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Cross Country Skiing

January 16th session

It should be great day for skiing with the recent fresh snow. The session will be held at our regular time from 12:45 - 2:00. Remember to be ready to ski by 12:45, which means you should probably arrive by 12:30.  Each group will meet at their assigned spot. If you aren't sure what group you registered for, ask one of the volunteers. Have a great day at Lebanon Hills!

January 9th time change

This Sunday January 9th we will ski from 12:45-1:30.

This time change/shortened session is due to the forecasted cold. Parents please stay nearby in case a skier gets cold and the group returns early. The Lebanon Hills visitor center is open to the public, masks required, but cannot hold our entire group. 

January 2nd Session Cancelled

Due to the forecasted cold weather, the January 2nd session is cancelled.  An additional session will be added  on Feb 27.

REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED

We have reached program capacity and have now closed registration. If you'd like to be put on a Wait-List in case we have cancellations, contact the Program Director.

Welcome to Cross-Country (Nordic) Skiing

WELCOME! 

Registration for the 2022 EVAA Cross Country Ski program is now closed.

 As in previous years, 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.

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.

The program is open to skiers ages 4-15 and designed for skill levels ranging from beginner to experienced. For the younger children, parents may need to be “on the snow” with their children (although not necessarily on skis).

Our sessions with the Minnesota Youth Ski Legue will meet for eight Sunday afternoons in January (2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd) and February (6th, 13th, 20th, 27th) at Lebanon Hills ski trails in Eagan from 12:45 - 2:00 if snow conditions are good. Due to COVID-19 capacity restrictions in Hyland Park Reserve in Bloomington, we do NOT have the option to hold our sessions there if Lebanon Hills does not have sufficient snow cover.  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.

FEES

The program registration fee for the season is $80 and includes membership in the Minnesota Youth Ski League, eight scheduled group ski outings and an EVAA logo item such as a t-shirt or hat. 

Equipment Rental: A limited amount of ski equipment is available for rental to both participants in the Full Program and the Rental Equipment Only program. Rental fee for the season is $75, and includes boots, skis, and (if appropriate for the age of the skier) poles. Equipment will be picked up at a location in Apple Valley and returned in April or May once the snow is gone for the season.

IS THIS PROGRAM CONSIDERED TO BE SKI LESSONS?

No, the in-person sessions provided as part of the program should not be considered ski lessons. The EVAA/Minnesota Youth Ski League collaboration 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 the 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.

January 9th time change

This Sunday January 9th we will ski from 12:45-1:30.

This time change is due to the forecasted cold. Parents please stay nearby in case a skier gets cold and the group returns early. The Lebanon Hills visitor center is open to the public, masks required, but cannot hold our entire group. 

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  featured in an article in the Star Tribune a few years ago.  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 more recent seasons 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.

Important Information for Skiing at Hyland