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Volunteer

Ogden Nordic operations depend on enthusiastic, committed volunteers!   A commitment of 12 hours of volunteering gets you a season pass.  Occasional shifts at the yurt or at Winter Trails Day gets you a free day trail pass.  Volunteering at Ogden Nordic is a great way to meet people who love the outdoors and the winter, and it makes you feel good to help make this fantastic organization work!

Groomers

Groomers are trained to drive the grooming equipment and they go out on the trails in the evenings.  They commit to a shift every other week that usually takes 2 hours.  When you contact volunteer@ogdennordic.com Dave Jenkins, our grooming chief will contact you about our involvement. 

Nordic Center Volunteers

We need greeters and helpers in the yurt.  Nordic Center volunteers commit to work 4 hour shifts on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, and holidays that the Yurt is open. Volunteers greet and welcome visitors to the trails, sell trail passes, and help with rental equipment. Anyone who can commit to a regular 4 hour shift every week or every other week certainly helps make our operations run smoothly! Occasional shift volunteers are also welcome.

Winter Trails Day

We have two great volunteer opportunities this winter at Ogden Nordic:
- Winter Trails Day is scheduled for Saturday January 21, 2017 from 9am until 1pm.
- The Ogden Nordic Championship race is scheduled for Saturday February 18, 2017 8AM registration/10AM race start.
Once again we are in need of many great volunteers to make our wonderful events happen.  Please contact Mark Zeigler and volunteer to  help with whatever aspect of the event(s) you are most interested in.  Feel free to “volunteer” all of your friends and loved ones as well if you can convince them to come and help.  To sign up please contact Mark Zeigler (markz@odgennordic.com).  You may also call Mark at (435) 230-3096.  The event posters are attached and you may have already seen printed copies around town.  Mark will talk to you about where we need help and when support is most needed during the event.  This is a great way for season pass holders to complete their volunteer hours to get the off-hours keycode for the Nordic Center.  THANKS!!!

Greeters (mostly outside)

In addition to Nordic Center staff to help specifically with equipment, we’ve become accustomed to having several greeters outside throughout the day.  We will have our several tents that we will use as home base for our greeting team.  Our main job here is to provide smiling faces as people arrive.  Greeters also provide information about equipment availability and other organizations on site at the expo.  Mostly these people will be helping to direct traffic and flow to the various activities upon arrival.  Greeters can also help out inside the Nordic Center if we get rushed.

Parking

We need some volunteers to direct traffic into the lot and organize the parking rows so that we can maximize the space in the lots.

Ski Lessons

The Ogden Nordic PSIA certified Ski School will provide coaches for ski lessons (skate and classic). 

Wax Clinics

Wax clinics will be provided by our friends at Wild Rose Sports.  Thanks to Wild Rose for being a regular attendee at our WTD event!

Junior Games

We need someone to organize our junior games at WTD.  If you want to volunteer to work with the kids then let me know.

Snow shoe and ski tours

Once again we will need a couple of “Experienced O’Nordic Volunteer Guides” to lead cross country ski and snow tours in the park.  The director of the tour will need to quickly assess the skill of the group and decide where to go.  If you’re interested in showing off the trails and getting away from the buzz of the Nordic Center for a while, this is the activity for you!  You can also point out the beauty and pristine nature of North Fork Park…always a treat!

Snow Bikes

North Fork Park now allows snow bikes on the main trail from south gate to north gate.  We have invited several bike shops in Ogden to come to Winter Trails Day with snow bike demos.  This will be a chance for our beloved ski community to try a snow bike.  There will not be a lot of bike traffic (just the demo bikes) and we have a layout that will allow skiers, snowshoers, and bikers to all exit the expo area on different trails to keep congestion down.  We should not need any volunteers in this area but I hope everybody will take a chance to try the equipment.

Ogden Nordic Championship Activities

Course Setup

We need a couple of people to set up markers on the course either the day before or morning of the race.  A great way to get in your daily ski!

Registration

Help racers fill out the waiver, collect race fee, hand out race bibs, and populate scoring sheet with racer information.

Event Setup

Help set up tables, start/finish area, sound system.  This is an early activity so you can sign up for another or even do the race!

Course Attendant

We need several people on the course to provide direction at key intersections and keep tabs on our racers.

Timekeeper

Two people to document bib number and finish time as the racers come in, then populate the scoring sheet with the information.

Food

Set up hot cocoa and soup for the racers.

Course/Venue Cleanup

Help put away tables, remove signs from the course, take down the start/finish area.  Another great opportunity to get a ski in!

Thanks for helping to make these events grow each season.  Please consider pitching in and helping out.  Also, please forward this note to any other potential volunteers who may be interested to get involved.  You can put them directly in touch with me. Mark Zeigler (markz@odgennordic.com)

Moonlight Glides

Full-moon nights are special at Ogden Nordic, when we set up tiki-torches, serve hot chocolate, and snacks and just have a nice evening in the snow.  Volunteers are needed to help out with set up, rentals, campfire, etc.

Contact us at volunteer@ogdennordic.com for more information or to volunteer.  We will sign you up immediately!
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