MadNorSki Juniors – About

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, regional 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.

The Junior Program is for athletes aged 10 – 19 (U12, U14, U16, U18, U20) and 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 of the US Ski and Snowboard Association. 

Junior Programs

Off-season Training–Spring, Summer, and Fall rollerskiing!

Madnorski Rollerski Programs are geared for both beginner and experienced rollerskiers and focus on developing skills, fitness training, strength, and exploring Madison area trails. Skiers will be in small pod groups with one to two coaches. Participants are encouraged to purchase rollerskis and combi boots, however a limited number of rollerskis are available to rent. If you have your own boots, the team rollerskis primarily use NNN bindings. Participants must be a Madnorski member either through a student membership or a family membership.

2022 Spring Rollerskiing plus Outings

A 6-week progressive program focusing balance, agility, fitness and technique. Skiers will use skate rollerskis.  There will be several Saturday morning outings planned as well that will be fun for the whole family–Hiking/trail running, orienteering, biking on bike trails, and/or mountain biking. Skiers will need to pick up any rental equipment on Monday evening April 18 for the spring session. Note that the Madnorski equipment uses NNN bindings primarily. Details will be emailed to participants.

 

2022 Summer Rollerskiing 

An 8-week progressive program. All participants will use both skate and classic rollerskis. A limited number of rollerskis may be rented from Madnorski. Skiers will need to pick up any rental equipment on Monday evening, June 6  for the summer session. Details will be emailed to participants.

 

Summer Training Camps

Madnorski Juniors have just as much fun together in the summer as in the winter!  This year we will offer two training camps–one for high school skiers and one for middle school skiers.  These camps will offer rollerskiing, technique work, agility, strength & yoga, trail running, and some optional biking!  We would welcome any parent volunteers to help either shuttle gear, prepare a meal, drop off ice cream for the group, or help assist coaches for a period of the weekend. 

Madnorski  “Mind over Mounds” for High School Skiers

 Fun and challenging two and a half days of rollerskiing, trail running, technique work, swimming, games, and camping with Nordic friends. We are thrilled to have New England Nordic Ski Association Coach of the Year, Kathy Maddock, as our head coach for the weekend. Kathy comes from New Hampshire where she is the head coach for the Dublin School and she is excited to work with our athletes.  Skiers should be comfortable on rollerskis, both classic and skate. Meals will be included–two dinners, two lunches, and two breakfasts.  We welcome skiers from other clubs in the Southern Wisconsin Conference to make this a collaborative and fun way to connect area athletes and coaches who share the love of skiing. Guests from other teams may have one coach along for every 5 skiers registered from that team. Space is limited for this camp.  Please contact Tamara if you have any questions.

  • Where: Blue Mound State Park
  • Time: Friday 3 pm until Sunday 3 pm, June 24-26, 2022 
  • Cost: $80 per skier
  • Detailed schedule and packing list will be emailed to participants
  • REGISTER HERE

 

Madnorski “Friluftsliv” (Love of Outdoor Living) Camp for Middle School Skiers

This will be a fun weekend of rollerskiing, trail running, swimming, playing games, technique work, campfires, having fun with ski friends and best of all — making new ski friends! Meals will be included–two dinners, Saturday lunch, and two breakfasts. Middle school skiers must be accompanied by a parent or guardian except during the training hours between 9:30 am and 5 pm. And all campers may choose to skip the camping and only attend the daytime training hours between 9:30 am and 5 pm. We welcome skiers and coaches from the Southern Wisconsin Conference to make this a collaborative and fun way to connect area athletes and coaches who share the love of skiing. Guests from other teams need to have one coach/chaperone for every 5 skiers registered from that team. 

 

 

 

Covid Mitigation–IMPORTANT PLEASE READ

We take Covid very seriously. Some of things we are doing to mitigate risk:

  • All skiers and coaches are encouraged to get vaccinated & boosted to protect our community
  • Skiers and coaches are broken up into pods of about 10-15 skiers.
  • Skiers will use social distancing at all times including on trails. Distance is our best line of defense.
  • Skiers and coaches must wear masks when carpooling or indoors.
  • Any skier or coach experiencing any unusual symptoms cannot attend practice.
  • Skier or coach who has tested positive for COVID cannot come to practice for 5 days after the positive test and then needs to wear a mask at practice for an additional 5 days and have no symptoms
  • Fully vaccinated skier or coach exposed to someone with COVID but was wearing a mask (like in a school setting) must mask at practice for 10 days after exposure and test after 5 days for COVID
  • Unvaccinated skier or coach exposed to someone with COVID (masked or unmasked) cannot attend practice for 5 days, needs to have a negative test on day 5, and then can attend practice wearing a mask for an additional 5 days.
  • Any skier or coach (vaccinated or not vaccinated) living with someone who has confirmed COVID cannot attend practice for 5 days, needs to have a negative test on day 5, and then can attend practice wearing a mask for an additional 5 days.
  • We will constantly evaluate our policies and will adjust as needed.

Exposure or close contact includes:

  • Living with or caring for a person with confirmed COVID-19, OR
  • Being within six feet of a person with confirmed COVID-19 for about 15 minutes (with or without a mask), OR
  • Someone with COVID-19 coughing on you, kissing you, sharing utensils with you or you had direct contact with their body secretions.

 

Winter Equipment

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 (with NNN bindings). New skiers have the option of renting MadNorSki gear for the season for $25. After your first season, there will be a rental fee of $125. Equipment is limited and first priority will be given to first year skiers.  Both classic and skate rollerskis for dry land training will be available to rent from the team. 

Winter Racing

MadNorSki athletes have enjoyed participating in up to ten events in the Midwest each season, most of them coordinated by the Wisconsin Nordic Ski League. Races generally 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) and the chance to qualify for the Great Lakes Junior National Team and participate in the Junior National Championships.  Please refer to the Juniors Handbook to see the race schedule.

For more information, please contact Tamara at

Further Information 

For new skiers and returning skiers, we provide our Juniors Handbook 2021-22 that can provide lots of useful information!  Learn about our Mission, Vision, and Values, Code of Conduct, practice locations, how to get equipment including team rentals & ski swap, new equipment suggestions, race schedule, and team leaders & contact information.  

Middle school pod at practice under a full moon – Elver Park

 

2021 State Sprints held at Elver Park