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: Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 1:20 p.m.
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2014 Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club Meetings/Lessons Schedule and Location:
The Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club 2014 season will be 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 meet at the Riverside Park warming shelter at 1:45 p.m. to hand out bibs and head outside at 2 p.m.We meet 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 upcoming Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club 2014 season is coming up fast. We hope to have 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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
Current 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 email@example.com to see what additional options may be available. For the second time this upcoming 2014 ski season, the Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club will have cross country ski sets available for rent at a cost of $35. 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.
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.....
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 651-296-6157 or toll-free 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like make a donation.
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
Kids can log their kilometers online at http://www.mysl.org/node/2444/km! Click the clubs link from the menu and find your club location. Then look for the K Counter tab and follow the instructions. Kids earn pins for kilometers skied.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
The Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club Coordinator attended the past three years and is willing to share this information with interested Coaches and Assistant Coaches. The training was for new and experienced leaders and coaches. Personal technique coaching and game examples, as well as classroom discussion were provided. Those interested in attending this year's coaches training should contact Nicholas Snavely at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
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 the nearby Riverside Park shelter or a warm vehicle to take breaks in when possible.
Additional winter hazard information is available at http://www.winterweather.state.mn.us/
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
Concussion Training for Coaches and Leaders:
Minnesota recently passed a "Concussion Law" a few years back which requires all public and private athletic associations to implement concussion training and education to improve athlete safety and establish safe return-to-play policies for athletes who sustain a concussion.
The law mandates that ALL coaches, sports directors and officials receive concussion training and education immediately, and then at three-year intervals thereafter. Per the law, coaches must remove an athlete from activity if they exhibit signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion and/or are suspected of sustaining a concussion. The law also requires a doctor's signature to return to play if an athlete is removed due to a concussion or is showing signs or symptoms of a concussion.
The concussion education for coaches, directors and officials is an online video training session developed by the CDC. Follow the link below to the coach training module. Parents and athletes do not have to complete the training.
If you are an MYSL coach or leader, you are required to complete the CDC's training module by the start of your first session or January 1, 2013. The training process involves watching a few short videos and then completing a brief, interactive quiz at the end of each segment. The entire training module will take about 45 minutes to complete. After completing the test, participants are offered the opportunity to print out a Certificate of Completion. Users should use a screen capture to save the certificate on their desktop or print and scan the certificate to create a digital file. Certificates of Completion must be emailed to ConcussionCert@mysl.org.
Parents, athletes, coaches and officials should print more information about the nature and risks of concussions from the CDC at www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/Youth.html and click on the appropriate link for fact sheets for parents, athletes and coaches.
COACHES and LEADERS:
1. Follow the link above and complete the online training.
2. Screen capture or print and scan your Certificate of Completion
3. Email your Certificate of Completion to ConcussionCert@mysl.org
4. Repeat the online testing every 3 years.
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
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
Saint John's Outdoor University Cross Country Ski Trails
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, 2013 until
February 28; 2014. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
if you have a question.
Cross Country Ski events that have already occured this past year:
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
as well as the poster at
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.
Annual Moonlight Ski at Quarry Park on January 3, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. provided fun for the whole family.
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.
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.
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!
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/ )
Did you know...?
The average individual burns about 300-400 calories per hour while cross-country skiing!