Objectives


To introduce kids to Nordic skiing through a fun and engaging group learning experience.
To facilitate the teaching and learning of excellent skiing.
To foster personal empowerment, character, and growth that develops through the life-long sport of skiing.

 

The program has three components:

Teacup Nordic Youth Program

The youth program is for kids age 8-14. We meet at Teacup Nordic on Sunday mornings during the winter.  Practice time will be 10:30-Noon. Our first session will be January 6. We will meet for 8 consecutive Sundays.

We share a belief that developing young Nordic skiers is best achieved by learning the fundamentals of classic skiing first, before introducing skating. Our approach to teaching reflects a strong emphasis on good classic skiing technique.

The youth program is taught by volunteer instructors that have been trained in the best practices of ski instruction pedagogy.  Lessons are fun, engaging, and encouraging with identified outcomes. We place a premium on kids having fun, falling in love with the sport of skiing and on becoming excellent skiers.  Preparation for racing is not the priority with the youth program, but opportunities will be available to participate in local races.

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Key Dates for the Youth Program:

  • Sunday, January 6: First practice at Teacup, 10:30AM
  • Sunday, January 13: Practice at Teacup, 10:30AM
  • Sunday, January 20: Teacup Classic – our local race! 9:00AM
  • Sunday, January 27: Practice at Teacup, 10:30AM
  • Sunday, February 3: Practice at Teacup, 10:30AM
  • Sunday, February 10: Practice at Teacup, 10:30AM
  • Sunday, February 17: Practice at Teacup, 10:30AM
  • Sunday, February 24: Final practice at Teacup, 10:30AM

Program Cost and Registration

Youth Program: ages 8-14, 8 sessions for $95.

To sign up for the Youth program, download and complete the Registration Form <link>. In addition, register as a family membership online via our Membership site at http://membership.teacupnordic.org/.  Program fees are assessed via PayPal through your Teacup Nordic family membership costs.

All fees must be paid via PayPal http://membership.teacupnordic.org/

Contact: Head Coach Robert Schlichting  for questions regarding the youth program.

 

Junior Development Pipeline

New last year was a pilot middle school racing program. This will continue the coming season and evaluate its effectiveness before continuing the program subsequent years.  This program is for skiers 10-14 years old that want to consider training and racing into their high school years and potentially beyond that. Skiers should be experienced and competent with both skate and classic.  Skiers should expect to participate in racing both around Mt. Hood as well as in central Oregon and Washington. Skiers will meet Sunday morning at 9 AM and will ski with the Junior Development skiers and their coaches.  The season for this group will start in late November.

Key Dates for the Junior Development Pipeline:

  • Thanksgiving Weekend: Estimated start up
  • Every Sunday at 9 AM: Practice time
  • Saturday and Sunday, December 15-16: Sunnyside Challenge, Mt. Bachelor
  • Sunday, January 27: Teacup Classic – our local race! 9:00AM
  • Saturday and Sunday, February 2-3: Methow JNQ
  • Sunday and Monday, February 17-18: Mt Spokane JNQ

Program Cost and Registration

Junior Development Pipeline: experienced skiers ages 10-14, mid-November through February, $200.

To sign up for the Junior Development Pipeline, register as a family membership online via our Membership site at http://membership.teacupnordic.org/.  In addition, select the Jr Dev Program under Training Options on the entry for the skier.  Fees are assessed via PayPal through your Teacup Nordic membership.

Contact: Robert Schlichting at youth-ski@teacupnordic.org or Karl Andersson at dev-team@teacupnordic.org for questions regarding the Junior Development Pipeline.

 

Junior Development Program

The Teacup Nordic Junior program is designed for high school ages skiers to create personal growth in skill, fitness, determination, and character through the experience of the high demand of cross country ski racing.  Coaching emphasizes excellent technique and training physiology concepts during regular practices on snow at Teacup Nordic during the winter months. Athletes in this program attend Pacific Northwest Ski Association (PNSA) sanctioned Junior National Qualifier races held at various venues in the PNSA region.  Further, personal goal setting of any participant allows them to compete in local citizen races, for their high school team, or simply to log personal improvement. It is not necessary to be an experienced skier to be in this program, just a strong desire to improve!

The on-snow training season begins around Thanksgiving and concludes in early March.  Practice times are Monday and Wednesday at 4:00 PM and Sundays at 9:00 AM.

The coaching staff is led by Karl Andersson, a United States Ski Association (USSA) Certified Nordic Coach. Thi

s certification not only ensures coaching at an established national quality, and it also includes rigorous background checks.

We are proud of our record with this program. Teacup Nordic athletes frequently place well in Qualifier races and some go on to compete at Junior National Championships. Former athletes from this program continue to ski out of a love for this sport as competitors, coaches, or simply a lifestyle choice.  Other participants have used this program as an effective wintertime cross training outlet to enhance their primary sport of running, rowing, paddling, cycling as well as other endurance sports.

Key Dates for the Junior Development Program:

  • Thanksgiving Weekend: Estimated start up
  • Every Sunday at 9 AM: Practice time
  • Every Monday and Wednesday: Practice time (Time TBD)
  • Saturday and Sunday, December 15-16: Mt. Bachelor JNQ
  • Friday and Saturday, January 18-19: Regional Super Qualifier, Soldier Hollow, Utah – this race is for serious contenders for Junior National qualification.
  • Sunday, January 27 Teacup Classic – our local race! 9:00AM
  • Saturday and Sunday, February 2-3: Methow JNQ
  • Sunday and Monday, February 17-18: Spokane Nordic Cup JNQ, Mt. Spokane
  • Saturday and Sunday, February 10-11: Race of the Methow, Methow Valley
  • March 9-17: Junior Nationals, Kincaid Park, Alaska. For those that qualify.

Program Cost and Registration

Junior Development Program: high school, mid-Nov through February for $400.

To register for the Teacup Nordic Junior Development Program you must first register as a family membership online via our Membership site at http://membership.teacupnordic.org/.  An the additional Junior Development Program fees are additional and assessed via PayPal through your Teacup Nordic membership.

All fees should be paid via your Teacup Membership page on http://membership.teacupnordic.org/

 

For more information: Contact Karl Andersson at dev-team@teacupnordic.org to notify him of your intent to participate.