skip navigation

Cross Country Skiing

Thanks for an enjoyable season!

Thank you for helping to make this an enjoyable season despite the lack of snow at Lebanon Hills. Those of you who were able to make it to Hyland were able to get in some good skiing.

We will be in touch with details regarding returning of rental equipment.

Final Cross-Country Ski Session in Sunday at Hyland 11:45

Our last scheduled cross-country ski session of the year will be at Hyland this Sunday, February 19 at 11:45. Despite the warm temperatures the man-made snow at Hyland should hold at least through Sunday. 

For those who rented ski equipment through EVAA, we will be in touch regarding a time for you to return equipment.

We hope to see you Sunday and that you are able to come out and enjoy some warm-weather skiing!

Feb 10 - At Hyland again

As I'm sure you could guess, with no new snow this week we need to move to Hyland at the earlier time. Sorry we don't have other options but it is better than cancelling. Hope to see you there with your skier ready to ski at 11:45.

Feb 3 - Location and time change

Trail conditions have become worse at Lebanon Hills so we will need to move to Hyland  (10145 Bush Lake Rd, Bloomington, MN 55438) and change our meeting time. Same drill as in the past....meet at Jan's place and be ready to ski at 11:45. If you haven't been there before check the map below to get the lay of the land.

Jan 29 schedule

We will be meeting at Lebanon Hills this week at our regular time of 12:45. Please be aware that the trail conditions at Lebanon Hills are poor and untracked, but to minimize travel and the need for a morning start we have made the decision to stay at our home venue.  We will make the best of it and hope to see you there! 

Jan 22 moved to Hyland at 11:45

Due to un-skiable conditions at Lebanon Hills, the Sunday, January 22 session will have a location and time change.  We will move to the Hyland Park Reserve in Bloomington (10145 Bush Lake Rd, Bloomington, MN 55438) where thy have snowmaking and will meet from 11:45 to 1:00. We apologize for having to meet at the earlier time but it is the only availability for group skiing tomorrow.

There are a few things to be aware of at Hyland:

  • A trail pass must be purchased for anyone 12 years of age or older. Passes can be purchased at the main Visitor Center.  Please plan your time accordingly if you need to purchase a trail pass.  Note that our group will NOT be meeting at the main Visitor Center so if you have to buy a pass you will need to make a separate stop here.
  • Our group will meet at the building called Jan’s Place which is in the first parking lot past the Visitor Center.
  • Hyland does not allow any walking on or alongside the trails, so those of you with younger skiers will not be able to accompany your skier unless you are on skis.
  • IMPORTANT - There will be other Minnesota Youth Ski League groups meeting there at the same time, so be sure to look for the familiar faces and signage for the LEBANON HILLS club.  If you have trouble finding us call Dave Freed at 612-760-0771 or

We have posted a map that show where to park, where to buy trail passes (12 and older), where to meet, etc.  below.

Sunday Jan 15th

Great news! Conditions at Lebanon Hills are good for skiing. Here are some tips for our first session of the year at our “home” location.

Meeting Place: Our meeting area will be at the tent behind the visitor center near the lake. To get there from the parking lot, go between the Visitor Center and the rental equipment building where you will find the tent. There you can pick up the Minnesota Youth Ski League bib with your skier’s name, and then proceed to the meeting area for your skier’s group. You can determine where to meet based on the color of your skier’s nametag.

Visitor Center: Although you are welcome to use the Visitor Center to have your skier change into ski boots, we’ve found that it is best if skiers put their boots on at home or in the car to minimize congestion in the building and to help them be ready to ski at 12:45. Please do not bring skis or poles into the Visitor Center.  There are ski racks outside the building to use.  Some will be reserved for MYSL use, so feel free to use those if you see them. 

