Nordic Kids

Nordic Kids: The Blackhawk Nordic Kids Program is for children of all ages and abilities, parent-tot through 5th grade*.  The focus of this program is learning the fundamentals of cross country skiing (classic and skate technique) and having fun outdoors in the winter. Participants are separated into color groups, based on age & ability, for instruction and ski games. A parent or guardian is required to remain on the Blackhawk Ski Club premises during practice.

Nordic Kids Lessons are offered Sunday afternoons from 2:00-3:00 and/or Wednesday afternoons from 4:30-5:30. Sunday lessons begin December 9 (excluding December 24th and 31st) and Wednesday lessons on January 9.  Skiers may attend either Sunday or Wednesday or both lesson sessions.  We continue through March 3 (weather permitting). Equipment is provided for a small fee and adult lessons will be offered 2-4 times during the season.

New this year: A parent-tot class will be offered during Sunday afternoon classes. This class is for parents who want to ski with a young child in a backpack or in a polk or ski alongside their young skier.  Children under 5 must begin in parent-tot class until they are ready to ski independently.

Nordic Combined: On Sundays from 12:30-1:30 Intro to Ski Jumping will be offered for skiers interested in learning Nordic Combined, which is an event that scores both ski jumping and nordic skiing. Separate program registration is required.

Requirements: All participants must be members of Blackhawk Ski Club. This program relies 100% on the time and effort of parents and volunteer instructors. Parents are asked to help with practice either on skis assisting the instructors, handling gear, making hot cocoa, or handing out bibs.  Please contact us at the email below if you are interested in helping out with Nordic Kids.

Program Fee: $35 per child for the season. These fees are used to offset incidental program cost and Blackhawk kids' hats; instructors are all volunteers.

Equipment: Participants are encouraged to own their own equipment. The club owns and maintains a fleet youth XC equipment (skis, boots, poles). This equipment is available to rent for use only during Nordic Kids sessions. The rental fee is $25 per child for the season.  These fees are used for upkeep and maintenance of the equipment fleet.

Registration: Register online at beginning September 12, 2018 (returning members) and September 24, 2018 (new members). The maximum number of participants for Nordic Kids is dependent upon the commitment of parents and volunteers to instruct and assist.

*Youth skiers of all abilities may join the Middle School or High School Nordic Ski Team beginning in 6th grade, but are welcome to continue with Nordic Kids with permission of the director.

Questions: Questions can be directed to

A downloadable PDF of the 2017-2018 Nordic Kids Program Description