Minnesota Youth Ski League

Join us for the first annual Birkie Bash MYSL Fundraiser at the newly renovated Wirth Picnic Pavilion in Minneapolis on Sunday November 2nd. The Brikie will be announcing their new capital campaign (Honoring the Legacy, Ensuring the Future) and MYSL will be unveling new programming for young adults, rebranding of their club programs and an all new website! The evening will include a social hour, dinner from Birchwood Cafe, accordion music, silent auction and lots of great company.

John Schmitt, the "Voice of the Birkie" will MC the event! 

5:30 Check-in/Social Hour/Silent Auction begins
6:30 dinner and dessert (Birchwood Cafe)
7:45 Silent Auction ends, Speakers/Presentations (Ben Popp with the Birkie, Amy Cichanowski with MYSL)
8:15 Check-out begins 

Get your tickets ($50) here, there are only 90 spots, so act fast!

The Silent Auction items are rolling in:
Birkie Trail Grooming Adventure – Ride in the Pisten Bully with the best groomers on the planet!
VIP Parking Pass – park right at the start line of the Birkie
Birkie Entries
Hand knit Birkie mittens
Learn-to-Row class for six at the Minneapolis Rowing Club
Three Rivers and Mpls Season Ski Passes
Wilderness Inquiry Mississippi River Day Trips
Hand harvested wild rice
CXC Swag
Jessie Diggin's signed Falun race bibs
Loppet Entry Suite
Madshus and Start ski equipment
Borah Teamwear
TeaSource gift basket

and much, much more. 

All proceeds from the evening go directly to support MYSL programming. The Birkie skiers of tomorrow.

If you are interested in volunteering at the event or donating goods or services for the silent auction, please contact Amy.


The Minnesota Youth Ski League; Pointing to the Future.

This Sunday Nov 9th, FinnSisu is hosting a parent Informational clinic on Nordic equipment, clothing, waxing, Skiwerx Series, and training tips.  In partnership with MYSL, the clinic is intended to educate parents about xc ski racing for 9-13 year olds in advance of the MYSL ski swap and the kick-off of junior/youth xc ski racing programs.  Topics will include proper ski, boot and pole fitting, important clothing tips, information about program options, race information, and general tips for parents.

If you and your child are new to Nordic Ski racing this seminar will be a great way to learn the basics and get ready for the winter ski season! 

FinnSisu, Sun. Nov. 10 from 1-2pm
2436 Larpenteur Ave, Lauderdale, MN 55113

This event is very popular and busy. People line up early. Most demand is for high school racing equipment. Those shopping for youth sized equipment (170 cm skis or size 38 boots and smaller) will be advanced in the line. Find a line monitor.

EARLY ENTRANCE FOR YOUTH: 15 minutes early access to youth equipment only. Classic skis 170 and shorter, youth skate skis and boots 38 and smaller.

Location: Dunwoody College of Technology, Minneapolis
818 Dunwoody Blvd. (near the Walker Art Museum)

Friday, November 14th 5:30pm-7:00pm Check-in
Saturday, November 15th 8:00am-9:00am Check-in
Saturday, November 15th 10:00am-10:15pm Pre-Sale of YOUTH equipment
Saturday, November 15th 10:15am-12:30pm Sale
Saturday, November 15th 2:00pm-3:00pm Pick-up

The Best Swap for Good Quality, Used Kids, Junior and Adult Equipment!

The Minnesota Youth Ski League is pleased to host this big event, open to the entire public. The sale is being held as a fundraiser for MYSL and provides skiers, of all sizes and ages, the opportunity to sell outgrown and little used equipment and clothing. We request that sellers limit merchandise to items that are directly related to cross country skiing. No three-pin bindings, downhill gear or bicycles, please! 20% of the sale price, or a minimum of $1 per item, will be retained by MYSL.

The following merchandise is considered appropriate for this sale:
¥ cross-country skis, boots, bindings and poles
¥ ski related clothing
¥ roller skis and roller blades
¥ car racks
¥ waxing irons and benches and other waxing paraphernalia

Sellers: Please check-in your used equipment from 5:30-7:00 pm on Friday. If you can't make it Friday, there is a check-in period from 8-9 am on Saturday. You will receive a tag for each item. At this time you will be charged a $1 service charge per item (bring cash). We request that you price your merchandise reasonably (whole dollars only). If you are unsure of how to price a particular item, we will advise at check-in. You may pick up your money and/or any unsold equipment from 2:00 to 3:00pm on Saturday. Any money or merchandise not claimed by 3:00pm will be considered a donation to the Minnesota Youth Ski League.

If you have more than four items we ask that you preregister by downloading the spreadsheet below, filling in your info and forwarding it to Amy. You will not be charged the $1 per item fee if you pre-register. Spreadsheet deadline is Thursday midnight.

Buyers: The sale will be held from 10 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday. The sale is popular and busy, so come early for the best selection. Volunteer staff members will be available to provide assistance. Displayed prices are considered non-negotiable and all sales are final. Please come prepared with small denomination bills and several checks (no credit cards). You can expect to find some of the best bargains in town!

Dunwoody Institute 
818 Dunwoody Blvd, Minneapolis 
Coming from the West (heading South) on 94, take the Lyndale Ave Exit (231A/231B) 
Coming from the East (heading North) on 94, take the Lyndale Ave Exit (231B) 
Coming from the West on 394, take the Dunwoody Blvd Exit (8A) 

If you have questions or would like more information -- contact Amy

2014-15 Dates and Prices

We will be launching an all new website the week of October 20th, with registration starting the week after that. Calendar on the left sidebar is updated with our fall events. Click on the links for more details. Don't forget that most winter Skiwerx Clubs begin the first week of December.

New Club Drive

New clubs are always welcome, with or without the option of our Club Equipment Program.

Potential new clubs must apply through the MYSL to be eligible.

Thanks for a great season of sprints, everyone! We'll see you next year. Good luck with the rest of your 2014 season races.


Skiing with the Stars photos:


For those of us that need a goal or just want  an adventure that the whole family can share. As part of Loppet weekend, MYSL is Challenging adults and kids to complete both 10k tours. The tours follow a beautiful point-to-point course from Wirth Park to Uptown. A special MYSL mug full of hot chocolate will be waiting for you on the second day. A great way to experience the Loppet Festival as a family.

Saturday Feb 1 9am REI Classic Tour 10k
Sunday Feb 2 9am REI Freestyle Tour 10k


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