On Site Rentals: If you are renting skis at Lebanon Hills, as you come down the sidewalk the rental building will be on your left. Ask for the MYSL rate, which is valid for both youth skiers and their parents or guardians. Remember to arrive even earlier to allow for the time it takes to go through the rental process

Other reminders to be aware of:

Start Time: To minimize the amount of time skiers stand around getting cold, we try to release them with their leaders onto the trails promptly at 12:45.  To make sure they are ready to ski at 12:45, we suggest you allow at least 10 minutes for skiers to get their bib, put on their skis, and get to their meeting area. That means it is probably wise to be in exiting your vehicle in the parking lot at 12:30; earlier if you have multiple skiers to corral. Latecomers will need to wait for their group to return; we can’t have skiers heading off on their own to try and find their group unless they are with a parent.

Label Your Equipment: Please be sure to label your skis and poles with your child’s name….colorful duct tape works well for this process.  Many youth skis are the same brand and size and they are easy to mix up.

Patience: We have over 70 skiers signed up for our session, so when combined with parents we will have quite a crowd.  All of our coaches and leaders are volunteers who are donating their time to help make this a good experience for your skier. Please be patient as our volunteers do their best to get organized this first week, and remember that your child’s group leader may also be working with his/her own child to get equipment on, take them to the restroom, or handling the many other needs that spontaneously arise with kids.

End of Session: At the end of the session, skiers should remember to a) return their bibs to the group leader or to the tent; and b) thank their group leader and any assistants. Dakota County sells hot chocolate and has other drinks available in the Visitor Center, and many skiers find it enjoyable to get a hot chocolate drink after their session.  Last year the cost was $1.

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

Sunday Jan 8th - Relocating to Hyland at 11:45

Due to lack of snow at Lebanon Hills, we will need to relocate to Hyland again this week. Meet at Jan's Place. We plan to have the skiers depart at 11:45 so please arrive 10-15 minutes early to pick-up bibs. Note that the Eden Prairie club will also be meeting there at the same time so look for the Lebanon Hills club signs to find our meeting place.

See previous posts for location and address.

Helpful Hints for first session Sunday, Jan 1

Welcome to the 2017 EVAA Cross-Country Skiing season! As you heard with our email yesterday, our first session is tomorrow, Sunday, Jan 1st from 11:45 -1:00 at Hyland Recreation. See the previous email or website for address and map for our meeting place. We apologize for having to change the time and location but we felt this was a better alternative than cancelling the session.

As you prepare for our first session, we wanted to provide the following helpful hints for week 1:

1.       Meeting Place: Our meeting area will outside the building called Jan’s place. See previous email or website for map on how to get there. There you can pick up the Minnesota Youth Ski League bib with your skier’s name, and then proceed to the meeting area for your skier’s group. You can determine where to meet based on the color of your skier’s nametag.

2.       Start Time: To minimize the amount of time skiers stand around getting cold, we try to release them with their leaders onto the trails promptly at 11:45.  To make sure they are ready to ski at 11:45, we suggest you allow at least 10 minutes for skiers to get their bib, put on their skis, and get to their meeting area. That means it is probably wise to be in exiting your vehicle in the parking lot at 11:30; earlier if you have multiple skiers to corral. Latecomers will need to wait for their group to return; we can’t have skiers heading off on their own to try and find their group unless they are with a parent.

3.       Label Your Equipment: Please be sure to label your skis and poles with your child’s name and some other unique identifier --colorful duct tape works well for this process.  Many youth skis are the same brand and size and they are easy to mix up.

4.       Boots: We’ve found that it is best if skiers put their boots on at home or in the car to minimize congestion and to help them be ready to ski at 11:45.

5.       Patience: We have over 70 skiers signed up for our session, so when combined with parents and other MYSL clubs meeting at Hyland we will have quite a crowd.  All of our coaches and leaders are volunteers who are donating their time to help make this a good experience for your skier. Please be patient as our volunteers do their best to get organized this first week, and remember that your child’s group leader may also be working with his/her own child to get equipment on or handling the many other needs that spontaneously arise with kids.

