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/Th

 

 

Junior Nordic

Anchorage Junior Nordic League’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.

Group sizes are small, average 10 skiers per coach. See the table below for lesson options. All groups ski three days a week:  two weeknights and Saturday.  The first session starts in November and our second session begins in January. Each session is eight weeks long. Discounts are offered for registering for both sessions. Rental skis are available for a nominal fee. Skiers must provide their own boots and poles.

Registration

Registration opens October 1st every year. Click “Register Online” button to sign up now. To support trails, Junior Nordic participants must be members of Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage.

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 907-276-7609 or aadamsanchoragenordicski.com to be put on the waitlist.

Junior Nordic Registration opens Sunday, October 1st.

Practice Times


Note: 4:30-5:30pm after school time is for Polar Cubs and Otters only

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 miss a practice.

Fees

One Session: $185
Both Sessions: $355

-NSAA membership is required for Junior Nordic. Your membership supports trails and helps NSAA continue to provide youth skiing opportunities for all ages and abilities. Look for membership when registering online!

Ski Rental: $40 per 8-week 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 27, 2018.

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: $25

-First time participants receive a free hat!

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 Begins: Monday, November 13, 2017

-Equipment Pick-Up Opportunities:

Thursday, November 9, 2017 5:30-7:30pm at Kincaid Bunker
Sunday, November 12, 2017 10-11:30am 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, December 30, 2017 – optional equipment return at Kincaid bunker after practice
Mon-Thu, January 1st-4th – after practice at your location, give your equipment to the Site Director
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 5:30-7pm at Kincaid Bunker
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 5:30-7pm at Kincaid Bunker

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.

-No practice on Thanksgiving

Second Session Begins: Tuesday, January 16, 2018

-Equipment Pick-Up Opportunities:

Saturday, January 13, 2018 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 10, 2018 after practice at Kincaid Bunker
Monday, March 19, 2017 5:30-7pm at Kincaid Bunker
Tuesday, March 20, 2017 5:30-7pm at Kincaid Bunker

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 Friday, April 27, 2018 at NSAA Office

-No practice on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day or Presidents Day

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

– Usually, we 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.

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.

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

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. Junior Nordicers are always encouraged to move at their own pace through the skill groups and are to do their best.

Junior Nordic offers and participates in several fun events each season, as well as all the ongoing fun activities incorporated into regular practice.

Continuing This Season – For those Junior Nordic skiers who are interested in racing, we are offering READY TO RACE (R2R).  Starting in December, our R2R team will be open to Wolverines and Hawks who are interested in racing.  The group will meet on Saturdays. Meeting locations will rotate from week to week (i.e. Hillside, Kincaid, Russian Jack).  Kids get ready for races like AMH Anchorage Cup and Besh Cups, and coaches provide race day support (for parents as well as kids). In addition to teaching the kids how to train and prepare for races, coaches offer ski waxing help, fun warm ups, and get everyone to the start line on time.

The Besh Cup races are designed for skiers of all skill and competitive levels. Learn more about Besh Cup Races

The AMH Anchorage Cup races offer youth races with shorter distances appropriate for younger skiers and the whole family! Learn more about AMH Anchorage Cup Races. All ages and abilities are encouraged to participate, and R2R will welcome all kids to join the warmup and get to the start line.

Parent Information

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

First Session: Meetings will be held either Monday, November 13, 2017 or Tuesday, November 14, 2017 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!

Second Session: Meeting will be the first night that your child has practice, at the time and venue where your child is skiing. This will be Tuesday, January 16 or Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

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

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.

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

Weather

Practice normally takes place as scheduled regardless of weather conditions. However, practice may be cancelled due to the following conditions: heavy snowfall, rain, extremely icy, high winds, and temperature below minus 5 degrees F. If there is no snow, as is sometimes the case at the start of Session I, skiers will have an alternative activity such as hiking with poles or playing games.  Call the HOTLINE for the latest information.

Medical Conditions

If your child has a medical condition that may need to be treated out on the trails (asthma, food allergies….) let the head coach and your child’s coach know. This is very important and helps avoid a crisis situation.  This information should be included in your child’s registration and we try to be sure that the coaches know about any medical information provided, but you should talk to your child’s coach directly.

Volunteering

Junior Nordic is a parent-run program and we ask that any parents who can volunteer do so. This can be volunteering to ski along with a group of skiers to help the coach or can be one-time tasks such as registration, special events, or end-of-season equipment clean-up and maintenance. Check with the site director at your location to see how you can help. If you are not able to volunteer we ask that you donate $25 per family per session.

If you are interested in volunteering please contact:

Program Director: Shannon Donley, jrnordic@anchoragenordicski.com

Waxing Videos on YouTube:

Other Youth Programs

 

Ski Jumping Program

Learn to fly with NSAA’s ski jumping program. Fun and exciting for ages 5 and up!  You can add-on jumping to Jr. Nordic lessons or do just ski jumping. Two days a week of Ski Jumping Lessons beginning in November. Choose from Tues or Thurs evening (6-8 pm) and Sat or Sun (noon-4 pm). Beginning jumpers can start on their alpine equipment. Jumping equipment provided as skills progress. Jumpers need to bring their own helmets. Junior Nordic skiers adding on Ski Jumping, best to select a M/W Junior Nordic option.

 

NSAA Biathlon Program

Biathlon blends the stamina of cross-country skiing and rifle marksmanship into a unique and engaging sport for skiers 10 and up. Kincaid Park’s world-class biathlon range is the focal point of the sport in Alaska. Take the Biathlon Rifle Safety Class and sign up for Eagle Eyes weekly lessons. Strong skate skiing ability recommended (Wolverine or Hawks group) but not required.

Training Groups for Children and Teens

Children and young adults that are motivated to take their Nordic skiing careers further should look into these great training programs.

 

4-5 Year Olds

Your child must be at least six years old (or turning six during the session) to participate in NSAA’s Junior Nordic. If you are interested in getting your child into skiing earlier than age 6, please check out the Muni’s Little Nordic program.

Municipality of Anchorage Little Nordic 

Contacts

Registration Questions or Concerns? NSAA Office Manager: Amber Adams aadams@anchoragenordicski.com, 907-276-7609

Junior Nordic Director: Shannon Donley jrnordic@anchoragenordicski.com

NSAA Program Manager: Tamra Kornfield tkornfield@anchoragenordicski.com, 907-276-7609