Skiwerx: Ski for Sport
What is Skiwerx? Programs and Events!
Skiwerx is for active kids age 9-14 that want to learn a variety of training skills (speed, strength, endurance, flexibility) to help them become successful and happy endurance athletes in the future. The overall objectives of the program are to assist children in the development of a love of the outdoors, a healthy lifestyle, excellent technical skills and a good level of physical fitness within a sport environment. Skiwerx uses the MYSL philopshy of learning through games and fun.
Skiwerx is part of our research-based effort to Create Lifelong Skiers.
MYSL Clubs run Skiwerx programs that use a combination of volunteer and paid coaches and in the metro are supported by our SkiCraft Clubs (young adult social and service-oriented clubs)
MYSL organizes the Skiwerx Race Series as well as many other supporting event
MYSL organizes the Team Sprint Series on Wednesday nights in Jan and Feb.
MYSL organizes a MyXC Skiwerx Membership
MYSL co-hosts the MyXC Festival and Championships
2020-21 DRAFT MyXC Skiwerx Club Dates & Locations
SPRING: April 27 - May 18 (4 weeks)
SUMMER: June 8 - Aug 3 (9 weeks, with Aug 10 a make-up day)
NOTE: Spring and Summer Sessions are canceled. See this page for more info.
FALL: Sep 3- Nov 5 (9 weeks)
LATE FALL: Oct 5 - Nov 5 (5 weeks)
WINTER: Nov 30 - Mar 4 (holiday break, 12 weeks)
LATE WINTER: Feb 1 - Mar 4 (5 weeks) For prior Skiwerx athletes coming off of their high school season. Ski with us for another five weeks!
Skiwerx Elm Creek
LATE FALL: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00-7:30pm $200 (limited rollerskis available for no charge)
WINTER: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00-7:30pm
$450 ($425 early bird thru Nov 14th)
LATE WINTER: $240 (includes race fees)
SPRING: (Brackett Park) Mondays 4:30-6:00pm $75 (limited rollerskis available for no charge).
SUMMER: (Brackett Park) Mondays 6:00-7:30pm $130 (limited rollerskis available for no charge).
FALL and LATE FALL: (Brackett Park) Mondays and Thursdays 4:30-6:00pm (limited rollerskis available for no charge)
$300 ($275 early bird thru Aug 26)
$200 for one day per week or Late start
WINTER (Wirth Park): Mondays and Thursdays 4:30-6:00pm
$450 ($425 early bird thru Nov 14th)
LATE WINTER: $240 (includes race fees)
WINTER: BEGINS DEC 15th.
Sundays and Thursday 4:00 - 5:15pm $60
How do I get started?
Check the schedules and email Amy with questions! Any season is a great time to start. Skiers need running shoes and helmets in the spring, summer and fall. Please try to register at least two weeks before the session starts.
Click here for our recommendations on rollerskiing for youth.
Please be aware of the equipment requirements for the winter programming. Skiers must own their equipment or MYSL provides limited rentals, but you will need to plan ahead (in November) to arrange for equipment at our rental day or shop at the MYSL Ski Swap.
Winter Skiwerx Club Membership Includes:
- MyXC Skiwerx Membership; which includes point earning priviledges in the Skiwerx Series and CXC Youth Cup
- Coaching support at the Skiwerx Series events
- Skiwerx race hat (for new skiers)
- Entry Fees for the following events (rosters are entered, so parents do not need to register)
- All Wednesday night sprints (MYSL Team Sprints)
- Two select local events
- Three Rivers Rennet on Jan 11
- Trail Kids Ski Cross on Mar 5
- March 14/15th 2020 Saturday/Sunday MyXC Festival and Championships
2019-20 Metro Skiwerx Dates
SAVE THE DATE: MyXC Festival and Championships will be March 14-15, 2020 at Wirth Park as part of the FIS World Cup Parallel 45 Festival. World Cup Sprint event is on Tuesday March 17, 2020.
