Our Nordic 21-22 Season over...all things must come to an end. But season 22-23 has just begun!

Relive the season! Check out our photos! New photos from Friday's JV Champs were just added. Please add any photos you also have to the site! https://photos.app.goo.gl/ACcjHNEu7bxBName9

Here is just the banquet slideshow: https://photos.app.goo.gl/GJRpzFB7aT6SedB39

Questions: email Coach Britt @ guildbritt@minnehahaacademy.net


SUMMER PROGRAM INFO SLIDE SHOW HERE. Click on the link and see what we talked about on the 7:30pm Thursday night call!

Recording HERE.


Nordic Social

Rollerskiing on Snow?

Frisbee Golf

Hold that Tuck!

First Race for Lyla and Greta Together!

6th Grade Race! All Smiles for Ricky!

Varsity Winner Finn!

Guild Girls first Race Together

The snow is now melting away and spring is officially here. It's time to turn in any rental equipment, pack it away, and prepare it for a summer slumber!


I recognize that most upper school skiers will be gone next week during CFE, so there are several days to return equipment before and after spring break. Please sign up for a time HERE in order for coaches to plan when to be in the wax room. Equipment return happens at the wax room at North Campus just like at the beginning of the season during equipment fitting. The wax room is at door A2 on the west side of the building next to the soccer field.


At equipment return, please:

1. Bring all rented equipment (skis, boots, poles).

2. Ski bags can be stored in the wax room over the summer.

3. Bring your uniform if you have not turned in the uniform yet.

4. If you would like to pay for any outstanding expenses via check, please feel free to bring a check along with you!

5. If you would like to discuss renting rollerskis, we can do that at equipment return.

6. If you would like to purchase any sweatshirts, hats, headbands, you may do that at equipment return.

7. Check out the lost and found which will be available to explore during return. There are still many items left!


What's Next?

1. Captains Announced-Mid April

2. What to do this summer Zoom Call (Info on summer programs & Nordic captain practices via Zoom Call) April 21st @ 7:30pm

3. Learn to rollerski. Saturday, June 11th @ 10am.

4. Nordic Summer Challenge for Skiers & Family Members June-August (Explanation below)


If you would like to train at all over the summer, the April Zoom Call will talk about the below organizations that can keep you strong when there is no snow! Check them out!

Endurance United

Mpls Ski Club:

LNR:

Get stronger rowing: Rice Creek Boat Club

Minneapolis Rowing Club

Minnesota Boat Club

Strength @ Paddlescultpt

What is the Nordic Summer Challenge? The Nordic team has a summer tradition called the Summer Nordic Challenge! To encourage summer endurance training, camaraderie, and healthy competition over the summer, six teams are created between current skiers, alumni, and families. 2022/23 captains draft members to their teams in mid-May. For ten weeks, (Sunday, June 5 - Saturday, August 13) each team member will record their mileage and report their mileage on a google doc spreadsheet by Sunday of each week. It's just for fun!



We have a Payment Site to Pay for Equipment Rental/Passes/Hats/Items Purchased for the year. If you are not renting, you can go to the site to pay for passes, athletic fee, etc. Contact Britt with questions. Britt is trying to reach everyone who still has any outstanding expenses. It may take her a while, but she is working on it! Britt emailed everyone this weekend who still has outstanding balances. If you haven't heard from Britt, you are all good!

a)Payment site https://minnehaha-nordic-team.square.site/

b)Payment happens on the Annual Fees and Gear section of the site.

c) A few of you did not need to rent a ski package, but instead rented individual items such as skis, poles, etc. If that is you, look at the rental gear section of your invoice and type that amount into the donation section of the check out process. In the note section of the check out process, please indicate the donation as payment for rental.


Communication

Groupme: It is going to be so important for skiers and family members to receive text messages on groupme. If you haven't already joined, I recommend you do. Join HERE

What to wear to practice

Uniforms (jacket & pants) are used at practice and races. You do not have to wear the uniform, but it is provided as an option. It's a great way to show your MA team spirit at races! UNIFORM PROVIDED AT NO COST. Skiers will receive their uniform at a ski fitting or the first week of practice. Wear a light layer under your MA jacket and pants. Wool socks, gloves, hat, buff, face mask. Racing suits are given out to skiers who would like to wear one. (totally optional). Skiers should wear long underwear underneath the skin suit (2 layers if necessary). It's amazing how warm you get when racing. We only have enough skin suits for JV/Varsity skiers (25 skiers).

Captains are here to help you with some commonly asked questions! They will be on the trail always willing to help!

Maria, Ayden, Finn, Beckett, & Siri. (Addy: not pictured)

The Role of a Captain by Addy & Elsa: HERE

Gloves/Hats/Mittens by Maria: HERE

Uniform Info by Siri & Ayden: HERE

Other things you can wear before hitting the trail by Finn: HERE


Videos to Watch-Look @ technique & don't worry about not understanding Swedish!

