Junior Nordic Kindergarten Program

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):

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  • Age group: 5 and 6 year olds
  • Goal: A playful introduction to cross-country skiing. Classic skiing only.
  • Contact:  Justin Carvitto
  • Tuition: $75

Limited to 12 skiers.

This program meets once a week, starting in late December and ending in February. 
Practices are on 2 Saturdays, 12/22  and 12/29 and then 6 Mondays.  Practices start at 4pm on Mondays and 11:30am on Saturdays and last about an hour.
Parent help is needed.

- 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 with questions.

Liability Release

Scholarship application, again, is a written paragraph from the skier about need and desire to be a part of the team, sent to me ( 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.**

General Information

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

We meet on Saturday 12/22 and 12/29 and then Mondays (1/7-2/11) at the Icicle River trail system (unless another location, like the golf course trails, is chosen). The practice sessions are somewhat dependent on snow conditions. Sometimes sessions are cancelled due to poor conditions, while other times additional sessions are added. We primarily communicate via Teamstuff, an app that is also used for registration. 

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 waxless classic, which is a track ski that has a fish scale pattern on the base. The length of the ski matters, and any sporting goods store that sells Nordic gear can help you find the right size. Kindergarteners use a ski that ranges from 90 to 120cm. The length is based upon skier weight. 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.

We’d prefer you get the gear checked out by a local sport shop before ski practice, or email us with questions.

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 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.