2013-14 Dates and Prices
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR 2013-14 SUMMER, FALL AND WINTER SESSIONS. See "Skiwerx & Event Registration" link above.
SUMMER: June 17 - Aug 16th (no meetings week of July 4th), 8 weeks $225
FALL: Sept 5 - Oct 31st, 8 weeks $225
WINTER: Nov 11 - March 2nd, (holiday breaks TBA) 14 meeting weeks $375 (includes personalized racing hat)
Winter Skiwerx will include a Skiwerx racing license which gets you points in the Skiwerx Race Series, free racing in the MYSL Wed night Team Sprints Series and the Skiwerx Annual banquet.
10% sibling/multiple registration discount
2013-14 Skiwerx Locations
most sessions coached by Amy Cichanowski, Lucy Andrews and Marc Beitz with parent assistants
Skiwerx Elm Creek
FALL and WINTER: Tue/Thu 6pm
Brackett Park (Wirth Park once we can ski)
SUMMER: Mon/Wed 6:00pm
FALL and WINTER: Mon/Wed 4:30pm
SUMMER: Tue/Thu 8:30am
FALL Tue/Thu 4:30pm
WINTER Tue/Thu 6:00pm
Skiwerx Affiliated Programs
Loppet Fast Kids Different programs/schedules at Wirth Park and Hyland Park locations.
Sisu Y Team East metro locations.
2013-14 Upcoming Skiwerx Dates
April 13th Skiwerx Open House 2:30, FinnSisu, Lauderdale, MN
Aug 19th, 21st, 24th Fast Camp (intro to dryland training) Free for Skiwerx kids, invite your friends!
Nov 4th, 6th, 9th Fast Camp (intro to dryland training) Free for Skiwerx kids, invite your friends!
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 20th Monday All-Skiwerx Ski (MLK Day) 9:30am location TBA
Feb 17th Monday All-Skiwerx Ski (Presidents Day) 9:30am location TBA
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.
We will be holding Fast Camps (see Upcoming Events on the left side bar) that can be used as an introduction to Skiwerx style training or to extend your season.
*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 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)
*Skiwerx T-shirt or personalized hat (depending on season)
*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, including running, biking and skiing events with other Skiwerx groups and middle school programs.
*Metro Nordic Youth Super Series (Skiwerx Team scoring!)
*MYSL/Hoigaards Wed 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.
We are hiring coaches for the Skiwerx programs. Coaches must have a minimum of 1 year of college racing experience and 2 years of coaching experience, preferably with juniors or youth. Application is attached below.