Loppet TRAIL KIDS

Winter Programs


The Loppet TRAIL KIDS Winter Program is for youth ages 7 – 13 years old  and provides coaching instruction for both classic and skate ski technique. Loppet TRAIL KIDS is offered at two locations (Hyland and Wirth Park).

Beginner to advanced skiers are split into ability and age coaching groups so that each youth is challenged appropriately. TRAIL KIDS sessions include technique drills, relays, games on skis, distance adventure skiing and preparing for upcoming race events. The main focus is developing skills, having fun and falling in love with a lifetime sport!

Winter TRAIL KIDS Six and Twelve Week Programs Include:
  • TRAIL KIDS Super Series Ski Race
  • Discounted registration for designated Loppet Festival youth race events.
  • Additional weekend and holiday adventure distance ski events ( Presidents Day and Martin Luther King Day).
  • Loppet TRAIL KIDS winter hat.
  • Bi-weekly 1.5 hour coached training sessions focused on technique, ski drills, endurance, strength, speed, relays, games, and race tactics. Large focus is on developing skills, adventure and falling in love with a lifetime sport!
  • Coaching and wax support at specific 2020 CXC/Skiwerx race events

Twelve Week TK Nordic Ski Session

This TRAIL KIDS session meets twice a week from December 21 through March 11 focusing on both classic and skate ski technique ( both types of equipment are needed to participate in this session). This session is offered at both Hyland and Wirth locations. Youth signed up for Hyland session only attend the Hyland location and Wirth Program meets only at the Trailhead.

Six Week TK Nordic Ski Sessions

TRAIL KIDS offers two six week sessions for those families who want a shorter time commitment. The sessions will teach both skate and classic technique so both types of equipment are needed to participate. The first six week winter TRAIL KIDS Nordic Session runs from December 21 – January 28. The second six week Winter TRAIL KIDS Nordic Session 2: February 1 – March 11.

Beginner Nordic Ski Clinics

The beginner TRAIL KIDS ski clinics are offered to youth who are new to Nordic skiing and want to test drive either a skate or classic technique session. The clinics are held one day a week focusing on either classic or skate technique of your choice. The clinics are held at Wirth Trailhead and run three weeks starting in January. For more information on our clinics click here.

Ski Ability Level Registration Guide

In order to place youth in the appropriate classic and skate ability groups we need your help during registration. Youth will be placed into ability groups and will be assessed by coaches the first week of session. Please refer to the following link when registering your child: Nordic Ski Ability Level Registration Guide.

Tuesday/Thursday 12-Week Skate and Classic Nordic Session

Revised winter program dates due to COVID-19 restrictions can be found at following link: TRAIL KIDS Winter Program Revised Dates

  • Time/Day: Tuesdays/Thursdays, 6:00–7:30 pm
  • Revised Dates as of Nov. 19:
    • Start Date: Dec. 22  
    • End Date: March 11
    •  No sessions Dec. 24, Dec. 31 and Feb. 25 due to Holiday and Birkie Junior event.
  • Type of instruction: Skate and Classic technique ( usually one day classic and one day skate but depends on weather and snow conditions)
  • Equipment needed: Skate skis and poles ( nose height) Classic skis ( skin skis or kickwax skis and poles ( shoulder height). Combi boots can be used for both techniques.
  • Location Meeting Spot: The Trailhead, Theodore Wirth Park, Minneapolis or Hyland Lake Park, Bloomington ( Youth signed up for Hyland TRAIL KIDS session only attend the Hyland location and Wirth TRAIL KIDS sessions attend only at the Wirth, Trailhead location).
  • Registration Fee: $420 or $ 450 after November 20

Monday/Wednesday 12-Week Skate/Classic Nordic Session (Theodore Wirth Park Location Only)

  • Time/Day: Monday/Wednesdays 6:00–7:30 pm
  • Revised Dates as of Nov. 19:
    • Start Date: Dec. 21
    • End Date: Mar. 10
    • Programs will not meet Dec.23/24 due to Holiday
  • Type of instruction: Skate and Classic technique
  • Equipment needed: Skate skis and poles ( nose height) Classic skis ( skin skis or kick wax skis and poles ( shoulder height). Combi boots can be used for both techniques.
  • Location Meeting Spot.:  This session only meets at The Trailhead, Theodore Wirth Park, Minneapolis 
  • Registration Fee: $420 or $ 450 after November 20

Tuesday/Thursday 6-Week Skate/Classic Nordic Session

  • Time/Day: Tuesdays/Thursdays
  • Revised Dates as of Nov. 19:
    • Winter TRAIL KIDS Nordic Session 1 6:00-7:30pm: Dec. 22 – Jan. 28 (Programs will not meet Dec.23/24 due to Holiday)
    • Winter TRAIL KIDS Nordic Session 2 – 4:00-5:30pm and 6:00-7:30pm: Feb. 2 – Mar 11. (No session Feb. 25 due to Junior Birkie)
  • Type of instruction: Skate and Classic technique
  • Equipment needed: Skate skis and poles ( nose height) Classic skis ( skin skis or kick wax skis and poles ( shoulder height). Combi boots can be used for both techniques.
  • Location Meeting Spot: The Trailhead, Theodore Wirth Park, Minneapolis or Hyland Lake Park, Bloomington (Youth signed up for Hyland TRAIL KIDS session only attend the Hyland location and Wirth TRAIL KIDS sessions attend only at the Wirth, Trailhead location).
  • Registration Fee: $220 or $250 after Nov. 20 for winter session one and January 1 for winter session two.

Monday/Wednesday 6-Week Nordic Session (Theodore Wirth Park Location Only)

  • Time/Day: Monday/Wednesdays 6:00–7:30 pm
  • Revised Dates as of Nov. 19: 
    • Winter TRAIL KIDS Nordic Session 1: Dec. 21 – Jan. 27 ( no session Dec. 23).
    • Winter TRAIL KIDS Nordic Session 2: Feb. 1 – Mar. 10
  • Type of instruction: Skate and Classic technique
  • Equipment needed: Skate skis and poles ( nose height) Classic skis ( skin skis or kick wax skis and poles ( shoulder height). Combi boots can be used for both techniques.
  • Location Meeting Spot: The Trailhead, Theodore Wirth Park, Minneapolis
  • Registration Fee: $220 or $250 after Nov. 20 for winter session one and January 1 for winter session two

2020/2021 Winter Registration is full. Please click here to be added to our waitlist to be contacted in the event we open more programs. Thank you.

Winter Ski Programs at Wirth

Registration Full

Winter Ski Programs at Hyland

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Winter Ski Clinics at Wirth

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