Kids Programming

Nordic Wolves & Pups programming for children in kindergarten through 8th grade.

Nordic Wolves & Pups 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.

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Calendar

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

Meet our volunteer instructors and staff in the Winter Park chalet. We will talk about the program and begin sorting participants by age and skill level.

Class Schedule – January 8 through March 4, 2017

Sundays | 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
On Sunday afternoons, volunteer instructors will provide quality, focused instruction. We will continue finding the right Pup or Wolf placement for students. 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 (conditions permitting).

Thursdays | 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Kids can continue their skiing development by practicing the skills they learned on Sunday. Volunteer instructors will gather each ski group, review lessons, set goals for the afternoon, and ensure a safe ski through Winter Park’s trails.

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.

Costs

Low costs, high impact. We want kids and parents to develop their skills together.

Registration
$60 | First Skier
$45 | Additional Skiers

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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 occasionally receives charitable grants to its Trail Fund to provide a limited amount of scholarships for the Nordic Wolves & Pups youth skier development program (as well as other community skier development initiatives). This additional funding enables us to reduce or waive the costs of instruction and equipment rental for area youth.

Skis, boots, and poles are available at a discounted rental fee of $5 per session from the on-site Minocqua Winter Park Ski Shop. The Ski Shop also has a trade-up program for growing youth skiers, and equipment is also available from other area stores and ski swaps.

If you are interested in participating our Nordic Wolves & Pups program but lack the funds to do so, please fill out the application below to be considered for a grant. Since a limited amount of funds are available we will prioritize the recruitment of a larger group of youth over the full-funding of a few individuals. Funding is not guaranteed.

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Outcomes

Our main goals are to build skills and have fun. 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.