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Register for Youth Rangers

Youth Rangers

Youth Rangers, a program for kids 10-15 years old, is a next step for those who are looking to use their Nordic skiing skills as a base for wider experience in winter survival, ski patrol, ski instruction, and other aspects of Nordic Skiing.

Participants will meet for three-hour Saturday morning sessions for eight weeks. While they will spend a portion of their time enriching their skiing skills, the majority of the program is focused on strengthening skiing skills and skills necessary to be self-sufficient in the outdoors.

The intent of this year’s sessions are to provide the Rangers a foundation of skills on which to build and carry over to all of their adventures to come, be it skiing, hiking, biking,… whatever!

Location: Mt. Spokane Cross-Country Ski Park

Cost: $125 per Ranger. Family must have Spokane Nordic membership.

Dates: Saturdays Jan 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb 4, 11, 25, plus assisting with Nordic Kids Olympics March 4th

Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 noon

Class limit: 12 youth

Registration Deadline: December 15 ($30 additional charge is added if registering between Dec 15-Jan 7th)

Sessions (subject to change)

Participants will meet for three-hour Saturday morning sessions for 8 weeks. Through skiing (good techniques will be taught along the way), the students will be introduced to best practices techniques:

    • ·         Back-country skiing techniques: self-rescue and basic telemark turning and speed control
    • ·         Knowing the environment: reading the snow and weather, being prepared and being safe
    • ·         Knowing your equipment: preparing the skis, dressing for the day out and emergency repairs
    • ·         Way-finding navigation: knowing where you are and how to get to where you want to go
    • ·         Nutrition & hydration: fueling your body appropriately, back country kitchens and food preparation
    • ·         Shelter: planned winter camps and emergency shelters
    • ·         First-aid: an introduction to knowing what and what not to do 

    Certain specific instruction will under the guidance of Ski Patrol members, Mt. Spokane Rangers, and other experienced outdoor adventure enthusiasts. 


    Students will be expected to carry a small backpack that has enough space to carry the ten essentials https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ten-essentials.html.  Wider touring skis will be more stable on off trail routes.  Combi Skate/Classic boots with hinged plastic ankle support also work very well in the back-country.  Lastly, leg gators will be essential to keep the snow out of the children's boots.  

Next Steps

Step 1: Join Spokane Nordic or renew your membership
You must be a Spokane Nordic member to register your child for Nordic Kids. Your membership is tax-deductible to the full extent allowed.
  • if you are not yet a Spokane Nordic member, join now. Then return to this page and move to Step 2 below.
  • if you are a past member but have not renewed for this year yet, renew now by logging into the system in the box at the top-right of the home page.
  • if you are having problems renewing your membership and/or signing up for Nordic Kids, please email todd@spokanenordic.org. We will help resolve the issue on-line or send you a mail-in form.

Step 2: Register for Youth Rangers
When your membership application is complete, return here and register for Youth Rangers.

We have a limit of 10 participants for the program. There is a $30 late registration fee for each family after December 15.

A limited number of Nordic Kids tuition scholarships exist. Please complete the Nordic Kids Scholarship Application and submit by December 18.  Questions may be directed to

Spokane Nordic is committed to creating, developing and delivering programs to foster Nordic skiing
within the greater Spokane Community through efforts of organization, advocacy, and communication.

Spokane Nordic Ski Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

P.O. Box 501, Spokane, WA, 99210

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