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.

Nordic Wolves & Pups

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 the Ski Team skill-wise, or C) simply for those who don’t want to be that competitive on skis.

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 or ice skate on Chip Wulff Memorial Pond at no additional cost.

Calendar

Nordic Wolves & Pups typically starts on the second Sunday in January and lasts until the last weekend of February or the first weekend of March.

For the 2015/2016 season, we are shifting our class schedule to allow for more families and assistant instructors to participate in the program, and we’re adding open ski sessions for kids and parents to practice their skills more often.

Introductory Session
January 7 | 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Meet our instructors and volunteers, students and parents, and friendly folks in the Winter Park chalet. We’ll test skis, talk about the program, begin sorting participants by age and skill level, and have some fun on skis!

Structured Classes
January 10 – February 28 | Sundays | 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

On Sunday afternoons, we’ll have our full team of instructors and volunteers on deck to provide quality, focused instruction. We will continue finding the right Pup or Wolf placement for students.

Sundays | 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM
After our ski adventures, we’ll head to the snow tubing hill and Chip Wulff Memorial Pond for optional play time at no additional charge.

Continued Instruction & Open Ski Sessions
January 11 – February 25 | Mondays & Thursdays | 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Kids can continue their skiing development by practicing the skills they learned on Sunday. A reduced number of instructors and volunteers will gather each ski group, review lessons, set goals for the afternoon, and ensure a safe ski through Winter Park’s trails. Extra lessons and special ski adventures may also be scheduled on Mondays and Thursdays, and these updates will be communicated via email.

Cancellation & Weather Policy

The wooded trails at Winter Park are well-protected from the fierceness of winter weather. We will hold sessions if the ambient temperature is 0F or higher and there are no extreme wind, snow, rain, or other conditions. Cancelled classes may be rescheduled on Mondays or Thursdays, or added to the end of the season.

Costs

Low costs, high impact. We want to ski ya’ll often, and we want kids and parents to develop their skills together.

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Registration
$50 | First Skier
$35 | Additional Skiers

Equipment
The on-site Minocqua Winter Park Ski Shop & Ski School has a full line of equipment for rent, purchase, and trade-up.
$5 | Cost to rent skis, boots, and poles each session, per Nordic Wolves & Pups student or parent skier
$200 – $350 | Typical beginner equipment package | 30% – 70% trade-up value

Scholarship Opportunities

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).

Outcomes

Our main goals are to build skills and have fun. The season culminates with grant-funded registration in Winter Park’s 2K “Beat the Bunny” Kids’ Race, part of the Squirrel Hill Skiathlon event. The following afternoon, we will hold a celebratory campfire picnic.

As many as 70% of our Wolves & Pups have continued to kick and glide with the Lakeland Nordic Ski Team and their Elementary Ski Club, Middle School Ski Team, and High School Ski Team.

Come join the Lakeland family of Nordic skiers.

We’ll ski ya soon!