Minnesota Youth Ski League
 
 

Central MN Youth Ski Club

Club location: 
1725 Kilian Blvd. SE
56304 Saint Cloud, MN
Phone: 763-232-4921
Venue: 
Riverside Park

Welcome to the Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club at Riverside Park in St. Cloud, MN.

Geographic Coordinates: Lat: 45.545577, Lon: -94.143235 / UTM Coordinates: x:410754.882812, y:5044195.556640 

Date web page last updated: Friday, September 26, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

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Announcements:

Signup for the Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club starting October 15, 2014!

The Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club will meet Sundays from 1:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Riverside Park starting Sunday, January 11, 2015 until March 8, 2015. The Riverside Park warming shelter is located on the SE side of St. Cloud, across the river from St. Cloud State University at 1725 Kilian Blvd., Saint Cloud, MN 56304. Please register your children ages 4 to 14 online starting October 15, 2014 at http://mysl.org/registration-guide to join the Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club with more specific information on our club at http://mysl.org/club/central-mn-youth-ski-club and encourage your friend’s children to sign up as well! The Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club has youth ski rentals available to members for the upcoming ski season.

As in the past, we will be setting aside one Sunday for the Sons of Norway Barnelopet (free children’s fun Nordic ski event for ages 3 to 13) with a specific date in January or February yet to be determined. Cross country ski equipment for children at the Sons of Norwary Barnelopet will be provided by the Minnesota Youth Ski League for free during this event, if needed (limited supply, so come early). Registration forms will be available at http://mysl.org/club/central-mn-youth-ski-club in December 2014 and January 2015.

Typical ski club session:
We’re here to cross county (nordic) ski and have fun! We ski and play games on the snow. This is a very friendly, family oriented program focused on children ages 4 to 14 years old that is built around kids having fun while learning skills and techniques needed to become better cross country skiers.

We meet each scheduled Sunday at 1:45 p.m. to have the kids get their skis on and be ready at 2:00 p.m. where we divide into six groups based on age, comfort and skill level. Younger groups with coaches ski near the trail head and take advantage of small, snow-covered inclines to get used to being on skis. Older kids venture off about the park with a coach. Volunteer coaches have curriculum loaded with ideas and strategies for teaching young skiers. Half-way through each session, we meet back at the shelter for a snack, warm-up and a restroom break. Then, back on the ski trails until 4:00 p.m.

Youth are encouraged to provide their own cross country ski equipment. If you are having a hard time finding ski equipment, please contact Nicholas Snavely, Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club Coordinator, at stcloud@mysl.org to see what additional options may be available. For the third time this upcoming 2015 ski season, the Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club will have traditional classic cross country ski sets available for rent at a cost of $35 and skate ski sets available for rent at a cost of $70 for the ski season. In order to take advantage of these low rental rates, youth skiers must be members of the Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club. This is the direct result of the ski binding donations that were received a few years ago, which provided the Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club with approximately 30 set of skis. When registering youth for the Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club, there is an option to add a ski rental before you pay your membership dues. Arrangements must be made with Nicholas Snavely to ensure ski rentals are still available, as well as ensure the proper ski set size is available for the child. Visit http://mysl.org/sites/upgrade.mysl.org/files/Kids%20equipment%20sizing.pdf to determine the ski set your child needs. Additional upcoming youth and family orientated cross country ski events are listed at http://mysl.org/club/central-mn-youth-ski-club
 

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Upcoming ski swap locations, dates and times in October and November include:

Ø  Fitzharris Ski and Sport Warehouse Sale and Swap, October 3rd, 4th and 5th, 2014 @ Fitzharris downtown St. Cloud, Minnesota.

New and used equipment. Bring in your used equipment to sell. No fee to enter product. 10% fee assessed on all items sold (Payment issued in form of Fitzharris Ski shop credit only). Drop off items anytime Tuesday, September 30, 2014 through Thursday, October 2, 2014. All unsold equipment must be picked up by Tuesday, October 7, 2014, equipment not picked up will be donated to charity. Alpine and nordic skis, snowboards, boots, bindings, poles, clothing and accessories (must be in useable condition). Best prices of the season on all winter clothing, downhill, cross country and snowboard equipment. Store open: M-F 10-8, Sat. 9-5 &Sun 12-4 Phone: 320-251-2844 email: info@fitzharrismn.com

http://us6.campaign-archive1.com/?u=331700edc65e4c334fd45a0df&id=d6f7821126

Ø  Minnesota Youth Ski League Ski Swap, Sat., Nov. 15th, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 10:15 p.m. Pre-Sale of YOUTH equipment & 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sale; Location: Dunwoody College of Technology, 818 Dunwoody Blvd., Minneapolis, MN (near the Walker Art Museum).

