Nov 132013

We’ve had some great practices and seen some pretty impressive things in just three days.  We’ve been able to get almost everyone on roller skis already – twice even – and the balance and technique we’ve been seeing is going to transition very well onto the snow and skis!  A few reminders for you all – make sure you dress correctly for the weather.  You have been great about having hats/head gear, gloves, and layers, just make sure you keep that stuff available as it is going to get colder again.

  • Clothing Orders are due – Get them in on Thursday
  • Make sure all forms and fees are completed
  • Winter Trip Forms can be turned in any time
  • Register for the Wild Turkey by tomorrow to guarantee a t-shirt
Nov 102013

Don’t forget to get all your forms turned in before practice tomorrow! If you weren’t at the parent’s meeting – check in with Coach K about forms and info you need. You can see most of the stuff in the “Pre-Season Forms” tab above. Also, you can check the “Weekly Practice Schedule 13-14″ for a general idea of what is coming this week.

The post below has some background info on equipment if you don’t know where to start. The weather looks pretty decent for the week so it should be a great first day to start with tomorrow – we are looking forward to it all beginning!! See you at 2:30 by the ski room, we’ll get you lockers if you have all your forms in and get started with practice!  Middle schoolers – we’ll see you around 3:30pm and get you set up for everything too!

Also – if you haven’t yet, please go to this link: Skier Information Registration (So Coach K can get your info on file, instead of typing it by hand!).  Thank you in advance!!

Nov 062013

What a fantastic turnout at the parent meeting!  Thank you for all your great questions and for your time on a Monday night.  I know that we probably overwhelmed some of you first year ski parents – don’t worry!  It will get easier and your kids are going to have a wonderful experience this year.  Before you know it you will be an old pro at this new sport.  If you have questions, e-mail Coach K, or call, and we’ll be able to answer any questions you might have.

As far as things to do:

  • Go to this link: Skier Information Registration (So Coach K can get your info on file, instead of typing it by hand!)
  • Turn in forms/fees to the office by Monday, 11/11, so that you can practice on the first day
  • Have tennis shoes and clothes for working out outdoors for Monday
  • Get plenty of sleep, eat balanced meals and drink plenty of water!

Priority of equipment (to sum up the info from the meeting):

  • Dryland training on feet – shoes and clothing along with hat and gloves, reccommended- poles for hiking, armpit height
  • Dryland training on wheels – boots (sns binding), helmet(manditory!!), recommended – poles, optional – rollerskis, the team will provide rollerskis to borrow
  • Snow – boots (sns binding), clothing, recommended – poles, optional – skis, classic and or skate

As a reminder to what was announced at the meeting:  We do have a change in policy for ski use this year.  We still have skis available for use from the team, the skiers will be able to rent them for the season – but we will be charging a $20 fee to help offset the cost of maintenance, replacement and care of the equipment through the years.  Each year we have skis that need repair and replacement and we just don’t have a budget that allows that – the rental fee will help offset some of those costs.

If you are able to look into purchasing skis this year – the priority would be for classic skis as those are more specific to get the proper fit for.  As for poles – skate would be the smartest purchase first – they are taller poles and should be able to be used for several years.  If you  are looking for skate poles, they should be around the height of your nose or upper lip.  If you are looking for classic poles, they should be around the top of your shoulder to bottom of your chin.  The ski swaps are this Saturday and next Saturday so check into that info if you are going to try and get some equipment that way.  We will also have a team night at Pioneer Midwest on Monday the 25th after practice.  Coaches will be on hand to answer questions and we’ll have a wax demo by one of the Swix reps to refresh/teach you how to wax your skis.  Pioneer provides pizza for the team and has extra people on hand if you are still looking for equipment/clothing – it is a chance to get a look around, spend some time with the team, and learn how to wax (or just remember how to wax).  No pressure for any purchases.

It was a pleasure to see you all – we’ll work on meeting you as the season goes on.  Thank you for coming and we are excited for another great season!  See you on Monday, skiers!

Nov 042013

We’ll see you at Elk River High School at 6:00pm, Zabee Theatre, just inside the front doors. We will try to make it quick but still get you all the information you’ll need as we head into the season.

Please take a moment to fill out the linked google docs form – instead of having one of the coaches type up all the info – it will just take a few minutes for each skier. Thank you so much for your time!! We are looking forward to a great season!

If you are looking for how to register your skier for the nordic team, everything can now be done online.  Our sport is run through Elk River High School as a joint program for all schools.  Registration is available here!