What is Skiwerx?
Skiwerx is year-round programming for active kids age 9-13 that want to learn a variety of training skills (speed, strength, endurance, flexibility) to help them become successful and healthy endurance athletes in the future.
The overall objective of the program is to assist children in the development of a love of the outdoors, a healthy lifestyle, excellent technical skills and a good level of physical fitness within a sport environment.
MYSL Clubs run Skiwerx programs that use a combination of volunteer and paid coaches and in the metro are supported by our SkiCraft Clubs (young adult social and service-oriented clubs)
MYSL organizes the Skiwerx Race Series as well as many other supporting events
MYSL organizes a MyXC Skiwerx Membership with CXC and manages the CXC Youth Cup regional race series
MYSL co-hosts the Midwest Junior Championships and Festival
2016-17 MYSL Skiwerx Club Dates & Locations
SPRING: May 2, 8, 16, 23
SUMMER: June 13 - Aug 1 (no July 4 meeting, 7 weeks)
FALL: Sep 5 - Nov 14 (no Oct 31, 10 weeks)
WINTER: Nov 28 - Mar 3 (holiday break Dec 19 - Jan 1, 12 weeks)
LATE WINTER Skiwerx graduates: For prior Skiwerx athletes coming off of their high school season. Please join us for more skiing and to help mentor the younger kids. No charge.
SPRING: (Brackett Park) Mondays 4:30-6:00pm $45 REGISTER NOW
SUMMER: (Brackett Park) Mondays 6:00-7:30pm $115
FALL: (Brackett Park) Mondays and Thursdays 4:30-6:00pm $275 or $150 for one day/week
WINTER: (Wirth Park) Mondays and Thursdays 4:30pm-6:00pm $325 ($300 early bird thru Nov 14)
NOTE: Thursdays will start when there is snow at Wirth park or after the Holiday Break (whichever is sooner). REGISTER NOW
Skiwerx TCGIS (Twin Cities German Immersion School)
WINTER: For 5-8th grade students at Twin Cities German Immersion School $210 REGISTER NOW
How do I get started?
We encourage skiers to try a few sessions to see if Skiwerx is a good fit. The Spring session is for all abilities. And the frist week of fall and winter will be an OPEN HOUSE at all locations. Please bring a helmet and running shoes. Email Amy if you are planning on attending. It is important that you contact Amy at least two week prior to express interest, as this will effect how we plan for coaching.
Please be aware of the equipoment requirements for the winter programming. MYSL provides limited rentals, but you will need to plan ahead (in November) to arrange for equipment.
Winter Skiwerx Club Membership Includes:
- MyXC Skiwerx Membership; which includes point earning priviledges in the Skiwerx Series and CXC Youth Cup
- Coaching support at the Skiwerx Series events
- Free racing in the MYSL Wednesday night Team Sprints Series
- Personalized Skiwerx race hat (for new skiers)
- Skiwerx Annual banquet
2016-17 Skiwerx Dates
Nov 12th Saturday MYSL XChange (Ski Swap and Expo) Base Camp, Ft Snelling
Nov 13th Sunday Skiwerx Rental Equipment Fitting (pay by check)
Dec 26-28th Mon-Wed Skiwerx Monster Camp and Keep Up With the Kids Kamp, Elm Creek or Wirth
Jan 4th Wednesday MYSL Team Sprints
Jan 8th Sunday PreLoppet (Skiwerx Series and CXC Youth Cup)
Jan 11th Wednesday MYSL Team Sprints Skiwerx Focus Freestyle
Jan 16th Monday MLK Day All Skiwerx Ski, Wirth 9:30am (no evening Skiwerx)
Jan 18th Wednesday MYSL Team Sprints Skiwerx focus CLASSIC technique and Skiwerx Series points
Jan 25th Wednesday MYSL Team Sprints
Jan 28th Saturday Como Championships (Skiwerx Series)
Feb 1st Wednesday MYSL Team Sprints
Feb 3rd Friday FinnSisu Sprints (Skiwerx Series and CXC Youth Cup)
Feb 8th Wednesday MYSL Team Sprints Skiwerx Focus Classic
Feb 11th Saturday Hiawatha Hustle (Skiwerx Series)
Feb 15th Wednesday MYSL Team Sprints Parent/Child Championships
Feb 18-19th Sat/Sun Mayors Challenge Wirth Park (Skiwerx Series and CXC Youth Cup)
Feb 20th Monday All-Skiwerx Ski (Presidents Day) 9:30am Wirth (no evening Skiwerx)
Mar 1st Wednesday Skiing with the Stars
March 3-5th Fri/Sat/Sun Midwest Junior Championships and Festival, Wirth Park
March 19th Sunday Skiwerx Banquet
Highlights of Skiwerx and affiliated programming
*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 (varies by club)
*Waxable classic/skate ski rental program.
*Ski culture/next steps/how to become a ski racer and/or stay active and healthy for life tutorials
*Waxing tutorials for parents
*Age 9 as of Dec 31.
*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 are available.
*Attendance at some Skiwers Series or Team Sprints events
Methods and Research
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.
See the MYSL Program Options PDF below for our version of the LTAD matrix.
|See the MYSL Program Options|