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Northfield Youth Ski Club
Welcome to the Northfield Youth Ski Club!
Northfield kids and volunteers will gather starting January 5, 2020 for the fifth season of a Northfield MYSL chapter. 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 ski! Kids ages 4-12 learn the basics of cross country skiing through group games, exploring the trails of the Carleton Arboretum, and focusing on skill building. We can offer rental equipment to youth wanting to try skiing for the first time. It's a great way to be outside together on a Sunday afternoon.
Northfield SkiSparks is at capacity. To get on the waiting list, please fill out this form. At this point, priority will be given to families who are able to help coach.
The closest SkiSparks club to Northfield is at Clearly Lake Regional Park in Prior Lake. It is approximately 30 minutes from Northfield. We encourage you to register for this club and we will contact you if space becomes available in the Northfield club and you can transfer your membership.
Schedule and location
Our last week of club meeting will be Sunday, February 25, unless weather makes extending into March a helpful proposition.
See the attached map for where to meet our group. The first several weeks we will start in the Carleton Arb office, just off Highway 19. The Carleton Arboretum office serves as our indoor teaching site when necessary, and as our after-ski snack location.
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.
UPDATE as of November 10: OUR RENTAL GEAR IS NOW SOLD OUT. A few larger sizes may still be available for heights of 4'11 and taller. Contact email@example.com if you have questions.
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.
November 13 Update: We have a limited supply of rentals remaining. If you are in need of rental equipment please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will check to see if we have the correct size of equipment for your child.
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. You would be contacted for the following reasons:
- In the event we cancel because of weather or because the Recreation Center is closed.
- To let you know if we have to shift the time we are meeting because of weather.
- 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.