Keeping Alaskan kids healthy and active now ... and for a lifetime.
Registration for the 2016-2017 season is now closed.
We have 3 sessions of Junior Nordics:
Mondays & Wednesdays 1-2pm,
Mondays & Wednesdays 5-6pm and
Tuesdays & Thursdays 5-6pm.
Parents, please read the updated 2016-2017 MSJN Parents' Handbook .
Junior Nordic Youth Ski Program. Mat-Su Junior Nordics (MSJN) provides an opportunity for children to enjoy the Alaskan winter while learning the sport of cross country skiing. Children all abilities are welcome to join and learn a sport they can pursue for a lifetime. The emphasis is on fun, fitness, and learning proper technique. MSJN skiers receive instruction in both classical and skate techniques from enthusiastic and dedicated volunteer coaches. Skiers learn proper care and handling of equipment, trail etiquette, good sportsmanship, and how to act responsibly in the outdoors. A typical practice session will include a warm-up period, a lesson in a technique, and an appropriate length group ski on the trails, ending with a fun activity.
for the Junior Nordics 2016-2017 season is now open. Participation will be capped at 300 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Register soon!
Who Can Participate. Youth ages 4 to 16. Parents must participate with children ages 4 and 5.
Groups. Skiers are divided into groups based on age and ability:
Dates & Times. Regular ski sessions begin January 9 and end March 2, 2017 with two separate
programs--Mondays & Wednesdays 5-6 pm, and Tuesdays &
Thursdays 5-6 pm. There is also a homeschool program on Mondays & Wednesdays 1-2 pm.
Government Peak Recreation Area & Chalet. Regular sessions and most events will be held at the Government Peak Recreation Area at Hatcher Pass, on North Mountain Trails Drive just off of Edgerton Parks Road. The GPRA trails are groomed specifically for cross-country skiing. There is a large parking lot and multiple terrain types that permit skiers of all levels and abilities to ski. The new GPRA Chalet is now complete and in use! There are also lights on all the trails this season. The GPRA Chalet will be managed 8am-5pm weekdays by the Mat-Su Trails & Parks Foundation. Mat-Su Ski Club and Junior Nordics volunteers are needed to manage the facility on weekends during the winter season.
Orientation. Orientation is held at GPRA Chalet during the first session of the season. Attendance is required as we will be going over important safety, procedures, and expectations for parents and children.
Community Races & Events. These are fun, informal events for the whole family held approximately once a month. Events may be held at GPRA or in other locations.
Skills Clinics. MSJN holds skills clinics providing tips for improving skate and classic skiing, including waxing, turns, starts, training
schedules, training techniques. Dates and fees to be announced.
Membership Fees & Ski Rental. Participation in Junior Nordics requires Family Membership in the Mat-Su Ski Club and a membership for each child in the Junior Nordic division. Rental is optional and includes ski, poles, and bindings, but not boots, for the whole Junior Nordic season. Ski and pole availability is not guaranteed. Equipment will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Bring child when renting skis and poles to assure proper sizing. Fellowships are available for families with limited financial circumstances. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Fees are shown in the table below:
Online Payment. You can pay for MSSC membership and JN participation online at www.matsuskiclub.wildapricot.org.
Parent Handbook. Important! Please download and carefully review the Parents Handbook 2015-2016.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/MatSuJuniorNordics
Questions? Contact Tammy Sipos at 232-8640 or email@example.com.
Skis and other support for Mat-Su Junior Nordics have been generously provided by:
Mat-Su Health Foundation
Backcountry Bike & Ski
Capstone Family Medicine