Ø  Saint Cloud State University Halenbeck Hall Field House, 1000 4th Ave. S., St. Cloud, MN 56301 on Sunday November 16, 2014 with check in of sale items starting at noon, sale open from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and check-out of unsold items from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Ø  Vasaloppet Nordic Ski Center building and garage, Mora, MN on Sunday, November 23, 2014 with used equipment drop off from 11:00 a.m. to noon and equipment sale from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

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Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club Volunteer opportunities:

We need you! The Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club is an all-volunteer organization and we would like all parents to help in some way. We depend on parents, high school cross country (nordic) skiers and other volunteers to provide lessons to children ages 4 to 14. With your participation, we can continue to create great winter experiences for youth skiers.  One of the best things you can do is get out on skis and learn with your kids. Parents of Level 1 skiers should expect to be outside (on or off skis) and near their skiers. There will be a snack signup list provided to parents at the first couple of meetings, so you can indicate which week you plan to bring snacks for the kids. Usually, at least two families each week will be paired up to provide snacks. If you don't find a fit in the list here, please contact your club Coordinator to see how you can help.

 

Volunteer activities include:

 

Coaching

Summary Description: “I have ski experience, I'm better on skis than the kids I will coach and I'm going to be in town for most of the meetings."

Coaching is one of the most important and enjoyable ways you can volunteer. While the Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club is fortunate to have some of its coaches returning this year, we need more adult coaches to keep our coach-to-skier ratio high.  Anyone can coach – you don’t need to be an expert skier to volunteer. The Minnesota Youth Ski League (MYSL) has an excellent week-by-week curriculum, which includes many games on skis. Please contact the Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club Coordinator, Nicholas Snavely, at stcloud@mysl.org if you can make this valuable contribution.
 

Assistant Coaching

Summary Description: "I’m just right there with the kids as far as ski abilities, but I can lead activities and if no one else shows up, I can get going on the drills from the curriculum that is provided by the club."

Assistant Coaches have made a real contribution to the Club. If you are a high school cross country (nordic) skier and would be willing to serve as an Assistant Coach, we really need you!

Assistant Coaches should register online at http://mysl.org/registration-guide once they have confirmed with Nicholas Snavely, Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club Coordinator, at stcloud@mysl.org that they will be an Assistant Coach. There is no charge to register as a “Junior Coach” and a parent needs to sign the online waiver. 

Skiers and others interested in being a volunteer Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club Coach or Assistant Coach should also please fill out the Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZL6THM6

 

2014-2015 Annual Minnesota Youth Ski League Coaches Training

Each year the Minnesota Youth Ski League hosts a coaches training. The MYSL coaches training will be at Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area, Hyland Lake Park Reserve, 8800 Chalet Road, Bloomington, MN 55438 on Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sponsored by PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of America). Registration is required and will open by Oct 30, 2014. On snow technical training, youth teaching tips and inside seminar time over lunch.

The Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club Coordinator has attended the coaches training during three previous years and is willing to share this information with interested Coaches and Assistant Coaches. The training is for new and experienced leaders and coaches. Personal technique coaching and game examples, as well as classroom discussion are provided. Those interested in attending this year's coaches training should contact Nicholas Snavely at stcloud@mysl.org  

 

Coordinating

The Club also needs volunteers to coordinate snacks and drinks for youth skiers, to serve as attendants in the shelter, handing out bibs, sorting skiers into ski groups and to plan the end of season potluck and other logistics. Please contact the Coordinator if you are interested in any of the volunteer activities.

 

Encouraging

The Club encourages parents to ski with their kids - they love to see you doing the same thing and being able to show you what they can do! We encourage you to ski with your child's level and to help with games and exercises. You may even learn how to coach!

 

Leading a Special Ski Day

Help prepare a fun activity for the kids to enjoy during the class, such as a treasure hunt, face painting, a destination ski to find a special treat, ski acrobatics or anything you can think of. A fun activity is a great way to teach skiing without the kids knowing they are being taught.

 

Photographer

We'd like to capture pictures of our skiers for sharing on our Facebook website at https://www.facebook.com/CentralMinnesotaYouthSkiClub. Do you have a digital camera to take some pictures of the youth skiers? Are you tech-savvy and able to organize a slide show to show at the end of the season potluck? If you have taken pictures in the past, please email copies to stcloud@mysl.org

 

Assisting with fundraising efforts

Funds are used to cover the warming shelter rental, as well as raising funds for additional needs such as obtaining grants and donations for cross country skis, boots and poles for youth needing cross country ski equipment.

 

Registration/Data Coordinator

"I'll make sure the lists are updated, the families are registered and organize bibs so kids are in correct levels with their nametags in their bibs with the proper color coded level background insert."

 

Registration/Data Assistants

“I can coordinate hat handout at the beginning of the year and count out level pins to be distributed at the end of the ski season."

