Youth Ski Programs

The Juneau Nordic Ski Club is a proud recipient of the Youth Activities Grant, and thus is partially funded by the citizens of the City and Borough of Juneau through sales tax revenue.
young male ski racing

High School Ski Team

young female skier classic skiing mid-stride

Middle School ski team

group of elementary age skiers standing together on a snowy day on skis with arms raised

Junior Nordic (Elementary & Families)

JNST logo featuring two skis crossed, ski poles, and mountains below

“There is no better feeling than flying down a well-groomed track with your friends!”

-Clem Taylor-Roth, ’11-’19

Juneau Nordic Ski Team (JNST)

girl with red hair and orange bandana skis down a snowy slope
a young female ski race in an orange, light blue and gray race suit skate skis down a hill
a group of young skiers on a sunny, bluebird day posing with arms over each other's shoulders in front of snow-capped peaks

9/1/22 – Registration for our youth programs will open September 20th! There is a soft cap of 35 skiers for this team based on limited gear rentals and trail capacity. If you plan to join, please make sure you are willing to make a commitment to this team.

High School Team

Our high school team focuses on individual and team goal setting through skill and race development. From new to xc skiing to “I’ve been skiing since I could walk”, our team is open to teen s of all abilities and experience levels. We ask that each skier, regardless of experience, bring a commitment to the team and entire season, a desire to improve your skiing skills and times, and a willingness to have fun! Skiers participate in time trials, workshops, retreats, races, and adventure skis throughout the season. Race schedule is a mixture of local races and 2-3 travel meets.

2022/23 Season runs from November through February. Practices Mon, Wed, Fri 4:30-6pm, Sat 9:30-11:30am (location dependent on snow, dryland practices where there isn’t any). Races Local and travel races on weekends. Ski Waxing Skiers are responsible for waxing their skis roughly other week at neighborhood “wax hubs”. This is done outside of practice time, is important for ski care, and fun to learn! A couple important early season dates to calendar:

  • Wed, Nov 2nd – Gear Distribution
  • Sat, Nov 5th – First Practice!

Our Team Fee is offered on a sliding scale, $0-$600, whatever is affordable for each family, no questions asked. Your fees help cover ski club memberships, trail fees, coaching stipends, local team retreats, races and events, ski wax, race suits, guest coaches, and all the many associated costs that go into running our program. To that end, we offset team fees by writing grants and ask that all skiers participate in our effort-based fundraising.

Ski Equipment Our team uses both skate and (waxable) classic skis, so each skier needs to have both. Rentals are provided for those without gear and include skis, boots, and poles. One set is $65, both is $130.

Travel For those eligible for travel to away meets, there may be additional fees to cover the cost of transportation. However, we make every effort to keep our sport affordable and will work with families to ensure athletes can travel regardless of ability to pay.

*No one is denied participation in our programs based on ability to pay. If you are unable to afford the above fees, we encourage you to take advantage of the Zach Gordon Youth Center’s youth activity scholarship to help offset the cost our sport. It’s easy to apply and you can do it right here!

Questions about the Juneau Nordic High School Ski Team? Contact Jordan Tanguay

Middle school Team

For skiers of all abilities and experiences, our middle school team bridges the gap between our recreational Sunday program and our high school team. Practices focus on developing basic ski skills (technique, strength, balance), having lots of fun on skis, and learning how to develope a network of support among peers and adult mentors. No previous ski experience is required. We ask that each student bring a commitment to the team and entire season, a desire to improve your skiing skills, and a willingness to try new things! The season includes weekly practices, local retreats and guest-coach clinics, weekend races, and a trip to a race outside of Juneau – tentatively the Buckwheat Ski Classic.

2022/23 Season runs from January through mid-March. Practices Tuesday/Thursday 3:45-5:15pm and Saturday 9:00-11:00am (location dependent on snow, dryland practices when there isn’t any). Races Local and travel races on weekends. Ski Waxing Skiers are responsible for waxing their skis roughly other week at neighborhood “wax hubs”. This is done outside of practice time, is important for ski care, and fun to learn! A couple important early season dates to calendar:

  • Sun, Dec 4th – Gear Distribution
  • Sat, Jan 7th – First Practice!

