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. 

2021-22 Junior Programs

 

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

Madnorski Rollerski Programs are geared for both beginner and experienced rollerskiers and focus on developing skills, fitness training, strength, and exploring the trails around the Lussier Center. 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. Weekend family-friendly outings will be offered focusing on exploring beautiful Dane County natural areas through hiking, biking, running, canoeing, and mountain biking.  If you have your own boots, the team rollerskis primarily use NNN bindings.

Spring Rollerskiing plus Outings

A 6-week progressive program. Middle school skiers will use classic rollerskis, and high school skiers will use skate rollerskis. 

  • Where: Lussier Family Heritage Center, 3101 Lake Farm Road, Madison
  • Time: Wednesdays evenings 5:30-7pm
  • Dates: April 28-June 2
  • Cost: $75
  • Rollerski rental: $30
  • REGISTER HERE

 

Summer Rollerskiing plus Outings

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 equipment on Monday evening, June 7  for the summer session. Details will be emailed to participants.

  • Where: Lussier Family Heritage Center, 3101 Lake Farm Road, Madison
  • Time: Monday & Wednesdays evenings 5:30-7pm
  • Dates: June 14-August 5
  • Cost: $180
  • Rollerski rental: $50 first pair/ $30 second pair
  • REGISTER HERE

 

Fall Rollerskiing plus Outings 

A 10-week progressive program. All participants will use both skate and classic rollerskis. 

  • Where: Lussier Family Heritage Center, 3101 Lake Farm Road, Madison
  • Time: Monday & Wednesdays evenings 5:00-6:30pm
  • Dates: September 13-November 18
  • Cost: $225
  • Rollerski rental: $50 first pair/ $30 second pair

 

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.  

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 around 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. 

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. 

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

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

How to register

Step 1:  Complete online registration

Step 2: Review Juniors Handbook that can provide lots of useful information!