Kids Programming

We work very closely with our local community to get more kids on skis and snowshoes. Our long-term goal is to guarantee that every child in the community can learn to ski at very low or no cost. Many of our youth skier programs are grant funded and volunteer led.


This program is for kids in kindergarten through 8th grade.

Nordic Wolves was created to give kids a place to learn more about cross-country skiing and to have big fun in the process.  It’s for kids who are either: A) too young to be on the elementary school Ski Club,  B) who aren’t quite ready for Ski Team skill-wise, or C) simply for those who don’t want to be that competitive on skis.

Nordic Wolves will meet every Thursday (4pm – 5:30pm) and Sunday (2:30 – 4:30pm), starting the second Thursday in January, at the Winter Park Chalet.

Kids will be separated into groups based on age and ability–Nordic Pups are younger and Nordic Wolves are older and a little more advanced–and each session will focus on having fun on skis.  Hopefully, in the process, we will learn a few things about cross-country skiing along the way!  At the conclusion of the Sunday sessions, kids will have the opportunity to go tubing on the Squirrel Hill snow tubing run at no additional cost.

Cost for the 8-week program (16 sessions) is $50 per skier.  Kids and parents who need rental gear can rent that from the Ski Shop for $5 per session per skier.

Minocqua Winter Park & Nordic Center received a generous grant from the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation to provide a limited amount of scholarships for the Nordic Wolves & Pups youth skier development program this season. This additional funding will enable us to reduce or waive the costs of instruction and equipment rental for area youth.

We are able to waive both the instruction and equipment rental fees for children in grades K-4th. Children in grades 5th-8th are eligible to have the instruction fee waived and then only be responsible for the acquiring ski equipment (available at the discounted rental fee of $5 per session).