Venue:

Lake Elmo Park Reserve

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Registration: Open • Register for VolunteeringRegister Skier
Meets: Saturday
02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Starts: Jan. 7, 2023
Dates: Jan 7, Jan 14, Jan 21, Jan 28, Feb 4, Feb 11, Feb 18, Feb 25, Mar 4
Classic Rentals: Club Rentals Classic - online - $55.00
Membership: $50.00
Ski Pass Required:
Leader: Hao Peng
Email: lake_elmo_saturday@myxc.org
Skill Levels Offered: Level 1-6 Classic and Skate
Backup Plan: Battle Creek in St. Paul

Welcome to the Lake Elmo SATURDAY SkiSparks Club

 

The 2023 season will be a great year for the kids at Lake Elmo Saturday SkiSparks Club.  This is a volunteer led program. Every family is urged to help in some way. Please see below for volunteer information.

Schedule and location

Lake Elmo Saturday SkiSparks will meet for 8 Saturdays beginning with our first meeting Saturday, January 7, 2023 from 2:00 – 3:30 PM at Lake Elmo Park Reserve.

Announcements and Ski Pass Information

There will be a separate trail pass for Washington county trails this year for individuals 18 and older.  This will include our coaches.  The cost is $30 annual/$6 daily and applies only to the East Side trails (that we've used in past years). .  

Weather and cancellation policy

Cancellations will be posted on this web page and notification sent through email.

Children should be dressed in layers.  A moisture wicking under layer, an insulating layer, and a wind proof layer are typically appropriate.  Please use your discretion noting your child’s activity level and the outside temperature/wind chill. Often a winter jacket and snow pants or a snowsuit are too warm once the child gets skiing unless they are young and in the beginner group.

Equipment

We have some great equipment for skiers to use for a nominal fee - $55 for the entire season.  This equipment can be taken home and used for family outings and to practice throughout the week.  Please remember we have a limited number of ski packages and sizes, so register early. If you paid for rental equipment on-line but were not able to be outfitted, you will be reimbursed for the fees.

Our rental skis are classic no-wax skis.  We do not have skate ski equipment available on a rental basis.  Children skiing in level 5 or above should have their own skate skis, boots, and poles.  In addition, for children skiing at level 4 or above, waxable classic skis are highly recommended. 

Registration

Please register early to insure a spot at Lake Elmo Saturday SkiSparks.  You can register your skiers here.

Levels and age guidelines are as follows:

For children who are new to MYSL, assign the child to the lowest skill level that spans their age as of January 1.  If a child has skied at least 10 times, consider advancing them one skill level. It is common for kids to repeat skill levels, so returning families need to choose a skill based on last season’s performance, but still staying within the age ranges.  Coaches will assess children at the first meeting, but it is important for parents to accurately assign levels by age during the registration process.

Classic ski lessons: Level I: Ages 4-7 (parents ski along with the child), Level 2: 6-8 (parents check in occasionally), Level 3: 7-10, Level 4: 8-12

Skate ski lessons: Level 5: 9-13, Level 6: 11-14

More about skill levels here: https://www.myxc.org/skisparks-1.  Questions about levels? Contact us at lake_elmo_saturday@myxc.org.

Communications

We will be communicating with Lake Elmo Saturday SkiSparks families via email.  We need valid emails for all. When you register please include a correct e-mail address.  

MYSL is on Facebook!  You can “like” the MYSL page to get general announcements, photos and videos from each of the MYSL club.

Need to contact us? Email us at lake_elmo_saturday@myxc.org

Volunteering

This is a volunteer run club.  The success and affordability of this program comes directly from your contributions of time, energy, and talent.  By registering for this club, you are committing to the club’s success and are agreeing to volunteer. 

Following are some suggested areas of volunteer service:

Coach:

We really need your help!  This is our biggest need and is one of the most rewarding ways in which you can help the club.  Kids get more out of the program when the coach-to-kid ratio is low, and coaches need not be experienced skiers to volunteer.  The MYSL program makes it easy for a coach to know what to do. An eight week curriculum has been prepared for every class level and each day's lesson is printed on a card that can be carried in your pocket.  The pocket guide also provides many helpful tips and games to keep classes enjoyable and interesting. You do not have to be an elite level skier to be a coach. All you need is a desire to help kids and have fun.  Contact us at lake_elmo_saturday@myxc.org to sign up.   

Junior Coaches:

High school aged skiers, we need you!  We rely heavily on high school volunteers, who are fun, friendly and in far better shape than most of us.  Contact us at lake_elmo_saturday@myxc.org to sign up.

Assistant Coaches:

As an assistant coach, you can support a coach by accompanying the group on the trails and helping skiers.  If you feel like your skiing level is at the same level as the level your kids are signed up for, you would be a fantastic assistant coach!  You are not in charge of the instruction, rather you are there to make sure the kids are safe, have an adult to bring them to the bathroom, and can assist with activities.  

Charlet and/or Snack Coordinator

Coordinate and monitor a space and/or snack for club connection and weekly socializing.

Organize Sign-Up for families to bring weekly snacks.
Ensure that no skier is in a room with 1:1 contact with adults.

Going Above and Beyond

Make hot cocoa for skiers each week.
Strategizing no-waste, compostable or low-packaging snacks

This can be a shared position.

Photographer

Take pictures at club meetings with personal camera/phone and share with club members and MyXC Staff. Post to our club Instagram page. 

Contact us at lake_elmo_saturday@myxc.org to sign up.   

If you have ideas about how to help kids learn to ski, now is your chance to make it happen.