Blackhawk XC Racing
Madison Nordic Ski Team(MNST)
High School: This is a racing program for skiers in grades 9 – 12, which includes full skier development, technical support and a fun team experience. Training focuses on skate and classic technique, strength, speed and endurance. The season runs from early November to early March with practices on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 5:15-6:45 PM. Practices are held at Blackhawk Ski Club, Elver Park, Odana Hills Golf Course and other local venues depending on weather conditions. Races (optional but encouraged) are held primarily on weekends around the state as part of the Wisconsin Nordic Ski League (http://cxcskiing.org/pages/partners-affiliates/WINSL/About.html). Skiers are encouraged to purchase their own equipment; travel costs for races are not included in registration. For more information, including registration and race schedule, see https://sites.google.com/site/madnorskiteam/team-information.
Middle School: This is a racing program for skiers in grades 5 – 8, of all abilities. Training focuses on skate and classic technique, strength, speed and endurance. Skiers are also given instruction on waxing and winter safety. Practices are Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:15 PM – 6:45 PM, usually at Blackhawk Ski Club but sometimes at other area trails depending on snow conditions. Practice begins with dry-land training in early December and progresses to on-snow training as soon as possible. The competitive season is mid-December through early March. Middle school skiers are encouraged to compete in events on the team schedule as desired, but must be accompanied by a parent. For more information, including registration and race schedule, see https://sites.google.com/site/madnorskiteam/team-information.
Program Fees: $275 for Middle School / $380 for High School. Participants are encouraged to own their own equipment; however, returning skiers wishing to rent skis and poles pay a rental fee of $100. First year skiers can borrow equipment for free when the season begins. All skiers must provide their own boots.
Registration: Participants must be members of Blackhawk Ski Club.
Detailed MNST registration information is provided here: https://sites.google.com/site/madnorskiteam/forms
The Blackhawk registration potion (www.blackhawkskiclub.org) begins September 7, 2016 (returning members) and September 28, 2016 (new members).
Questions: MNST Managers – Stacy and Blaise Nemeth (firstname.lastname@example.org)
MNST Communication – Carol Barford (email@example.com)
General Blackhawk XC questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
For a downloadable PDF version of this page 2016-2017 HS-MS XC Race (MNST) Program Description
For more general information about XC skiing in the greater Madison area, check out Madison Nordic Ski Club (www.MadNorSki.org).