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Welcome to the Northfield Youth Ski Club
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Northfield kids and volunteers will gather starting January 9, 2022 for the seventh season of a Northfield MYSL. This learn-to-ski program is run by local volunteers and supported by MYSL's fabulous curriculum and structure. Your kids will be learning under the same organization that taught Jessie Diggins to cross-country ski! Kids ages 4-12 learn the basics through group games, exploring the trails of the Carleton Arboretum, and focusing on skill building. We can offer rental equipment to youth on a a first-come, first-serve basis. It's a great way to be outside together as a family on a Sunday afternoon.
MYSL statewide has developed careful protocols for safety during the pandemic. We will follow these guidelines both for how to run small group instruction as well as when it may be necessary to cancel a session. The biggest change from previous years is that ALL activity will be outside, with no snacks at the end of club. Adult assistance of all kinds is especially important this year in order to follow safety protocols. Parents will be asked to volunteer when they register, and our capacity for skiers will be determined largely by our volunteer pool.
Schedule and location
Due to COVID restrictions, all club meeting will be outdoors. Levels will have a staggered start with the upper levels starting at 3 p.m. and younger skiers starting between 3:10 and 3:30.
See the attached map for where to meet our group.
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. Cancellations will be posted on this web page and by email if we have your address. Think about the wind when you dress. In low-snow conditions occasionally we have relocated or offered club time at the snow-making venue at Hyland regional park in Bloomington.
We will be outside every lesson! Children should be dressed in layers, paying special attention to warm and dry hands and feet. Wool socks! 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. For more practiced skiers, a winter jacket and a snowsuit are too warm once the child gets moving.
We offer rentals in limited quantities on a first-come, first serve basis. All rental packages are boots-skis-poles in order to ensure a fit. Rentals are kept by the family for the whole season and returned in March. Register early for the best chance at getting the rental sizes you need.
MYSL strongly recommends that youth begin skiing in the classic style. Note that our rental equipment is mostly for skiers ages 4-14. Large kids in the 13-14 year old range may need to seek used or rental equipment through other means. The MYSL Ski Swap in November is an excellent source for gently used equipment. All our rental gear is in the NNN binding style for boots and skis. Contact us directly well in advance of January if you have questions about gear.
If your child is ready to learn skate skiing -- that is, they are comfortable on classic skis and 9 or older -- great! However our rental equipment is classic style only. Contact email@example.com about ideas for equipping a new skate skier.
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. Coaches will assess children at the first meeting, but it is important for parents to accurately assign levels by age during the registration process.
Classic ski lessons: Level I: Ages 3-7 (parents ski along with the child), Level 2: 6-8 (parents check in occasionally), Level 3: 7-10, Level 4: 8-12
Skate ski lessons: Level 5: 9-13, Level 6: 11-14
More about skill levels here: http://mysl.org/skill-levels.
If your skier is an older beginner (age 10 and up) sign up for level 3 and we may create a group for older kids who are new to skiing.
We will be communicating with MYSL families via email. We need valid emails for all. When you register please include a contact e-mail address for the parent who will be transporting your kids. You would be contacted for the following reasons:
- To let you know if we have to cancel a meeting because of weather or snow conditions.
- To clear up any questions we may have about your registration.
- To be given periodic updates with news and information about the ski club.
MYSL statewide is on Facebook! You can “like” the MYSL page to get general announcements, photos and videos from each of the MYSL clubs. A number of fun events happen during the winter in the metro area that are open to all MYSL families.
Need to contact us? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a volunteer-run club. Parents and high school age skiers form our coaching staff. The success and affordability of this program comes directly from your contributions of time, energy, and talent. The more parents we have available, especially in the opening weeks as kids get accustomed to their equipment, the better experience everyone will have. YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A GREAT SKIER TO HELP.
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.
MYSL runs a great day of coaches' training on the first weekend in December at Elm Creek Regional Park. This is a great way to learn how to teach skiers as well as improve your own skiing.
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. Let us know if you need this coaching time documented for community service hours (such as for the National Honor Society).
Assistant and Sub Coaches:
As an assistant coach, you can support a coach by accompanying the group on the trails and helping skiers. 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, and can assist with activities.
Other great volunteer roles:
Sweepers are parents who commit to "bringing up the rear" and helping keep the group together. They make it easier for us to keep kids of different abilities together and having fun.
Each week we close with snacks at the Arboretum office. Volunteers put on the hot cocoa and provide simple snacks like granola bars or clementines.
Just kidding. But obviously, we all need to think snow for a successful year!
Email Pam Fickenscher at email@example.com with questions.