 

Riverside Shelter Monitor
“I can monitor the shelter, make and keep the fire going and direct kids and parents arriving where to go when the show up to get in their group level.”

 

Entertainer

"I'm full of fun, I'll set up a candy cane hunt, a marshmallow roast, a scavenger hunt, an obstacle course, musicians or clowns to keep things fun for the kids."

 

Entertainment Coordinator

"I'm full of fun and organized too, I'll make sure all the marshmallows are there for the roast, that the clowns don't get lost and that we have something for each week, rather than everything on one week.  I'll also plan potlucks and other events."
 

Questions? Comments? Want to volunteer in any capacity or coach? Please contact Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club Coordinator Nicholas Snavely at (763) 232-4921 or stcloud@mysl.org

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Please mark your calendar for the following Nordic Ski Club of Central Minnesota event coming up this Fall:

Nordic Ski Club of Central Minnesota Annual Membership Meeting
Date: Monday, October 6, 2014: .
Location: Lake George with a potluck beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Nordic Ski Club of Central Minnesota web page: http://www.nordicskiclubcentralmn.org/

Nordic Ski Club of Central Minnesota Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CentralMNNordicSkiClub

The member volunteers of the Nordic Ski Club of Central Minnesota have been the reason for the Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club being able to cross country ski at Riverside Park these past winters due to their excellent ability to raise funds to cover the cost of making and grooming snow at Riverside Park. Snow making and grooming equipment has been purchased by the Nordic Ski Club of Central Minnesota, which is operated by a dedicated crew of volunteers who maintain the cross country ski trails at Riverside Park and the Saint Cloud Reformatory property. This past winter, they have made and groomed snow at Riverside Park, which not only made the Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club lessons and games possible, but also provided a location for local high schools to practice and race, as well as location for the local community to cross country ski and enjoy the sledding hill. Special events held at Riverside Park this past winter were made possible due to the Nordic Ski Club of Central Minnesota’s snow making and grooming volunteer efforts include the Sons of Norway Barnelopet.

The Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club thanks the volunteer members of Nordic Ski Club of Central Minnesota for all that they do to make cross country skiing a possibility in the Saint Cloud area!

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MOONLIGHT SKI at QUARRY PARK & NATURE PRESERVE
Friday, January 9, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. 
Come for the skiing, good food and other fun.
Check the Stearns County web site for more info as we get closer to the

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Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club Media Coverage:

Dan DeBaun, Reporter, WJON news coverage of the Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club on February 23, 2014.

http://wjon.com/central-minnesota-youth-ski-club-encourages-kids-to-stay-active-in-winter-video/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kd00nOmYbDc

 

Mark Sommerhauser, Reporter, Saint Cloud Times newspaper article on the Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club on February 9, 2014.

http://www.sctimes.com/article/20140209/NEWS01/302090043/Youngsters-brave-cold-strap-skis-fun-fitness?nclick_check=1

 

WJON news coverage of the 7th Annual Sons of Norway Barnelopet on January 26, 2014.

http://wjon.com/cross-country-skiing-and-norwegian-heritage-celebrated-at-sons-of-norway-barnelopet-video/?trackback=fbshare_top

http://youtu.be/0ypscI3L2_0

 

Ann Wessel, Reporter, Saint Cloud Times newspaper article on the Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club on December 11, 2013

http://www.sctimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013312110028&nclick_check=1

 

Dave Overlund, Sports Director, Townsquare Media interview of Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club Coordinator, Nicholas Snavely, on August 6, 2013.

http://wjon.com/central-mn-nordic-ski-club-teaches-kids-the-basics-audio/

 

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Donation goal reached!

The Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club finished raising funds to place ski bindings on 150 cross country skis already purchased by the Minnesota Youth Ski League. Every $25 donated will purchase and install one pair of ski bindings on these cross country skis. For every five pair of ski bindings donated to be installed on these cross country skis, the Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club will keep one set of skis, boots, and poles locally to loan to youth that don't have their own Nordic ski equipment. Since we have reached our goal, we now have 30 sets of cross crounty skis for this purpose. The Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club cross country ski bindings fundraising letter can be found at http://mysl.org/sites/mysl.org/files/Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club Fundraiser Goal Reached 12262012_0.pdf

 

We raised $3,777 from 14 donors out of the $3,750 goal total we were striving for as of January 4, 2013.