Sprint

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KMMFQ3jrCA


15km classic


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXpINHv7Y7U


Women's race sweden:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFlqj46SdNY


Women's distance race Beitostolen


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRp2_lL_QGQ


ABOUT MA SKIING

Minnehaha Nordic is about good fun, good sportsmanship, and good health, about appreciating the cold parts of God’s creation, about making friends, and about learning life’s lessons, and of course, learning not just to Nordic ski, but to Nordic ski fast. It might not be in that order, but it’s all important to us.

When you join Minnehaha Nordic, you join a team that is supportive and caring and fun. Your coaches and teammates will cheer for you on the trail, their parents will cheer for you – even if its below zero! Your coaches and teammates will help you learn how to ski. If you join the team with little ski experience, you’ll leave someday with a lot! If you join the team with a lot of ski experience, we’ll help you train to ski faster.

On the MA Nordic Ski team, everyone participates. There are no benches, no sidelines. If you want to race, you’ll be in a uniform and on the starting line! If you don’t feel ready, we’ll help you get to the point where you are.

In Nordic skiing you’ll learn how to go up hills and down. If you have never gone downhill on a pair of skinny skis in a lightning fast track – you’ve never really had fun!! Of course you’ll learn how to slow down and stop too.

We have a lot of fun but our team works very hard. Our boys’ and girls’ teams are often the Conference Champions. Our boys team has enjoyed being Section Champions as well as being on the podium at State. For the past 20 years we’ve always sent someone (or two or three) to the State Meet each year. Our best skiers work hard all year long – and it shows.

PRACTICE: Practice is Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday for middle school skiers and Monday-Friday and Saturday for Varsity/JV skiers! Saturday mornings are great for a nice long ski in the woods, but will also be used for more intense work outs. Middle school and new skiers can practice as little as two days a week if you’d like – just to try it out and see how you like it. Busing is going to be difficult this 21-22 season, but we will do our best. Right now there is not a bus to north campus from south campus after school. Because there is a bus from north to south campus, we will practice at SOUTH CAMPUS the first few weeks of the season. Upper school skiers can take the bus from north campus to south campus.

Nordic is So Much Fun!

SEASON SCHEDULE

Click on the calendar and go to 'Open to a New Tab' to see our scheduled races and events for our 2021-2022 Season!

Types of Races:

Mixed Relay: Male and Female skiers do a relay together where each skier skis a 1 to 2km loop and will tag off to a teammate after the completion of their lap. Teams can be two, three, or four skiers. Relay can also be same gender.

5km Classic or Skate Race: Each skier skis a 5km individual classic or skate race. Teams win according to points from each skiers placement at the finish line. 6th graders and middle school skiers will only do a 2.5km race. JV and Varsity skiers will be the only skiers to ski a 5km.

5km Pursuit: Only Varsity and JV skiers ski a pursuit race. Skiers ski a 5km classic race the first day. However the skiers finish on the first day will determine how they are placed for the second day of a 5km skate race.

Duathalon: Skiers ski a classic loop then change skis and poles and ski a skate loop.


SKI LOCATIONS

Elm Creek Park Reserve-Three Rivers

Elm Creek Park in Maple Grove where we have most of our conference races along with Conference Championships. There is a chalet where skiers can store their things and get warm after races. The race start area is along the ski trail. Walk along the ski trail to the flat practice area. Start and Finish is at the same spot.

Theodore Wirth Park-Trailhead

The new Trailhead building provided by The Loppet Foundation provides a place for gear and staying warm after a race. We will have practices at Theodore Wirth Park and it will host our Sections Meet.

Battlecreek Regional Park & Recreation Center

This park in St. Paul will be where we have Saturday practices if there is snow. This park does not make snow. There will a be three races at Battlecreek during the season if there is snow.


Hyland Lake Park Reserve & Recreation Area

This is not Hyland Hills Ski Area! Please don't let your gps take you to the downhill chalet. Races and practice at Hyland Lake take place closer to Jan's place, so drive past the large Chalet on your right and continue to the back parking lots. The start and finish of Hyland races are in the flat practice are to the left of the parking lots.

Como Park Ski Center

This ski area is located on the Como Park Golf Course and close to the Como Zoo. We will have a few races and practices at this location in St. Paul.

CLOTHING

CLOTHING

There is definitely a bit of science behind how to dress for Nordic skiing.

During Practice

It can be 5 degrees outside and if skiing, you can heat up very fast and perspire. If the sweat you produce during this workout is trapped next to your skin, you will eventually feel chilled. Not only is this cold clammy feeling uncomfortable, it can be dangerous, especially as you start to cool down. Protect yourself by wearing lightweight layers that you can remove quickly and stow away as you warm up. Look for high-quality synthetic fabrics that are breathable.

