Rau: Kids Nordic programs abound in Grand County
Grand Nordic Corner
After a great program of High School and Middle School races hosted by Middle Park at Snow Mountain Ranch, we need to look at the other programs offered to our kids to be ready to either ski with the school teams, dream of higher levels or just learn to Nordic ski so the entire family can enjoy the fabulous winter in Grand County.
FREE KIDS PROGRAMS
The Grand County Public Schools’ Kids Fun Days at Devil’s Thumb Ranch is on Fridays 10-11:30 a.m. The Classic only program starts Jan. 9, and runs through March 13. Ski, play on skis, have fun with skis. Hot cocoa follows each program. Age: 3-12; most of the kids are 3-6 years old. Fee: $20 for the entire Friday morning series to cover trail passes, rental equipment, 90 minute lessons and hot chocolate.
Meet in the Nordic Center. Those who need to check out equipment will want to be at the rental counter before 10 a.m. Questions: contact Devils Thumb Activities Center 970-726-8231.
The YMCA Kids program offers ski instruction for beginners and more accomplished skiers ages 5-15, skiing games, winter nature activities, and ends with a Nordic Ski Festival the last Friday and Sunday with games and prizes for all. The program operates Jan. 9 through March 1 on both Friday and Sunday from 1-2:30 p.m. at Snow Mountain Ranch. The Friday program gives more progressive lessons. Equipment and trail pass are provided. Both Classic and skate lessons are available as well as never-ever.
Call Christine Lee at YMCA Nordic Center, 970-887-2152 ext 4173, for further information and to register. Equipment is provided but please arrive 30 minutes early. Parents are encouraged to help. Additional contact – Diana Lynn Rau, 970-887-0547.
Grand Lake Nordic Center
All Grand County kids ski free every Friday with free rentals. Call the Nordic Center at 970-627-8008 for more information. There will be several lesson days scheduled after the holidays .
FRASER VALLEY REC KIDS PROGRAM
Fraser Valley Recreation District offers Cross Country “Striders” designed for kids kindergarten through second grade for after school skiing Mondays, Jan. 12-Feb. 23, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Students learn both classic and skating techniques through games and exercises. Transportation and equipment is provided from the FVE gymnasium. Fee – $60 in district/ $70 outside district, Coordinated by M.A. Anderson and Leigh Edwards.
Cross Country “Cruisers” is designed for 3rd- to 5th-graders and operates on Wednesdays from Jan. 14-Feb. 25 from 3:30-5:30pm. Kids learn both classic and skating techniques and transportation and equipment is provided at the Fraser Valley Elementary gymnasium. Fee-$60 in district, $70 outside district. Coordinated by Kathy Jameson.
Visit http://www.fraservalleyrec.org for more information or to sign up.
GRAND NORDIC JUNIOR RACE PROGRAMING
Available mainly to kids 12-19, the program had its first season kickoff meeting Wednesday evening at Snow Mountain Ranch. Sponsored by Grand Nordic, this program introduces young athletes to the next level of competitive Nordic racing. This is meant to enhance and go beyond the middle school and high school programs.
Students will develop goals and plans to fit a progression and be coached and developed throughout the season to meet those goals. Projected training times are Fridays at 9:30 a.m. starting Dec. 19 and every other Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m. with additional dates offered over holidays, etc. For the full list of scheduled training dates and additional information or to sign up for the Junior race programming, visit grandnordic.org or call 970-887-0547.
Membership in Grand Nordic is required to participate in this program. All fees for this junior programming go to junior race development within Grand Nordic. The program fee for all athletes is $175 for the 2014-15 season. Athletes will be required to have both classic and freestyle equipment and turn in a liability waiver. Training will take place at both Snow Mountain Ranch and Devil’s Thumb.
Coaching leadership will be given by Grand Nordic Coaches and led by Bill Pierce. Bill is a USSA Certified and Licensed Level 100 Nordic Coach and has over 30 years of coaching youth to elite programming.
Diana Lynn Rau is president of the Grand Nordic Association.
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