Junior Nordic Team

The Junior Nordic team trains three days a week throughout the winter season. New for the 2016/17 season, second year U14s are invited to an additional day of training on Tuesday if they wish. Training focuses on technique, development of an endurance base with some speed work, learning about ski waxing and continuing to have fun. These athletes will be encouraged to compete locally and regionally at Intermountain USSA Races. Motivated athletes the age of 11-14 are invited to participate in the Junior program. Our objective is to solidify these athletes’ skiing, training, and competition skills while building the discipline, drive, and determination for them to succeed inside or outside the realm of ski competition. This season we will begin to work on more specific strength, technique and fun speed drills.  This season we will be adding a fourth coach making the athlete to coach ratio closer to 7:1

Skill Development Focus

  • Assess and train balance skills 
  • Basic Athletic Stance
  • Physical Control, momentum through weight shift
  • Focus on the basic motions for both skate & classic skiing
  • Goal setting to plan and execute performance
  • Introduction of ski specific strength and endurance training while encouraging participation in multiple sports
  • Basic techniques for waxing both Skate & Classic skis for training & racing.


Born 2002-2005.  Age 11-14

Training Session*

November 1st - March 17th

Pre-Season Dryland

November 2nd – November 30th, Middle School
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 3-4:30 p.m.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 3-4:30 p.m. - only available to second year U14 athletes
*Note that early release starts on November 7th! Dryland will be held at 4 p.m. for the first week of November.

Summer Training June 22nd - August 31st - more info here

On Snow

December 2nd- March 17th
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 3:30-5:15 pm @ Trail Creek Ranch
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 3:30 - 5:15 pm - available to second year U14s only

Academic Commitment

Athletes on the Junior Nordic Team attending Jackson Hole Middle School need to set up their academic calendar so that they can be excused from their 6th period class.  For more information about the Early Release programs, please click here.  

Program Fee

$1375  Register Now
optional additional Tuesday training for second year U14s $275 (add-on in registration)
Early registration helps our planning! Register by August 15th and receive $50 off after check out. 

Program rates increase $100 on September 21st & November 1st, 2016. Payment plan: register by September 30th with a minimum $100 deposit.  Balance is divided over October, November & December, paid in full by 12/31/16.

Nordic Shuttle

$90 transportation between the Jackson Hole Middle School & Trail Creek.  Limited seating, first come first served.

Race Travel Costs

4 Training & Race trips – Estimated total cost: approximately $1,200


Stay at Home Camp August 1st - August 6th

Coaches: Scott Lacy, Ben Morley
In conjunction with the Comp and Prep team camp, coaches Scott Lacy and Ben Morley will balance a Junior stay at home camp. Activities will be similar to the 1/day week summer training schedule, but training will be every day for the entire week. The ski club has loaner roller skis that are available to registered athletes. Tuition - $100 Register using the Event Registration option

West Yellowstone On Snow Camp November 25th - 27th

This long weekend presents a great opportunity for Junior team athletes to get a feel for their skis  before we start regular scheduled on snow training at Trail Creek. Athletes will be exposed a the larger Nordic culture as other regional junior, college, and national teams will be training at this camp. Estimated cost - $200. Includes food, lodging, trail passes, transportation and coaching fees.

2016-17 Race Schedule

December 16-17 Jackson -IMD Junior National Qualifer/WYHS Trail Creek
December 31 Jackson - Betty Woolsey Classic Trail Creek
January 21-22 Sun Valley Junior National Qualifier. Departing the 20th after school, returning the evening of the 22nd
February 11-12 West Yellowstone Junior National Qualifier. Departing morning of the 10th, returning evening of the 12th.
February 18 Jackson- Moose Chase Trail Creek
February 25-26 Sun Valley - IMD Youth Festival. Departing morning of the 25th, returning evening of the 26th

Work Deposit

There is a 3 day work deposit commitment with this program. Learn more about the work deposit program here.

Training and Development

JHSC takes a long term approach to athlete development. Coaches tune in to individual needs and capacities. This is an exciting and challenging age to with which to work; biological development happens at a widely varying rate and it is important to individualize certain aspects of training. We follow the guidelines established over time by successful National and International Nordic programs for encouraging and training athletes in this age category. 
It is easy for us to focus a little too much on competition and results as a measure of how we are doing. It can happen that both coaches and athletes/parents lay out training so that results and speeds are as good as possible NOW. The risk is that we may hurry things too much and the foundation for later and more important training and competition is incomplete and unsteady. We want to avoid this and take a carefully balanced approach to work loads, training times, and emphases on competition. Teaching the practices of goal setting and analyzing one's own capacities to attain goals is an on-going project. We do everything we can to make the experience supportive, challenging, fun, and constructive.
We are happy to visit more closely about the details of our approach to developing the talents, the strengths, and the character of these young athletes.

Cross Country Training Systems

We often receive questions about why we have set up our teams and program offerings like we do.  The Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club Nordic Program Staff takes time and energy to develop the plans for each of our Nordic Programs.  These are designed to respect each social and biological age window, and to take advantage of the learning opportunities in each stage. Each of our offerings is consciously designed to link with the next. We use and adapt the work of top programs around the country and of national systems from the worlds' best ski nations including the US, Canada, Sweden and Norway. The athletes' individual needs and the programs' goals steer the ship. The Training Systems are charts, and sources for ideas. For more information about the US System, please check out the following.  Athletes on the Junior Team are in Phases 3 & 4. 

Team Meeting

October 17th -at 6 p.m. in the Lodge Room at The Snow King Center. Each team will meet as a group (Coaches, Parents, & Athletes) prior to the ski season to discuss the training schedule, equipment, the race calendar and more.
October 5th 5-7 p.m. - Pre season Nordic club wide ski swap BBQ in the Lodge Room at the Snow King Center!    This is an opportunity to get together and get pysched for the season. Please bring any used or outgrown equipment as we will be holding an in-club swap just for the junior athletes.

Team Night at Skinny Skis

October 19th 5-8 p.m. - Skinny Skis will have reps on hand for any equipment related questions. One night only pricing on race gear, 30% off.
The Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club is an Authorized Permitee of the Bridger-Teton National Forest and an Equal Opportunity Provider.