- Age group: 8th - 12th graders
- Goal: Provide quality technique instruction in both classic and skate skiing, while encouraging good sport ethics, healthy competition, and celebrating the joy of skiing. Racing is encouraged but not required. Our Senior Team will be focusing more on recreational skiing and learning a new sport, rather than a high level of competition. If you are interested in competing at a very high level, we encourage you to reach out to Plain Valley Nordic Team to support you through your goal.
- Practices: Seniors meet twice weekly for 8 weeks (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:45-5pm), starting in early January.
- Registration Fee: $175
- Contact: [email protected]
All Ski Team members need to have a LWSC season pass.
Seniors meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:45-5pm. 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 practice locations will vary between the three ski venues in Leavenworth: Icicle River Trails, Ski Hill, and the Golf Course.
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.
The majority of Seniors will have had some experience on skis (Nordic or Alpine), but it is absolutely not required. We welcome all who want to join.
We will be using the Remind App for communication between coach and team. This will be set up during the first week of practice. Practice and race dates can also be found on the calendar tab on this page.
Entirely Optional. There are three races held in Leavenworth annually (Skirennen, Kick your Sticks and Bakke Cup). Skiers are encouraged to compete but not mandatory.
At race events, the Senior 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, skiers are asked to either have classic skis with skins or fish scales. We will not be having a waxing table for skiers with waxable skis at practices.
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 [email protected].
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 Gear Swap.
Please contact [email protected] with any questions.
Registration Fees go towards purchasing training materials, subsidizing Team Apparel costs, paying our Junior Nordic Team Head Coaches, Summer Coaches, Devo and Senior Coaches and a portion of the Ski Education Director's wages.
It's almost time to get on the snow!
If you are (or will be) a Senior Skier this year you are welcome to look at our Fall Training plans. They are optional and are for on-your-own pre-season training. Also available to the masses are the following training plans, devised by Ivy Spiegel-Ostrom.