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Wirth Youth Ski Club SUNDAYS
Welcome to the MYSL at THEODORE WIRTH PARK in MINNEAPOLIS
We are excited to have you join us for the 2020 ski season! The MYSL Sunday Wirth Club is an all-volunteer club that teaches cross-country skiing to children at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis. Children ages 4-15 and their parents are welcome, as are other volunteers who share in our goal of generating a love for Nordic skiing in youth and having fun in the snow. Our club welcomes families brand new to skiing as well as dedicated ski families.
The Wirth Club is scheduled to meet on nine Sundays from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., beginning Sunday, January 5th and ending Saturday, March 14 with the Midwest Junior Classics, which will have events and activities appropriate for all ages and levels. Wirth is one of the few sites in the metro that has snowmaking, so parking can be tight! Please plan on arriving early to find parking and to get your skier dressed, equipped and with their group. Your coach would like to start skiing right at 3 p.m.! (The parking lot in front of the Trailhead can fill up on nice days; if it does, you can park just north on the the Parkway in the Chalet lot or across from the Chalet in the overflow lot.)
After skiing, the kids gather for a snack. Please plan on volunteering to bring a snack once throughout the season. We assign families to snacks in alphabetical order each weekend based on the last name of the skier at the beginning of the season. Ideas for snacks are granola bars, oranges, bananas, cheese, crackers, juice. Each family should bring enough snacks so that there is one snack per child. (Note that early in the season and on pleasant days more kids will turn out.) If you are in the mood for a larger snack, we encourage everyone to buy food at the snack bar. Thank you!
We typically hold an awards ceremony on the last session of skiing. We will need volunteers for this too.
- Nation Family
- Bakke Newmans
- Olson's, Jesse and Bri, Payson, Acadia, and Clay
- Yuen Ostlund
- Gruber Home
- Pshon Family
The K Counter is a great way to track your skiers kilometers and keep them motivated to ski - instructions for filling out the K Counter are here: https://mysl.org/node/127079
We already have some skiers working hard on piling up those kilometers!
I would like to encourage skiers in levels 4-6 to attend the MYSL Team Sprints at Wirth Park on Wednesdays.
The format is flexible, but Jan 15th and Jan 22nd are classic technique focus nights.
Registration 5:30-6:25 in the Trailhead
Races at 6:30 at Trail 18
A $5 donation is requested per youth/junior racer; kids 7 and under or have a Skiwerx membership are free.
Check out the pies: https://mysl.org/events/
DRESS FOR THE WEATHER: Even though the weather will be warmer this upcoming Sunday, here are some good clothing tips for cold weather, but many of them apply to the temps we will have on Sunday. 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 gaiter): 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. I’m not sure how we used to survive without neck gaiters (buffs, muffs, neck warmers), because they seem like a necessity now.
- Good gloves: Good ski gloves/mittens are an investment and can only 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: I only use these when I have to, but I’m usually very glad I have a few in my pocket for emergencies. These are oxygen activated and you can “turn them off” by putting them in an airtight container (such as a jam jar). I 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.