At this time, we are unable to accept any more registrations unless the parent is able to serve as either lead instructor or assistant. If you wish to register your child(ren) and are able to help out in that way, please email, (509) 869-3042 and we will look at the possibility of late registration.

Nordic Kids Ski Lessons

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, 2015) 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: $65
  • 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 Kids
tuition assistance grantsare available if your family is having difficulty with the class fees. Email for 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:

  • On the Snow: each group of 5 to 8 kids will need 2 or 3 adult leaders (on skis) who assist the coach, every week. You don't need to be an expert, just willing to lead and have fun!
  • Coordinators: will serve as communication facilitators for each group.
  • Lodge Helpers: will do check in, check out, snacks, patrolling the lodge area, and clean up.

Your involvement doesn't require a huge amount of time -- just 3 shifts during the season. And the jobs are easy and fun!

Step 2: Get skis for your child
Kids need to have their own ski equipment. You can check our new ski swap page for any listed ski packages. Mtn. Gear, Fitness Fanatics and REI all have child and youth packages for around $200 or less. Fitness Fanatics also has a season lease/purchase plan. Waxless skis are encouraged.

Please remember to mark all skis and poles with the child's name.

Boots: Ski boots should have room for toes to wiggle; that helps keep feet warmer. On very cold days, toe warmers can be paced in the child's boots.
Poles: You do not need to bring poles for kids 4 and 5 years of age and beginner 6-year-olds.

    *Click here for ski and pole sizing charts.

Step 3: Get your State Parks Sno-Park permit
You must have a SnoPark permit to park at the Nordic area. Permits cost $80 and are available at local ski shops and from the Park Rangers. The money from the sale of SnoPark permits supports cross country grooming, snow removal, and winter Parks staffing at Mt. Spokane.

Step 4: Prepare their skis
  • Applying a universal glide wax to your child's skis is simple and inexpensive. It will help the skis glide better and on days with sticky snow, will help prevent snow from clumping on the bottom of the child's skis. There are several different types available from Fitness Fanatics, Mountain Gear or REI, and you can follow the instructions that come with it.
  • We recommend purchasing universal SwixF4 glide wax. It comes in a little plastic box with cork glued on the bottom. Simply crayon it on the bottom of the ski and rub it in vigorously with the cork.

Step 5: Dress your child well
Children should come to the lesson dressed in layers. WEARING COTTON FABRICS (i.e. cotton turtle necks, blue jeans) SHOULD BE AVOIDED! When they get wet, cotton fabrics, when get wet stay wet for a long time, and draw heat from a persons body.

Body: Layers
  • Ideally, a synthetic or silk moisture-wicking base layer should be worn next to the skin.
  • The next layer should be an insulating layer of fleece (or wool).
  • An outer layer for beginner skies is usually similar to what is worn by downhill skiers: snow pants and lightly insulated jacket or snow suit. For faster, more advanced skies the outer layer may be a breathable windbreaker.

Head: Hat
  • Children should wear a knit hat. Try it at home, make sure it is a good fitting one and will not slide on your child's eyes during class.

Hands: Mittens
  • Mittens are much warmer then gloves. Most kids are encouraged to wear insulated mittens. Some mittens have pockets for hand warmers - those are great, especially for younger children.

Feet: socks
  • Kids should wear wool fleece socks, with synthetic or silk liner, if needed. NO COTTON SOCKS!

  • Lip balm is encouraged. On warmer sunny days, sunscreen can be used. On colder days put an oil-based skin salve frost nip barrier on your child's face. It should not contain water or any plant juice like aloe vera. WEARING A SMILE IS A MUST!!!

If you have any questions about the Nordic Kids program, please contact


Thanks to Camp Spalding, Saint George's School and Windsong School for their support.

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

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