A big THANK YOU goes to the following individuals and organizations that provided donations:

American Birkebeiner® Ski Foundation: Birkie Skier Development Committee: $1,000
( http://www.birkie.com/page/show/110413-young-skier-fund )

Minnesota Association of Professional Employees (MAPE) Local 1702: $500
(
http://www.mape.org/mymape/committee/local-1702 & http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meZjhyD13zY&feature=youtu.be )

The Harv, Julie, Luke and Elliot Busta Family: $500 ( http://bruceharvbusta.efoliomn.com/ )

Revolution Cycle and Ski: $425 ( http://revolutioncycleandski.com )

Laurie & Bill Leitch: $300 ( http://www.nordicskiclubcentralmn.org/ )

Neil Franz, Jean Didier, Julia and Madeline Franz: $250 ( http://www.nfclaw.com/neil-franz.php )

Sauk Rapids Sportsmen's Club: $200 ( http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sauk-Rapids-Sportsmens-Club/133337736697985 )

Sons of Norway Barnelopet: $200 ( http://www.sofn.com/Events/public/show/1098 )

Talleiv & Karen Vollen: $100 ( http://www.nordicskiclubcentralmn.org/ )

Brian & Karla Myres: $100

Sheet Metal Workers Federal Credit Union: $100 ( www.smwfcu.com )

Cindy Robertson: $52 ( http://www.centracare.com/med_staff/MedDetail.aspx?id=271 )

Jeff Koshiol: $25 ( http://www.nordicskiclubcentralmn.org/ )

Elene White: $25

 

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Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club fundraising goal reached:

 

The Minnesota Youth Ski League (MYSL) is a volunteer organization that offers children between the ages of 4 to 14 and their parents the opportunity to learn, develop and enjoy cross country skiing skills together. The Minnesota Youth Ski League is a collection of neighborhood clubs offering leader training, festivals and outreach programs which builds interest in cross country skiing. The Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club meets Sundays from 1:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Riverside Park in Saint Cloud, Minnesota in the months of January through early March each year. Programs emphasize fun, fitness and development of a life-long love for cross country skiing.

In order to help cover the costs of renting the Riverside Park shelter for lessons, tax deductible donations of any amount can be sent to the Central Minnesota Community Foundation at 101 7th Ave. South, St. Cloud, MN 56301 or Minnesota Youth Ski League, P.O. Box 14132, St. Paul, MN 55114-0132. Please indicate "Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club" on the memo line of your check or under the "Order Comments" field if donating online at http://mysl.org/node/215. Also, please contact Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club Coordinator Nicholas Snavely at (763) 232-4921 or stcloud@mysl.org with the amount donated, from whom it was given and to where the donation was sent to help us keep track any donations made to the Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club.

 

We raised $1,093.50 (~156%) from four donors out of the $700.39 goal needed to balance the Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club budget in 2013, plus another $100.70 so far in 2014.

 

A big THANK YOU goes to the following individuals and organizations that provided Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club donations over the past three years:

The Harv, Julie, Luke and Elliot Busta Family: $500.00 ( http://bruceharvbusta.efoliomn.com/ )
Benick's: $250.00 ( http://www.bernicks.com/ )
EDV Subway Inc., Subway Store # 5913: $187.50 ( http://www.subway.com )
Patrick Mastin: $100.00

2013 Sons of Norway Barnelopet free-will donations from attendees: $56.00 ( http://www.sofn.com/Events/public/show/1098 )
2014 Sons of Norway Barnelopet free-will donations from attendees: $100.60 (
https://www.facebook.com/events/253892758100705/ )

 

The Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club gladly accepts donations of cross country ski equipment of any size, but it must be in a useable condition. Please contact Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club Coordinator Nicholas Snavely at (763) 232-4921 or stcloud@mysl.org if you would like make a donation.

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Stearns County Cross Country Ski Trail Condition Updates

http://www.co.stearns.mn.us/Recreation/TrailsandConditions/WinterSkiTrails

State Cross Country Ski Trail Condition Updates

http://www.skinnyski.com/trails/reports.asp

Cross Country Ski Trail Locations

http://www.skinnyski.com/trails/ski/

 

Three Rivers Park District Ski Trail Condition Updates

http://threeriversparks.org/news/news/cc-ski-trail-conditions.aspx

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Cold Stress Information:

. Be aware of the signs of frostbite and hypothermia and what to do. Review the information regarding frostbite and hypothermia at:
http://www.winterweather.state.mn.us/documents/Frostbite%20and%20Hypothermia%20Awareness.pdf
Get out of the cold immediately if the signals of hypothermia or frostbite appear.

. Be aware of the wind chill. Review or print out the wind chill chart available at:

http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/conversion/windchill.html

. Avoid unnecessary exposure of any part of the body to the cold. Always wear a hat and gloves and appropriate shoes or boots with several layers of clothing. Scarves or other face coverings help as well.

. Drink plenty of warm fluids or warm water but avoid caffeine.

. Stay active to maintain body heat.

. Take frequent breaks from the cold. Utilize a nearby shelter or a warm vehicle to take breaks in when possible.

