With the goal of building technique and comfort on rollerskis, the Youth program operates two different rollerski training programs. Both rollerski programs focus on skate rollerskiing.
For five Sunday afternoons every fall, returning skiers age 11 or older as of December 31st of that year can participate in rollerski training in a parking lot setting. Skiers are grouped by experience on rollerskis and skiing ability. Our coaches focus on teaching rollerski safety, skate technique, agility, and having fun. The club provides skate rollerskis and poles for use at practice. This program is open to returning skiers who will ski in Western Europe or Scandinavia.
Over the summer, returning U14 skiers (age 12 or older as of December 31st of that year) can participate in rollerski training. The U14 program includes rollerskiing on quiet roads. The club provides skate rollerskis and poles for a reasonable rental fee during the duration of the summer program. This program is open to returning skiers who will ski in Scandinavia. This program continues the focus on teaching safety, technique, agility, and having fun. The program also seeks to increase the comfort of athletes on rollerskis in preparation for the Juniors program where rollerskiing is a mainstay of offseason workouts.
All of the Youth rollerski programs:
- a bike helmet
- well-fitting ski boots (participants cannot rent boots for the rollerski programs) ideally with NNN bindings
- running shoes
- a water bottle (ideally a hydration belt)
- high-vis clothing or vest (for U14 because we are on the roads)
- a red blinky light clipped to your helmet (U14)
- full finger bike gloves or inexpensive sturdy, but flexible gloves from the hardware store
- pants/tights that cover the knees
- soft volley-ball style knee pads
For more information on our rollerski program, contact the rollerski program coordinator in the members only section.