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Madison Nordic Ski Club

Youth Programs

The Madison Nordic Ski Club (MadNorSki) is pleased to offer a variety of learning, training and competitive opportunities for youth skiers.

MadNorSki’s goal is to promote cross country skiing among Madison area youth and help young athletes chase their dreams in the sport of cross country skiing and in life.

Madison Nordic Ski Club membership is included in all registration options.

Youth practices will be held every Wednesday 5:30 pm at Elver Park when there is snow.

For more information on the MadNorSki youth training programs, contact Karmen Whitham.
Email:, Phone: 802.733.6362.

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MadNorSki High School Summer Program

Who: Those athletes entering/enrolled in Middle and High School

What: The MadNorSki Youth Summer Training program is a fitness program designed to prepare middle and high school skiers in the Madison and surrounding area for the competitive ski season. Members will be able to perfect their skiing technique by regular rollerskiing sessions, increase strength with strength workouts specific to skiing at the CXC Center of Excellence, as well as improve endurance and speed. The goal for athletes in the MadNorSki Summer Training Program should be to improve upon technique, strength, endurance and fitness with a group of positive, supportive and knowledgeable peer athletes and coaches.

Workout sessions will be ski specific and rollerski equipment (both classic and skate) are required, along with helmets. Rental equipment is available on first come first serve basis. Good running shoes, and a water pack are also required for safe summer training.

Why: This training prepares athletes to be competitive at the Wisconsin State and Junior National level by improving fitness, strength, general health and technique.

Where: Training will be at different locations in the Madison area. Roller skiing will utilize the bike path system. Strength sessions will be at the CXC Center of Excellence and trail running will be at different locations around Madison.


May 1-August 25th $450
June 12-August 25th $300 

8:00am-10:00am Monday – Saturday
5:30pm-7:30pm Monday and Wednesday Girls Group and Boys Group Training Sessions  


$450 unlimited starting May 1-August 17th
$300 any two practices/week June 13-August 17th


Eliska Hajek Albrigtsen
USSA Level 200 Certified Coach
Cross Country Ski Head Coach at Tahoe Cross Country Jr Team
Far West Junior National Team Coach
Cross Country Ski Coach at Boulder Nordic Jr Racing Team
2011 NCAA Champion 
2005-2014 FIS World Cup racer
2010-2017 top 5 US Nationals and SuperTour racer  
FIS U23 World Championships top 10 finisher 
FIS World Junior Championships top 10 finisher 

Jay D. Sween 
Jay D. Sween is a Level 100 CXC/USSA Certified coach who has been involved with training youth skiers in both the Wausau and Madison area for 11 years. Jay has had the honor of coaching several Wisconsin State top-10 skiers and in 2016 helped two MadNorSki athletes qualify and compete at the 2017 Junior National Championships in Lake Placid. 

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MadNorSki Trail Kids

About MadNorSki Trail Kids:
MadNorSki Trails kids is a summer and fall program that is designed to promote outdoor active adventures for children ages 6-14 years old. Youth outdoor enthusiasts enjoy activities including mountain biking, orienteering, canoeing, adventure running, and cross country skiing. This program is affiliated with Trail Kids Midwest initiative and provides young outdoor adventure-seekers the opportunity to try a variety of summer endurance sport-based activities.

The MadNorSki Chapter of Trail Kids focuses primarily on the summer and fall seasons, before many participants enter the on-snow MadNorSki Nordic Kids program at Elver Park in the winter.

MadNorSki Trail Kids incorporates a variety of outdoor fun, so it is important that kids come prepared. Mountain bikes and roller-skis are available free of charge for use during sessions. Please coordinate with your Trail Kids coach to make arrangements and check availability for borrowed equipment. Make sure that kids come to the session with water bottles, helmets (when necessary) and appropriate attire for outdoor activities.

2017 Trail Kids Summer Program Information:

Kickoff meeting: Saturday June 17, 2017 11:00am Elver Park, Potluck items optional

The kickoff meeting will be a meet-and-greet for parent, participants and coaches. This is an opportunity for parents, kids and coaches to introduce themselves, ask questions, play outdoor games, and get to know about the expectations of the program.

Weekly Sessions:
Madison Sessions will be held Tuesdays from 6:00pm-7:30pm

Start Date: June 20th
End Date: August 17th

Eagle Elementary School

Late Registration (after May 15th): $160


Chris Pappathopoulos
Chris Pappathopoulos is a USSA Level 200 trained coach. He has experience coaching youth programs ranging from elementary age cross country skiing, running and swimming through high school cross country skiing. Away from coaching Chris spends a lot of time in a race bib with overall victories in trail runs ranging from 5K through marathon, cross country skiing and triathlon. He couldn’t be more pleased to be part of introducing kids to silent sports and the outdoors.

Eliska Albrigtsen
Eliska comes to Madison from California and has a long, accomplished history is cross-country skiing. Eliska spends most of her time with club development and coaching young athletes and is excited to go on adventures with the MadNorSki Trail Kids this summer!

Age Groups

Ages 5-7 this group will focus primarily on trail-running, ski walking, orienteering, laser biathlon and a variety of outdoor games

Ages 8-10 this group will participate in all the same activities as the Explorers group, with the addition of mountain biking. *

Ages 11-14 this group encompasses all activities outlined in the Explorer and Adventurers groups with the addition of paddle sports and/or roller-skiing.*

* The Adventurers and Challengers groups entail introductory mountain bike skill set, so no previous experience is required. Bikes, boats, roller-skis and helmets can be provided free of charge for those who need them, check with coaches for availability.

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CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools Program

The “Nordic Rocks” program was developed to introduce a new generation of children in grades K thru 6th to the excitement found in the sport of cross country skiing. The “Nordic Rocks” program provides elementary and middle school students, with an opportunity to experience Nordic skiing during the school day, with their teachers and classmates, and to learn the health and lifestyle benefits associated with exercise and outdoor fun.

Learn More about CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools

MadNorSki Development Model




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