The goal of the MadNorSki Junior program is to improve technique, build aerobic capacity, and establish or build a strong endurance base, all while having fun. Programs are offered year round to prepare skiers for when the snow flies, whether they choose to ski for fun and recreation, to compete in that first race, or to race in high school, Midwest or national competitions. The Madnorski Junior team seeks to instill the love of skiing, to promote a healthy, active outdoor lifestyle, and ultimately, to instill the highest standards of sportsmanship, competition and collaboration among our team members.
MadNorSki Junior’s is designed for skiers of all levels, from beginners to those with goals of competing at the junior national level, in college, or beyond. Our program offers superior training in both skate and classic techniques and incorporates agility, endurance, and strength training. Junior’s is for athletes aged 12 – 18 (U12, U14, U16, U18.)
Our program is unique in the region for its low skier to coach ratio, the high degree of technical experience of our USSA certified coaches (see bios), and our club’s strong partnership with CXC Skiing’s Center of Excellence, the Midwest region’s governing body at the US Ski and Snowboard Association.
Winter 2020 – REGISTER HERE
Mandatory Kick-off meeting for parents and skiers: Monday, October 28 5:30-6:30 at Sequoya Branch of the Madison Public Library
Season runs from November 4 – March 2. Formal practice will not be held the week of November 25 or the week of December 23 – January 3. November consists of dryland training where we will build strength through hill bounding, trail raining, rollerskiing option, and other activities.
Weekly practice for Juniors team will follow the schedule below. All skiers should enter their availability for practices each week into Teamsnap. Skiers are encouraged to attend as many practices as possible, and to let coaches know via TeamSnap when they will not be able to attend.
High school (U16, U18, U20): Monday through Thursday from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Middle school (U12, U14): Monday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Skiers will practice both classic and skate techniques. Skiers will need equipment for both techniques, which include poles, boots and skis. Skiers are strongly encouraged to purchase their own equipment especially boots. New skiers have the option of borrowing MadNorSki gear for the season. After your first season, there will be a rental fee of $100. Equipment is limited and first priority will be given to first year skiers.
MadNorSki athletes are encouraged to participate in up to ten events in the Midwest each season, most of them coordinated by the Wisconsin Nordic Ski League. Races take place from mid-December through early March. Athletes with a desire to compete at a higher level of competition are encouraged to compete in the Junior National Qualifier Series (JNQ’s), which includes an additional four weekends of racing each season, and the chance to qualify for the Great Lakes Junior National Team and participate in the Junior National Championships. Race schedules can be found in the Juniors Handbook.
Additionally, MadNorSki offers the Tuesday night race series at Elver Park starting in January, which is a fun and easy way to try out racing.
While race participation is optional, we encourage all members to join in on some of our weekend outings, where we will also provide chances to ski without competing, for those who are interested in ski touring instead.
For more information, please contact Tamara at firstname.lastname@example.org