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, 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 – 19 (U12, U14, U16, U18, U20)

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. 

Our 2020-21 program details

Fall Dryland Training Program–Sep 14 to Nov 18

FALL PROGRAM REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. 

Dryland training will be a combination of roller skiing, hill bounding, trail running, strength training, and other activities. Most practices will be held at the Lussier Family Heritage Center on Lake Farm Road or the UW Arboretum.  (There will be a Zoom Kick-off meeting for parents and skiers:  Sunday, Sept 13  7:30-8:15 pm. Invite will be sent to registered participants.)  

MIDDLE SCHOOL & HIGH SCHOOL: Monday & Wednesdays 5:00-6:30 pm.  

COST: $175

Winter Program–Nov 30 to March 4

The Winter program will have practices during the week with scheduled ski outings on a number of weekends to explore new areas and ski trails together!  Our practices will be held at Elver Park as well as other city parks with groomed trails like Odana Park and McCarthy Park.  (See our Juniors Handbook for more information)

HIGH SCHOOL: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm 

COST: $410

MIDDLE SCHOOL:  Monday and Thursday evenings from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm 

COST: $260

WINTER PROGRAM REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.  To be added to our waitlist sign up HERE 

Changes Due to COVID-19

Masks must be worn over nose and mouth while getting instruction in a group. Skiers may wear a mask at all times, or choose to lower it when skiing if maintaining safe distance. Skiers will maintain at least a 10 foot distance when on the trails.  Groups of 10 skiers or less will train together including coaching staff. All skiers must have their own equipment (either owned or prearranged rental). There will be no sharing equipment. Since weekend racing is uncertain, this year we are excited to be focusing on weekend, family-friendly ski outings!! 

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.  NEW THIS YEAR!  Roller skis for dry land training will be available to rent from the team. 

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)–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. The 2020-21 Season of racing will likely be modified due to COVID-19 and we will give more information of racing opportunities when available.

For more information, please contact Tamara at bryant.tamaraj@gmail.com

How to register

Step 1:  Complete online registration

Step 2: Sign and turn in Liability Release before first practice.

Step 3: Review Juniors Handbook that can provide lots of useful information!