Minnesota Youth Ski League
Central MN Youth Ski Club
St Cloud, MN
Welcome to the Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club at Riverside Park in St. Cloud, MN.
Date web page last updated: March 21, 2013 at 11:30 p.m.
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Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club registration for 2014 will begin in the late fall of 2013 at http://mysl.org/registration-guide.
Youth Cross Country Ski Sizing Chart can be found here: http://mysl.org/sites/mysl.org/files/Kids equipment sizing_0.pdf
Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club Meetings/Lessons:
The Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club 2013 season went from Sunday, January 6, 2013 to March 3, 2013, where 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 had another successful year with the help of Saint Cloud Tech High School student assistant coaches, which is great! We will be looking for more help again for the 2014 season, so feel free to 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. We thank them for helping our youth skiers learn how to cross country ski and have fun at the same time!
1 First Steppers 4 - 7 Just starting to ski (classic)
Schedule & Location:
During the winter of 2013, Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club members will met on Sundays, from January 6th, 2013 to March 3rd, 2013, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 pm., except on Sunday, January 20, 2013 (Sons of Norway Barnalopet) where we attended this event instead.
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Sunday, January 20, 2013 (The Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club does not meet this week, but instead attended the Sons of Norway Barnelopet.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Sunday, March 3, 2013
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.
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 13 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 $30. 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.....
Donation goal reached!
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
Minnesota Association of Professional Employees (MAPE) Local 1702: $500
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 15 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 have now raised $1,093.50 (~156%) from four donors out of the $700.39 goal needed to balance the Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club budget.
A big THANK YOU goes to the following individuals and organizations that provided Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club donations over the past two years:
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 email@example.com 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/
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:
Questions? Comments? Want to volunteer or coach? Please contact Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club Coordinator Nicholas Snavely at (763) 232-4921 or firstname.lastname@example.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
. Be aware of the signs of frostbite and hypothermia and what to do. Review the information regarding frostbite and hypothermia 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.
Current snow depth can be found at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/snow_depth/index.html
Saint Cloud Weather
Concussion Training for Coaches and Leaders:
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 2012 - 2013 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:
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
Cross Country Ski Events that have already occured this year:
6th Annual Sons of Norway Barnelopet
(Free Children's Nordic Fun Ski Event for Ages 3 to 13)
On site registration began at 11:30 a.m., but pre-registration was highly preferred.
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. All participants received an Olympic style keepsake medal for this free event. We had approximately 75 kids participate in 2013 despite the cold weather and approximately 130 kids participate in 2012! This event was once again 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, valffler (waffles) and rosettes were provided!
Kids visited with the real Vikings!
6th Annual Sons of Norway Barnelopet registration form can be downloaded from http://www.mysl.org/sites/mysl.org/files/6th Annual Sons of Norway Barnelopet Registration Form and 2013 Central MN Youth Ski Club Flyer_0.pdf
Early reservations were strongly encouraged!
6th Annual Sons of Norway Barnelopet poster can be downloaded from http://www.mysl.org/sites/mysl.org/files/6th Annual Sons of Norway Barnelopet 11 x 17 Color Poster.pdf
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.
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.
Series supporter: CentraCare Health Foundation ( http://www.centracare.com/ )
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