6.       Skier Group Assignments: We do our best to place skiers in a group that is the best fit for them.  If you find that your child’s assigned group does not seem to be a good fit, please let one of our volunteers or coaches know and we’ll attempt to adjust for future sessions.

7.       Parent Skiers: You are welcome and encouraged to ski with your child’s group as a “Ski Chaperone”.  Just let the group leader know, and if you can assist with any issues such as dropped mittens, loose boots, etc. while skiing along that would be appreciated. At Hyland parents CANNOT walk alongside the skiers. Anyone on the trails must be wearing skis.

8.       End of Session: At the end of the session, skiers should remember to a) return their bibs to the group leader or to the tent; and b) thank their group leader and any assistants.

Please be aware that we will not necessarily send reminder emails to you for upcoming sessions, so it is always wise to check the club webpage for any announcements. In addition, there is a facebook page and twitter account managed by our Minnesota Youth Ski League partners that will enable you to stay abreast of club announcements and information.

·         Twitter: @mysl_leb_hills

·         Facebook: MYSL Lebanon Hills

Thanks, and we are looking forward to a fun, snow-filled season. If you have any questions, it is best to email them now rather than waiting to ask in person when we’re trying to get the skiers in their groups and out on their skis.

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

Registration Closed

Registration for the 2017 EVAA Cross-Country Ski Program has closed. However, if still interested contact us and, depending on the age of the skier, we may still have room in the appropriate group.

Dave Freed

EVAA Cross Country Ski Program Director

First Session Jan 1st - Moved to Hyland Rec Area

Due to un-skiable conditions at Lebanon Hills, the Sunday, February 21 session will have a location and time change.  We will move to the Hyland Park Reserve in Bloomington (10145 Bush Lake Rd, Bloomington, MN 55438) where thy have snowmaking and will meet from 11:45 to 1:00. We apologize for having to meet at the earlier time but it is the only availability for group skiing tomorrow.

There are a couple of things to be aware of at Hyland:

  • A trail pass must be purchased for anyone 12 years of age or older. Passes can be purchased at the main Visitor Center.  Please plan your time accordingly if you need to purchase a trail pass.  Note that our group will NOT be meeting at the main Visitor Center so if you have to buy a pass you will need to make a separate stop here.
  • Our group will meet at the building called Jan’s Place which is in the first parking lot past the Visitor Center.
  • Hyland does not allow any walking on or alongside the trails, so those of you with younger skiers will not be able to accompany your skier unless you are on skis.
  • IMPORTANT - There will be other Minnesota Youth Ski League groups meeting there at the same time, so be sure to look for the familiar faces and signage for the LEBANON HILLS club.  If you have trouble finding us call Dave Freed at 612-760-0771 or

We have posted a map that show where to park, where to buy trail passes (12 and older), where to meet, etc.  below.

Helpful Hints for Keeping Your Skier Warm

With less than 2 weeks to our first session, you might want to start thinking about ski gear for your young skiers! Here is a list of some tips on what to have your child wear.

  1. Please use your discretion noting your child's activity level and the outside temperature/wind chill. Often a winter jacket and snow pants or a snowsuit are too warm once the child gets skiing. They will warm up quickly, so it is okay if they are a little bit cold to begin with.
  2. Children should be dressed in layers. A moisture wicking under layer, an insulating layer, and a windproof layer are typically appropriate. Each layer should be breathable.
  3. Make sure to dress your child in a waterproof and windproof outermost layer. Cross-country skiing often requires hard work and skiers may sometimes fall down. Without a waterproof layer, the child could get wet from falling down, which makes for a cold and uncomfortable session.
  4. Make sure your skier is wearing a hat, insulated & waterproof gloves, and warm socks. Wool socks are the best choice for cross-country skiing.
  5. Avoid long scarfs that could fall off or get in the way. A better option is a nordic buff. Here is an example of what a nordic buff looks like https://www.rei.com/rei-garage/b/buff/c/cross-country-skiing?r=b%3Bc&pagesize=84&queryRule=outlet-only&ir=category%3Across-country-skiing&outlet=true
  6. Try avoid cotton because it has little insulation capabilities and once it gets wet, it stays wet and can create a miserable experience.
  7. Pay attention to the weather. On colder days, more layers are appropriate. If it is warmer out, do not overdress your child. It is never fun to be too hot or to have to carry around layers.

