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Battle Creek Saturday SkiSparks Club
This club is full. Please register for a different club or add your name to the waitlist.
Final call: Cancelled for Saturday March 5th. The forecast is calling for rain.
Important Notes 30th Dec 2021:
I will make a preliminary weather call on Wednesdays before we meet and post it right here. Look for language such as (likely/unlikely).
I will make a final weather or conditions call on Friday at noon and post it here and send an email to all of the families.
If you think you should have equipment right now but don't, please reach out to me.
Welcome to the Battle Creek Saturday Youth Ski Club
We are in great need of coaches! We are a completely volunteer run club. Without enough coaches, we will need to combine groups or reduce the club size. Please consider volunteering to be a coach, assistant, or substitute.
Volunteer information can be found at the following link or reach out directly to the club leader
With your help, the 2022 season will be a great year for the kids at Battle Creek!
Schedule and location
We plan to have our first meeting on Saturday, January 8th, 2022 from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM at Battle Creek Recreation Center in St. Paul. Our last week of club meeting will be Saturday, February 26th, with a make-up day for Saturday March 5th if the snow holds.
Please Note: This is a 1 week shift from the Sunday Battle Creek club, due to the New Year's Day Holiday.
Battle Creek Recreation Center Address: 75 South Winthrop Street
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. Because the little kids ski out in the open, wind is a big factor at Battle Creek. Always check the website or email email@example.com with questions. Cancellations will be posted on this Web page.
Dress warmly, but dress to move! It's best to dress in layers and avoid cotton or cotton-blends. Suggested layers*:
- Base layer (underwear layer) wicks sweat off your skin: polypropylene or lightweight wool long underwear tops and bottoms
- Middle layer (insulating layer) retains body heat to protect you from the cold: a second long-underwear top, a long-sleeve (non-cotton) t-shirt or a lightweight fleece
- Outer layer (shell layer) shields you from wind and snow: heavy fleece or jacket on top and fleece pants/leggings or pants designed for xc skiing on bottom
*Please use your discretion and take into account your child’s activity level and the outside temperature/wind chill. Often winter jackets and snow pants or a snowsuits are too warm once children get moving. However, kids in levels 1 and 2 and older beginners don't move as much and generally wear winter coats and snow pants/snowsuits.
Other tips for staying warm:
- Wool socks: Invest in a pair of wool (or non-cotton wool-alternative) socks that come up to mid-calf.
- Cover the head, ears and neck: We lose a lot of heat through our heads, so cover up with hats (that cover the ears), neck warmers, balaclavas or headbands.
- Dry boots: Cold, wet boots are no fun to put on. Bring ski boots in from the car and let them dry out between uses. Before driving to SkiSparks, have your kids put their boots on at home where it's warm.
- Mitten/gloves: Mittens will keep fingers warmer than gloves. Most kids where their waterproof snow gloves, but more advanced skiers may be more comfortable wearing breathable gloves designed for cross-country skiing.
- Hand/Foot warmers: For when it is really cold, hand and foot warmers are helpful. These are oxygen activated and you can “turn them off” by putting them in an airtight container (such as a glass jar) to get multiple uses.
- Calories: A skier who is low on calories will have a hard time staying warm. Bring extra snacks and drinks.
*Our equipment rental stock is fully committed at this time*
Children grow quickly and so we are happy we can offer quality rental equipment for a low fee ($45/classic, $90/skate) for the entire season. The club typically distributes equipment in early December and collects it once the snow melts in the spring. That means that your children can take their equipment home and ski whenever they want.
You can can rent equipment at the same time you register for SkiSparks. Supplies, especially larger sizes, are limited, but we try our best to secure rental equipment for all skiers who request it. If you pay for rental equipment when you register and we ultimately cannot outfit your child(ren), we will reimburse you for the fees.
If you plan to purchase skis this season, we encourage you to do so early (October is not too early) because there was a ski shortage last year. You can also purchase used equipment at MYSL's annual ski swap + expo on November 13, 2021 in Bloomington.
Please register early to insure a spot at Battle Creek. Last season Battle Creek filled up before the beginning of the ski season. Register on the main page for MYSL by clicking "Register Today."
We will be communicating with Battle Creek 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.
- To let you know if we have to shift the time we are meeting because of weather or event at Battle Creek.
- To clear up any questions we may have about your registration.
- To be given periodic updates with news and information about the Battle Creek ski club.
MYSL is on Facebook! You can “like” the MYSL page to get general announcements, photos and videos from each of the MYSL club.
Need to contact us? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a volunteer run club. The success and affordability of this program comes 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.
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. 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. Contact us at email@example.com to sign up.
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 Battle Creek MYSL qualifies as a service commitment for NHS. Think about how great this will look on a college application! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
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, have an adult to bring them to the bathroom, and can assist with activities.
If you are a sub coach, you can fill in when a coach isn’t able to make it to ski club.
Contact us at email@example.com to sign up.
If you have ideas about how to help kids learn to ski, now is your chance to make it happen.
Please email Gus Morison, firstname.lastname@example.org