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As you could probably guess, we will be at Hyland again on Sunday. Read previous posts below for tips on how to help make our ski sessions as Hyland enjoyable for all. Most importantly.....our coaches try to have everyone head out on the ski trails at 11:45 so it is best to ARRIVE by 11:30 if not earlier.
Also....it looks to be our coldest session of the year, so we're reposting our guide on dressing for the cold below. Don't let cold temperatures scare you off....skiers dressed appropriately enjoy all types of weather!
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.
As posted previously, we will be meeting at Hyland for our Week 2 session. Please read previous posts to be aware of key items when meeting at Hyland. Some important items to be aware of this week:
Thanks and we’ll see you there!
As you might have guessed, we will be back at Hyland this Sunday. Please have your skier ready to ski at 11:45. As you likely saw last week, parking can be scarce so plan accordingly. More details to come, but remember that we meet at Jan’s Place, not the main visitor center.
Welcome to the 2019 EVAA Cross-Country Skiing season! Our first session is Sunday, Jan 6th, from 11:45 -1:00 at Hyland Park Reserve in Bloomington. See previous post for directions and details on where to meet.
As you prepare for our first session, we wanted to provide the following helpful hints for week 1:
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, we have a facebook, twitter, and instagram accounts managed by our Minnesota Youth Ski League partners that will enable you to stay abreast of club announcements and information.
Thanks, and we are looking forward to a fun, snow-filled season. If you have any questions, just let us know via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to answer promptly
We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!
Due to un-skiable conditions at Lebanon Hills, our first EVAA Cross-country ski session will move to the Hyland Park Reserve in Bloomington (10145 Bush Lake Rd, Bloomington, MN 55438) where they have snowmaking equipment. We will meet from 11:45 to 1:00. We apologize for having to meet at the earlier time but due to the high demand we have to take the time assigned to us.
There are a couple of things to be aware of at Hyland:
Check the map on the EVAA cross country ski program webpage for details on where to meet at Hyland.
More details on how to prepare for the first session will be provided but we wanted to give you advance notice about the time and location change.
Registration for the 2019 EVAA Cross Country Ski program HAS NOW CLOSED. We have reached our capacity for the season. Please contact us if you would like to be put on the waiting list in case we have cancellations.
This 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.
Registration for the program is expected to open in late October, 2018.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 the ski venue 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:
TIME AND LOCATION
Our group will meet for eight Sunday afternoons in January (6th, 13th, 20th, 27th) and February (3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th) at either Lebanon Hills ski trails in Eagan from 12:45 - 2:00 if snow conditions are good, or at the Hyland Lake Park Reserve in Bloomington from 11:45 - 1:00 if natural snow is not skiable at Lebanon Hills. Parents and guardians are 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.
And just in case you weren't paying attention when reading the above paragraph, we will repeat the fact that if Lebanon Hills does not have enough snow for quality skiing, our sessions will move to Hyland Recreation Area in Bloomington where they have snowmaking equipment. If we have to move to Bloomington, the sessions will be held from 11:45 - 1:00.
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 $6 per session, while Hyland charges $8 for youth and $12 for adults. 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.
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 (weather permitting), and a special gift to help 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.
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.
We have a Shutterfly account that displays photos from our 2014 sessions. We would love to have additional photos from 2015 added!
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.