Venue:

Spidahl Ski Gaard

Greyed out options are no longer available.

Details:

Registration: Coming Soon
Meets: Sunday
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Starts: Jan. 7, 2024
Dates: Jan 7, Jan 14, Jan 21, Jan 28, Feb 4, Feb 11, Feb 18, Feb 25
Classic Rentals: See next option
Club Rentals Classic - in person
Membership: $40.00
Ski Pass Required:
Leader: Katrina Lea Mouser
Email: ottertail@myxc.org
Skill Levels Offered: Levels 2-6 Classic and Skate

Welcome to the Otter Tail County Youth Ski Club

This club is all about helping kids learn to love the life-long sport of Nordic skiing.  The club is open to 1st - 6th grade children.

Wondering about what skills are covered for each age group and how to best support your young skier? Check out the MYSL SkiSparks curriculum app and the MYSL YouTube playlists to learn more.

Visit our Facebook page for photos and other timely updates!

Equipment Return

Thank you to everyone who attended our equipment pick-up and picnic on February 25. For those of you who were unable to attend, we will have one more date for equipment return. The last option will be 3-6 p.m. on Sunday, March 3 at the Mouser's house: 25212 Co Hwy 124, Fergus Falls. If this date does not work, please make arrangements with a friend or family member to return your equipment for you.

Schedule and Location

For 2024, we will meet on Sundays from 2:00-3:30pm @ Spidahl's Ski Gaard (see map above).

January: 7, 14, 21, 28
February: 4, 11, 18, 25

Things to remember each week

  • Come dressed ready to ski. This includes a hat, gloves, and face covering. This year's welcome kit includes a face buff and a warm pair of socks.
  • Make sure you have all of your equipment -- skis, boots, and poles. Wear your ski boots in the car (but don't ski across the parking lot!)
  • Make a stop in the bathroom before you leave home.
  • Please arrive early (1:45 - 1:55) to check in and receive your ski bib.

Registration

Registration begins on Wednesday, October 25. Visit the MYXC registration page to get started. The registration fee is $40 and is payable online during the registration process. Please see below for equipment rental fees.

Equipment and Trail Passes

Equipment pick-up will be on Monday, November 6 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (102 W. Junius Avenue) from 5:30 - 8 pm. Equipment cost is $40 per skier ($100 family maximum) and will be paid on site at equipment pickup.  Cash or checks payable to "OTYSL" (Ottertail Youth Ski League).

There is no extra charge for MYSL participants to ski at Spidahl Ski Gaard during the MYSL season; however, non-MYSL family members are required to pay trail and equipment fees.  Families are encouraged to purchase a family trail pass for the season.  Contact Spidahl Ski Gaard for more information (218-736-5097).

Family Equipment Rental

If you have children who are not in the program but who would like to ski, we may have a limited amount of equipment available for rent. Please contact our equipment manager, Erik Ronnevik, for more details.

Weather and cancellation policy

We will not ski if the air temperature is below 4˚ F, or the wind chill is below -15˚ F, or at the leader's discretion. Cancellations will be posted on this Web page under "Weather Announcements" and a Remind (@otynski) text will be sent to parents/families. Cancellations will not be rescheduled.

Children should dress 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 snow suit are too warm once the child gets skiing.

Volunteering

This club is run by volunteers. Though we do not expect all parents to also serve as volunteers, the success and affordability of this program comes directly from your contributions of time, energy, and talent. We do have a number of ways to get involved with the program; please contact us if you would like to discuss ways you can contribute.

Following are some suggested areas of volunteer service:

Coaching

We really need your help!  If you plan to volunteer as a coach, please contact us. You do not need to be an expert skier to coach. We offer coaching positions for beginner, intermediate, and advanced (skate ski) students. Instructional information for coaches to use for each session will be provided. Given enough interest, training opportunities for coaches can also be arranged.

Assistant Coaching

Assistant coaches act as tagalongs for all levels. Basic duties include assisting students with putting on/taking off skis, helping with drills and other activities, and keeping students focused.

Bib Coordinator

Bib coordinators are responsible for making color coordinated level cards with skier's name and inserting them in bib pockets and collecting bibs at session's end.

Ski Equipment Coordinator

The ski equipment coordinator assists our head coordinator with distributing equipment -- keeping track of who has what, collecting rental fees, and collecting equipment at the end of the season 

Contact info

Program Coordinators

Leah Anderson - Communications
Erik Ronnevik - Equipment Manager
Mary Budke - Bib Coordinator and Outreach
Jake Krohn
- Website
Katrina Mouser - Program Organizer