Returning team members to the same program: You don’t have to “register.” You just need to go into Teamstuff and pay your registration fee as well as fill out the below paperwork (Liability Release form and Concussion form).
New Nordic Ski team members, or if you are changing groups: (i.e. Kindergartener moving up to Koos Cruisers or former Jackrabbit/Koos Cruiser moving up to Comp/Devo or former Devo/Comp/Devo moving down to Koos Cruisers): First, check on Teamstuff which group your child is in currently. If it’s incorrect, please go to this invitation link to register (and let Marlene know to remove your skier from their previous group):
- Koos Cruisers are named in honor of local hero, Torin Koos, a four time Olympian, who represents the spirit of Nordic skiing excellence and joy.
- Age group: 1st-6th grades
- Goal: Improve skier technique through instruction and games.
- Skate and classic skiing
- Contact: Callie Baker
- Tuition: $130
Program Duration: Saturday, December 22nd through Tuesday, February 12th
Practice is twice weekly: Saturday mornings @10am and Tues afternoons @3:45
- Forms -
This year we are using a Team Management Software called Teamstuff. You’ll register (it will just ask a couple simple questions), and then it will send you a notice of the registration fee. So please register using the button below. And make the payment shortly thereafter. Scholarships available.
Email email@example.com with questions.
Scholarship application, again, is a written paragraph from the skier about need and desire to be a part of the team, sent to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and then to be determined anonymously by a separate judge.
Please also click the other buttons and print and complete the liability and concussion forms. Please drop them off to the ticket booth at Icicle Trails or mail them to:
c/o Marlene Farrell
PO Box 573
Leavenworth, WA 98826
**We need these forms in by mid December.**
Schedule and Locations
We strongly encourage Koos Cruisers to commit to both weekly practices. Skiers who are only able to attend one practice per week do not progress as quickly as their peers. This is disheartening for the skiers who see their teammates skiing off into the distance and difficult for the coaches who have to respond to an ever-increasing gap in skier ability within groups.
Skiers do not need to have prior skiing experience. Skiers will be placed into peer groups based on age and ability.
We meet on Tuesdays from 3:45-5pm and Saturdays from 10-11:30am. There's no practice on Christmas or January 1st. The end times can be slightly variable depending on the conditions and the ages of the skiers. Please ask your child’s coach what time they expect to be back at the trailhead if you are concerned.
The location of practices will vary between the three ski venues in Leavenworth: Icicle River Trails, Ski Hill, and the Golf Course. In rare instances practice sessions are moved to a different location or cancelled last minute due to poor conditions or inclement weather. We do what we can to minimize these situations but will communicate any changes to the schedule or cancellations as soon as possible.
There will be one race, the Skirennen, which falls on a Saturday during the season (1/5/19) and will be incorporated into our schedule. Participation is optional but encouraged.
We primarily communicate via an app called Teamstuff, which you will use for registration as well. Weekly program updates are sent out each Sunday night that contain information about the following week’s practice locations and ski technique.
Skiers need two gear setups: one is called waxless classic and the other is skate. Waxless classic skis are used in the track and they have a fish scale pattern on the base to grip the snow. Avoid any skis that are labeled "backcountry" as they are heavy and slow. Some skis will say "race," and that's okay because they are lighter, which your skier will enjoy. Skate skis are different because they have a smooth bottom, which just glides. Skate skis are usually a little shorter than classic skis.
Their ski poles need to be Nordic track ski poles (not alpine). When classic skiing, the skier’s poles should be long enough to fit snugly in their armpits, and when skate skiing, their pole length should be about chin-high. For really young kids, there may only be a small difference in classic and skate pole length, so many families opt to have them learn to skate on classic length poles. That’s okay, but do try to get a separate pair of poles for classic and skate, because a few centimeters can make a big difference when you are little.
They must also have cross-country ski boots, made for track skiing. Please make sure their boots work with the ski bindings, because there are two kinds of binding: NNN and SNS. Most Consecutive Week Lesson skiers will use a ‘combi’ boot, which is made to do classic and skate. That way they only need 1 pair of boots. We'd prefer you get the gear checked out by a local sport shop before ski practice, or email us with questions.
The local sport shops can help you: Arlberg Sports Haus, Leavenworth Mountain Sports and Der Sportsmann. There are other sports shops and also 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.