The rumor is true – we are racing at home! Maple Grove is coming up and we’ll have a dual with them on Tuesday. There will be a 5 km option and a 3 km option. Veterans and varsity will be skiing the 5 km course. First year skiers and middle school skiers will have the option of skiing either the 3 km course or the 5 km course. They will make the choice after skiing on Monday and let the coaches know.
Tuesday’s Race Schedule:
- 3:40 Boys 5 km Start – 2 skiers per school every 20 seconds
- 3:55 Girls 5 km Start – 2 skiers per school every 20 seconds
- 4:10 Boys 3 km Start – 2 skiers per school every 20 seconds
- 4:20 Girls 3 km Start – 2 skiers per school every 20 seconds
Tuesday’s Race Courses:
Monday’s practice will be at the middle school time for everyone – the wax room will be open both before practice and after practice so you can wax your skis before the race. You’ll have plenty of time to ski the course a time or two and to do some starts. It will be a great pre-race practice – but dress warm as it is going to be cold. Layers and face masks, hats, dry gloves – you know the drill. The race on Tuesday is also going to be chilly – you’ll want layers under your race suit to keep you warm as you race. First year skiers – talk with a veteran skier or coach about what is good to wear under your race suit for layers. We’ll help you get prepared for your first race, it is exciting!
The schools will be released a little early so that they can get changed and we can get to the course with enough time to warm-up and be ready. Make sure you have warm-ups and warm clothes for after the race – the high on Tuesday is only around 8 degrees.
- 1:35 – Rogers High and Zimmerman
- 1:50 – Salk and Vandenberge (Salk will be picked up by a bus)
- 2:00 – Elk River
Two more things – One: we usually have meet treats for after the race for the kids – are any parents interested in signing up to bring anything for this Tuesday or next Tuesday? You can send then with your kids or bring them for after the meet. In the past – a couple families try to help out with each meet to spread things out some – we have about 75 kids on the team this year. Granola bars, fruit, cookies, meat, cheese, the kids appreciate anything that is brought. We also have the big orange water coolers now so if anyone is able to bring one or two of those – even just for water to fill up water bottles after the race or for hot water for hot cocoa if you were thinking of that. Talk with other families and let Coach K know if you are able to sign up for either this week or next week (or a race in January).
And Lastly – for your calendars: We have one more exciting race we’ve added to our schedule – It is the Jamboree format and will be on December 23rd – all day. This will be a varsity only race with 4 skiers skiing a skiathlon pursuit race, 4 skiers sprinting, and 2 – 4 person relay teams (each team is 2 classic, 2 skate). The skiers doing sprints and the relay can overlap but the pursuit skiers can only do the pursuit. We’ll get you more details as we get closer. The race will be down at Theodore Wirth Park – the site of our Conference Championships and our Section Championships! This will be for our top 8-12 boys and 8-12 girls, we’ll set up the teams as we get more time on snow. If you know that you have family commitments already set up for that time, let a coach know so we can start working through potential team set-ups. Thank You!
It has been a pretty great end to the week with the fresh snow and groomed trails at Woodlands. Just a few things to update you on to keep you in the know. With the snow and other reasons – our race next Tuesday will NOT be held at Elm Creek. Instead – we will be able to ski at our HOME course of Woodland Trails! We’ll be finalizing the course this weekend and we’ll post it and be able to have you ski it on Monday. The race schedule will be set tomorrow so your parents will also know when you are racing and will be able to arrange schedules if they are able to watch you. The first race will be starting at 3:40pm and we’ll go from there. It will be a 5 km skate race with first year skiers and middle school skiers having the option of a shorter race of around 2.5 or 3 km. We’ll get more details out to you tomorrow!
We have core tomorrow morning at 7:00am! The wax room will be open until 10:00am afterward if anyone needs to wax skis. It is going to be cold so if you plan to get out and ski – make sure you are dressed in layers and stay warm. We were stranded for a bit by a late bus on Thursday and you remember how chilly that got – keep moving and enjoy being on the snow!
We were able to ski today!! On real snow! We’ll be out there again tomorrow! About time, isn’t it? We were able to get skis handed out and get the team on skis. The trails will be groomed for tomorrow and it should be some good skiing.
We will have our race next Tuesday! We will be skiing this week and next! It will be cold out – make sure you dress in layers and bring a hat.
Also, don’t forget to bring your registration form for the winter trip. If you can’t find your winter trip form, there is an extra copy on the “Pre-Season Forms” page.
Well, the weather people keep changing their mind about what is coming. Their most recent prediction looks like a mess and annoyance for parents and commuters…but it looks like a fantastic and wonderful thing for us!! We’ll have to wait and see what happens but the rumors look like we’ll have 5-9 inches by tomorrow night. We’ll have to wait and see what happens by practice time but for now, be ready for anything tomorrow – as we’ve been telling you the last couple days. We won’t know how much is going to fall but that way we can handle anything at practice.
We will still be handing out ski rentals and uniforms tomorrow as well as regular practice. See you then! Also, don’t forget your winter trip registration forms.