Junior Nordic

1st Session: November 26, 2018 – January 12, 2019

2nd Session: January 14, 2019 – March 9, 2019

Anchorage Junior Nordic’s goal is to instill a lifelong love of cross country skiing in Anchorage’s youth. This non-competitive program for kids ages 6 to 14 is all about getting active and enjoying Anchorage’s fabulous parks. Junior Nordic is a program of the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage, a non-profit organization.

A brief history of Junior Nordic HERE thanks to Kathy Sarns, “I remember young Kikkan Randall…”

Registration

Open to children ages 6 to 14. For 1st session, the child must be 6 years old by 12/10/2018. For 2nd session, the child must be 6 years old by 1/28/2019.

Registration for Junior Nordic is online only. Junior Nordic groups are filled on a first come first serve basis.  Please note that the second session (Jan – Mar) typically fills up by early December. If the desired location and days are not available, the session is full. Please contact the NSAA office at 907-992-0109 or admin@anchoragenordicski.com to be put on the waitlist.

Hotline & Text Updates

Hotline: 907-258-6800
Text to number 81010:

@kincaidm – Kincaid M/W
@kincaidt – Kincaid T/Th
@hillsidemw – Hillside M/W
@hillsidet – Hillside T/Th
@russianjm – Russian Jack M/W
@russianjt – Russian Jack T/Th
@ready2race – Ready 2 Race

-After School Junior Nordic

@earlyhmw – Hillside M/W
@earlyhtt – Hillside T/Th
@earlykmw – Kincaid M/W
@earlyktt – Kincaid T/T

2018 – 2019 Fees

Junior Nordic is for children ages 6- 14. For 1st session, the child must be 6 years old by 12/10/2018. For 2nd session, the child must be 6 years old by 1/28/2019.

First Session: $175
Second Session: $195
Both Sessions: $355

NSAA membership is required for Junior Nordic. If you and your family are trail users, please consider supporting NSAA with a family membership. Your membership DIRECTLY supports the trails that Junior Nordic use weekly, and helps NSAA continue to provide youth skiing opportunities for all ages and abilities. We need all trail users help to continue the world-class grooming and to provide ways for your fellow Alaskans to lead healthy active lifestyles! Add a family membership to your cart when registering online!

Ski Rental: $40 per session per child (optional)

-Parents must provide boots and poles for their children. If renting NSAA skies, please provide NNN binding boots

Ski Extension: $10 per child (for families and kids who want to keep skiing after Jr. Nordic ends)

-Second session only; keep skis until April 30, 2019.

Parent Unable to Volunteer: $25 per family, per session

-Junior Nordic is a parent volunteer program and we ask that any parents who can volunteer do so. This consists of skiing along with the coaches (in a separate group from your own child), or helping out at equipment pickup, registration, or clean-up/maintenance. We respectfully request $25 per family per session if parents are unable to volunteer.

Replacement Junior Nordic hat: $30   -First time participants receive a free hat!

Practice Times

Choose Location Choose Weeknight Time Choose Days
Russian Jack 6:30 – 7:30pm M/W/S or
T/Th/S (2nd session only)
Sat: 10:15 – 11:45am
Kincaid 4:30 – 5:30pm or 6:30 – 7:30pm M/W/S or T/Th/S Sat: 10:15 – 11:45am
Hillside 4:30 – 5:30pm or 6:30 – 7:30pm M/W/S or T/Th/S Sat: 10:00 – 11:30am

4:30 – 5:30 After School is for Polar Cubs (1st time or beginner skiers) and Otters (beginner skiers) only.

6:30 – 7:30 Junior Nordic is for ALL levels (1st time skiers, Polar Cubs, Otters, Wolverines and Hawks).

Arrive at least 15 minutes early so that your skier can find their group, wax skis, and receive necessary information from coaches.

Skiers arriving late will not be able to find their group without assistance from their parents. It is the responsibility of the parent to find the proper group if late.  Do not just drop off your child or expect a coach to find the right group.  Junior Nordic will not be responsible for skiers who arrive late for practice. On occasions when you know you will be late, it is best to ski with your child until they connect with their group, or miss a practice.

Refunds

To receive a refund, a written request to cancel must be postmarked or emailed by the following dates. This policy also applies to ski rental fees.
a) Two weeks prior to start of Session: 100% refund, minus $15 processing fee;
b) One week prior to start of Session: 50% refund; minus $15 processing fee;
c) Later than one week prior to start of Session: NO REFUND

Important Dates

First Session: Monday, November 26, 2018 through Saturday January 12, 2019

-No practice on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day

-Equipment Pick-Up Opportunities: Thursday, November 15, 2018 5:30-7:30pm at Kincaid Bunker

Jackets and/or skis must be picked up during the dates and times above. You may have another parent pick up your child’s gear. There is NO pickup at the NSAA office.

-Equipment Return Opportunities:
Saturday, January 12 10am-12pm at Kincaid Bunker – FINAL OPPORTUNITY

Jackets and/or skis must be returned during the dates and times above. You may have another parent drop off your child’s gear. Jackets must be washed; skis must be wax-free.  Returns to the NSAA office will incur a $10 fee.

 

Second Session: Monday, January 14, 2019 through Saturday, March 9, 2019

-No practice on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 1/21/2019, Presidents Day 2/18/2019, or Ski 4 Kids Day 2/23/2019

-Equipment Pick-Up Opportunities:
Saturday, January 12, 2019 10am-12pm at Kincaid Bunker

Jackets and/or skis must be picked up during the dates and times above. You may have another parent pick up your child’s gear. There is NO pickup at the NSAA office.

