Spring Lake Park/St Anthony Nordic Skiing
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What is the cost and what equipment will athletes need? The activities fee varies depending on your school. Students must have 2 sets of skis and poles, one for classic and one for skate skiing. You can rent two sets of skis and poles from the school for $60 total. You will need to purchase boots to fit our roller skis and rental equipment. Only NNN boots will fit our equipment. Here are some acceptable choices: Salomon pro combi Links, Fischer RC3 combi, Rossi X8 pursuit, Alpina RCO combi, Salomon RS Carbon skate, Salomon Equipe 8 skate, NO classic boots (unless you use them for classic only and have a separate pair for skate).
NOTE: you will need a good quality boot that can work for skate and classic. When you grab the ankle cuff, you should not be able to easliy flop it side to side - you need that support! They work great for both skate and classic. See Gear and equipment on the left for more info.Ski rental is available when you register for Nordic skiing online.
Click here for 2017-2018 schedule (or see "Nordic Ski Varsity Schedule" on the left)
General Nordic Skiing Information:
What can student athletes expect from Nordic Skiing? Competition in skate and classic skiing. We will teach you both of these skiing techniques as well as get you into great shape! Plus, you will have a great time!
Where should student athletes and parents go for more information? Check this website, contact the activities office at 763-600-5149 or visit the Northwest Suburban Conference website.
When is the Nordic Skiing season? The season runs November - February. It is about 14 weeks from the first day to the State Meet.
What times are practices and meets? 3:15-5:15 p.m., or 3:30-5:30 p.m. once we have snow. Also see below.
Where does the team meet for practice? We meet at the SLP pool door entrance. During the dryland portion of the season we alternate weekly between SLP campus and St Anthony campus. We ski at various parks when they have snow. . Typically we practice at Theodore Wirth Park and Elm Creek Park. Note: THE SCHOOL IS NOW PROVIDING BUSING FOR PRACTICES.
When do we compete? See schedule above. (Bus departure and return times are included)
What are the eligibility requirements? Student athletes must meet MSHSL, SLP/StA school districts and team eligibility requirements.
What is the average number of members on the Nordic Skiing team? Around 50 boys and girls in grades 7-12.
What awards can student athletes receive and what is the criteria? Lettering requirements are determined by the head coach and end of the season awards are voted on by team members.
What student leadership positions are available? Captains are selected by the team at the end of the previous season.
Head Coach: Mike Miller, USSA Certified Level 200 Coach
Coach Miller is beginning his 25th year coaching Nordic Skiing. He previously coached cross country running for 23 seasons and track for 13. He still skis competitively, though to look at him you wouldn’t guess it. He also enjoys long distance bike touring, canoe racing, and, especially, time with his family. Mr Miller is a proud alum of St John’s University.
Assistant Coach: Loren Haas
Loren Haas Started coaching in 2007 for the SLP/St Anthony skiers. He is a fixit guy who can do magic to nearly anything that needs repair. He has skied a number of Birkies and several Vasaloppets. He has enjoyed 22 years of back country skiing and winter camping. Loren is a loyal engineering grad from UW Stout.
Assistant Coach: Sarah Bovee
Sarah Bovee started coaching with the SLP/SA ski team in 2017. She is also one of the SLP cross country and track coaches. She just started her ski career last season, and is very excited for the upcoming season! When not running or skiing, Sarah enjoys traveling and hiking; she is probably already planning her next adventure! Sarah is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College, and is currently pursuing another degree from UW-River Falls.