Jan 162019

Hi everyone,

Just a quick update on our practices this weekend and into next week.

Meet on Thursday at Theodore Wirth. 5k Classic. Start times Boys at 3:30, Girls at 3:50. We will do two laps of the flatter side of Wirth.

Leave times are as follows.

Zimmerman 1:00, bus leaves 1:10

Salk/Vandenberg 1:05, walk to High school, leave at 1:30

ERHS: 1:15, leave at 1:30

Rogers HS: 1:35, leave at 1:50

For Friday we will have practice on your own. If you have a ski pass you can go to elm creek. Since we have the early release, the trails should be relatively empty until 2:45, when the other teams get there. You can choose to do classic or skate. Go for a 60-70 minute easy ski. There is no practice at the school on Friday. If you are unable to ski, please go for a 30-45 minute run.

Saturday: We will have practice at Mora again. The kids who went last week had a lot of fun, and we will do it again this week. It is supposed to be very cold on Saturday morning, so we are hosting practice later, in the warmest part of the day. We will meet at ERHS at Noon, and leave shortly after, that should put up up at Mora by 1:15. We will classic ski. The workout is a warmup followed by a series of shorter intervals. Depending on loops, likely around 1-2 minutes in length, focusing on turnover and double pole. We will end with a cooldown. We should be home by around 4:00 to 4:30. Please bring snacks and change of clothes with you for after the ski.

Next week: Monday. There is no school, and we plan on going down to Theodore Wirth to practice and preview for the Conference and Section Meets. If you are shooting for a spot on the conference or section team, we strongly encourage you to attend. Time TBD, likely mid morning. There will be a trail pass fee, we are working on getting a discounted rate for high school.

Also, two races next week, Thursday we are looking to move the Woodland meet to Mora, and then have the meet Friday at Elm Creek. We know this is also finals week. Please talk to your teachers to let them know you will be missing school these days, likely, last hour. Be proactive and schedule another time to take the test if you need to. Before school works well, or after school earlier in the week. The most important thing is letting your teachers know before the day of test.

Jan 132019

Jan 14-19

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Hi everyone,

Another week goes by without much snow. This week we will have two practices at Elm Creek, and one race at Theodore Wirth. Theodore Wirth is home to our Conference and Section Championships later this year. It will be great experience for us to ski there this week for a classic race. Teams there are Maple Grove, Park Center, Osseo, Irondale, and Spring Lake Park

Elm Creek practices are Monday (Skate) at 6:15-7:45 and Wednesday (Classic) from 6:15-7:45. The school has allowed us to take a bus to these practices, which is awesome. The whole team can take the bus if they would like. The bus will leave ERHS at 5:30 and be back around 8:30. Be there at 5:15 to get your skis and get ready to go.

Tuesday we will be at ERHS and have a chance for waxing skis. I know some of you have been asking about it. Tuesday is the day.

Friday and Saturday are TBD at the moment. If you have an Elm Creek pass, the option of skiing on your own is a possibility Friday.

Let’s hope for another great week, think snow!

Jan 082019

Hello all,

With the recent thaw on Monday, the trails are un-skiable at Woodlands until we get more snow. Even an inch or two would get us skiing out there again, as the trail is covered in a layer of ice, not bare ground. The alternative plan for the week is as follows.

Tomorrow: Race at Hyland as planned. 5k skate, girls at 4:00, boys at 4:30

Release times: Zimmerman: 1:05, bus leaves 1:15

Salk/Vandenberg: 1:10, walk to ERHS bus leaves 1:35

ERHS: 1:20 bus leaves 1:35

Rogers HS: 1:40 bus leaves 1:55

Thursday: Practice at Elm Creek at 6:15-7:45. Classic, focus on striding and kick-double pole. We will work with small groups. We have 2 vans for those who can’t drive.

Friday: Practice at Elm Creek at 2:45-4:30. Classic intervals. 1k intervals from the bottom of the wall, up the bypass and around the donut, finish over the top. 1 k active recovery back to where you started. Skip the 0.5k section on the lower end. For varsity boys, 5-6 intervals. For Varsity girls and jv, 4-5. For some beginners we will do shorter intervals. We will have 2 vans for this practice too. One at 2:45 for High school and one for middle school at 3:15.

Saturday: We will go ski at Mora Vasaloppet trails, about 70-75 minutes away. We are hoping to reserve the same two vans for this as well. Meet and leave ERHS at 8 am. We will do a distance skate ski of 20-25k. Stop for lunch on the way home.

Thanks to everyone for the flexibility and great attitudes this year with the low snow. It’s gone a long way to the success we have had so far. Lets keep up the good work the second half of the year. It should be a great one!

Jan 062019

Hi everyone,

First off. Great job to everyone who skied at Mesabi this weekend. We had another great race, especially among conference and section opponents. The second half of the season looks very promising going forward!

The practice schedule is updated for the week. We will be at woodlands for practice, with Friday possibly being at elm creek based on snow conditions for classic skiing. Check out full details under the practice tab.

We have team pictures this week. They will be Tuesday at Woodlands at 3:30. Bring your team uniform and team jacket if you have one.

If you have ordered a team jacket for this year, hopefully they will get here soon. I will talk to Mt. Borah about the status of the order tomorrow.  Uniforms for Rogers should be on the way, too.

Should be another great week!

Jan 012019

Hello everyone,

I hope everyone has had a good winter break. I know that our team trip to Michigan/Wisconsin went very well. Thanks to all the parents who helped out.

This week we have two races, one for everyone at Hyland on Wednesday (Classic), and the second race for varsity only this weekend at Giants Ridge. (Mesabi)

Here is our schedule for Wednesday at Hyland.

Girls 5k at 4:00, Boys at 4:30. 2.5k option for skiers as well. 20 second intervals, one skier from each team.

Leave times are as follows.

Zimmerman gets out at 1:05, bus leaves at 1:15

Salk/Vandenberg gets out at 1:10, walk to High School to catch bus at 1:35

ERHS, gets out at 1:20, bus leaves at 1:35

Rogers HS, gets out at 1:40, bus leaves 1:55

Then head to Hyland for meet, return to Elk River around 6:30-7 depending on traffic.

On Thursday we will practice at Woodland Trails in Elk River! We finally have enough snow to ski there and we are very excited! We will be skating as there is not enough snow for classic tracks yet.

On Friday we leave for Giants Ridge and the Mesabi Invite. We will leave after school about 3-3:30 and drive up to stay at Ring-Jarvi’s cabin. (former Elk River coach) We will stay overnight there and come home Saturday night after our races. We have permission slips and a cost for entry fee and lodging which will be handed out Wednesday. The meet is for top 6 from each team who are able to go. Entries are final as they were submitted yesterday. Here is who is going.

Rogers Boys Skate: Ethan, Tyler, Joey R.   Classic: Alex H., Andy, Hayden

Rogers Girls Skate: Anna, Elise, Ella

ER/Zim Boys Skate: Jadon, Lucas, Matthew    Classic: Eliott, Miles, Cameron

ER/Zim Girls Skate: Annica, Ilie, Sophie R.       Classic: Cheresa, Katelyn, Micah

No organized practice Friday or Saturday for those not racing at Measbi. Please ski on your own at Woodland Trails or elsewhere. The more time on skis the better, especially for first year skiers. Ski time on snow is the most important factor in improvement of skiing.

Should be a great week of skiing!