Nordic Kids is a FUN volunteer-led 8-week program that offers kids from 5 to 15 years old (age 15 or under on Dec. 31, 2014) and their parents the opportunity to learn, develop, and enjoy cross–country skiing skills together. Parents and other adult volunteers lead groups of kids in fun activities designed to teach the fundamentals of Nordic (cross-country) skiing.
We sort kids into classes by age and ability. Nordic Kids emphasizes all aspects of Nordic skiing, from fun on the snow for the youngest skiers, to technique, backcountry skiing, and racing for the older skiers. For all kids the emphasis is on having fun.
The Mt. Spokane Cross-Country Ski Park. Parents or custodians are responsible for furnishing transportation for their children to and from the ski area.
Every Saturday from January 3 to February 21 (depending on snow conditions), with Nordic Kids Olympics at Manito Park on February 28th from 2-5 pm.
Session Options:Choose between morning session (9:30-11:30 a.m.) or afternoon session (1:00-3:00 p.m.), followed by snack and hot chocolate at the Selkirk Lodge.**Please note change of morning session from original time of 9:00-11:00 to new time of 9:30-11:30.
Nordic Kids Games and Potluck
The Nordic Kids Olympics and Potluck at Manito Park from 2-5 pm on February 28 is the wrap–up to our season. Check your email for event details.
Spokane Nordic Membership (required prior to NK registration): $30 per family
Nordic Kids First child: $95
Nordic Kids 2nd Child +: $60 each
Nordic Kids Late Fee (after Dec. 15 for afternoon session; after Dec 23 for morning session): $30 per family
State Parks Sno-Park permit: $80 (available at area snow sports stores)
A limited number of Nordic Kidstuition assistance grantsare available if your family is having difficulty with the class fees. Emailinfo@spokanenordic.orgfor details.
Kids meet their coaches in the starting area dressed and ready to ski at 9:30 AM for morning session and 1:00 PM for afternoon. All parents are encouraged to participate in the lessons and help coaches on the snow because it is hilarious and laughing is good for your health.
Before and after class, kids supervision is the responsibility of parents or custodians. For their safety, young children who return to the lodge early or young children whose parents are still out teaching are encouraged to stay inside the lodge. They can have a snack, play games or read. Older kids are expected to behave responsibly outside and we have reasonable guidelines on what is acceptable behavior.
Lesson groups ski away from the lodge area out on trails into the woods, not contained in a small area like a swimming pool or soccer field. Because of the range of abilities within a group, the group may get spread out. However, parent assistants ensure that no child is left unattended on the trail.
If a child is late, we will make every effort to unite them with their group. If the group is out on the trail and not able to be reached, the late skier will be returned to their parent's care and becomes the parent's responsibility.
In order to create the best possible experience for each child and the class group as a whole, classes are created by sorting the kids by age, skills and physical fitness. This means that children may be moved to a different class group after the first or second week of lessons. This may be disappointing if a child wants to be in a class with a friend, but moving them will provide a better skiing experience as well as the chance to meet new friends.
Again, we want every kid to have the most fun possible!
Now That You're Enrolled...
Step 1: Decide how to be involved
During registration, you will be prompted to indicate how you want to participate. Helping out on the snow is a lot of fun and parents also receive pointers from our Professional Ski Instructors. Nordic Kids is run entirely by parent volunteers. Nordic Kids thrives on the energetic support of the parents -- without parent involvement, this program would simply not exist. Participation from at least one parent or adult from every family is expected. Participation by both parents, grandparents, etc. is encouraged!
There are a number of opportunities to volunteer:
Spokane Nordic is committed to creating, developing and delivering programs and facilities
to foster cross-country skiing within the greater Spokane community.
Spokane Nordic Ski Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
P.O. Box 501, Spokane, WA, 99210