Nordic Season HAS come to an end, but summer is another time to continue the hard work you have already put in!! See the summer nordic programs that are out there below. Please reach out with questions!

Check out photos from the 20-21 season to remember your excellent year!

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

Here is the presentation given about summer nordic programs:

Click HERE:

To listen to the presentation about summer programs click HERE.

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Running Shops that help fit your feet for good shoes!

Mill City Running (Mpls Location)

Saint City Running (St. Paul Location)

Website for both locations: https://www.millcityrunning.com/

Important Information

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. If a skier would like to wear something else, that's fine. Wear a light layer under your MA jacket and pants. Wool socks, gloves, hat, buff, face mask. Racing suits were 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.

Payment Site is Up & Running to Pay for Equipment Rental/Passes/Hats/Extra Buffs!

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.


Ski Videos to help with technique HERE

Check out the 20-21 Kick Off Zoom Call Presentation HERE

Questions/Answers from Kick Off Zoom Call HERE.

Pods for Practice HERE (Coach Guild has made some changes recently)

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.

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: Skiers are broken up into pods of 25 skiers (Klaebo, Kikki, and Jessie). See the list HERE (posting Tuesday after Kick Off). Practice is Monday-Thursday and Saturday for Klaebo and Kikki pods. Saturday mornings are great for a nice long ski in the woods, but will also be used for more intense work outs. Middle school new skiers (Jessie) can practice as little as two days a week if you’d like – just to try it out and see how you like it. The Jessie pod practices Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Practice will begin at 4pm knowing that skiers have to travel on their own to get to practice. Transportation to practice and races now falls on families. Know there is grace and flexitility in getting your skier to these events.

2020-2021 Girl Captains: Linnea Askegaard, Ayden Guild, Maren Johnson, Siri Davidson

2020-2021 Boy Captains: Soren Davidson, Will Carlen, Charlie Olson, Dixon Hedges

SEASON SCHEDULE

Click on the calendar and go to 'Open to a New Tab' to see our scheduled races and events for our 2020-2021 Season!

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, 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.

Races

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.

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-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. 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

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 on Saturday, November 14th.

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

Covid has prevented us from having this trip for the 20-21 season. But start thinking about next year!

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.

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-Cancelled due to Covid for this 20-21 season.

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.

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

After the Mesabi Race

Captain Soren at Mesabi Race

Mesabi Pic in the Parents' Rental

Captain Linnea in the Classic Race at Mesabi

Coach TJ waxing skis

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.


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 of 2019-20 Season


Skiing with Principal Weschlag!

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

Do you want to relive our 2019-2020 Season? 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.