What is a Sitzmark? It's a depression made in the snow by a skier falling backwards!

  • Age group: Kindergarten and 1st graders
  • Goal: A playful introduction to Classic skiing.
  • Practices: Sitzmarks meet once weekly (Mondays from 4-5pm) for 8 weeks, starting in early January. There will be no practices the week of Mid-Winter Break.
  • Registration Fee: $100
  • Contact: [email protected]
All Ski Team members are required to have a LWSC Season Pass.


Sitzmarks meet every Monday from 4 - 5pm, however, 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.

Unless notified, all practices will be held at the Icicle River Trails.


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.


This is a fun introduction to cross country skiing - skiers need not have any prior experience on skis.


Entirely Optional. There are three races held in Leavenworth annually (Skirennen, Kick your Sticks and Bakke Cup). Skiers are encouraged to compete, but these events will take place outside of normal practice times.

At race events, the Sitzmark 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.


The team will use email and app for communication. Your coach will have further details.

Parent Commitment

Parent help is important and very much appreciated. Contact your Head Coach to see how you can help.

Sitzmark skiers need one set of skis, boots and poles.

We use waxless classic skis. These have a fish scale pattern on the base which grips the snow to propel the skier forward and keep them from sliding backwards. The length of the ski is determined by skier weight. It’s not an exact science and in this introductory program it is okay to have skis that are 'close enough'.

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 binding systems are the same. The two options are NNN and SNS - and unfortunately they don't work together.

The ski poles should be Nordic ski poles, which have a more ergonomic grip than alpine poles, are longer and have a triangular shaped basket. They should be long enough to fit snugly in the armpits when standing up nice and tall.

Still have questions? email [email protected].

Arlberg Sports Haus and Der Sportsmann carry new kid-sized 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.

Sitzmark Registration


Registration Fees go towards purchasing training materials, subsidizing Team Apparel costs, purchasing U.S. Ski & Snowboard memberships and SafeSport training for all of our coaches, and paying our Nordic Team Lead Coaches, Devo Coaches, and Senior Coaches. 

Sitzmark Assistant Coaches are volunteers - be sure to let them know how much you appreciate them!

There is scholarship money available to those who need help covering the cost of a Youth Season Pass or Ski Team registration fees. Apply HERE.

Please contact sitzmarkcoach@skileavenworth with any questions.


  • I WILL be respectful, kind, supportive, and encouraging of my fellow teammates.
  • I will NOT participate in bullying, teasing, or taunting (both physical and verbal).
  • I WILL stay with my group and coaches.
  • I WILL do my best to pay attention and follow coaches' instructions.
  • I WILL talk to a coach or a parent if I am having a concern or problem.


  • Parents /Guardians will support the LWSC mission.
  • Parents/Guardians will support their skier in adhering to the Skier Code of Conduct.
  • Coaches are almost all Volunteers: they are here for the kids because they love teaching skiers, they are not babysitters. 
  • IF your skier cannot adhere to the Skier Code of Conduct, they will forfeit their ability to participate on the ski team for the season.
  • Parents/Guardians will be on time with pick up/drop off and communicate with coaches about missed practices and outlying circumstances.