Overview & History
The Juneau Nordic Ski Club offers a middle and a high school competitive ski program focusing on both classic and skate techniques, as well as a Junior Nordic program for elementary youth and families. We practice several days a week and hold races and events throughout the season.
This year marks the 23rd year of the youth ski programs. The program began with a group of volunteer parents back in 1998 as a recreational program geared towards skiers of all ages in partnership with 4H. Then in 2011 the program expanded to include the Juneau Nordic Ski Team (JNST). All programs transitioned to join the Juneau Nordic Ski Club in 2020 to align nordic programming under one banner in an effort to continue to strengthen skiing opportunities for families in Juneau.
Trail Workday – All skiers and families are encouraged to spend a few hours helping to improve the Nordic trails. Location and date of this year’s trail work TBD.
Volunteers Needed – We need parent volunteers to manage car pool sign-up, Saturday practice snacks, special events, and fundraising. We are always looking for folks who are interested in volunteer coaching with us as well. Think about how you can help this year as we need all for a successful and inclusive season. Please reach out if you are interested.
Scholarships – We work hard fundraising for our programs every year to ensure that everyone can join our programs. Scholarships are available, please contact the youth program coordinators for more information or to apply. In addition, we are trying a sliding scale pay option this year with some of our programs. We are also available to help athletes apply for support from the Zach Gordan youth scholarship (https://juneau.org/parks-recreation/zach-gordon/youth-scholarship-program).
Juneau Nordic Ski Team (JNST)
This program is designed for middle school and high school youth (ages 11-18) interested in a more challenging and competitive program focusing on both classic and skate techniques. Skiers participate in races, relays, and time trials throughout the season to gain valuable experience. All ability levels are welcome and every year several of the new team members are beginners. The only criteria are desire to ski and a commitment to the team!
High School Season: November 1, 2020 through March 14, 2021
We meet for four ski practices per week (M,W,F,Sat) focusing on technique, strength, balance, and agility development. The first month or so is usually in running shoes but as soon as we have snow we will be on skis. In addition to regular practices we will have team workshops, time trials, and community races to look forward to throughout the season.
Online registration for high school (Required): https://forms.gle/zwGVG5fLKPBMp8Mz5
First Practice & Parent and Athlete Meeting –
Put Sunday Nov. 1 @1pm on your calendars, attendance is required as we will go over lots of important information! Wear layered clothes to do an outside workout at the beginning. There will be a sign-up sheet at the event for gear distribution slots. Parent and athlete meeting to follow at 2:30pm.
Cost – We’re trying something new this year: In an effort to build equity into our registration process, we are switching to a sliding fee scale. The total cost of our high school program for the 2020/21 ski season is approximately $600 per athlete. Historically, the cumulative cost paid per skier has been broken into separate fees (team activity fee, membership, gear rental, trips, etc.). This year we are asking families to pay what they feel is appropriate for their household in a single fee at the beginning of the season.
Your fees help to cover youth membership, guest coaches, team retreat, races/events, coach thank yous, wax, race suits, safety supplies and all the many associated costs that go into running our program. In addition to your participant fees the generosity of grant funding and donations are what make this program possible. We are committed to making our program accessible to everyone regardless of ability to pay, so thank you for your contribution!
Gear – Everyone who needs to rent gear (we use both skate and classic) will sign up at their first practice. Gear rental includes, boots, poles, and skis. One set is $60, both is $120. While we don’t offer the pay as you can option on gear rentals we can offer scholarship. Additionally, CBJ offers a $100 youth activity scholarship to help offset the cost of organized activities and it is easy to apply for this.
Payment: We will have a way to pay via credit or debit card on the website ASAP, stay tuned. We will offer the option of paying at once or in two installments to make it easier on families. In the meantime make sure to sign up using the registration link above.
NEW! Middle School Seasons: November 29 – January 13 & January 24 – March 14
This program was developed to be a bridge between our recreational program and our high school team. In the past we have lumped middle school into these two other programs so this year, in an effort to provide developmentally appropriate coaching, we created a middle school specific program. There will be two sessions for Middle School, you can sign up for one or both. We will meet three days a week (Mon, Wed, Sat) for the first session and then asses if those days need to change at all for the second session. Our practices will be focused on technique, strength, balance, and having fun on skis. There will be a minimum of two events/races/time trials within each session. We will start a little later in the year than the high school program in the hopes of being on skis from day one. This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who wants to learn to ski or improve their current skills in a welcoming team environment.
Online registration for middle school (Required): https://forms.gle/Ls5YdL3WmXqaUuHp9
First Practice & Parent and Athlete Meeting –
Put Sunday Nov. 29 @ 1pm on your calendars, attendance is required as we will go over lots of important information! Wear layered clothes to do an outside workout at the beginning. There will be a sign-up sheet at the event for gear distribution slots. Parent and athlete meeting to follow at 2:30pm.
Gear distribution – Everyone who needs to rent gear (we use both skate and classic) will sign up for a 15 minute slot at their first practice.
Payment: We will have a way to pay via credit or debit card on the website ASAP, stay tuned. In the meantime make sure to sign up using the registration link above.
Junior Nordic (Formerly known as the 4H Nordic Ski Club ie Sunday Recreational Rrogram)
Junior Nordic is targeted at elementary school kids and families and provides eight weeks of in person sessions per ski season. We meet on Sundays from January through March. This as a great opportunity for younger kids ages 6+ and their families who want to get outside and ski with others. The emphasis is on improving skiing and outdoor skills and developing a healthy and enjoyable, lifelong connection to being active outside. The first day is typically held inside as a parent and athlete meeting to be followed by gear distribution. The next eight sessions are outside having fun on snow. Parent volunteerism is strongly encouraged.
Season: January 10 – March 14, 2021
Gear rental available: $60
Registration will be open until the end of December.
Please contact JNSCs Youth Program Coordinators Mo Michels, email@example.com or Tristan Knutson-Lambardo, firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or further information about either program, sign-ups, or volunteer coaching.
Support Nordic Youth Programs
If you would like to fund a scholarship for a youth athlete then there is an option to do so when you renew your membership. Thank you for your support!