-Equipment Return Opportunities:
Saturday, March 9, 2018 after practice at Kincaid
Monday, March 18, 2019 5:30-7pm at Kincaid Bunker
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 5:30-7pm at Kincaid Bunker – FINAL OPPORTUNITY

Jackets and/or skis must be returned during the dates and times above. You may have another parent drop off your child’s gear. Jackets must be washed; skis must be wax-free. Returns to the NSAA office will incur a $10 fee.

-Ski Extension Return: on or before Wed, April 30, 2019 at NSAA Office

Locations

Hillside/Hilltop Trail System

-Meet at Trailside Elementary School in the Multipurpose Room, or outdoors behind Service High School by the little gym. Some Saturdays, we meet at the Hilltop Trailhead, which is at the far north end of the Hilltop Ski Area parking lot, off Abbott Road. The hotline message and/or text updates will tell you where the group is meeting.

Kincaid Park

Meet at the Kincaid Chalet in the East Room. The Kincaid Chalet is at the west end of Raspberry Road, in Kincaid Park. Sometimes we meet in the Bunker at Kincaid, a cement building across the parking lot from the chalet. Some Saturdays, we meet at the Jodphur Trailhead at Kincaid, which is on Jodphur Road (West on Raspberry Rd to Sand Lake Rd, South on Sand Lake to Kincaid Rd, West on Kincaid to Jodphur, South on Jodphur to the Trailhead). The hotline message and/or text updates will tell you where the group is meeting.

Russian Jack Park

Meet at the Lidia Selkregg Chalet at Russian Jack Springs Park.   The Chalet is South of Debarr Road between Bragaw and Boniface, in Russian Jack Springs Park. Some Saturdays, the group may meet elsewhere and directions will be given. The hotline message and/or text updates will tell you where the group is meeting.

Equipment

Thank you to these sponsors for their generous donation to spruce up the Jr. Nordic jackets!

                  

 

All registered skiers will need to pick up a Junior Nordic wind jacket and skis (if renting from NSAA). First time participants will receive a hat. We do NOT rent out boots and poles. If you are renting NSAA skis, you’ll need NNN ski boots to be compatible with bindings on rental skis.

Ski Rental: $40 per session per child
Ski Extension: $10 per child

Equipment Pick-up: Please bring a check or credit card as deposit for the jacket and/or skis. The deposit for the Junior Nordic jacket is $50 and the deposit for NSAA skis is $125.

More Equipment & Clothing Information

Skill Groups

POLAR CUBS:  Younger beginners learning to feel comfortable on skis, basic diagonal (classical) technique, safety and etiquette.

OTTERS: More advanced beginner skiers learning skate skiing and mastering classical technique, along with safety skills and etiquette.

WOLVERINES: Intermediate skiers learning to put together the techniques of classical and skate skiing to move fast and effortlessly along the trail. Wolverines have more independence on skis, emphasizing group cohesiveness, etiquette and physical stamina.

HAWKS: The most accomplished skiers, learning advanced diagonal and skate techniques as well as racing techniques and strategy. Hawks are the elite, and as such wear the distinctive Hawks jacket. They must demonstrate discipline, cooperation, and desire.

Competition & Racing – Ready to Race (R2R)

Because the philosophy of Junior Nordic is to encourage children to learn and enjoy cross country skiing as a lifetime activity, competition and racing are not the focus of the program, but participation in community races is fun for the whole family.

Ready 2 Race is a program geared towards Junior Nordic skiers who are interested in learning more about racing! This program is great for skiers looking to participate in middle school ski team or community races, such as the AMH Anchorage Cup races.

Ready 2 Race coaches will provide race support at AMH Anchorage Cup races including course preview, help with waxing, answer questions, and lead warm-ups. Ready 2 Race skiers will learn include proper waxing technique, relay handoffs, and how to prep for a race day. There will also be clinics on various Sundays and Fridays. The clinics will focus on teaching important race skills and providing information for both parents and kids.

Click the link HERE to learn more about competition and racing!

Parent Information

All parents must attend an orientation meeting on the first day of practice.

Meetings will be held the first night of each practice (M/W or T/Th) at 4:30 pm or 6:30 pm at the time and venue where your child will be skiing. If there is snow, the kids will be skiing; if there is no snow, we still have practice and the kids will run or hike with the coaches and play games. We still have fun, getting in shape for skiing!

Click here for more important Junior Nordic parent information.

Hotline and Text Updates

The hotline tells you where the final location of practice will be and also provides information on weather, trail conditions and other special events relating to Nordic skiing. Always check the hotline before you leave for practice each evening and on Saturdays. Please note that typically it is updated each day by 3pm, but it may be as late as 5pm (due to changing weather and snow conditions).
Hotline: 907-258-6800

For updates by text (Hotline is primary source of practice location and conditions)
Text to number 81010
This message:
“@kincaidm” – for Kincaid M/W
“@kincaidt” – for Kincaid T/Th
“@hillsidemw” – for Hillside M/W
“@hillsidet” – for Hillside T/Th
“@russianjm” – for Russian Jack M/W
“@russianjt” – for Russian Jack T/Th
“@ready2race” – for Ready 2 Race

-After School Junior Nordic
@earlyhmw – Hillside M/W
@earlyhtt – Hillside T/Th
@earlykmw – Kincaid M/W
@earlyktt – Kincaid T/Th

We also communicate with families by email. We keep our email list for Junior Nordic purposes only, and send the emails so that the list is not available to all recipients.  This is a great tool for us to keep families informed, so please provide your email address when you register.  If you are not receiving emails, it may be that they are not making it through your spam filter.

Contacts

Registration Questions or Concerns? NSAA Office Manager: Amber Adams admin@anchoragenordicski.com, 907-276-7609
Junior Nordic Director: Shannon Donley jrnordic@anchoragenordicski.com
NSAA Program Manager: 907-276-7609