Ogden Nordic Juniors Program 2016/17
Who: Students in grades 3-12.
What: Through our Nordic Ski School we provide safe, fun and exciting cross country skiing to the students after school during the week. They’ll experience “classic” and “freestyle” (also known as skate) skiing. We have a star studded cast of Professional (PSIA) and volunteer instructors lined up this year.
When: Eight weeks starting Tuesday, January 10 and ending February 28, 2017 Tuesdays 3:45-5:00 pm (Grades 3-12) Students will be divided into groups based on their abilities
Saturdays 1:00-3:00 pm (ages 7-17) through the Ogden YMCA “Y I Ski Program” Register Here
Where: Ogden Nordic Center, North Fork Park
Contact: Kristen Bell on (385) 393-4754 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Details: Parents and Guardians - you are the key to our success!
We need volunteers, and expect you to volunteer at least once during the season! We need “yurt moms and dads” to help get the kids ready and keep company with any who return early to the yurt (Nordic Center), we need ski instructors, and we need general help. When you sign your child(ren) up you will be asked which day(dates) you can commit to helping us out. We cannot have a successful season without you!
Timeliness is essential! In order for all the children to get the most out of the program we need you to arrive no later than 3:45 PM, have the children dressed and ready to go no later than 4:00, and arrive to pick up your child(ren) no later than 5:00 on training days. Our volunteers will appreciate everybody’s help with this.
Each student must have a signed liability waiver and emergency medical release form on file before they begin the first lesson. You may download, print and fill out these forms before the first day, or we’ll have them available then. But, please review them beforehand so you have all the information available for the first day.
You should provide your child(ren) with water and a snack for after the instruction. They may store their clothing and snack in the Nordic Center (Yurt) while skiing.
Equipment: At the first lesson each student will be sized and fitted with cross country boots, skis and poles, and these sizes recorded for use at subsequent lessons.
Clothing: All students must come prepared with appropriate clothing for the weather and temperature conditions. Clothing layers are the key to making dressing children for cross-country skiing easy. Layers give the child the flexibility to adapt their clothing according to their needs that day. Without layers you can both underdress them and over dress them. An enthusiastic young skier can generate a great deal of body heat and perspiration even on the coldest days.
Head: A warm polar fleece/wool toque or balaclava that protects all of the ears is essential. Headband and earmuffs can be worn on warmer days. Many children, especially the younger ones, also wear neck tubes (not scarves).
Hands: A good pair or two of gloves or mitts is critical. Usually a young skier’s hands are the first body part to become uncomfortable in the cold. For this reason alone it is worth spending a bit more and purchasing quality mitts/gloves for your child. Many use shelled thinsulate or polar fleece liners with a water repellent/waterproof shell.
Body:Slower children should continue to be warmly dressed but as they become more energetic and skilled they need to be dressed in such a way that allows excess heat and moisture to dissipate away from the body. Dressing in layers should be used for these children. These layers can be removed or replaced at will, even while on an outing.
The layer next to the skin should be made from a material (polypropylene) that keeps moisture and perspiration away from the skin and retains its insulating qualities when wet. Lifa, Patagonia Capilene, Sierra Designs are some of the many brand names that you can purchase. What ever you do avoid cotton!
Instead of insulated snowpants, light wind-pants or rain pants over one or two thin layers of polypropylene or polar fleece long underwear, will provide sufficient warmth and more freedom of movement and still repel the snow. On windy days it may be a good idea to bring the snowpants along and use them as a warm-up pant until the class begins and for after skiing warmth.
Polypropylene shirts covered by a polar fleece jacket and on windy/very cold days a windbreaker or light insulated jacket is a very simple way to keep the upperbody clothed. It is quite warm, allows excess heat and moisture to escape and repels the snow as well
We have a small selection of tops and bottoms that can be checked out for the season.
Feet: Socks. Avoid cotton. A wool blend with polypropylene or some other synthetic is ideal.
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