We will be in touch a few days before the first session and we look forward to having your skier participate!

Welcome to Cross-Country (Nordic) Skiing

WELCOME! 

Registration for the 2017 cross-country ski season is now open!

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The EVAA Cross Country Ski program will be run in collaboration with the Minnesota Youth Ski League, a statewide organization with the mission of developing and promoting the participation and enjoyment of cross country skiing for youth and their families.

The program is open to ages 4-15 and is designed for skill levels ranging from beginner to experienced. The organization is a volunteer led organization, with parents and guardians encouraged to participate and learn with the children (No registration is necessary for parents/guardians, and equipment for parents/guardians can be rented at Lebanon Hills each week) For the younger children, parents are required to be “on the snow” with their children (although not necessarily on skis).

Cross-country skiing provides numerous benefits, including:

  • Great cross-training for fall and summer sports
  • Helps children learn to enjoy the outdoors during winter.
  • Provides a great low-impact, cardiovascular workout
  • Helps learn a life-long sport that can be enjoyed for many years to come.

TIME AND LOCATION

Our group will meet for eight Sunday afternoons in January and February at Lebanon Hills ski trails in Eagan from 12:45 - 2:00,  with parents and guardians encouraged to participate either with or without skis. Although skiers will build their skills and learn to enjoy skiing the most by participating each week, there is no problem if scheduling conflicts arise and a skier is unable to attend. The first session is scheduled for January 1st, although this may be changed to January 8th if coaches are not available on the 1st..

EQUIPMENT

A limited amount of ski equipment is available for rental, either for the full season (in which skiers take the skis home each week) or for the weekly sessions only. The fee for the full season rental is $65 ($75 after November 30). The daily rental charged by Lebanon Hills is expected to be $10 per session.  We recommend the full season rental so that you have access to the skis for independent use, while also eliminating the need to wait in line each week to a) get fitted and receive the skis, and b) return the skis.

REGISTRATION

The registration fee for the season is $65 ($75 after November 30), and includes membership in the Minnesota Youth Ski League, 8 scheduled ski outings at Lebanon Hills (weather permitting), and a special gift to keep skiers warm.

ARE THESE SKI LESSONS?

No, these are not ski lessons. The organization is designed to promote and encourage skiing in a positive and supportive environment so that youth can ski with others of similar ability and increase their skills together. Although our volunteer leaders use teaching curriculum with specific learning goals for each group, we prefer to use the term “ski outings” rather than “ski lessons”.  If you are looking for ski lessons, contact the program director to obtain recommendations for private organizations that conduct lessons.

Dave Freed

Program Director

NEWS


The Eastview Girls Nordic Ski Team won the South Suburban Conference Championship at Hyland Park Reserve on Wednesday, Jan 28.

EASTVIEW GIRLS FEATURED IN STAR TRIBUNE

The Eastview High School Girls Nordic Ski Team was recently featured in an article in the Star Tribune.  Click on the link below to read the story.


Kylie Kraemer of Eastview High School

Photos

We have a Shutterfly account that displays photos from our 2014 sessions. We would love to have additional photos from 2015 added!

Click here to gain access.

A Video promoting a similar program

The "Winter Kids" organization in Portland, Maine also has a youth cross-country ski program.  We thought you might enjoy seeing how some of their kids feel about cross-country skiing.

We want to send your family to Universal Orlando Resort™. Get out and Play!ENTER NOW