Lake Elmo Park Reserve

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Registration: Full • Register for VolunteeringEnroll in Waitlist
Meets: Sunday
02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Starts: Jan. 1, 2023
Dates: Jan 1, Jan 8, Jan 15, Jan 22, Jan 29, Feb 5, Feb 12, Feb 19
Classic Rentals: Club Rentals Classic - online - $55.00
Membership: $50.00
Ski Pass Required:
Leader: Dr. Anna DeLaRosby
Skill Levels Offered: Level 1-6 Classic and Skate

Location, Dates, and Time

Lake Elmo Park Reserve Nordic Center Sunday, January 1, 2023 through Sunday, February 19, 2023 from 2:00-3:30pm

Skiers will need to purchase a vehicle permit ($7 Daily/$30 Annual) before entering the park.

Adults (18+) on skis will also need a Washington County Ski pass ($30 annual/$6 daily)

Levels and Age Guidelines

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.

Weather and Cancellation Policy

We will not ski if the air temperature is below -10˚ F or the wind chill is below -30˚ F. Cancellations will be posted on this Web page under “Announcements” and e-mailed to registered members of the club.

Children should be dressed in layers. A moisture wicking under layer, an insulating layer, and a wind proof layer are typically appropriate. Wool socks are great for wicking moisture and keeping toes warm.

Winter Gear Guidelines

Use this checklist for success:

Dry boots: Boots need to be dried out near a heat source between uses. They can’t stay in the car or garage.

Wool socks: No poly blends, no cotton.

Dry socks: A dry pair of socks needs to be put on right before you put on your boots. This makes a big difference.

No updrafts: Make sure jackets are not too big and billowy. To stop drafts, stuff jackets into pants, tighten drawstrings or wear a drink belt.

Hat (and a neck gator): We all know we lose a lot of heat through our heads. But making sure your ears and neck are covered is just as important. Buffs, muffs, or neck warmers are almost essential. Having the ability to cover your face up to your eyes makes a difference. The trapped warm air from breathing really helps keep the cheeks and nose warm.

Good gloves: Good ski gloves/mittens are an investment and can be found at ski retailers, but they are worth it. Keeping track of these should be in your job description. These should not be your child's school playground mittens.

Hand/Foot warmers: These are oxygen activated and you can “turn them off” by putting them in an airtight container (such as a jam jar). You can get about three uses out of each pack.

Calories: A skier that is low on calories will have a hard time staying warm. Bringing back up snacks and drinks is always a good idea.


This is an entirely volunteer run club. The success and affordability of this program comes directly from your contributions of time, energy, and talent. We are thrilled to have many returning coaches this year, but would love to have you join our great team. It’s a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon in the winter!


If you have any skis, poles, or boots you no longer use, please consider donating them to the Lake Elmo MYSL Club. We would add them to our rental fleet or if they are not NNN bindings with fish scales we will bring them to the swap and use the funds to purchase new rental skis. We are especially in need of skis for the older kids. MYSL is a 501c3 organization, so please let us know if you would like paperwork for tax purposes.

Reduced Fee Registration Available
The Sunday Lake Elmo MYSL Club values offering cross country skiing to diverse communities including people of color (BIPOC families) and those that qualify for free or reduced lunch programs. We hope to help families through any barriers they may have to getting on skis. Please email if you would like to learn more about reduced fees for club registration and/or support in getting ski equipment or outdoor clothing.
Opportunities include:
Youth Advantage - we partner with Youth Advantage to offer low or no fees for club registration, ski equipment and outdoor clothing for families that live in the Stillwater School District
MYSL Scholarships - we waive registration fees and assist families with acquiring ski equipment or outdoor clothing

Adult Learn to Ski with Endurance United

Endurance United is offering a 4-week Learn to Ski course for adults that will meet at the same time as our club.  Sessions will be on 1/8, 1/15, 1/23, and 1/30.  The 16 spots fill quickly so register soon.  More information and registration can be found at  We hope adult participants will join SkiSparks as sweepers and to help coach on the Sundays following lessons.