Moisture management is the first consideration here. To keep the body warm during high-energy activities, clothing should transport moisture away from the skin to the outer surface of the fabric where it can evaporate. Tall order? Fortunately, companies are using ultra-light fabrics in their long underwear. These materials wick moisture from the skin and move it away, so start with this as an inner layer. Also, look for garments made from the new stretch fabrics for better fit and performance.

Your next layer should be a lightweight stretchy insulator, such as a breathable fleece sweater or vest. While you might not need it once you’ve warmed up, you’ll appreciate a cozy top when you slow down or on the ride home. Always bring something warm and dry to change into after practice or a race.

The final part of your cold-weather wear should be a lightweight and versatile shell jacket that will function for highly aerobic, as well as less strenuous activities, depending on what you layer under it. For aerobic activities, a shell’s ventilating features are particularly important.

In Nordic ski practice, a lightweight wicking layer and stretch fleece pant are often all you’ll need on the bottom.

Always bring a hat and gloves, regardless of the weather or your activity level. As with the rest of your clothing, synthetic materials work best for protecting you against the extremes.

Uniforms

Each skier will be issued a team warm-up jacket and pants. Varisty and JV skiers also receive a skin suit for racing. Middle school skiers can race in their jacket and pants. These uniforms belong to the team and should be carefully used and washed (in cold water, do not put in dryer), and returned clean and in good condition at the end of the season.

Races

During a race, the skier will usually wear their wicking baselayer, their team skinsuit (Varsity & JV) and hats and mittens/gloves. Boys should wear a pair of windbriefs. Their team warm-up can be worn up until they line up at the starting line.

Cold Weather Tips

• In very cold, windy or sunny conditions, skiers should wear sunglasses or goggles to protect their eyes.

• In very cold conditions, a balaclava or buff can be worn to help keep the skiers neck and face warm. (If your neck is covered, you’ll be considerably warmer!)

• In very cold conditions, commercial “boot covers” or simply an old pair of wool socks with the toe cut off, will help keep skiers feet much warmer.

• Mittens are much warmer than gloves. In a race however, they might be too warm.

Warmskin or Vaseline or Dermatone are cream type products that can help keep the skiers face protected in cold weather.

• Hand-warmers and feet-warmers are charcoal-based products you can buy to put in your mittens or boots to help stay warm. Nicer for spectators than skiers.

Please label all your skiers ski clothing.

Wearing a buff

Classic Skiing

Classic Skiing

Skate Skiing

EQUIPMENT

EQUIPMENT

What equipment do I need?

  • Skate skis

  • Classic skis

  • Skate poles

  • Classic poles

  • Combi boots (used for both skate and classic or 1 pair of boots for each style)

  • Ski bag (Find a way to label your bag so it stands out from all the others (example: a ribbon on your ski bag to easily distinguish it from all the other identical looking ski bags. )

Minnesota high school skiers race two different techniques: freestyle and classic. Each technique requires different equipment. Skate skis are shorter with a stiffer camber, classic skis are longer and the camber should compress when fully weighted. Skate poles are longer than classic poles. Skate boots are usually higher, offering more ankle support and a stiffer sole to prevent twisting, classic boots are meant to bend. Ahhh! So what do you do?

If you are new to the sport, we try to alleviate the expense by having a team quiver of skis and poles available for rent. We have a few boots, but prefer that the skier invest in a pair of “combi” boots, then come to see what skis and poles we can fit him/her with. We cannot always fit everyone, and can’t make any guarantees, but we do our best.

Rental fees:

Skis – $35, Boots – $40, Poles – $10

Classic Skiing Package: $75

Skate Skiing Package: $75

Ski bag: $30 to purchase and $12.50 to rent for the season.

If you recognize your skier is going to stick with this sport, then is a good time to start investing in quality equipment. You could plunge in and buy it all, or buy a set each year, renting until your purchases are complete (for the time being anyway).

What size skis should I get?

Skis are sized for a person’s weight and not their height. When buying skis the sales person should check if the ski’s flex is appropriate by having the skier stand on the ski. This is a big reason why skis should be purchased at a ski store specializing in Nordic skiing. Some of the ski swaps, like the MYSL Ski Swap, will also have trained people to assist with sizing skis. Minnesota Youth Ski League will have their ski swap event this year (TBD). Swaps are finished for this 21-22 year.

PLEASE LABEL EVERY PIECE OF EQUIPMENT.

Coach’s favorite places to shop for ski equipment:

Always be sure to ask for the high school team discount, as most ski shops do offer a discount for members of high school Nordic teams.

FinnSisu, 2436 Larpenteur Avenue West Lauderdale, MN 55113 www.finnsisu.com

Pioneer Midwest, 415 County Road 81, Osseo, MN 55369 www.pioneermidwest.com

GearWest, 1786 Wayzata Boulevard Long Lake, MN 55356 www.gearwest.com


TRIPS

We have been approved to attend our annual AC Trip this season!!