Additional winter hazard information is available at http://www.winterweather.state.mn.us/

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Weather Conditions:

Riverside Park: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Saint+Cloud&state=MN&site=MPX&lat=45.545577&lon=-94.143235

Current snow depth can be found at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/snow_depth/index.html

Saint Cloud Weather
http://www.stcloudstate.edu/weather/

Cross Country Skiing Weather
http://www.skinnyski.com/trails/weather.html
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Upcoming Local Cross Country Ski Events:

Cross country ski youth events can be found at the Central Cross Country Ski Association web page at http://www.cxcskiing.org/pages/events/youth-events.html or http://www.skinnyski.com/links/listings.asp?cat=60

 

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Nordic Sking Winter 2014 - 2015 High School Schedule:

http://www.centrallakesconference.org/g5-bin/client.cgi?cwellOnly=1&G5statusflag=view&schoolname=&school_id=12&G5button=13&G5genie=55&vw_schoolyear=1&vw_agl=6922-1-19&category_sel=&category=

 

St. Cloud Tech High School Nordic Ski Team Schedule:

http://www.centrallakesconference.org/g5-bin/client.cgi?cwellOnly=1&G5statusflag=view&schoolname=&school_id=9&G5button=13&G5genie=55&vw_schoolyear=1&vw_agl=6922-1-19&category_sel=&category=

St. Cloud Tech High School Nordic Ski Team Webpage:

http://technordicskiing.blogspot.com/

 

St. Cloud Cathedral High School Nordic Ski Team Schedule:

http://www.graniteridgeconference.org/g5-bin/client.cgi?cwellOnly=1&G5statusflag=view&schoolname=&school_id=6&G5button=13&G5genie=246&vw_schoolyear=1&vw_agl=13-1-45&category_sel=&category=

Cathedral Boys Nordic Ski Team Webpage:

http://www.cathedralcrusaders.org/boys-nordic-ski-7-12

Cathedral Girls Nordic Ski Team Webpage:

http://www.cathedralcrusaders.org/girls-nordic-ski-7-12

 

St. Cloud Apollo High School Nordic Ski Team Schedule:

http://www.centrallakesconference.org/g5-bin/client.cgi?cwellOnly=1&G5statusflag=view&schoolname=&school_id=6&G5button=13&G5genie=55&vw_schoolyear=1&vw_agl=6922-1-19&category_sel=&category=

 

Sartell High School Nordic Ski Team Schedule:

http://www.centrallakesconference.org/g5-bin/client.cgi?cwellOnly=1&G5statusflag=view&schoolname=&school_id=7&G5button=13&G5genie=55&vw_schoolyear=1&vw_agl=6922-1-19&category_sel=&category=

 

Sauk Rapids - Rice High School Nordic Ski Team Schedule:

http://www.centrallakesconference.org/g5-bin/client.cgi?cwellOnly=1&G5statusflag=view&schoolname=&school_id=8&G5button=13&G5genie=55&vw_schoolyear=1&vw_agl=6922-1-19&category_sel=&category=

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Saint Cloud Area Collegiate Nordic Skiing:

Saint Cloud State University Nordic Skiing

http://www.scsuhuskies.com/index.aspx?path=nordic

https://www.facebook.com/SCSUNordicSki

 

College of Saint Benedict/Saint Johns University (CSB/SJU) Nordic Skiing

http://www.csbsju.edu/CSBSJU-Nordic-Skiing.htm

https://www.facebook.com/CSBSJUnordicaffinity

 

Saint John's Outdoor University Cross Country Ski Trails

http://www.csbsju.edu/ OutdoorU/AbbeyArboretum/ Stewardship/SkiTrails.htm

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Nordic Ski Technique Youtube Videos:

Double Poleing Classic Technique: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUlRz0oebvI&feature=youtu.be&hd=1

Striding Classic Technique: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXk0vo2HsbA&feature=youtu.be&hd=1

Double Pole Kick Classic Technique: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slpvbWO4J5o&feature=youtu.be&hd=1

V2 Alternate Skate Technique ( aka:Two Skate in this video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmR5WXd_F8I&feature=youtu.be&hd=1

V1 Skate Technique( aka: Off-Set in this video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyuYflyZta4&feature=youtu.be&hd=1

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Minnesota Nordic Ski Coaches Association

http://www.mshsca.org/nordicski/

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MN DNR NEWS RELEASE

Get a Great Minnesota Ski Pass for access to more than 2,000 miles of cross-country ski trails

Now that winter has unofficially arrived along with lots of fresh snow, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages people to dust off their cross-country skis and purchase the Great Minnesota Ski Pass. The ski pass is a ticket to more than 2,000 miles of grant-in-aid and state-designated cross-country ski trails. Many of these trails are in state parks and state forests.

"Skiing is a great way to experience nature and the outdoors during the winter," said Andrew Korsberg, state trail coordinator for the DNR. "The money collected from the ski pass goes directly to support grooming and maintenance of ski trails statewide."

