Jessie Diggins: What MYSL means to me!

Feb 9, 2024

12.31.18 
Hey MYSL families! 
When I was younger, I loved it when we got our first snow. I still do, of course! But I would get so excited for a change of seasons and look forward to MYSL starting up again. 
 

 
I got into skiing because both my Mom and Dad love to ski, and when I was a baby they would put me in their backpack and go skiing on different trails every weekend. So I was out on skis before I could even walk! When I got old enough to get my own pair of skis, I remember going to the MYSL ski swap with my Mom and getting to pick out a pair of skis to have for the year. I was so excited to learn how to cross country ski and to meet new friends that winter! 
 
We joined the Willow River MYSL Club, just over the river in Wisconsin. When my little sister Mackenzie was old enough she started learning to ski as well, and we’d go out as a family every Sunday afternoon. It was part of our weekend routine! Even when it was cold outside and at first I maybe wasn’t looking forward to going outside, I was always happy afterward and I was always glad I got out the door to go see my friends and ski with my group. 
 
Every Sunday, we would make a big pancake breakfast, I’d do my chores (I had to vacuum the house and clean the windows, in case you’re wondering) and then we’d have lunch and go to MYSL practice. I loved doing warmups in the field with all the other kids because it usually involved tag and other games, and then I would join my group and we’d go ski! Sometimes we had a scavenger hunt, sometimes we’d go on a new trail or have a distance ski challenge, and sometimes we’d play games or do relay races. And SOME days, I’d forget my warm mittens and end up with cold hands! But it was always fun, and we’d end every practice in the warming hut with a big mug of hot chocolate and orange slices. 
 
At the end of every ski, we had a big board where every skier could write down how many kilometers their group had skied that day. It was a fun distance challenge, and at the end of the year we’d get a pin for how many km’s we’d accumulated. A bronze pin for 25km, a silver pin for 50km, and if we’d skied 75km over the course of the winter you’d get a gold pin. I still have all my pins, to this day! I was so motivated by the challenge of seeing how far I could ski and how many kilometers I could cover. 
 
 
When I got older, I joined a group called "silver skiers” [ed: this program is now called Skiwerx] and we would go do races as a group. We’d travel to a local race and get the chance to try out our skills! I learned that while I never liked that feeling of being nervous on the start line, I really loved the chance to feel like I was going as fast as I could! I always wanted to see how fast I could go, and how hard I could push myself. 
 
 
Through MYSL, I learned not only how to ski, but how much fun I could have while outside in the winter! I learned that playing tag on skis was incredibly funny, and I loved logging the kilometers I skied to see how far I could go every winter. I learned how to ski with good technique, and I learned how much I loved to ski fast and race. I’m so thankful for all the volunteers and skiers that made the MYSL so much fun! My family and I loved being part of the MYSL. I had so much fun learning how to ski and making friends on the trails, and I hope that you do, too! 
 
Jessie

Registration Updates!

Sep 29, 2023

2023-24 Registration Schedule now posted! Most of our clubs fill quickly and rental equipment goes even faster. Our clubs are 100% volunteer run and to support that, we have a phased registration system that gives priority to volunteers! PLEASE consider volunteering. We provide online and in-person coach training and lots of support. Together we get over 4000 kids on skis each winter!
 
 
Please click HERE to see details on our Registration Phases and incentives
 
Important Dates 
Volunteers are expected to commit to attending a minimum of six club meetings. 

Oct 4th, 2023 Leadership Team Registration
*Volunteer approval unlocks skier registration.
*Leaders, Director, Equipment Managers and Outreach Coordinators.
*Most clubs still need help on their Leadership Teams
 
Oct 11th - 22nd, 2023 Primary On Snow Volunteers
*Volunteer approval unlocks skier registration.
*Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Level 4-6 Sweepers, Skiwerx Sweepers.
*This is our biggest need. Please consider coaching! We have a fantastic App with daily lesson plans.
 
Oct 23rd - 24th, 2023 Other Volunteers
*Volunteer approval unlocks skier registration.
*Not all clubs will approve this ahead of public registration (but most will)
*Level 2-3 Sweepers, Chalet/Snack Coordinators, Photographers, some clubs have self-defined positions
*Please remember, ALL Level 1 skiers must have a registered Level 1 Attendant (no priority for this volunteer position)

Oct 25th, 2023 9am Registration Open to the Public
*"Waiting room" feature this year to slow down the flow into the payment portal. You will have to keep your browser open to save your place in line.
*Please do your research ahead of time. See the Ski With Us link on our top menu bar.
*In the metro, you should have a few club choices in mind if your first choice fills.
*We can't transfer rentals between clubs.
*Make sure you setup an account and know your login before Oct 25th.
*If a parent registered skiers last year, the same parent should register the skiers this year. 
 
Outreach and Non-traditional Skiing Families
*We have a variety of partners and programs to help us increase our diversity and reach. 
*Spots are held for these programs until mid-December and if they are not used, we will release them to our waitlist.
*Questions? outreach@myxc.org
 

Faster Skier Profile

Apr 25, 2023

Nordic skiing is growing fast in the United States. How is the largest youth ski organization in the country keeping up? A Q and A with Amy Cichanowski, Executive Director of the Minnesota Youth Ski League, on developing a more robust, diverse, ski community from the bottom-up.