Monday, January 5, 2015

Nordic Club Back in Session

We started up practice again, now that the Christmas break is over. Finally we have snow! Unfortunately, like Tom Anderson said, today it was like skiing on mashed potatoes. The snow warmed way too quickly. We went from about -20F last week to nearly 40F today. After two fantastic winters, it's a little disheartening to watch this winter's roller-coaster weather. Still, today despite high winds gusting around 35mph, we had 15 kids (grades 7-12), two young kids (yes, they're mine. I'm counting them since they were there!), our head coach, me, and three other adults show up, plus four other high school kids who say they're planning on joining up. And all this on an off-winter! I'm delighted. It's fantastic to have dedicated skiers so early in our Club's existence. They're doing great and having fun. Thanks to Coach Barrus for all his preparation & coaching. And thanks to the members for their enthusiasm. If you're having fun now, just wait until we get a good ski day! You'll be amazed.

Come join us on Mondays & Thursdays from 4:15-5pm at the Teton Lakes Golf Course. Everyone is welcome, although coaching is tailored to our 7-12 graders. You can always rent equipment at BYU-I's Outdoor Resource Center. You can also purchase skis at area ski shops, borrow them, and even find them online. Some brands fit people by weight, others by height - go ahead and Google sizing charts for nordic skis to get an idea of what's right for you. We coach classic and skate techniques both, so any kind of nordic ski is welcome. Just come and start learning! There are no fees, just your own cost to rent or buy equipment.

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