Nov 16th Saturday MyXChange (Ski Swap and Expo) Base Camp, Ft Snelling
Nov 17th Sunday Skiwerx Rental Equipment Fitting (pay by check)
Dec 1st Sunday Skiwerx Rental Equipment Fitting (pay by check)
Dec 23-24th Monday/Tuesday, no Skiwerx sessions
Dec 27th Friday Skiwerx Monster Camp 9am-3pm Wirth (additional registration required, fundraiser for Alayna Sonnesyn)
Dec 30-31st Monday/Tuesday, no Skiwerx sessions
Jan 5th Sunday PreLoppet (Skiwerx Series)
Jan 8th Wednesday MYSL Team Sprints, Opening night - 6 X 1k Skate
Jan 11th Three Rivers Youth Rennet (Skiwerx Series)
Jan 15th Wednesday MYSL Team Sprints, 6 x 1k Classic
Jan 20th Monday MLK Day All Skiwerx Ski, Wirth 9:30am (no evening Skiwerx)
Jan 22nd Wednesday MYSL Team Sprints, 6 x 1k Classic (Skiwerx Series)
Jan 31st Friday, Loppet Individual Skate Sprints (Skiwerx Series)
Feb 5th Wednesday MYSL Team Sprints, 6 x 1k Skate, Skiwerx focus
Feb 12th Wednesday MYSL Team Sprints Parent/Child Championships, 6 x 1k Skate
Feb 16-17th Sunday/MONDAY Mayor's Challenge, Wirth (Skiwerx Series and Youth Cup)
Feb 17th Monday (no evening Skiwerx)
Feb 20th Thursday, no Skiwerx Sessions (Birkie Fever)
Feb 26th Wednesday Skiing with the Stars, 6 x 1k Skate
Mar 5th Thursday Trail Kids Race, Ski Cross (Skiwerx Series)
March 14-15 Sat/Sun MyXC Festival and Championships, Wirth Park
March 22nd Sunday Skiwerx Banquet
Highlights of Skiwerx and affiliated programming
*Workouts focus on fun and include a variety of speed work, agility drills, strength and flexibility, as well as endurance training.
*Rollerskis not required or the main focus.
*Each group has a dedicated and certified coach with prior coaching/collegiate racing experience. Ratio of 1:8.
*Session length is 1 hour 30 min.
*Formal and ongoing curriculum development specific to age group (for coaching and for parent/athlete education)
*Rollerski rental program and/or rotating fleet of rollerskis (varies by club)
*Waxable classic/skate ski rental program.
*Ski culture/next steps/how to become a ski racer and/or stay active and healthy for life tutorials
*Waxing tutorials for parents
*Age 9 as of Dec 31
*Younger children (that are developmentally matched) are welcome to participate, but a parent is required to attend
*For dryland training, helmets, poles and running shoes
*For on snow training, waxable classic skis, skating skis and poles and boots. Rentals are available up to a size 42 boot and skier weight of 105 pounds. If your skier is larger than this (many 7th and most 8th graders will not fit into MYSL rentals), we highly recommend attending the MYSL Ski Swap in Novemeber
*Rock skis (your old fish scale skis or get some at the MYSL Ski Swap)
*Attendance at some Skiwerx Series or Team Sprints events
Weather Cancellation Policy
In the summer and fall we rely on public facilities to hold our practices. We do not have access to indoor training spaces. Hence, we have a weather cancellation policy. In the winter, we do have access to "chalets". We will hold sessions in most weather conditions, so proper clothing is very important. We will try to make cancellation decisions 1.5 hours before a session begins.
- Thunder or lightening. Cancelled session
- 40 degrees or colder and raining. Cancelled session.
- 40 degrees or colder and misting. Shortened session.
- Air temp of -5 degrees (without windchill). Cancelled session.
- Windchill of -8 degrees. Depends on wind direction and trail availability. Session may be cancelled or shortened.
Methods and Research
We are using the Canadian Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Research as the basis for our training methods. Click Here for a plethora of information. The Skiwerx program fits into the "Learning to Train" stage, which is a critical time to learn "physical literacy" which gives children the platform they need to become successful athletes as well as the necessary skills they will need to remain active and healthy for life.
See the MYSL Program Options PDF below for our version of the LTAD matrix.
All of our coaches are former college racers, US Ski and Snowboard Certified and lots of fun!
L to R: Thomas Kendrik, Amy Cichanowski, Luke Gesior, Jen Rolfes, Sam Elfstrom and Dave Joda.
(Not pictured: Per Lundmark)
|See the MYSL Program Options|