Skirennen 2019


  • 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.
  • Practices: Seniors meet four times weekly (Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 3:45 - 5pm, Saturdays 10 - 11:30am), starting in early December and ending in mid-February.
  • Registration Fee: TBD
  • Contact: Nancy Bywater

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.


Seniors meet on Tuesdays, Wednesdays 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 practice locations will vary between the three ski venues in Leavenworth: Icicle River Trails, Ski Hill, and the Golf Course. There is optional fall training, but generally the season starts in December and ends mid-February. Sometimes sessions are canceled due to poor conditions.


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.


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 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 Commitment

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 Nancy.

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. 

Summer training is available in 2 different options:

1. $50/skier: Roller skiing opportunities weekly with coaches. The club has roller skis your skier can borrow! All you need is a helmet, XC ski boots and poles. Bring elbow &/or knee pads if you have some, our supplies are limited.

2. $100/skier: Training sessions above, plus early season fitness testing, late summer fitness testing (to see progress) and biweekly workout plans sent to skiers with suggestions for intensity level, amount of time, etc., education regarding safe and effective training and skiers also may contact Nancy with questions.

The $ from the summer program goes back into the Jr. Nordic fund; all of the participating coaches are volunteering their time this summer!!!

Here is the tentative roller-ski schedule:

summer training

As we are currently in the process of changing up our communication tool and registration process, please email Nancy to confirm your interest in either program.<


  • Initial fitness testing will be held on TUESDAY, JUNE 18th at 7:00 pm
  • Balance Point Health & Fitness 10171 Ste. 1 Chumstick Hwy, Leavenworth

Aerobic threshold testing will be performed & we will do a time trial on a Ski Ergometer. 

  • If you turned in all of your forms (registration/liability/concussion) for this past ski season, you do not need to fill out further forms.
  • Bring a check made out to LWSC.  
  • PLEASE CONTACT Nancy ahead of time so that she knows how many skiers to expect


If you are unsure which option your skier should participate in here are a few guidelines:

  • If your skier wants to get a taste of roller skiing and does not want to think of training through the summer, sign up for roller skiing only.
  • If your skier is interested in racing, or on a higher level vying for a position on the PNSA regional team that goes to Jr. Nationals, I would recommend doing both.


The training plans will come with guidelines for appropriate developmental age.  Our focus is to keep our skiers healthy, engaged and enjoying all aspects of a healthy outdoor lifestyle. 


Looking forward to some fun outdoor time with the skiers!!