State law requires skiers 16 years of age and older to purchase and possess a daily ($6), annual ($20) or three-year ($55) ski pass before using any grant-in-aid or state-designated cross-country ski trails.

A map of locations where the Great Minnesota Ski Pass can be used and a statewide snow depth map (updated every Thursday) are available on the MN DNR website at www.mndnr.gov/skiing.

Skiers may purchase passes at any one of about 1,500 electronic licensing agents throughout Minnesota and at most state parks that have ski trails. Annual and three-year passes may also be bought online at http://licenses.dnr.state.mn. us/ or by calling 888-665-4236.

For more information, contact the DNR Information Center at info.dnr@state.mn.us or call 651-296-6157 or toll-free 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Cross Country Ski events that have already occured this past year:

2014 Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club Meetings/Lessons Schedule and Location:

The Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club 2014 season was held eight Sundays from January 12, 2014 to March 9, 2014 based out of the Riverside Park warming shelter from 1:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (except on Sunday, January 26, 2014 for the Sons of Norway Barnalopet, a youth fun cross country ski "race" at Riverside Park that we attend that weekend instead).

We met at the Riverside Park warming shelter at 1:45 p.m. to hand out bibs and head outside at 2 p.m. We met at the Riverside Park Warming shelter, 1725 Kilian Blvd. SE, Saint Cloud, MN 56304. It is located on the SE side of St. Cloud, across the river from St. Cloud State University.

 

Sunday, January 5, 2014 Cancelled due to extreme cold weather (-13 degrees F with 15 mph winds make it feel like -35 degrees F)
Sunday, January 12, 2014 (Weather: 35 degrees F with 10 mph winds making it feel like 27 degress F)
Sunday, January 19, 2014 (Weather: 31 degrees F with 8 mph winds making it feel like 24 degress F)
Sunday, January 26, 2014 (The Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club does not meet this week, but instead attends the Sons of Norway Barnelopet, a children's nordic fun ski event at Riverside Park.) (Weather: 14 degrees F with 25 mph winds making it feel like -5 degrees F)
Sunday, February 2, 2014 (Weather Forecast: 7 degrees F with 9 mph winds making it feel like -6 degrees F)
Sunday, February 9, 2014 (Weather Forecast: 5 degrees F with 14 mph winds making it feel like -11 degrees F)
Sunday, February 16, 2014 (Weather Forecast: 17 degrees F with 10 mph winds making it feel like 5 degrees F)
Sunday, February 23, 2014 (Weather Forecast: 15 degrees F with 21 mph winds making it feel like -2 degrees F)
Sunday, March 2, 2014 (Weather Forecast: 0 degrees F with 11 mph winds making it feel like -16 degrees F)
Sunday, March 9, 2014 (Weather Forecast: 41 degrees F with 13 mph winds making it feel like 34 degrees F)
Added to make up 1st week (January 5, 2014) that was cancelled.
 
Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club Meetings/Lessons:

The Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club 2014 season is now over. We had another successful year with the help of High School student assistant coaches and others! The youth skiers really look up to them! Please contact Nicholas Snavely, Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club Coordinator, at stcloud@mysl.org if you know someone that would like to be an assistant coach this next season. Adults are also welcome to volunteer in this role. Thank you for helping our youth skiers learn how to cross country ski and have fun at the same time!

2014 Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club participants separated by cross country ski levels:

57 Registered Youth Skiers
Level 1, ages 4-7: 10
Level 2, ages 6-8: 11
Level 3, ages 7-10: 16
Level 4, ages 8-12: 10
Level 5, ages 9-13: 7
Level 6, ages 11-14: 3

Level Group Name Age Range Criteria

1 First Steppers 4 - 7 Just starting to ski (classic)
2 Climbers 6 - 8 Entry level, can dress and put on skis (classic)
3 Gliders 7 - 10 Walks on skis, ready to learn the rhythm (classic)
4 Striders 8 - 12 Comfortable on skis, up and down hills, has mastered basics (classic)
5 Skaters 9 - 13 Learning to skate (skate)
6 Nordics 11 - 14 Advanced skills, longer skiing, and short races (skate)

Junior Coach Hero 12 - 18 Best scooter tag players - help teach younger skiers skills
 

Typical ski club session:

We're here to cross county (nordic) ski and have fun! We ski and play games on the snow. This is a very friendly, family oriented program focused on children ages 4 to 14 years old that is built around kids having fun while learning skills and techniques needed to become better cross country skiers. We divide into six groups based on age, comfort level, and skill level. Younger groups ski near the trail head and take advantage of small, snow-covered inclines to get used to being on skis. Older kids venture off about the park with a coach. Coaches have curriculum loaded with ideas and strategies for teaching young skiers. Half-way through the session, we meet back at the shelter for a snack, warm-up and a restroom break. Then, back on the ski trails until 4:00 p.m.

