Welcome to Junior Nordics 2018-2019!
Junior Nordic Youth Ski Program. Mat-Su Junior Nordics (MSJN) provides an opportunity for children to enjoy the Alaskan winter while learning the sport of cross country skiing. Children of all abilities are welcome to join and learn a sport they can pursue for a lifetime. The emphasis is on fun, fitness, and learning proper technique. MSJN skiers receive instruction in both classical and skate techniques from enthusiastic and dedicated volunteer coaches. Skiers learn proper care and handling of equipment, trail etiquette, good sportsmanship, and how to act responsibly in the outdoors. A typical practice session will include a warm-up period, a lesson in a technique, and an appropriate length group ski on the trails, ending with a fun activity.
Groups. Skiers are divided into groups based on age and ability:
Dates & Times. Regular ski sessions begin January 7 and end March 7, 2019 with three separate programs--Monday & Wednesday evenings 5:30-6:30 pm; and Tuesday & Thursday evenings 5:30-6:30 pm; and a homeschool program on Monday & Wednesday afternoons 1:00-2:00 pm.
Government Peak Recreation Area (GPRA) & Chalet. Regular sessions and most events will be held at the Government Peak Recreation Area, at 10690 N. Mountain Trails Drive, Palmer, AK just off of Edgerton Parks Road. The GPRA trails are groomed specifically for cross-country skiing. There is a large parking lot and multiple terrain types that permit skiers of all levels and abilities to ski.
Community Races & Events. These are fun, informal events for the whole family held approximately once a month. Events may be held at GPRA or in other locations.
Equipment Rental. Ski and pole rental from the MSSC will be available at the Chalet at GPRA on Saturday, October 20th from 5pm to 5:30pm. Rental equipment from MSSC includes skis, bindings, and poles, but not boots, for the whole Junior Nordic season. Equipment availability is not guaranteed. Equipment will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Bring child when renting equipment to assure proper sizing. Rental boots will be available from Backcountry Bike & Ski at the GPRA Chalet on Saturday, October 20th from 5pm to 5:30pm. Cost is $40 (no cash) for the season.
Membership Fees & Ski Rental. Participation in Junior Nordics requires Family Membership in the Mat-Su Ski Club and an add-on fee for each child in the Junior Nordic program. Fellowships are available for families with limited financial circumstances. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Fees are shown below:
Mat-Su Ski Club Family Membership: $50
Junior Nordic Fee (per child): $40
Ski and Pole rental from MSSC (per child) $40
Ski and Pole refundable deposit (per child) $150
Boot rental from Backcountry Bike & Ski (per child) $40
Junior Nordics Pin (optional) $10
Remind text message tool
Remind is a free, safe, and simple message tool. The head
coaches will be using Remind to send out important information and
updates before a session; for example, the wax of the day.
Please consider buying a Junior Nordics Trail Pin. All proceeds will go towards trail development and maintenance.