Overview & History
This year marks the 23rd year of the 4H Nordic Ski Club. The youth ski program began with a group of volunteer parents back in 1998 as a recreational program geared towards skiers of all ages. The program expanded to include a team in 2011. The 4H Nordic Ski Club will be transitioning in 2019-20 season to join the Juneau Nordic Ski Club. This is a natural transition to align all nordic programs under one banner in an effort to continue to strengthen skiing opportunities for families in Juneau.
Juneau Nordic Ski Team (JNST)
This program is designed for middle school and high school youth (ages 12-18) 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. Starting in November through March there are four ski sessions or dryland trainings per week focusing on technique, strength, balance, and agility development. All ability levels are welcome and every year several of the new team members are beginners. The only criteria are desire and a commitment to the team! Athletes must attend in person to register as this effectively counts as the first practice and there will be a sign-up for gear distribution. There will be a cap on the number of participants to ensure an effective ratio of coaches to athletes. JNST runs November-March.
Registration/orientation – Saturday, Nov. 2 10-12 noon at Thunder Mt High School
Put this on your calendars, attendance is required! Wear layered clothes to do an outside workout at the beginning. There will be a sign-up at the event for gear distribution slots. Parenting meeting and activity fees will be collected. Please sign-up online before Saturday at the following https://forms.gle/BH8vaxxMCy6D3DoG6
Gear distribution – Sunday, Nov. 3 between 4-6pm at the Ellefson/Carnes residence, 8170 North Douglas. Everyone who needs to rent gear (we use both skate and classic) will sign up for a 15 minute slot.
Eaglecrest trail workday – October 26 9 am – 1 pm – meet at the lodge. All skiers and families are encouraged to spend a few hours helping to improve the Nordic trails at Eaglecrest.
Volunteers needed – we need some parent volunteers to manage car pool sign-up, Saturday practice snacks, special events, and fund raising. Think about how you can help this year as we need all for a successful and inclusive season. We’ll have more information soon.
Travel for races and clinics
December 6-8 – Ski camp in Anchorage with JNST instructor/former Olympian Lars Flora
Jan 9-12 – GPRA invite ski race (out of Palmer)
March 6-8 – Buckwheat ski classic
Local races will occur on a biweekly basis starting Dec 14th.
All team members are encouraged race and to travel to improve skills, gain experience and race. We prioritize for athletes for travel who demonstrate attendance and effort. Group tickets on Alaska Airlines have already been reserved to take advantage of the low PFD specials. More details at registration.
Recreational Program i.e. Sunday Program
The recreational program provides ten weeks of sessions per ski season on Sundays and an optional Wednesday (for extra motivated athletes) afternoons from January through March for youth and families. This as an opportunity for younger kids ages 6+ and their families who want to get outside and ski. Or for youth who aren’t interested in competition or don’t have enough time to give to the JNST but want to keep developing their ski skills. The purpose of the club is to introduce young people to Nordic (i.e. cross-country) skiing. The emphasis is on improving skiing and outdoor skills and development of Nordic skiing as a healthy and enjoyable, lifelong family sport.
2019/2020 Recreational Program Season Sign-up & Registration Sunday, November 3 – Tuesday December 3, 2019
Online and in person sign-ups and registration will begin Sunday November 3- Tuesday December 3 2019. The first session will be Sunday Jan 12 and will include gear distribution and an orientation. Participants are required to sign-up in November/December and attend the first January meeting in person. Parent volunteerism is strongly encouraged. This program runs January-March.
Please contact JNSCs Youth Program Director Mo Michels for questions or further information about either program, sign-ups, and registration.