Youth are encouraged to provide their own cross country ski equipment. If you are having a hard time finding ski equipment, please contact Nicholas Snavely, Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club Coordinator, at stcloud@mysl.org to see what additional options may be available. For the third time this upcoming 2015 ski season, the Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club will have traditional classic cross country ski sets available for rent at a cost of $35 and skate ski sets available for rent at a cost of $70. This is the direct result of the ski binding donations that were received this past year, which provided the Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club currently with 30 set of skis. When registering youth for the Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club, there is an option to add a ski rental before you pay your membership dues. Arrangements must be made with Nicholas Snavely to ensure ski rentals are still available, as well as ensure the proper ski set size is available for the child. Visit http://mysl.org/sites/mysl.org/files/Kids%20equipment%20sizing.pdf to determine the ski set your child needs.

Each season the first day is a bit chaotic, but there are volunteers to help with registration instruction and getting you started. If you have a 4 to 6 year old child, one parent will be required to assist that child during their class. Older skiers also require a parent/guardian present while attending. Just to be clear, don't plan on dropping your child off and picking them up after each session, since parents/guardians are expected to participate in some fashion, such as helping in the shelter or assisting with coaching. No experience is necessary, as there are activity plan booklets for each level available for review before each session. Once again, I stress that this is a very friendly, family oriented program that is built around the kids having fun while also learning skills and techniques needed to become better cross country skiers.

Make sure your skiers are dressed appropriately for the weather conditions! Dress in layers. A dry and warm skier is a happy skier! We will not meet unless conditions permit a safe and enjoyable activity. If the coordinator feels that the ski conditions are not safe, the meeting will be canceled for that week. If the temperature is below -10 F, (or below zero with any significant wind), the event will be canceled. Cancellations will be posted on this website. Parents are encouraged to use their own discretion in all circumstances.

Water: Kids in levels 3, 4, 5 and 6 should have and carry a water bottle. Parents should carry bottles for the younger kids. Fill it with Gatorade, Powerade or Kool-Aid. These kids go pretty hard and get dehydrated quickly. They will drink sweet tasting liquid more easily in the cold. The snow may look clean, but ...

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7th Annual Sons of Norway Barnelopet

(Free Children's Nordic Fun Ski Event for Ages 3 to 13)

When: Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.

On site registration began at 11:30 a.m., but pre-registration was highly preferred.

Weather conditions were 12 degrees F with 25 mph winds.

Once again the Sons of Norway lodges from St. Cloud, Trollheim 511 ( http://www.stcloudtrollheim.org/ ); Anoka, Vennekretsen 559; and Moundsview, Fjell Syn 667 were the three lodges sponsoring this event. Cross country (nordic) ski equipment was provided by the Minnesota Youth Ski League for the event for those that needed them on a first come, first served basis. All participants received an Olympic style keepsake medal and a colorful numbered bib for this free event. We had approximately 60 kids participate in 2014 despite the windy weather, 75 kids participate in 2013 despite the cold weather and approximately 130 kids participate in 2012! This event was once again be held at Riverside Park on the date above. Riverside Park warming shelter is located at 1725 Kilian Blvd. SE, Saint Cloud, MN 56304 on the SE side of St. Cloud, across the river from Saint Cloud State University..

Hot chocolate, cookies, krumkake, vaffler (waffles) and rosettes were provided!

Kids visited with the real Vikings!

The Viking Age Club of St. Paul was once again present!

Music added to the festive atmosphere!

7th Annual Sons of Norway Barnelopet registration forms were available at

http://www.mysl.org/sites/upgrade.mysl.org/files/7th%20Annual%20Sons%20of%20Norway%20Barnelopet%20Registration%20Form%20and%202014%20Central%20MN%20Youth%20Ski%20Club%20Flyer%20336%20KB.pdf

as well as the poster at

http://www.mysl.org/sites/upgrade.mysl.org/files/2014%20Sons%20of%20Norway%20Barnelopet%2011%20x%2017%20Poster%201.7%20MB.pdf

See the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/253892758100705/ for pictures and video of the event.

Eventful event page at http://eventful.com/stcloud/events/7th-annual-sons-norway-barnelopet-free-childrens-no-/E0-001-066046642-3

WJON news coverage of the 7th Annual Sons of Norway Barnelopet on January 26, 2014.

http://wjon.com/cross-country-skiing-and-norwegian-heritage-celebrated-at-sons-of-norway-barnelopet-video/?trackback=fbshare_top

http://youtu.be/0ypscI3L2_0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meZjhyD13zY

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Snow making operations started again the night of Friday, December 6, 2013 at Riverside Park and continued through the weekend. Feel free to thank our Nordic Ski Club of Central Minnesota snow making and grooming team! 

