Loppet Foundation

Pillsbury Elementary


Pillsbury started as a Foundation Ski Program in 2007-2008 and has continued to date. Pillsbury’s Minne-Loppet program provides students with an robust foundation in the basics of Nordic Skiing. Including it’s history, technique and basic skills, nutrition and equipment care. Equipping passionate young skiers with the skills to succeed in the Loppet’s Middle School programming if they wish to continue their skiing careers at Northeast Middle school post 5th grade graduation at Pillsbury.

Pillsbury’s program is lead by Kelly Underkofler, also the Head Coach of Northeast Middle School. Long time youth advocate and Loppet Board Member Leroy Leftwich and Anne Risch, long-time Minne-Loppet coach. Within Pillsbury, parent liaison Kathy O’Neill and ESL teacher Mark Trumper help facilitate and champion programming efforts. Pillsbury students ski on trails groomed by the Foundation in Windom Park which is adjacent to the school. Annually, Pillsbury brings over 60 youth to the Minne-Loppet, a part of the City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival at the end of each January. Pillsbury is sponsored by UCare.

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