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Skiwerx Program

2014-15 Dates and Prices
SUMMER: June 16- July 30, 7 weeks $200 or
One day per week price: $125
Brackett Park (south Mpls): Monday and Wednesday 6:00 - 7:30pm
We are revamping our online registration so please email Amy to register.

Skiwerx Affiliated Programs 
Loppet Fast Kids
 Different programs/schedules at Wirth Park and Hyland Park locations.
Sisu Y Team
 East metro locations.

2013-14 Dates and Prices Fall and Winter 2014-15 dates and locations coming soon.

WINTER: Dec 3 - March 2nd, (holiday break Dec 23 - Jan 3) 14 meeting weeks $325
One day per week price: $225
WINTER JANUARY START: Skiers can also start the week of Jan 6th at a reduced price, please contact Amy
WINTER FEBRUARY START: For experienced skiers coming off of their high school season, please contact Amy

Winter Skiwerx will include a Skiwerx racing license, point earning priviledges in the Skiwerx Race Series, coaches support at the Skiwerx Series events, free racing in the MYSL Wednesday and Monday night Team Sprints Series, a personalized race hat and the Skiwerx Annual banquet.

10% sibling/multiple registration discount

2013-14 Skiwerx Locations (click on titles for exact dates)

Skiwerx Elm Creek
WINTER: Tue/Thu 6pm

Skiwerx Minneapolis 
WINTER (meets at Wirth): Mon 4:30pm

Skiwerx French 
Currently combined with Elm Creek Skiwerx
WINTER Tue/Thu 6:00pm

Skiwerx Winona
WINTER: Tue/Thu 4:00pm

2013-14 Upcoming Skiwerx Dates
Skiwerx Monster Camp. Dec 26-28 Three day camp, focusing on racing skills (including parental support tips), Last day we race at Como Championships.
Jan 15th Wednesday MYSL Team Sprints Skiwerx focus CLASSIC technique
Jan 20th Monday All-Skiwerx Ski (MLK Day) 9:30am location TBA
Jan 22nd Wednesday MYSL Team Sprints Skiwerx Series Points
Jan 27th Monday MYSL Team Sprints Skiwerx focus, FS technique
Feb 12th Wednesday MYSL Team Sprints Parent/Child Championships
Feb 17th Monday MYSL Team Sprints Skiwerx focus, CLASSIC technique
March 1-2nd Sat/Sun Midwest Junior Championships. Wirth Park
March 23rd Sunday Skiwerx Banquet

What is Skiwerx?
Skiwerx is a year-round program for active kids age 9-13 that want to learn a variety of training skills (speed, strength, endurance, flexibility). Skiwerx programs meet two or three times weekly with dedicated and qualified coaches. We've set up cooperative sessions with some of the metro area's best known ski training clubs.

*Workouts focus on fun and include a variety of speed work, agility drills, strength and flexibility, as well as endurance training.
*Rollerskis not required or the main focus.
*Each group has a dedicated and certified coach with prior coaching/collegiate racing experience. Ratio of 1:8. 
*Session length is 1 hour 30 min.
*Formal and ongoing curriculum development specific to age group (for coaching and for parent/athlete education)
*Rollerski rental program and/or rotating fleet of rollerskis (seasonal)
*Waxable classic/skate ski rental program. WAXABLE CLASSIC AND SKATING SKIS REQUIRED.
*Ski culture/next steps/how to become a ski racer and/or stay active and healthy for life tutorials
*Waxing tutorials for parents
*Sibling discount and formal scholarship application (partial scholarships based on school lunch status).
*No online processing fee.
*All-Skiwerx events, which bring together kids from Skiwerx and Skiwrex-affiliated programs.
*Skiwerx Series winter races
*MYSL/Hoigaards Wednesday and Monday Night Team Sprint Series; youth and adult/youth categories (kids free)
*Skiwerx Banquet (March)

*Age 9 as of Dec 31 and skier must be at or above MYSL level 5
*Younger children (that are developmentally matched) are welcome to participate, but a parent is required to attend
*For dryland training, helmets, poles and running shoes
*For on snow training, waxable classic skis (no fish scales!) and skating skis. Rentals will be available.

Methods and Research
The Skiwerx program was developed after research indicated that the Midwest region is way behind in this type of programming. Most of our youth athletes choose other, more structured sports at this age and leave skiing behind. I'm excited about the new opportunities that Skiwerx will provide to our next generation of skier.

We are using the Canadian Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Research as the basis for our training methods. See http://www.canadiansportforlife.ca for a plethora of information. The Skiwerx program fits into the "Learning to Train" stage, which is a critical time to learn "physical literacy" which gives children the platform they need to become successful athletes as well as the necessary skills they will need to remain active and healthy for life.

Contact Amy