- Age group: 5th - 7th graders
- Goal: Provide quality technique instruction in both classic and skate skiing, while encouraging good sports ethics, healthy competition, and celebrating the joy of skiing. Racing is encouraged but not required.
- Practices: Devos meet three times weekly (Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:45 - 5pm, Saturdays 10 - 11:30am), starting in early December and ending in mid-February. There is optional fall training, but generally the season starts in December and ends mid-February.
- Registration Fee: TBD
- Contact: Heidi Loewen
All Ski Team members need to have a LWSC season pass. They are on sale now, and prices will go up at the end of October.
Devos meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:45 - 5pm and Saturdays at 10 - 11:30am. End times are somewhat variable depending on available light. Practices during school holidays may be canceled or held at different times. In rare instances practice sessions are moved to a different location or canceled last minute due to poor conditions or inclement weather. We do what we can to minimize these situations and will communicate any changes to the schedule or cancellations as soon as possible.
The location of practices will vary between the three ski venues in Leavenworth: Icicle River Trails, Ski Hill, and the Golf Course.
Our schedule is set to compliment the Junior Alpine Ski Program and a large portion of our skiers participate in both programs.
Skiers are placed in peer groups based on age and skill level. We have a group of talented, dedicated and fun-loving coaches who will help you skier to gain new skills, feel confident in their abilities, and have a great time while doing it.
A majority of Devos will have had some experience on skis (Nordic or Alpine), but it is absolutely not required. We welcome all who want to join.
Weekly program updates will be available on this webpage under the 'Weekly Updates' tab. The calendar will be updated as well, and links to all of the information will be sent weekly via a Ski Team Newsletter.
Entirely Optional. There are three races held in Leavenworth annually (Skirennen, Kick your Sticks and Bakke Cup). Skiers are encouraged to compete, and a few of these events will take the place of normal practices. There are additional weekends during the season when some coaches and team members will attend other regional races. We will do our best to have coaches available in town for those skiers who are not attending races.
At race events, the Devo racers will compete by age and gender brackets against skiers from all over the Northwest. If skiers choose to race, they will represent the LWSC Junior Nordic Team. Coaches and parents will be present as a support network to aid skiers in registration/ bib collection/ warm ups/ etc.
Parent help is important and very much appreciated. There will be volunteer opportunities announced periodically; most notably we will need parent help with the three local races mentioned above.
There are two pairs of skis needed for each skier, classic and skate.
As for classic skis, those skiers who want to race need to have waxable classic skis or skin skis, not fish scales. Waxable classic skis have a smooth bottom & need wax to grip the snow. We will be waxing skis as a team before every classic practice, and at the races. This is a chance for youth and parents to learn proper waxing techniques. The skin skis work well in most conditions, so they are an option as well.
Skate skis have a smooth bottom and are designed to glide. Skate skis are usually a little shorter than classic skis.
The length of the skis really matters, and any sporting goods store that sells Nordic gear can help you find appropriately sized skis.
Your skier will need a pair of cross-country ski boots that are compatible with the bindings on their skis. If you don't get your skis and boots at the same time or from the same place, be sure to check that systems are the same. The two options are NNN and SNS (profil or pilot) - and unfortunately they don't work together. Some skiers will use a ‘combi’ boot, which is made to function well for both classic and skate, but for better performance (racing), you’d want to have a separate pair of boots for skate and classic.
They will need Nordic ski poles, which have a more ergonomic grip than alpine poles, are longer and have a triangular shaped basket. Classic ski poles should be long enough to fit snugly in the armpits when standing up nice and tall. Skate ski poles should be a bit longer, approximately chin to nose high.
Still have questions? email Heidi.
Arlberg Sports Haus and Der Sportsmann carry new gear, Arlberg Sports Haus does seasonal rentals and used gear is available via Craigslist, the LWSC facebook Buy & Sell page, your neighbor and the LWSC Ski Swap.
Registration will open in October.
If you want to be the first to know, read your Ski Teams Newsletters. If you're not receiving the Newsletter but would like to, email Callie Baker.
The Registration Fee goes towards purchasing training materials, subsidizing Team Apparel costs, paying our Junior Nordic Team coaches and a paying a portion of the Youth Program Director's salary.