Denali Junior Nordic Ski Program

2024 Informational Sheet

Important Dates: 

  • Equipment rental: December 15: 3pm – 5:30pm OR  December 20: 3pm – 5:30pm
  • First Junior Nordic Practice: January 17

*The first 25 skiers to sign up get a free Junior Nordic hat!*

What it is:  

DJN is an organization which provides children with the opportunity to learn to cross country ski – and more importantly – to have fun on skis!!

For Who:   

Children in grades K-5 may participate. If they are younger than first grade or have special needs they must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration and Cost:

The season cost per child is 25 dollars, maximum cost $50 for family for more than 2 children (contact Aubrey for details on more than 2 children).  Either the child or family must be a member of the nordic club.  A child membership costs $15. A family membership is $30.  You can become a member of the Denali Nordic Club and also register for Junior Nordic at: https://www.denalinordicskiclub.org/membership/ 

Scholarships available for free or reduced membership!!  Please contact Aubrey (contact info below)

Equipment:  

Please mark all equipment/gear/clothing with your name!  

Waxless(“fishscale”) skis are required**.  Maximum ski length should be 10cm above head, but even shorter for young or beginning skiers.  Poles are discouraged for all skiers, especially younger skiers. For older skiers, pole length should be about chest height or slightly shorter. RENTAL GEAR:  skis, boots, poles available for free on these dates:

December 15th: 3pm – 5:30pm

December 20th: 3pm – 5:30pm

(must sign up for Junior Nordic before or at the pick-up in order to rent skis)

If you cannot make either of these pick-up dates, please contact coaches to arrange for different day. 

What to bring to practice:  

Being properly dressed for the weather is essential! 

This includes:  a hat, gloves/mittens, outer shell, insulating layers, and warm polypro or wool socks. Children should bring their own water bottle, carried in their own day pack.  **Please mark everything with names!  

Meeting Times/Dates

We will meet on Wednesdays from 3pm to approximately 4:30 pm at designated trail (most often Ski Hill or Talkeetna Lakes Park). Finish times on touring days are dependent on length of trails we ski. Parents will be notified in advance about changes in start/end times and locations of practices. 

Season Calendar

Day 1: Jan 17 Day 2: Jan 24 Day 3: Jan 31    Day 4: Feb7

Day 5: Feb 14   Day 6: Feb 21  Day 7: Feb 28    Final: Mar 6

 

Junior Oosik: March 16

Transportation: 

Parents will be in charge of getting their skier to and picking their skier up from the ski site. Carpooling is essential for parents who have to work, so if you are a parent that can drive at that time and can take extra skiers in your vehicle, that would be appreciated by all!

Calling All Volunteers!!

I would love to have at least 2-3 parent volunteers at every practice. If you can help out on a few – or all! – Wednesdays, let me know!!  

Snacks: 

PLEASE let me know if your child is allergic to an ingredient! 

Midway through practice we will have hot drinks and snacks. If you can volunteer to bring snacks once this season (or send them with someone else)  please sign up through the “snack sign up” link on the blog. 

Blog

I keep a blog of our activities, photos, and important information on a blog. This blog is not searchable, and is only accessed through a link sent to parents of JN skiers. Let me know if you do not want your child’s photo to be included on the blog or the Denali Nordic Facebook sites.     

Contacts: 

 Blue Team (3rd-5th grade): Call/text Aubrey Smith  435-231-2247 or email aubrey.smith@matsuk12.us

Green Team (K-2nd grade): Call/text Kris Perry   720-243-3863 or email frozenbasil@gmail.com