Blackhawk XC Racing
Blackhawk offers competitive cross-country racing programs for high school and middle school students in the Madison area (see below). Blackhawk also offers a cross-country ski program to disadvantaged youth through Madison School Community Recreation. Volunteers are needed for this 8-week program. People interested in volunteering should send an email to the address listed below.
2016-2017 High School Cross-Country Ski Team
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. 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].
2016-2017 Middle School Cross-Country Ski Team
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].
Adult Cross-Country Ski Options
When the snow is gone everywhere else, Blackhawk is sure to have a stretch of snow for cross-country enthusiasts! Blackhawk makes snow and grooms approximately 5km of cross-country trails. There are easy trails for beginners by the East Chalet, which run through a stand of 40-year-old white pines. Steeper and longer trails go down Hill #6, around the 60m ski jump and up to the top of Hill #2. Blackhawk trails also connect with longer trails on Pleasant View Golf Course. Trails are lit during regular hours of operation. Blackhawk members can ski the Blackhawk-groomed trails during normal club hours, or access the trails by entering through the pedestrian gate at other times during the day.
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