Youth Skiers Page 2020-2021


The 2020-21 YMCA/Snow Mtn Ranch Kids Nordic Ski Program

by the the Grand Nordic Ski Club
Fridays 1-2:30 pm

The Kids Nordic Ski Program offers ski instruction for beginners and more accomplished skiers ages 5-10, skiing games, winter nature activities, and ends with a Nordic Ski Festival and prizes for all. The program will be offered starting January 22 ending February 26, 2021, with no classes Presidents weekend. Please arrive 30-45 minutes prior to lessons to get equipment and trail pass which are provided for the duration of the lesson. Classic, skate and never-ever lessons are available with a maximum of 20 students total. Call the Nordic Center at 970-887-2152 x 4173 for further information.

Parents are encouraged to help and will receive trail pass and equipment for the duration of the lesson if helping. Additional contact Grand Nordic President Diana Lynn Rau 970-887-0547.

Pre-registration is REQUIRED with SMR online, masks and social distancing are required. If feeling sick, please stay home! If Grand County goes into Code RED, lessons are cancelled.


The Grand Lake Nordic Center Kids Ski Lesson Program

There will not be a kids program this year.

2020-21 Winter Park Competition Center Nordic Programs

1-Day Nordic Team -- Saturdays -- 10:00 AM-12:00 pm -- Begins November 28
1-Day Nordic Team -- Sundays -- 10:00 AM-12:00 pm -- Begins November 29

Ages: 8-19
Location: Snow Mountain Ranch and Devils Thumb Resort

The 1-Day Nordic Team is an entry-level program designed to get kids interested in cross-country skiing, all while immersed in a fun and enjoyable atmosphere. Our goal is to develop the proper technique at a young age, to have fun, and to learn a great winter sport. If interested, athletes will also have the option to attend local and regional races through Rocky Mountain Nordic during the season. This program is a great progression into the full weekend or academy team as an athlete’s skill and desire builds.

More information:Bruce Manske

WEEKEND TEAM -- Fri., Sat., Sun -- 10:00 AM-12:00 pm -- Begins November 27

Ages: 8-19
Location: Snow Mountain Ranch and Devils Thumb Resort

Ages: 9-18

The Nordic Weekend Team is designed for youth in the Winter Park area or on the Front Range who are interested in getting better at cross-country skiing, having fun, and attending Nordic events and races. Practices will consist of technique specific drills, longer distance skis to build endurance, and games.

More information:Bruce Manske

NORDIC FULLTIME ACADEMY ATHLETES 5 to 6 days per week; times will vary -- Begins November 3

Ages: Middle School, High School, and Postgraduate
Location: Snow Mountain Ranch and Devils Thumb Resort

This year-round program is dedicated to athletes ages U16 and up that want to develop their skiing to the highest caliber within a supportive and fun team environment. The team will train regularly from September- April. In the summer, athletes will have the opportunity to attend numerous on and off-snow camps, and have access to dryland training.

Additionally, athletes will have access to full-time coaches, a comprehensive training plan with emphasis on sports physiology and proper training zones, nutrition advice, strength training, sports psychology, and technique work. This team will travel to most Rocky Mountain Nordic events and races throughout Colorado and Utah, as well as other regional and national races when possible.

More information:Bruce Manske


We will add additional information on youth ski programs in the County as they become available. Anyone running one of these programs may submit information to the Webmaster