Summer 2024 Roller Ski Training

Registration is LIVE!

Go to District 196 Community Ed >> to register your skier.

Tank tops

Tank tops are now available for order for all Summer Roller Skiing Program athletes and coaches! The cost is $23 per top.

Orders are due by EOD May 22nd and will be delivered to athletes at the first practice, June 7th.

Women's tank top description:

  • 3.5 oz./yd², 100% polyester moisture-management/antimicrobial performance fabric
  • A-line body
  • Self-fabric binding on neck and armholes
  • Single-needle stitched neck and armholes
  • Double-needle stitched hem with tack

Sizes available: XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL

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Women's
Women's Tank Top

Men's tank top description:

  • 3.5 oz./yd², 100% polyester moisture-management/antimicrobial performance fabric
  • Badger Sport paneled shoulder for maximum movement
  • Self-fabric collar
  • Double-needle hem

Sizes available: S, M, L, XL, 2XL

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Men's
Men's Tank Top

Ordering a tank top

To order, please complete the following steps and provide payment. Orders are due by EOD May 22nd and will be delivered to athletes at the first practice, June 7th.

Step 1: Complete the form.

Step 2: Provide payment.

If paying via

  • Venmo, send $23 to @isd196nordicskiteam.
  • Cash or check, contact Kristin Wanken.

About the program

Does YOUR skier want to train this summer with their Nordic teammates? The Summer 2024 Roller Ski Training Program is coming up!

The program is intended to:

  • Provide an introduction to summer training for new skiers looking to improve their technique and condition
  • Offer an opportunity for Junior Varsity skiers to develop the skills and conditioning needed to qualify for the Varsity team next year (2023/2024)
  • Support our current Varsity skiers, including those taking part in other summer training programs, to further develop their skills with a focus on enhancing those aspects of skiing that have in the past limited their ability to achieve their personal skiing goals

Every roller ski ability is welcome. We will aim to have three coaches at each session so we can break into groups based on ability.

When

Practices will be from 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays starting Friday, June 7th and ending Tuesday, July 30th. There will be no practice between June 29th and July 5th per MSHSL blackout period rules.
Daily breakdown
  • Tuesdays: Meet at Falcon Ridge Middle School. Athletes will do plyos, strength and balance in the grass, technique drills (often at Eastview High School (EVHS) lot), and agility work. Specific strength on skis, like double pole or no pole skate.
  • Fridays: Meet at Ridge Cliff park across from the Covington neighborhood. Athletes will do intervals. Intervals will be in the Covington loop, occasionally up the Johnny Cake Hill for skiers proficient in downhills.
  • Sundays: Meet at various locations around the lower Twin Cities (ie Hyland, Wirth Beach, Rose Park in Burnsville, Orchard Lake Beach in Lakeville) for a long ski. Goal is 2 hours, but NEW THIS YEAR 🙂 there will also be an option for newer/slower skiers to participate and do a shorter loop or stay and work on technique. Coach Abe will attend that day.
Coach Ellen may decide to swap these Tuesday and Friday agendas, but both practice types will be included each week.
Rooms are booked in EVHS, so in the event of storms/bad air quality on a Tuesday or Friday, the group will be able to meet there and do some strength in the weight room as well as ski erg practice and a classroom session on various topics like, Junior National Qualifiers (JNQ), club skiing, nutrition, goal setting, and sports psychology.

Coaching staff

  • Ellen McCarthy: Writing workout plans, attending practice ~2 days/week
  • Jacob Daubenberger: Supervisor, attending 2-3 days/week
  • Brian Abery: Technique specialist, attending 1 day/week
  • Emily Percival
  • Liza Kerndt
  • Morgan Brown
  • Walter Haakenson
  • Luke Poppinga
  • Olivia Matsoff (alumni + coach last summer): when in town or as sub
  • Apollo Oase (alumni + coach last summer): when in town or as sub
  • Scott Lyon: volunteer coach and fun coach when he is in town!

Equipment

Required

  • Roller skis (these can be rented for the summer/fall from the Booster Club through Coach Abery; see below)
  • Ski boots (the same ones you used on snow)
  • Skate ski poles (the longer poles) that have their baskets removed and have ferrules installed on them (cost $14-$20 at a ski shop).
  • A well-fitting bicycle helmet (these are required per district policy)
  • Water bottle carrier/bottle and/or belt for hydration

Optional

  • Light pair of roller ski/work gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunblock/lotion

Sign-ups

The projected cost is
  • $250 for training 2 days/week
  • $300 for training 3 days/week
These costs cover coach’s salaries, insurance, and registration through community education. The cost will be finalized when we set up with Community Ed. If the price changes, the price will only decrease (not increase).
Please contact Coach Ellen (ellenmariamccarthy@gmail.com)

Roller ski rental

Roller skis can be rented through the Booster Club for $50 and picked up from Coach Abery.

So how does this work?

Step 1: Sign-up and payment

Cost is $50 to rent roller skis. Complete the form below.

Step 2: Pick up roller ski + sign waiver

Contact Coach Abery at abery001@umn.edu or 612.327.3678 to (a) complete paperwork/forms (ISD 196 Waiver and Rental Agreement) and (b) pick up the roller skis at his home, 11380 Albavar Path in Inver Grove Heights.

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ISD 196 Nordic Ski Booster Club | email: isd196nordicskiteam@gmail.com

Head Coach: Brian Abery | email: abery001@umn.edu