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 MyXC philopshy of learning through games and fun.
Skiwerx is part of our research-based effort to Create Lifelong Skiers.
Skiwerx programs use a combination of volunteer and paid coaches.
The Skiwerx Race Series promotes age-appropriate racing.
The MyXC Team Sprint Series on Wednesday nights, introduces racing to kids and adults in a fun format.
The MyXC Festival and Midwest Youth Championships is our culminating season event.
NEW SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY
Learn More Here: https://www.lindseyvonnfoundation.org/scholarships
Please put MYXC Skiwerx and Share Winter in the "How Did You Learn About Us" section (the LV Foundation is going to look out for our applications).
Winter applications are Due Oct 31 and require a letter of recommendation.
2020-21 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)
FALL: Sep 3- Nov 5 (9 weeks)
LATE FALL: Elm Creek Oct 6 - Oct 29 (4 weeks), Mpls 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!
Note: We cap enrollment to keep our coaching ratio low (1:8). Please register early.
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 ($200 for one day per week or Late start). We are full for the fall session. Please join us this winter.
WINTER (Wirth Park): Mondays and Thursdays 4:30-6:00pm $400 We are full for the winter session. Please email Amy to get on the waiting list.
LATE WINTER START (Wirth Park): Mondays and Thursdays 4:30-6:00pm $200
WINTER: BEGINS DEC 15th.
Sundays and Thursday 4:00 - 5:15pm $60
New for 2020-21: Team Skiwerx Mpls (Fall and Winter)
WHO: Skiers with racing experience and priors years in Skiwerx program. Primarily for second year U14s and U16s (ages 13-15).
WHAT: Age-appropriate, advanced training and race support. Three coached sessions/week and written training plan.
WHERE: We are piloting this advanced program in Minneapolis only. Brackett Park in the fall, Wirth Park in the Winter.
WHY: As skiers prepare for their junior years of racing (in high school or club), there is a need for more regular training and additional skill development (such as using a training plan and regional racing).
WHEN: Mon/Thu Skiwerx Mpls schedule, plus as additional coached day, and a committment to complete two more sessions per week on their own or in small groups.
HOW: Skiers will need to commit to:
*at least two weekends of regional (Youth Cup) racing in the winter
*Midwest Youth Championships in March
*A consistent training schedule
*Following a customized training plan and recording their training
*Working towards acquiring classic/or combi rollerskis AND skate rollerskis, a watch or heart rate monitor and skate boots (not combis).
*Additional equipment needs for winter will be forthcoming in November (parents may need to purchase if MYSL rental sizing doesn't fit)
APPLICATION: There will be an application process and we will have a 1:8 max coach ratio. Fall and Winter registration will be separate. APPLY HERE (google form)
FEE: Fall fee with be the regular Skiwerx fee, plus $100.
QUESTIONS: Contact Amy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Changes due to Covid
MyXC will be adjusting protocols for the safety of our skiers and coaches. We will be taking attendance at all sessions. Masks are required when you arrive and until we start rollerskiing. And if you are sick, you must stay home. If we are required by the MN Dept of Health to cease programming, we will offer refunds.
MyXC believes that outdoor activities will be of the utmost importance to our physical and mental health and we will offer a stable and sustainable program for kids this winter. As always, we have a low coach to skier ratio (1:8), and even if team sports and/or high school league activities are shut down this winter, we think we will be able to continue our small group sessions.
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)
- Access to Skiwerx Race Ski Rental program
- NOTE: Because of the uncertainty of events with Covid, Entry Fees are NOT part of Skiwerx fees this year! If events do happen, entry fees will be additional. Suggested races:
- MYSL Team Sprints
- Two select local events
- MyXC Festival and Championships
2019-20 Metro Skiwerx Dates (2020-21 Pending)
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|