Skill Development & Focus
Emphasis will be on good body position, balance and weight shift through play. Maintain appropriate balance and stance while skiing in all terrain and under a variety of conditions. Focus on team work and fair play. Basic cross country ski fundamentals and the stamina to ski three days in a row.
Encouraged to race in local events, interclub comps that may lead to state and divisional races including Junior National Qualifier (JNQ). The average distance of a race for an athlete of this age is a 5K.
NOTE: GTSSF Nordic competes within the Intermountain Division.
View regional ski clubs.
Event details are located at IntermountainXC.com.
On Snow Schedule
16 weeks starting November 28th, 2023 – March 17, 2024.
- Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 3:30pm-5:00pm
* Starting in February, when there is more daylight, practices will be 3:30pm-5:15pm.
Athletes are highly encouraged to participate in the GTSSF Trampoline sessions at Teton Indoor Sports Academy. Workouts include: gymnastics, trampoline and tumble track.
Athletes are also highly encouraged to attend the Strength Training Program.
*One session of each Trampoline and Strength Training are included in this program
- Skis: Waxable classic skis and skate skis.
- Boots: One pair of skate boots and one pair of classic boots, or one pair of combi boots.
- Poles: Skate poles and classic poles of appropriate heights.
- Ancillary Equipment: hill bounding poles, appropriate footwear and clothing for all activities.
- GTSSF Rentals: we have a wide range of boots, skis and poles to fit most athletes for a nominal rental fee.
None required for local races. A USSA Cross Country Athlete license is required for Junior National Qualifier (JNQ) races, athletes 13+.
* See usskiandsnowboard.org for current pricing information.