We’ll be hitting the ski trails in January! The 6th and 7th grades will be participating in the Billings Nordic program for four consecutive Fridays this January (1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31). Students will be learning & practicing the fundamentals of cross-country skiing. In addition, we’ll be taking time to socialize and play in the winter snowscape. The program culminates with the Sahalie Lodge overnight, which happens Feb 6th-7th.
JANUARY 17 SKI DATE IS NOT A CONFIRMED GO AS OF SAT 1/11. WE"LL SEND AN E-MAIL NOTIFICATION AS SOON AS WE KNOW.
Regular School Start Time & 4- 4:30 pm Pick-Up Time -- On ski Fridays students come to school at the regular time, wearing their ski clothes. For the first two Fridays, we plan on being back by 4 pm. For the last two, we plan on being back by 4:30.
Nordic Lessons Included - For the first two Fridays, students will be taking morning lessons through the Snoqualmie Summit Nordic Center. They then have the afternoons to hone skills and join up with friends. On the last two Fridays, we will be skiing on our own, exploring other Nordic ski trails.
Yep, Billings has the Ski Gear - The good news is that Billings provides Nordic gear for every student (skis boots, and poles). Students who already have classic-style Nordic gear may use their own, if they wish.
What to Bring -- Layers Work the Best!
Please look over the accompanying gear and clothing list. The main thing to keep in mind is that multiple clothing layers work better than a heavy ski jacket and insulated ski pants. Unlike downhill skiing, students will be exerting energy on the flats and uphills. Wearing several layers of fleece under a lightweight rain coat and rain pants enables students to peel off and add layers as needed. With heavy ski outerwear, students typically overheat while wearing it and then get too cold when they peel it off. Need Winter Clothing? - We have a good supply of fleece items at school, plus a limited supply of waterproof pants and jackets. Please contact Tom or Katie, if you need to borrow these items.
Safety on the Trail
The trail systems that we will be heading to are designated X-C trails, and all are close to the highway corridor for easy access. We will be staying in well-forested areas, where snow conditions are inherently stable. When we do use a side-hill or knoll beside the trail to practice turns or stops (or even sled), we will select only short, protected slopes with solid run-outs.
Clothing Requests? Interested in volunteering?
Info on Clothing Requests and on being a Volunteer/Chaperone is included in this packet. Please read on!
We’re looking forward to another fun season of skiing!