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.
2021-22 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, however a limited number of rollerskis are available to rent. If you have your own boots, the team rollerskis primarily use NNN bindings.
A 8-week progressive program. All participants will use both skate and classic rollerskis. Occasional trail running will be included on Monday nights. A limited number of rollerskis may be rented from Madnorski. Skiers will need to pick up equipment on Monday evening September 20 for the fall session. Details will be emailed to participants.
- Where: Lussier Family Heritage Center, Gunflint Trail Park, and occasional trail running at other Madison Parks.
- Time: Monday & Wednesdays evenings 5:00-6:30pm
- Dates: September 27-November 18
- Cost: $180 for Monday and Wednesdays ($95 for Wednesday only)
- Rollerski rental: $50/first pair, $30/second pair
- REGISTER HERE
Winter Program with Racing & Ski Outings
The Junior Winter program offers superior training in both skate and classic techniques and incorporates agility, endurance, and strength training. Practices are held during the week and most weekends offer Wisconsin Nordic Ski League race opportunities or family-friendly ski outings to explore new areas and ski trails together. Practice location is Elver Park as well as other city or county parks with groomed trails like Odana Park and McCarthy Park. (See our Juniors Handbook for more information)
- Where: Elver Park, 1250 McKenna Blvd, Madison, WI 53719
- Time: Monday & Thursday evenings 5:00-6:30pm for Middle School. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday evenings 5:00-6:30 pm for High School
- Dates: November 29-March 4
Participant fees cover program expenses such as training and certification of coaches, grooming and snow making, equipment costs, team wax, race fees, travel expenses for coaches.
We recommend that all skiers get vaccinated as soon as possible. Our programing is all outdoors and coaches will ask skiers use social distance in all activities. Skiers are not required to wear masks, but may choose to do so especially when in a close-group setting. Groups of around 10 skiers or less will train together including coaching staff. Some group games will involve larger groups of 20 skiers (two or more pod groups). Any skier or coach experiencing any unusual symptoms cannot attend practice.
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.
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)–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.
How to register
Step 1: Complete online registration
Step 2: Review Juniors Handbook that can provide lots of useful information!