The AC trip is designed for anyone who just wants to enjoy the sport of skiing in the north woods. Due to Covid guidelines, space will be limited and could only be offered for upper school skiers (9th-12th grade). Coaches will supervise, coach, ski and enjoy the quiet/technology-free space along with the team. At AC you will find delightfully cozy accommodations featuring heat, electricity, incredible food, hole-in-ice sauna, clean and adventurous restrooms, and miles of ski trails from beginner to expert right out our front door. We ski each day, take time to train and work technique while experiencing each other and the outdoors. Approx. cost is $200 to cover lodging, food, passes, and transportation.

Chilly night and gorgeous sky

Chalet at night

Relaxing in the Chalet

Music in the Chalet

Plenty of snow

Rest Time

Ski buddies

Skiing across the lake

Giants Ridge (Mesabi) Invitational, Biwabik, MN-January 8 weekend

The Giant’s Ridge Invitational is the largest high school ski meet in the country. It’s exciting and exhilarating! The courses are tough and we’ll carefully chose our team of 10 skiers who are fit and ready. The entire team is encouraged to attend to support and practice.

The weekend includes 2 nights lodging, meals, transportation and trail passes. Skiers help pay for lodging which can be around $100-$150 for the two nights. Cost depends on how many skiers attend. Lodging is still being determined however due to Covid precautions.

After the Mesabi Race

Captain Soren at Mesabi Race

20-21 Team!

Middle School Retreat

I want to create an experience for our middle school skiers. I have currently scheduled the retreat to be the weekend of March 4th-6th. I hope we can make something happen for our young skiers! See the beautiful space HERE. The farm is 45 minutes away. If you are interested in having your skier come for the weekend to ski and a parent could drive, please add your skier's name HERE. Of course this is up in the air due to covid like everything is these days.






WAXING

WAXING SKIS

Wax and equipment are complicated but we try to keep it as simple as possible. First year skiers and younger skiers need a lot of help at first so parents should learn along with them. We will have a wax demonstration the first week or second of practice. Parents are invited. Skiers are required to wax their own skis and will use the wax room to do either at or after practices.

Our team owns a significant amount of wax and coaches and “the wax team” are very knowledgeable. We will definately make sure skiers are waxed properly for the “big” races.

WAXING FOR CLASSIC SKIING

Here is a demonstration in applying wax for CLASSIC SKIING:

WAXING FOR SKATE SKIING

Here is a great video to show how you apply glide wax to your SKATE SKIS and the glide zone for your classic skis.


I am Always Proud as a Coach of my Nordic Seniors!

Congratulations Last Year's 20-21 Nordic Seniors!

I want to give a shout out to Nordic Seniors who took home so many academic honors this year. The determination our seniors took on the past four years to not only be outstanding skiers but outstanding students and humans is something to recognize. I did not see any other sport represented as well as Nordic Skiing on the honors stage. This shows how the Nordic community is such a committed, well-rounded, and supportive group of people.


Scholars with Distinction & National AP Scholars: Will Carlen, Soren Davidson, Nora Thomey

Athena Award and Community Service Award: Linnea Askegaard

Senior Science and Exemplary Service Award: Nora Thomey

President's Athletics, Leadership & Scholarship Award: Charlie Olson

National Merit Scholarship Finalist: Soren Davidson

Highest Honors with 3.8 grade point average and above: Maren Johnson, Will Carlen, Soren Davidson, Nora Thomey, Charlie Olson, Linnea Askegaard

Top Honors with 3.6-3.79 grade point average: Dixon Hedges

Well Done Seniors! Congratulations!

I HAVE A QUESTION....WHAT DO I DO? Email Coach Britt @ guildbritt@minnehahaacademy.net

Skiers & Families: Please remember that if you have tested positive for Covid-19, please do not engage in activity until approved by your physician. Based on what we have heard about the viruses' impact on the heart, it is important that athletes are approved to return to exercise by their doctor.

Serving the Community-

Covid caused our team to pause our community service the past year, but we are still working on making it possible again!

Weekend Service Project with the Team-Clearning the Banadad Trail (Nov.15-17)

Eating along the trail while clearning the Banadad Trail


Skiing with Principal Weschlag back in 2019!

Ski practice was extra special as we all skied on the soccer field with Principal Wenschlag.

Want to see the fun you can have at Nordic? Check out photos from the 20-21 season to remember the excellent year!

https://photos.app.goo.gl/jbqnWNncSsY11yKv6

Do you want to relive our 2019-2020 Season as well? Click on this link to see our photos and video created by our captain, Arne Christiansen!

Photos Here:

Click here to see Arne's video revealed at the Nordic banquet. I have watched it over and over. Thank you Arne.