Hello everyone and Happy Holidays from South Nordic!
I would like to update everyone on a number of things and get us all on the same page as we move into the new year, and, hopefully, as we get to start skiing.
First, I need to clear up some communication about the practice at Hyland and the list of skiers who were allowed to attend. Three Rivers Park gave us one opportunity this week to ski, but limited us to thirty people. Thus, we had to make some decisions about who to buy passes for. We saw this as a good opportunity to ski, but not necessarily the best opportunity to learn, so only selected from returning skiers. And even among the returning skiers we were not able to take everyone we wanted to. This list was NOT meant to say “Only these skiers deserve to ski,” just as this opportunity wasn’t about denying some skiers the chance to ski, but was rather a bonus that only a few were able to take advantage of. We want to make sure everyone on the team gets a chance to ski but with so few available opportunities it can be very frustrating when many do not get to do so right away. A parent organized a beginner’s group lesson through Hyland Lake Park Preserve, which I encouraged, but could not mandate for practice.
Secondly, I’d like to address equipment. The two biggest issues right now are some skiers have paid for but not received their equipment yet; and some skiers’ boots and bindings are incompatible. I’ve been working with Finn-Sisu about getting the rest of the orders in and they have assured me it will happen by the mid next week, so everyone will be fully equipped for Maplelag. The compatibility issue is most easily solved by switching the bindings on the skis. I will be doing so during the day on Monday, so if you need any bindings switched please contact me about how to get your skis to me before then.
Now, onto the fun stuff. Maplelag has snow! They currently have 20km of trails open. Temperatures are supposed to stay low up there and there is more snow in the forecast for them before we head up. If there are any outstanding paperwork issues please clear that up with Kathy Paulsen (Kaitlyn, Anna, and Emily’s mom) before New Year’s. I cannot wait to have the whole team on skis doing what we all signed up to do!
In the next couple days I’ll be updating with more information about coaches, races, how practices will run with snow, etc, as well as next week’s practice schedule. We will have practice Mon-Thurs next week. I’ve heard that it is easier for many to make it in the morning, so as long as we can get coaching staff there (not all coaches are on winter break, too) we will have morning practices.