Nordic Kids

Welcome to the 2019-2020 Nordic Kids Ski Season!

The Blackhawk Nordic Kids Program is for children of all ages and abilities, parent-tot through 5th grade*.  The focus of this program is learning the fundamentals of cross country skiing (classic and skate technique) and having fun outdoors in the winter. Participants are separated into color groups, based on age & ability, for instruction and ski games.

Nordic Kids Lessons are offered Sunday afternoons from 2:00-3:00 and/or Wednesday afternoons from 4:30-5:30. Sunday lessons begin December 8 and Wednesday lessons on January 8.  Skiers may attend either Sunday or Wednesday or both lesson sessions.  We continue through March 1. Equipment is provided for a $25 fee and adult lessons will be offered 1-2 sessions during the season.

Parent-tot class will be offered during Sunday afternoon classes. This class is for parents who want to ski with a young child in a backpack or in a polk or ski alongside their young skier.  Children under 5 must begin in parent-tot class until they are ready to ski independently.

A parent or guardian is required to remain on the Blackhawk Ski Club premises during lessons.

Nordic Combined: On Sundays from 12:30-1:30 Intro to Ski Jumping will be offered for skiers interested in learning Nordic Combined, which is an event that scores both ski jumping and nordic skiing. Separate program registration is required.

Requirements: All participants must be members of Blackhawk Ski Club. This program relies 100% on the time and effort of parents and volunteer instructors. Parents are asked to help with practice either on skis assisting the instructors, handling gear, making hot cocoa, or handing out bibs.  Please sign on for at least one shift at the time of registration.

Program Fee: $35 per child for the season. These fees are used to offset incidental program cost and Blackhawk kids' hats; instructors are all volunteers.

Equipment: The club owns and maintains a fleet of youth cross country equipment (skis, boots, poles for classic skiing; skis, poles and some boot sizes for skate skiing). This equipment is available to rent for use during Nordic Kids sessions and by permission of the director while on Blackhawk trails. The rental fee is $25 per child for the season.  These fees are used for replacement, upkeep and maintenance of the equipment fleet.

Registration: Register online at www.blackhawkskiclub.org beginning September 9, 2019 (returning members) and September 23, 2019 (new members).  A confirmation email will be sent early November with details on volunteer sign up.  Locations for lessons (dependent on snow conditions) are posted on the website prior to each lesson.

*Youth skiers of all abilities may join the Middle School or High School Nordic Ski Team beginning in 6th grade, but are welcome to ski with Nordic Kids with permission of the director.

Questions: Questions can be directed to xckids@blackhawkskiclub.org