended due to weather)
Registration is now open; log into the MYSL website (or create a new account first), then visit the Registration page to get started. The registration fee is $40; payable online during the registration process. Please see below for equipment rental fees.
As COVID-19 is an ever-changing situation, we will follow all recommendations from public health officials as they pertain to outdoor events. Watch this space for future updates.
Equipment and Trail Passes
Equipment will be issued at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (102 W. Junius; across from the Otter Tail County Courthouse) on Monday, November 8 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Equipment cost is $40 per skier ($100 family maximum). Cash or checks payable to "OTYSL" (Ottertail Youth Ski League).
There is no extra charge for MYSL participants to ski at Spidahl Ski Gaard during the MYSL season; however, non-MYSL family members are required to pay trail and equipment fees. Families are encouraged to purchase a family trail pass for the season. Contact Spidahl Ski Gaard for more information (218-736-5097).
Family Equipment Rental
2021-22 equipment rental policy to be announced. Please check back soon.
Weather and cancellation policy
We will not ski if the air temperature is below 4˚ F, or the wind chill is below -15˚ F, or at the leader's discretion. Cancellations will be posted on this Web page under "Weather Announcements" and a Remind (@otynski) text will be sent to parents/families. Cancellations will not be rescheduled.
Children should dress 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 snow suit are too warm once the child gets skiing.
This club is run by volunteers. Though we do not expect all parents to also serve as volunteers, the success and affordability of this program comes directly from your contributions of time, energy, and talent. We do have a number of ways to get involved with the program; please contact us if you would like to discuss ways you can contribute.
To register as a volunteer, log into your MYSL account and visit the Get Involved page.
Following are some suggested areas of volunteer service:
We really need your help! If you plan to volunteer as a coach, please contact us. You do not need to be an expert skier to coach. We offer coaching positions for beginner, intermediate, and advanced (skate ski) students. Instructional information for coaches to use for each session will be provided. Given enough interest, training opportunities for coaches can also be arranged.
Assistant coaches act as tagalongs for all levels. Basic duties include assisting students with putting on/taking off skis, helping with drills and other activities, and keeping students focused.
Bib coordinators are responsible for making color coordinated level cards with skier's name and inserting them in bib pockets and collecting bibs at session's end.
Ski Equipment Coordinator
The ski equipment coordinator assists our head coordinator with distributing equipment -- keeping track of who has what, collecting rental fees, and collecting equipment at the end of the season