Kindergarten

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  • Age group: (5 and 6)
  • Goal: A playful introduction to cross-country skiing.
  • Contact:  Justin Carvitto

Limited to 12 skiers.

This program meets once a week, starting Dec 26th and ending Feb 6th.  Practices are on Mondays.  Most practices are at 3:45pm.  The first practice, on 12/26, and the one on MLK Jr. Day are at 10am.  Parent help is needed.


Skiers must be 5 years old as of January 1. This program is thus geared for older preschool children and kindergarteners. It’s a fun introduction to XC skiing. Skiers do not need to have prior experience.

The kindergarten ski program meets on Mondays at the Icicle River trail system (unless another location, like the golf course trails, is chosen). The season goes from December 28th to February 8th. The practice sessions are somewhat dependent on snow conditions. Sometimes sessions are cancelled due to poor conditions, while other times additional sessions are added. Please be sure to enter the email and phone number on the registration form, we primarily communicate over email. 

Participants are encouraged to ski with parents or friends on other days of the week too, so they get more experience.

We need each skier to have a parent or guardian help at Kindergarten sessions occasionally and/or provide snacks.  For the remaining sessions, the parents are welcome to just go and ski; there is no need to ski with the class unless you are assigned to help. 

The gear is known as wax-less classical. This means they use a track ski that has a fish scale pattern on the base. The length of the ski does matter, but any sporting goods store that sells Nordic gear can help you find them. LMS also rents these skis. Kindergarteners use a ski that ranges from 90 to 120cm. The longer ones are for heavier skiers, the shorter ones are for lighter skiers. It’s not an exact science – it is okay to have their skis close to the ideal length. They must have cross-country ski boots, made for track skiing. The boots must work with the bindings, and there are two kinds of binding: NNN and SNS. Their ski poles should also be Nordic track ski poles (not alpine), which means they have a track handle and basket. The pole length should be long enough that they are snug in the skier’s armpit when s/he is standing tall. Boots and poles should be pretty close to the ideal fit in order to be good enough. The coach will tell you if your skier’s gear is not fitting well, but we’d prefer you get it checked out by a local sport shop before ski practice.

The local shops that support our team are Arlberg Sports Haus, Leavenworth Mountain Sports and Der Sportsmann. You can get gear at other sports shops or the internet. During the winter, it will be difficult to find gear that is in stock, and it will be even more difficult to find a season’s rental. We recommend that you take your skier to a store early in the fall. Arlberg Sports Haus, LMS and Der Sportsmann will order gear for our team members at a discount, but only if they place those orders well before ski season. The best advice we can give you is to shop early!