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Ski Rental and Pick-Up is October 19th, at the GPRA Chalet 10-11am.

Registration for all Junior Nordics Sessions is now closed for the 2020 season.

Come back next year to join us!

Please read the updated msjnparenthandbook20192020
and please sign up for text or email Reminders (see bottom of this page for full explanation).

Junior Nordic T-Shirts for Kids and Adults

 T-Shirts for Adults, Women, and Youths with the Junior Nordic Logo are sold out, if you purchased some, you can pick them up at the Junior Nordics Orientation on the first day for your session in early January.

Welcome to Junior Nordics 2020!

2020-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.

Who Can Participate:  Youth ages 4 to 16.  Parents must participate with children ages 4 and 5.

Groups.  Skiers are divided into groups based on age and ability: 

  • Grizzlies - Advanced (subgroups by color)
  • Wolves - Intermediate (subgroups by color)
  • Otters - Beginners (subgroups by color)
  • Polar Cubs - Youngest (ages 4 and 5), requires parent to attend sessions with child.
Registration.  Registration for the Junior Nordics 2019-2020 season begins September 2, 2019. Participation is capped at 350 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Dates & Times.  Regular ski sessions begin January 6 and end March 6, 2020 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. The evening sessions are limited to 150 participants, and the afternoon session is limited to 50 participants.

Orientation.  Orientation is held at GPRA Chalet during the first session of the season.  Attendance of parent and child is required as we will be going over important safety, procedures, and expectations for parents and children.  

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 19th from 10am to 11am. 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 19th from 10am to 11:00am. Cost is $50 (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 info@matsuski.org for details.  Fees are shown below:

Mat-Su Ski Club Family Membership: $50

Junior Nordic Fee (per child): $50

Ski and Pole rental from MSSC (per child) $50, $75 after October 19th.

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.

For Mon/Wed evening group:
To receive text Reminds: text @mwjnparnt to 81010
To receive email Reminds: send an email to mwjnparnt@mail.remind.com

For Tue/Thu evening group:
To receive text Reminds: text @ttjnparnt to 81010
To receive email Reminds: send an email to ttjnparnt@mail.remind.com

For Mon/Wed daytime group:
To receive text Reminds: text @mdyjnprnt to 81010
To receive email Reminds: send an email to mdyjnprnt@mail.remind.com

Please consider buying a Junior Nordics Trail Pin. All proceeds will go towards trail development and maintenance.

Mat-Su Ski Club is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

P.O. Box 364, Palmer, AK 99645

(907) 745-7547     info@matsuski.org