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Tamarack Youth Ski Club
Welcome to the Tamarack Youth Ski Club!!
We are looking forward to skiing with you this winter! MYSL has created a thorough COVID-19 Plan in order to keep all skiers and volunteers safe and healthy this ski season.
SkiSparks is a volunteer-led program so every family is strongly encouraged to help. Please see below for volunteer opportunities. We thank you in advance!
Schedule and location
Our club will be meeting at Tamarack Nature Center at 2:00-3:30pm on Saturdays. Our first club session will be on January 1st, 2022, which will be a fun way to kick off the new year! At the beginning of each club session, we will meet inside or near Tamarack's Garden Center.
Registation will open on October 13th, 2021.
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. Always check the website or email email@example.com with questions. Cancellations will be posted on this web page and notification sent through email.
Children should be dressed in layers. A moisture-wicking base 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 snowsuit are too warm once the child gets skiing unless they are young and in the beginner group.
We have some great equipment for skiers to use for a nominal fee of $45 for the entire season. This equipment can be taken home and used for family outings. Please remember we have a limited number of ski packages and sizes, so register early. If you paid for rental equipment on-line but were not able to be outfitted, you will be reimbursed for the fees.
The MYSL Ski Swap occurred on Nov. 14th, 2020. Another option for ski equipment is to purchase new equipment at a local Ski Shop:
- Boulder Nordic Sports (BNS) -- Wirth Park
- FinnSisu -- St. Paul
- Gear West -- Long Lake
- Hoigaards -- St. Louis Park
- Joe's Sporting Goods -- St. Paul
- Pioneer Midwest -- Osseo
- Play it Again Sports -- various locations
If renting equipment is what works best for your family, equipment may be available at other clubs. Please go to our Find a Club page and look on the right column for rental equipment availability.
Our rental skis are classic no-wax skis. We do not have skate ski equipment available on a rental basis. Children skiing in level 5 or above should have their own skate skis, boots, and poles. In addition, for children skiing at level 4 or above, waxable classic skis are highly recommended.
Please register early to ensure a spot at Tamarack! The number of skiers will be limited to 40 skiers this year. Register on the main page for MYSL by selecting "Club Membership."
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. 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 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 4-5 (parents ski or walk along with the child), Level 2: ages 6-8 (parents check in occasionally), Level 3: ages 7-10, Level 3*: beginner skiers who are 11 years old or older, Level 4: ages 8-12, Level 5: ages 9-14.
More about skill levels here: http://mysl.org/skill-levels. Questions about levels? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will be communicating with Tamarack SkiSparks families via email. We need valid emails for everyone. When you register, please include a contact e-mail address.
MYSL is on Facebook! You can “like” the MYSL page to get general announcements, photos and videos from each of the MYSL clubs.
Need to contact us? Email us at email@example.com
This club is led by volunteers! The success and affordability of this program come 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. Thank you!
Level 1 skiers will need to be accompanied by an adult. Coaching at level 1 is a great way to accompany your child. We are also in very great need of coaches for all levels 1-6. Please consider coaching as it is our number one need! You do not necessarily need to coach at your child’s level.
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. Our coach-to-kid ratio this year will be 1:4. The MYSL program makes it easy for a coach to know what to do. An eight-week curriculum has been prepared for every class level and each day's lesson is printed on a card that can be carried in your pocket. The pocket guide also provides many helpful tips and games to keep classes enjoyable and interesting. You do not have to be an elite level skier to be a coach! All you need is a desire to help kids and have fun!
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. Coaching for Tamarack SkiSparks qualifies as a service commitment for NHS. Think about how great this will look on a college application!
Assistant and Substitue 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, have an adult to bring them to the bathroom, and can assist with activities. If you are a substitute coach, you can fill in when a coach isn’t able to make it to ski club.
Ski in the back of a group and encourage the kids.
The goal of the director is to complete administrative tasks in order to create an inclusive and welcoming club.
The Outreach Coordinator will connect and facilitate partnerships between MyXC and underserved communities.
Manage and distribute rental skis.
Take pictures at club meetings with personal camera/phone and share with club members and MYSL staff.
*Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for the volunteer opportunities!