Mar 162014

A couple things – Summer Training!!  Yes – even through there is snow on the ground, we are talking about summer training already.  Registration is open for several programs and we’ll be looking at putting something together for the team also.  With low turn out the last several years for our team training we’ll be looking at making it a bit of an event for the days that we have training practice. We’ll be setting some things up with Maple Grove for several practices this summer taking advantage of the long trails at Elm Creek for some distance days.  We’ll get you a calendar as we get closer to the summer (in May some time).

One of the better known and respected programs in the area was called Finn Sisu but has been renamed “Endurance United”.  They have flexible training programs for different days of the week and can work with you if you’ll be out of town for periods of time so you don’t lose training days with coaches.  They also have a 10% “team” discount if 5 or more people from one team register.  Currently there are 4 skiers from the team that are committed to registering for some portion of the summer programs so only one more is needed for the additional discount.  You can still register for any number of days when you register as a team, the forms will just be turned in together.  If you are interested, please contact Reece as she is organizing the group registration.  Group registration must be turned in by 4/1/14.  You can find general information on the Endurance United Website.  And you can find information on the summer training through Endurance United here.

Also – no baby news yet.  We’ll let you know!

Good luck with your spring sports as they get started!  We’ll be looking forward to seeing you competing you there in your other sports!  Listen for announcements later this spring for summer training details.  Also, if you are interested in purchasing roller skis, we may be looking at putting an order together prior to this summer.  We are looking into a few options and looking at price discounts available.  We’ll let you know when we finalize anything but keep your ears open and let Anderson know if you are interested.  The team will still have roller skis available for rental over the summer.  They are $30 for a pair for the summer and helps to cover the cost of replacement wheels as they wear down.

Congrats again on a great season – it was wonderful to see you all at the banquet and celebrate such an awesome season with you all!!  Ski a few more times if you get a chance – and if you happen to see a jump drive out on the trails as the snow is clearing – it is probably Anderson’s – she is looking everywhere for it!!  She checked the trails a couple last times this past week but didn’t see it.  She won’t be getting out to ski again this season most likely so if you see it out there – pick it up and send her a message!  It is maroon with silver-metal edging/clip around the outer side.  Thanks for keeping your eyes open!

Mar 072014
  1. The banquet is this Sunday!!  Don’t forget to bring your food that you were assigned and also – it is daylight savings time again – we lose an hour on Saturday night.  Set those clocks forward!!  We’ll see you at 4:30 in the Elk River High School commons!
  2. Make sure your uniforms and skis were turned in.  Some of you still have them out.  If you are still planning to race – that is great, then use it for another week or two.  If you are still planning to ski, wonderful, keep skiing, but then get things turned it.  You will need to get storage wax on your skis and make sure your uniform is clean when you return it.  Contact the coaches and they will set up a time for you to take care of it.
  3. WCCO’s Matt Brinkman’s “Best of MN” series is looking for the best cross-country ski trails in MN this week.  It would be really great to have Woodland Trails be voted the best!
    Email your vote to mbrickman@wcco.com or tweet him at @Matt_Brickman.
    Please forward this note to your friends and relatives who you think will vote for Woodlands as well.
    It would be really fun to see Woodland Trails on channel 4 next Thursday during the 10 pm news.  Spread the word!

  4. Thanks for a great season!  We are looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!  Good luck with your spring sports!  (Although it is still looking very much like winter out there!)
Feb 252014

We finally got word back from the district and the banquet will be on March 9th at 4:30 in the cafeteria at Elk River High School. You will be getting more information this week about it. We do the banquet pot-luck style so each group of students will be responsible for bringing a dish/drink of some sort to help feed the team.

A huge thank you to all involved for such a wonderful season! This has been a very special year and the coaching staff has enjoyed working with each of you. Just because the season is over though – that doesn’t mean that skiing is done for the year. Woodland still has tons of fantastic snow and beautiful conditions – keep skiing, there are also some other excellent trails around including Lake Maria State Park in Monticello ( 26 km of skating and classical trails) or you could check out some classic only trails at Sand Dunes State Forest in Zimmerman. There are many other trails around the state to explore and ski so take some time while we have snow and explore a new space. Also – if you see the groomers out – make sure you thank then for all their hard work and time, and to the new parent-groomers – thank you! Have fun and thank you for your time and work on the trails!

Some housekeeping things for the team –

  • Wax Room Clean-Up/Equipment and Uniform Turn-in/Awards Voting/Storage Wax Application – All of that happened last week and it went so well!! Thank you all that were there for doing such a great job! If you were unable to come – we are setting up a back up date for you to take care of your skis with storage wax and turn in the rest of your uniforms/equipment. That will be on Wednesday, March 5th – immediately after school. Head to the wax room and we’ll have a couple benches for you to put on storage wax and clean your skis and get them taken care of. Also, make sure to bring your uniform (washed!!) to return.
Feb 212014

With the weather and closed schools today – Tori’s party has been canceled for tonight and moved to NEXT FRIDAY, February 28th! Same time – 5:00pm. Same address as below. Just next week instead. Please pass the word!

Feb 192014

Tori Morgan is hosting a fun – end of season – team night at her house! Friday night! This Friday!! It starts at 5:00, bring some snacks if you like! Address is 19575 ELGIN ST NW , ELK RIVER. The whole team is welcome!!

Remember that we are meeting on Thursday for a meeting with high school students in Anderson’s room and then everyone will meet downstairs to clean the wax room, turn in uniforms, storage wax skis, turn in skis, and then vote for awards. We’ll see you all on Thursday! Many hands make light work!