Skiers are hungry after races! Remember to sign up to bring snacks for our hard working athletes at the link below.

It's racing time! Please make sure you know where to go to watch a race by looking at the maps on our webpage (see below). Please communicate with a coach about after-race plans if your skier is not taking the bus back to school.

What about the cold you ask? Below are the standards to determine if a race should be cancelled or not. Having a race cancelled does not automatically mean that practice is also cancelled. If skiers are able to keep moving, risks for exposure are decreased and practice can and often will happen.

Blue warning:

<-4 degrees F - (Ambient Temperature)

FIS** — No competition limit. Severe frostbite and hypothermia risk. No metal jewelry. Eye protection for frostbite. Windscreen for genitalia. Cancel events which are > 1 minute in duration or produce speeds > 10 MPH or if wind is > 10 MPH.

Black warning:

  • < -20 degrees F - (Ambient Temperature)

or < -40 degrees F wind chill

Recommended lower limit for practice and training. Extreme frostbite and hypothermia risk. No exposed skin. Extra layers. Wind shell for entire body.


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.

The Upper School skiers practice 5 days a week including Saturday mornings for a nice long ski in the woods. Middle school 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. Middle school does not have practice on Wednesdays but are welcome to any practice!

2019-2020 Captains: (front row) Linnea Askegaard, Ayden Guild, Maren Johnson, Siri Davidson-(back row) Arne Christiansen, Will Carlen, Charlie Olson



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.



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.


Each skier will be issued a team warm-up jacket and pants, and a skinsuit. (Middle school boy skiers might only receive a skinsuit top to be paired up with their own black pants of their choice.) These 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.


During a race, the skier will usually wear their wicking baselayer, their team skinsuit 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.

This Equipment Checklist might be helpful.

Please label all your skiers ski clothing.

Wearing a buff

Classic Skiing

Classic Skiing

Skate Skiing



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-ex. 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. ski fitting. 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 – $40, Boots – $25, Poles – $15.

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 is having their Ski Swap on Saturday, November 16 at BaseCamp near Fort Snelling.


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

Pioneer Midwest, 415 County Road 81, Osseo, MN 55369

GearWest, 1786 Wayzata Boulevard Long Lake, MN 55356

Boulder Nordic Midwest, 1221 Theodore Wirth Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55422 (At the Trailhead)

Equipment Checklist


The AC trip is designed for anyone who just wants to enjoy the sport of skiing in the north woods. 7th-12th grade skiers are invited. Family members are invited to come as well to ski or just enjoy the quiet/technology-free space. 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.

We will leave NC parking lot at 7:00am on the morning of December 27th.

We will return in the evening of December 30th about 6:00pm.

The cost for this years trip will be $200. Payable to: Minnehaha Academy.

What to bring:

AC Packing list

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

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 cost for this years trip will be $100.

We will be staying at the Lodge at Giants Ridge.We will leave NC parking lot at 7:00am on Friday morning, January 3rd, and return late afternoon on Sunday, January 5th.

This includes 2 nights lodging, meals, transportation and trail passes.

Parent drivers will be needed. If you are available, please let Britt know.

To keep the cost of our trip down, we will ask you to send/bring a small part of our grocery list.

We will also rent a parent villa. Contact TJ who is making the arrangements if you would like to come @ . Ten adults will keep the cost down.

What to Bring:

Mesabi Trip Packing List



Captain Trace in Mesabi

Mesabi Pic in the Parents' Rental



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.


Here is a demonstration in applying wax for CLASSIC 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.

Serving the Community

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

Eating along the trail while clearning the Banadad Trail

First Saturday Practice

Skiing with Principal Weschlag!

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