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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: karmenm.whitham@gmail.com, Phone: 802.733.6362.


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MadNorSki Nordic Kids

The MadNorSki Nordic Kids program is for kids ages 5-11 and is guided by CXC/USSA Certified Level 100 and Level 200 coaches with the assistance of volunteer instructors. The goal of the program is for kids to learn physical literacy on skis and fundamental ski skills. Equipment rentals are available.

All participants will get a fleece hat, ski ties, a neck warmer, a bib with a place for name tag and a level pin at the end of the season. Each session will be around 1 hour long and include skill progression, games, group ski and social with hot chocolate. Each session will have a different focus and will progress in basic skill development.

Ages: 5-11 years old
When: Wednesday Night 5:30-6:45pm
Where: Elver Park, Madison, WI
Season: December 21-February 22nd (10 sessions)
Cost: $165 series/$20 single session

Program goals:
– Walk on skis
– Get up off the ground
– Turn on flats
– Ski without poles
– Sidestep up gentle hills
– Glide on downhills
– Beginning poling

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MadNorSki Team

The Madison Nordic Ski Team (MadNorSki Team) programs welcome skiers from grades 6 – 12 of all abilities. The Madison Nordic Ski Club has operated youth teams since 1992 with certified coaching staff and assistance from skier families.

The teams are designed to provide a positive experience to skiers of all abilities and encourage skiers to compete in the Wisconsin Nordic Ski League. Training focuses on technique (skate and classic), strength, speed and endurance. Summer roller-ski training is offered to complement the winter programs. To the extent possible, the team also supports skiers who wish to compete in USSA Junior National Championships and longer races such as the American Birkebeiner and the Noquemanon. In addition to training and competition, the teams feature a generous dose of Nordic-style fun and several social events every year!

Practices are at local trails depending on snow conditions. By joining one of the teams, skiers become members of the Madison Nordic Ski Club (MadNorSki). MadNorSki supports the teams through fundraising, area ski trail grooming and volunteer coaching. Skiers are encouraged to purchase their own equipment, but the teams maintain limited equipment for use by new members.

Middle School/High School Programs

The middle school program is for students in grades 6 – 8. The high school program is for students in grades 9 – 12. The pre-season begins in early November with dry-land training, including roller-skiing on the Capitol City Trail and other locations. Practices switch to on-snow training as soon as possible. The competitive season runs from mid-December through mid-March. Races include out-of-town events across Wisconsin (weekends) and MadNorSki club races (Tuesday evenings). Although high school skiers may travel to races without their parents, families are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Madison Nordic Ski Team – West (MadNorSki – West)

Head Coach: Jay Sween (CXC/USSA Level 200 Certified Coach)
Assistant Coach: Bill Rattunde (USSA Level 200 Certified Coach)
Primary Training Locations: Elver Park, University Ridge, CXC Center of Excellence
When: Monday-Thursday 5:30-7 p.m.
Fee: $275 Middle School / $450 High School (includes MadNorSki and CXC membership)
Contact: Jay Sween
Contact: Bill Rattunde

Madison Nordic Ski Team – East (MadNorSki – East)

Head Coach: Karmen Whitham (CXC/USSA Level 200 Certified Coach)
Primary Training Locations: Sun Prairie High School, McCarthy Park, Lapham Peak Park, CXC Center of Excellence
When: Monday-Thursday 4:30-6 p.m.
Fee: $275 Middle School / $450 High School (includes MadNorSki and CXC membership)
Contact: Karmen Whitham

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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


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