• We get a lot of questions about Nordic skiing. Here are some general questions that we receive the most. Please take time to look it over.

  • Questions
    1) Do I need to know how to ski to join the ski team?
    2) What ski equipment will I need to get?
    3) When does practice end?
    4) Does my child need to purchase a ski pass?
    5) Will my son/daughter ski at every meet?
    6) How do I know when a meet gets canceled or rescheduled?
    7) How do I find out what time my skier competes?
    8) How can I support my skier and the team?
    9) What happens if my skier is injured during practice or a meet?
    10) What are the different techniques for Nordic skiing?
    11) Additional questions?
  • Answers
    1) Q Do I need to know how to ski to join the ski team?
    A  No. You do not need to know how to ski to join the ski team. We have experienced coaches that will teach you how to ski.

    In fact most kids who join the Nordic ski team have never skied before.

    2) Q What ski equipment will I need to get?
    A The school has skis and poles for rent for first year skiers. We recommend a good pair of Combi boots that will fit "NNN" bindings. Ask the coaches for suggestions on boots.

    Skiers are also required to get a ski bag big enough to hold two pairs of skis and poles, and they are also required to have FOUR(4) ski straps to hold the skis together. This is for the protection of the skis.

    We highly recommend that after the first year of skiing that each skier get at least one pair of skis, and poles, and by the time they are on in their third year they have both pairs of skis and poles.

    3) Q When does practice end?
    A During the beginning of the ski season, when we do not have snow, practice will usually get done around 5:00 P.M.

    Once we get snow we will take a bus to practice and we will get back to the school around 5:30 P.M. (There will be no activity bus at this time)

    4) Q Does my child need to purchase a ski pass?
    A YES. We get two season passes. One for Three Rivers Park District, and one for Theodore Wirth Park.  The Cost for the ski pass was $40 (2018-2019 winter season). Prices may change for the 2019-2020 season. 

     5) Q Will my son/daughter ski at every meet?
    A Your skier will ski at every meet unless it is "Mesabi East Invite", "Section", or "State". Only Varsity will ski in these meets.

    6) Q How do I know when a meet gets canceled or rescheduled?
    A If a meet is canceled or rescheduled. Parents and skiers will receive a Remind text if a change in schedule has occurred. You MUST follow @cphsnordic to receive these texts on your phone.  Text: "81010", and in the message type: "@cphsnordic".

    7) Q How do I find out what time my skier competes?
    A Generally speaking, all Conference races begin around 3:30 p.m.. Race order is usually as follows: varsity first, than junior varsity. This can change, so you should ask your skier for their race time.

    8) Q How can I support my skier and the team?
    A Show support by helping your skier get all the equipment they need to ski and to stay warm. Attend as many meets as you can. Cheer, encourage, and congratulate your skier and other participants on a job well done. Your child should be on this team because they want to be, not because you prefer it or want to relive your sports experiences through them. We want them on the team to work hard but also have fun skiing.

    9) Q What happens if my skier is injured during practice or a meet?
    A Parents will be notified in the event of any problems. A coach will stay with an injured or sick skier as their condition warrants. Other coaches, captains, team managers and parents will be responsible for the remaining team members.

    10) Q What are the different techniques for Nordic skiing?
    A We will be skiing two types of techniques. Classic skiing, and Freestyle (Skate skiing).

    Classic is the traditional type of skiing where you bring one foot in front of the other.

    Freestyle (Skate) skiing is when you "Skate" ski like you are ice skating or on rollerblades.

    11) Q Additional questions?
    A If you have any more questions please feel free to talk to any of the coaches. We are more them willing to answer any questions that we can. You can also e-mail your questions to charles.rietschel@ahschools.us.