Our Team Fee is offered on a sliding scale, $0-$400, whatever is affordable for each family, no questions asked. Your fees help cover ski club memberships, trail fees, coaching stipends, local team retreats, races and events, ski wax, race suits, guest coaches, and all the many associated costs that go into running our program. To that end, fees are offset by grants and effort-based fundraising from all skiers.

Ski Equipment Our team uses both skate and (waxable) classic skis, so each skier needs to have both. Rentals are provided for those without gear and include skis, boots, and poles. One set is $65, both are $130.

Travel For those attending our travel meet (tentatively Buckwheat Ski Classic), there may be additional fees to cover cost of transportation, etc. However, we make every effort to keep our sport affordable and will work with families to ensure athletes can travel regardless of ability to pay.

*No one is denied participation in our programs based on ability to pay. If you are unable to afford the above fees, we encourage you to take advantage of the Zach Gordon Youth Center’s youth activity scholarship to help offset the cost our sport. It’s easy to apply and you can do it right here!

9/1/22 – Registration for our youth programs will open September 20th! There is a soft cap of 35 skiers for this team based on limited gear rentals and trail capacity. If you plan to join, please make sure you are willing to make a commitment to this team and the entire season.

group of young skiers standing on skis, side by side, on a snowy day
a young female ski race in an orange, light blue and gray race suit skate skis down a hill

Questions about the Juneau Nordic Middle School Ski Team? Contact Tristan Knutson-Lombardo (tkl1289@gmail.com, 723-1772).

a small girl with a mask on skis and in winter clothing, standing in front of her moth on skis on a snowy trail

Questions about the Junior Nordic program? Contact Megan Buzby at buzbymh@hotmail.com.

Junior Nordic

(Sunday Recreation Program)

Junior Nordic is for elementary school kids and families and includes nine weeks of in-person ski sessions. We meet on Sundays from January through March. This is a great opportunity for younger skiers, ages 6+, and their families who want to get outside and ski with others. The emphasis is on improving skiing and outdoor skills and developing a healthy, enjoyable, lifelong connection to being active outside. After gear checkout, all nine ski sessions are outside having fun on snow. Parent volunteerism is strongly encouraged.

2023 Season Sundays January – March 5, 1:00-2:30pm (locations vary depending on snow)

  • Sun, Dec 4th, 2022 – Gear Distribution
  • Sun, Jan 8th, 2023 – First Session!
  • Sun, Mar 5th, 2023 – Final session and end of season celebration!

Cost $75 (includes Juneau Nordic Ski Club youth membership and associated trail fees)

Gear Athletes are asked to choose one technique to focus on over the season, either skate or classic. Rentals are available for $65 (includes boots, poles, and skis).

9/1/22 – Registration for our youth programs will open September 20th! There is a soft cap of 45 skiers for this program based on limited gear rentals.

Youth Nordic skiing in alaska’s capital city

In 1998, a group of parents decided Alaska’s Capital City needed a new cross country ski program for Juneau’s youth. Formed in partnership with 4H as a recreational program geared towards skiers of all ages, the program expanded in 2011 to include a combined middle and high school race team, now called the Juneau Nordic Ski Team (JNST) . In 2020, the Juneau Nordic Ski Club (JNSC) assumed all youth Nordic ski programs, aligning under one banner in an effort to continue strengthening cross country ski opportunities for youth and families in Juneau. In 2021, middle and high school race teams were separated into unique programs, while the original 4H Sunday recreational program was rebranded, Junior Nordic, with a focus on serving elementary-aged skiers and families. All groups practice several days per week, host races and local events, travel to out of town meets, and welcome skiers of any ability or experience level!

high school skiers pose in front of a snowy John Muir Cabin