Thanks for a wonderful season! We were able to ski at Lebanon Hills our last 6 weeks and, skiing at our home venue is always more enjoyable for all. If you rented equipment from EVAA, you will be contacted regarding details for returning the gear. Hope to see you next year!
Our last session of the year is at Lebanon Hills tomorrow. Weather will be nice and it will likely be crowded, so be sure to arrive by 12:30 so your skier is ready to ski at 12:45!
There is still enough snow to ski at Lebanon Hills. See you there!
Arrive at 12:30, ready to ski by 12:45.
Arrive 12:30, ready to ski at 12:45. Hope to see you there!
Come enjoy the snow at Lebanon Hills as we hold our session there at our regular time on Sunday! Arrive 12:30, ready to ski at 12:45.
Conditions should be skiiable at Lebanon Hills on Sunday, so please plan to show up there on Sunday, January 19th unless you hear otherwise. Plan to arrive in the parking lot at least by 12:30 since we start skiing at 12:45. The address is 860 Cliff Road, Eagan, MN 55123 which is at the Visitor Center near Schulz Lake. Since this is our first time at Lebanon Hills this year, here are some additional details.
Details regarding moving our first session to Hyland one hour earlier
Due to un-skiable conditions at Lebanon Hills, our first 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:
Thanks for your understanding with this move. Although it is likely a further drive for you, the conditions should make it a more positive experience for your skier.
Welcome to the 2020 EVAA Cross-Country Skiing season! Our first session is, Sunday, Jan 5th, from 12:45 -2:00 at Lebanon Hills. That means you should probably plan to arrive in the parking lot at least by 12:30 since we start skiing at 12:45. The address is 860 Cliff Road, Eagan, MN 55123 which is at the Visitor Center near Schulz Lake. 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 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, 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’ll see you on Sunday!
Registration for the 2020 EVAA Cross Country Ski program is expected to open in early November. Our 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 the ski venue each week) For the younger children, parents should plan 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 and February 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.