Junior Nordics Information
Our Junior Nordics program for January – March 2021 is being planned for, and we hope to have a normal, great year. But, as you know, there are unknowns in the months ahead. We will keep you informed!
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.
Junior Nordics 2020/2021 Information
January 6, 2021 to March 6, 2021
Registration. Registration begins September 2, 2020. 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, 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 for details. Fees are shown below:
Ski and Pole refundable deposit (per child) $150