4H-CANSKI Newsletter


To:       4-H CANSKI/ AHS Cross Country Ski Club Participants and Parents

From:   4-H CANSKI Coaches: Doug Liphart, Beth Reed

Re:       The 2016-2017 Season

Date:    12/12/16

Welcome to the 2016-2017 Cross Country Ski Season! The AHS Nordic/WHS Nordic/4-H CANSKI xc ski club (Chequamegon Area Nordic Ski Club) is going into our 13th year.  It is our hope that we can use the Ashland Ski Trails (snow permitting), as well as the Ashwabay xc ski trails for most of our practices. 

Our goals for the club are to provide a fun place to learn a lifetime skill, help each skier to reach the goals they have set for themselves, and to get out and enjoy the best season of the year.  We will emphasize technique, conditioning, safety and fun. We also have a very close team community, and work a lot on leadership and service to the greater community. This club is a partnership between 4-H, the local schools, and the Ashwabay Outdoor Education Foundation.

RECREATIONAL SKIERS: We ask recreational skiers to commit to two days a week on snow. Recreational skiers will start after break in January (Jan. 12th), with a gear check-out day on December 1st (5:30pm AHS) and January 10th (last chance to check out club gear). Skiing will be twice a week (Tues & Thurs) for 8 weeks with a bit of instruction, ski games, a chance to ski on several local trails, some off track skiing back in the woods, and the Book Across the Bay as a non-competitive culminating event. Watch the website for details: www.4hcanski.org.

COMPETITIVE SKIERS: Competitive skiers will ski 4-6 times each week. As a club, we’ll do four days a week of training in December M,Tu, Th, Fri to start conditioning for the season.  We’ll do a technique clinic on snow in Ironwood, Michigan in Dec. (on a Sat) and will have other ops to get on snow on Saturdays in December.  Skiers will practice together four days a week once the snow flies (M, Tu, Th, Fri), with clinics and races on weekends. Skiers are expected to get themselves to the trailhead on days that we don’t have access to the van or BART (we’ll have transportation at least 3 times a week: M, Tu, Th, and Race Saturdays – though we’ll need help with that one). Carpooling is encouraged.

We will travel to excellent local trails, so skiers should plan on returning to school or home as late as 6:30pm on travel days (usually by 6pm). We are late coming home from practice on occasion due to road conditions or skiers who become temporarily disoriented on the trails (we always get them back!).  Practice will be 3:45-5:30pm on days that we practice at the Hospital Trails, and 3:45-6:30 on Ashwabay days (including transportation time).

Skiers who want to enter local events such as the Korteloppet or race on the high school racing circuit should see one of the competitive coaches for training plans/details.  We will also meet jointly most days with Ashland and Washburn high school skiers who are part of the 4-H CANSKI regional ski club.  We have a calendar of citizen and high school races. We will encourage and need help to coordinate club vans and car pools to these events. Racers and event participants will have to pick up their own entry fees, so our list of events are easy on the pocketbook ($8-$15).

Waxing equipment is available to club members and the club has wax to use. Skiers using school equipment will be expected to maintain it. We will have a wax clinic during the season (TBA).

Parent/Guardian Support

As always, we ask that parents/guardians help out if possible in one of the following ways: a. Support your son or daughter and the club by buying or borrowing club skis for them.  b. Help out with driving. C. Host a team dinner (usually on a Friday or Saturday night). D. Come ski with us (you don’t have to be an expert).

We are going to ask a $25 donation to the club again this year. It will help out with wax and expendable ski goods. This donation will include a club T-shirt or hat for skiers.  If the donation asked is prohibitive, we will work something out. If you are inclined to donate more, we’d welcome it.  Parents, make sure that you have signed a co-curricular card this year. 

For those for whom getting a pair of skis is prohibitive, we have quite a few pairs of team skis available for use.  We will ask a $25 equipment donation for the use of skis (we put quite a bit of money into equipment repair from wear and tear each year). 

Budget, Funding and Costs

Each year we are able to raise about $3,000 – $5,000 for the club through fundraising efforts, donations, and small grants.  We have added to our team equipment this year (poles, boots, and skis). If you have equipment that you can donate or know of equipment, we are always soliciting. If you need equipment, talk with us.  Skiers are all expected to help out with a couple of our fundraisers and community service events (leadership and service to community are club values).

Equipment Purchase

If you want to buy equipment, h New Moon in Hayward has some deals on skis and package deals for high school team members (tell them that you ski for 4-H CANSKI 15% discount on skis, boots, poles through Dec. 31st). Solstice Outdoors will give a discount to skiers that identify themselves as CANSKI team members. Eric Anderson will also work with CANSKI folks at ABR in Ironwood.  Don’t hesitate to check in with us on equipment questions.

Coaching Qualifications

In case you don’t know us, our coaching/leadership staff this year includes: Doug Liphart (HS), Scott Nesvold (MS & HS), Gerald Kubik (MS), Tom Steckling(HS), Beth Reed (HS girls), Matt Edmunds (HS), Ivy Berg (MS), Gretchen Burke (HS Recreation), Amy Vik (MS/HS), Levi Illick (MS/HS), and others.  More info on our coaches is available on our website.  Our coaches have NCAA, HS, and touring club experience.  Four are USSA certified. Mostly they love to ski and share their knowledge with skiers of all ability levels and commitment levels! We will have other coaches working with us as well and always welcome new volunteers.                                                     

Most of the information that you will need on a week to week basis will be published on our web-site: www.4hcanski.org.

We’re looking forward to a great year!       –Beth Reed (682-8385), Doug Liphart (Ash. Co.UWEX 4-H Youth Development 682-7017)