Additional helpers were needed for each time slot because equipment needs to be moved occasionally (i.e., requires two people).

Riverside Park ski trails were first groomed Monday, November 25, 2013 and all efforts now to make more snow are to increase the snow base so it can hold up over the season.

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SKI SWAP

What: XC and Alpine Ski gear, Snowboards, and Outdoor Equipment Sale

When: Sunday, November 10, 2013, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

 

Check-in: 12:00 p.m. Check-out: 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Where: SCSU Field House next to the National Hockey Center

Why: Support Area Nordic and Alpine Ski Programs

How: $1 non-refundable handling fee for any item(s) priced from $2-10.00; $2 non-refundable handling fee for items priced $10.01-20.00; $0 handling fee but, 10% commission, will be retained on all sales over $20.

 

Specifics: If you have new or used active winter sports equipment or clothing, bring it to Halenbeck Hall on Sun. November 10th. Check-in items starting at noon and continue until all items have been inventoried. Sale will open at 1:00pm. NO EARLY ENTRY! Volunteer staff from participating teams and clubs will be on hand to assist buyers with product selection. A small non-refundable handling fee must be paid by the seller for all items under $20 at check-in. For items costing more than $20, a 10% commission will be charged when the item sells. If the items do not sell, there is no cost to the seller for bringing the items. Check-out will be from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Unsold items must be picked up on Swap day (Nov. 10) by 4:00 p.m.

Unless prior arrangements are made, any unclaimed items will become property of St. Cloud Alpine Ski Team Inc., a non-profit organization that supports HS skiing in the St. Cloud area.

 

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.

NEW for 2013. 15 minutes early access to youth equipment only. Classic skis 170 and shorter, youth skate skis and boots 38 and smaller.

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Mora Nordic Ski Swap

Sunday November 24th @ Nordic Center Garage
Pancake breakfast fundraiser for Mora HS Ski team 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Drop Off - 11:00 a.m. - Noon
Sale 1:00-3:00 p.m.
 
This will be a GREAT opportunity to help our ski team families and fast track families get a great deal of ski equipment!
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The Bernick's Family Snow Games

When: February 9th, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon

Location: Riverside Park, 1725 Kilian Blvd. SE, Saint Cloud, MN 56304 on the SE side of St. Cloud, across the river from Saint Cloud State University.

Registration was held for this first event of the series, the Family Snow Games at http://scymca.org.s106368.gridserver.com/bernicks-family-fitness-series-2/

Shirts were given out to early registrants. More information at http://www.scymca.org/pages/BernicksFamilyFitnessSeries/

The Family Snow Games is the first event of St. Cloud Area Family YMCA's 2013 Bernick's Family Fitness Series. The focus of the series is to get families to try new things and be active. The Family Snow Games main activities will be Cross Country Skiing, Sledding and Snowshoeing.

This sereis is again sponsored by Bernick's ( http://www.bernicks.com/ ) in conjuction with 104.7 KCLD ( http://www.1047kcld.com/index.php ) and the St. Cloud Times ( http://www.sctimes.com/ ).

Equipment sponsors include the Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club ( http://mysl.org/club/central-mn-youth-ski-club ), School District 742 ( stcloud.k12.mn.us/ ), Fitzharris Ski and Sport ( http://www.fitzharrismn.com/ski-sport/ ) & Revolution Cycle and Ski ( http://revolutioncycleandski.com/ ). Limited equipment will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

  • No matter what the weather, the YMCA garentees they would have snow at this event.
  • All skill levels were welcome at this event. They had instructors to teach the basics, and we will have a mini cross country ski race course for those that want to compete in a fun, family environment.
  • Lessons were provided on the top of every hour for those that want specific instruction on activities.

Series supporter: CentraCare Health Foundation ( http://www.centracare.com/ )

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SKI PATROL VOLUNTEER at:

• Quarry Park & Nature Preserve

• Warner Lake County Park

• Mississippi River County Park

• Kraemer Lake County Park

Experienced cross-country skiers Stearns County have an easy volunteer opportunity for you. Be a ski patrol volunteer at one of the beautiful county parks, help other skiers, report trail conditions and help make skiing more enjoyable for everyone. The ski patrol will operate from December 15, 2014 until February 28; 2015. Sign up for ski patrol will start in October. Orientation and sign up can be done on-line. Go to the Stearns County web site www.co.stearns.mn.us for the latest information. Choose RECREATION and SKI PATROL. Ski patrol volunteers that commit to volunteering for two different days (2 hours each day) will receive a 12 month Quarry Park & Nature Preserve sticker. Call 654-4726 or send an email to parkinfo@co.stearns.mn.us if you have a question.

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Did you know...?

The average individual burns about 300-400 calories per hour while cross-country skiing!

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