Minnesota Youth Ski League

Central MN Youth Ski Club

Club location: 
1725 Kilian Blvd. SE
56304 Saint Cloud, MN
Phone: 763-232-4921
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: Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 3:40 p.m.

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Nordic Ski Club of Central Minnesota March 2014 Newsletter



More information available at the Nordic Ski Club of Central Minnesota web page:


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 this past winter due to their excellent ability to raise funds to cover the cost of making snow at Riverside Park, which requires renting a generator and purchasing diesel fuel to run the generator. Likewise, the Nordic Ski Club of Central Minnesota has an agreement with the City of Saint Cloud to provide the water used to make snow. 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 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 and the Plaza Park Bank Family Snow Games.

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! Consider becoming a member of Nordic Ski Club of Central Minnesota. Visit http://www.nordicskiclubcentralmn.org/

Check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CentralMNNordicSkiClub


Media Coverage:

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




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



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




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



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




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



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. 


Volunteer opportunities:

We need you! The Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club is an all volunteer organization. We depend on parents and other volunteers to coach, encourage and help organize our children, and we expect at least one adult volunteer from each family registered. With your participation, we can create a great winter experience for our kids. Volunteer activities include:

  • Coaching: – Coaching is one of the most important and enjoyable ways you can volunteer. While the 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.  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: - In addition, Assistant Coaches have made a real contribution to the Club. If you are a high school skier and would be willing to serve as a Assistnat Coach, we really need you!

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

    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. 

  • The coaches training was held at Tollhaugen in Dresser, WI on Satuday, December 7, 2013 and Sunday, December 8, 2013. Both days ran from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.. Hosted by the Professional Ski Instructors of America, there was a one day option on Saturday or a two-day option which includes PSIA Membership and Certification.

    Full agenda is attached.

  • 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.
  • 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 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. 

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


Stearns County Cross Country Ski Trail Condition Updates


State Cross Country Ski Trail Condition Updates 


Cross Country Ski Trail Locations



Three Rivers Park District Ski Trail Condition Updates



Cold Stress Information:

.  Be aware of the signs of frostbite and hypothermia and what to do.  Review the information regarding frostbite and hypothermia at: 
  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:  


.  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/



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

Cross Country Skiing Weather 


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



Nordic Sking Winter 2013 - 2014 High School Schedule:



St. Cloud Tech High School Nordic Ski Team Schedule:


St. Cloud Tech High School Nordic Ski Team Webpage:



St. Cloud Cathedral High School Nordic Ski Team Schedule:


Cathedral Boys Nordic Ski Team Webpage:


Cathedral Girls Nordic Ski Team Webpage:



St. Cloud Apollo High School Nordic Ski Team Schedule:



Sartell High School Nordic Ski Team Schedule:



Sauk Rapids - Rice High School Nordic Ski Team Schedule:



Saint Cloud Area Collegiate Nordic Skiing:

Saint Cloud State University Nordic Skiing




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




Saint John's Outdoor University Cross Country Ski Trails



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


Minnesota Nordic Ski Coaches Association



MN DNR NEWS – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                     Dec. 16, 2013

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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