Monday, December 5, 2016

2016-2017 Nordic Club Intro Letter

Dear Nordic Ski Club,
Wow!  This makes three years in a row, and we are growing!  Coaches Joel Simpson, Steve Barrus and Stephanie Hancock (you can call us Coach or our first names, or Coach [last name] or whatever you want) are returning this year for another wonderful winter season.  Most of you have already registered (thanks!), but I’m including others from last year who might still be interested in joining this year.  If you are interested, please register through the City Rec Dept.  ASAP so we can get a good head count.  Even if you aren’t using City Skis, we need to have you registered for liability reasons.  Also, some of you may be attending only once a week instead of twice; that’s totally fine.

We have some of the best grooming around (I’d say the very best, actually), with wonderful skiing when we have snow (thanks, Randy and Doug!).  We also have an on-site port-a-potty (thanks, Jeff C. and Rexburg City!).  The Nordic Community is growing quickly.  Welcome aboard!

Our first practice will be December 12th at 4:15 (the bus usually drops kids off by 4, then they have time to put on winter clothes).  We will hand out the few City Skis we have (they’ve all been loaned out, see below).  If you can track down skis before then, you can either have a parent bring them that day or drop them off at my house before 2pm Monday and I can bring them for you. 


By the way, no experience is needed.  Those who know a little more will help those who know a little less.  Getting out in the winter is a great way to maintain fitness and sanity!  :)  We’ll have a lot of fun.

The City only has 8 sets of ski equipment, which have all been loaned out.

However, if you don’t have skis don’t panic.  We will try to get you on skis.  Forrest Southam has a supply of classic skis, boots and poles that can be rented at Sticks N Stones at 49 East Main Street.  For a season of rental skis, contact him directly at forrestglade at gmail dot com .  Forrest is super easy to work with.  He may have some skate skis, too (ask him about that).  Additionally, you can rent classic and skate ski packages at the BYU-I Outdoor Resource Center (208-496-7337).  I think that’s a daily rental, not a seasonal rental.  In the past, they’ve offered ski club members a discount - ask them about that.
Finally, I have a couple of my own skis that we can try to fit people into as a last resort, but very limited boot sizes.  We’ll do what we can -  we want everyone to get out and ski.

Buy your own
Go ahead and look around on Craig’s List and local stores if you’re interested in purchasing skis (which I recommend if possible).  They do NOT have to be high-end expensive skis.  As you get into the sport more, you may want to upgrade eventually.  Feel free to start on either classic skis (cheaper, and a good way to start) or skate skis (more pricey, but fun).
The closest ski shop is probably Idaho Mountain Trading in Idaho Falls.  The closest specialty shops (which have a bigger selection) are in Driggs (Peaked Sports, Yostmark), West Yellowstone (Free Heel and Wheel), and Jackson (Skinny Skis).  There’s also shop in Pocatello (Barrie’s Ski & Sports).  

There used to be - and maybe still are - some consignment shops that might be a good spot to check:
Victor Outdoor Seconds in Victor, Idaho
Headwall Recycle Sports in Jackson,Wyoming

Also, I've been told that Play it Again Sports in Idaho Falls sometimes has good nordic ski equipment.  



Grades 7-12


M & Th Practice, excluding Holidays and school closure days.  No practices over Christmas Break.


4:15-5:15. Once we have more daylight, we may extend to 5:30 (probably mid-January).


December 12 through approximately February 27, as weather permits (if there's no snow, we can still do dry-land training.  If it's a blizzard, we may cancel that day.  Check the blog for updates, and I will send emails.  If we run out of snow before Feb 27, we may end our season a little earlier than the 27th). 

DRESS WARMLY AND IN LAYERS.  Fingers need to be covered - please!  Wear good gloves, hats, warm socks, warm layers of snow clothes.  You may get too warm, so be prepared to shed layers.
SKIS can be stored on-site at our Ski Club Shed.  I will show up early each practice to unlock the shed.  You can leave your backpack and stuff in there during practice.  

BUS: Check with the Madison School District Transportation Department (208)359-3265 to find out which Jr. High or which High School Bus takes kids to the TETON LAKES GOLF COURSE (not the Municipal Golf Course).  You’ll likely need to send a note.  NO SKIS ALLOWED ON BUSES.

I hope that’s everything for now.  Please contact me if you have any questions.
Remember to check the blog regularly.

Many thanks,

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