Nov 172017

Hello athletes and parents,

Practice has been going well so far, we have lots of good and motivated new skiers. Hopefully we get some snow before long!

The Wild Turkey Wattle, our biggest fundraiser is coming up. It is a 5k run/walk Thanksgiving morning at Otsego Park. The race starts at 8am and clean up will be done around 10am so you have time to get to Thanksgiving dinner with your family. If you are in town, your athletes are expected to help out. We got 400+ people last year, which is great, but we need all the kids helping with set up, clean up, registration, etc… to make it a success. If you have not yet signed up, or are a parent looking to help, let me know, or sign up at practice. Also, everyone needs to bring a treat, (cookies, muffins, bread, etc..) for the runners after. If you will be out of town, drop off your treat with a friend or at practice with the coaches so we can bring it.

Practice next week will be like a regular week even though there isn’t school. Be there dressed and ready to go at 2:45 at ER High School, Monday, Tuesday, and Wedsnsday. Thursday is the Wild Turkey Wattle, Friday will be 2:45 at Elk River High School, and Saturday, 8am at Elk River High School. If you will be out of town at all, let us know.

We are moving the Thanksgiving Trip up to Giants Ridge to the following weekend due to snow conditions. We have room for maybe 12-14 kids based on years of experience first.

This weekends practice has been posted under the practice schedule tab, but I’ve been getting questions. We will do core at 8am at ER High School, in the weight room, followed by driving to Elm Creek to do a long rollerski. Everyone who can come is welcome. If you aren’t sure if you can handle the volume of a long rollerski, talk to one of the coaches at practice. We encourage everyone to be at the core if possible.

Nov 152017

Clothing orders for team shirts, pants and 1/2 zip are due Friday, Nov.17th. Sign up is online using this link Clothing Order We have sample sizes to try on at school.

Team jacket orders through Mt. Borah are due next Wednesday, Nov. 22. We handed out forms at practice, if you didn’t get a form talk to Coach Julie. We unfortunately don’t have sample sizes, but  Mt. Borah has a great chart for sizing. Sizing Chart

Remember the Wild Turkey Wattle is coming up Thanksgiving morning. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and allows us to go on the Winter Trip to Camp Jorn. We need athlete volunteers for packet stuffing, food prep, set up, registration, clean up, etc… We also need people with vehicles to haul gear to and from the high school. We will have a sign up sheet at practice.

Lastly Elm Creek passes can be bought for $37.50 for the whole Winter season. This pass is good at all three rivers parks for skiing. They are currently making snow at Elm Creek, and it may be open sometime next week. It a great thing to have if we encounter low natural snow at Woodland Trails.

Nov 072017

First off, thanks to everyone who was at the parent meeting last night. There were lots of new faces, and we are excited to teach you to ski!

Remember parents to fill out the Athlete Contact Info. Just go under the Information and Forms tab, the link is at the top of the page.

Monday, Nov. 13th First day of practice for returning high school skiers.  Starts at 2:45. We will be getting lockers, going over some technique, taking some video and going for a short rollerski. If you checked out rollerskis for the summer, bring them with you to practice.

Tuesday, Nov 14th First day of practice for new skiers at 2:45, first day for middle schoolers (3:30). 2nd day for returning high school athletes. Get lockers, doing a get to know each other meeting, short pole hike/run, going over basic body stance for skiing, and core. Be prepared for any kind of weather, hat, gloves, etc..

Tuesday Night: Team Night at Pioneer Midwest 6-8PM First year skiers this is a great time to get your boots, which everyone needs. NNN Bindings for new skiers. Everyone is encouraged to attend, you can also get clothing, new skis, poles, ski ties, wax supplies, anything you need skiing related. We can also do a wax demo.

Wednesday, Nov 15th First day for everyone to rollerski, make sure you have your boots by this day. Also, everyone needs a helmet. We need to be safe. No helmet, no rollerskiing.

See you all soon!

Oct 272017

Hello skiers and parents,

With the first snowfall of the year today, I’m sure everyone is excited for the ski season to start! I know I am!

As many of you have probably heard, Coach Litchy will not be coaching skiing this year. Coach Varty will be taking over as the head coach. Both of the Kallemeyn’s, John and Julie will still be with us as Assistant coaches, as well as alumni Mallory Adams, who will be in her first year helping coach the team. Derek Wold, middle school teacher at Vandenberg, will also be helping us as an assistant coach in his first year too.

Here are some important things to remember as the season approaches.

The parent meeting is Monday Nov. 6th at 7PM in the Zabee Theater at Elk River HS. Athletes should to attend as well. We will talk about season expectations, meet schedule, gear, what new skiers need to start the season, etc… Pioneer Midwest and Gear West will also be there to talk about their respective shops. Both are great places to buy new skis, hats, gloves for the ski season.

Season starts Nov. 13th. Make sure you are signed up, have all your forms in, and have an up to date physical. If you do not have these, you can not practice. You can sign up online.

Ski swaps are a great place to buy new equipment for the season. Ski swaps are like a giant garage sale for skis, boots, poles, etc… You can often find great deals on skis for half the price or less of a new pair of skis. For example, you can potentially get a great high school race ski, Fishcer RCS or equivalent, for the price of a new entry level ski. Even though the ski is a couple years old, it is much lighter and has better base material, which will translate into faster skiing.  There will be people there to help fit you for the skis to make sure they fit correctly based on your height/weight. Make sure you get the NNN Binding system. Here is a link with a list of ski swaps in the area. sales.asp

See you all soon, hopefully with lots of new skiers!

Feb 022017

Having just checked woodland trails this morning, it is skiable for practice today and tomorrow! We will be skate skiing at woodlands the next two days. Bus leaves at 3:30. The wax room will be open today before we leave to ski to clean off the kick wax from yesterdays conference meet. See you all later today.