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SSMS Nordic Information

  • Nordic program will run from December 10 through February 7.
  • Parent info night December 4 at 5:30-6:30 pm at the Middle School cafeteria.
  • We ski at Howelsen Hill Nordic Center 4 pm – 5:30 pm; Mon-Thur every week except Dec 24th and New Year’s week.
  • In the event that Howelsen is not open by December 10, we will do dryland training at the school; times to be announced.
  • All skiers must submit the required physical and insurance paperwork, pay the sports fee; read and sign the code of conduct and coach-skier agreement (new this year); and acquire a Howelsen Hill Nordic Center pass (early season rates available soon).  Skiers missing these materials will not be allowed to ski after January 4.
  • All skiers will need skate and classic Nordic ski equipment; coach will provide recommendations; local season rentals available.
  • All levels and raw beginners welcome; qualified coaching staff and parent volunteers attend every practice.
  • Thursday practices will be focused on technique and race prep for those racing. Thursdays are an optional ski day for beginners.
  • SSMS Nordic skiers are invited to race in the following CHSSL events; these are not required.  The past 2 years our team traveled to events with the SSHS team.  Skiers can return with parents.  The Aspen and Carbondale events may require skier transportation.  All SSMS skiers encouraged to attend the home event on 2/9/19 in some capacity – race, volunteer, cheer.  Our end of season BBQ/party will follow the race.


Steamboat Springs Middle School Nordic Ski Equipment Guidelines

 1. Skis:  All skiers will need both Classic and Skate equipment. These can be rented from early November through April 1 from the Touring Center (off Steamboat Blvd). Ski Haus may also have seasonal rentals.

a. Classic skis – Racers and anyone interested in more performance get waxable classic skis.  Everyone else get no-wax (“fishscale”) skis.   

b. Skate skis – less experienced skiers go with shorter skis.

c. Skis are sized by weight – the Touring Center staff are trained to select the right ski.  Racers and skiers with experience should select the longer, stiffer ski if given a choice. 

d. Please request that the storage wax on both sets of skis be removed and both pairs of skis glide waxed – use purple or whatever the ski tech recommends.

2. Boots:  Anyone serious about racing should have BOTH classic and skate boots.  Everyone else rents ‘Combi’ Boots, which will work for both ski types.  

3. Poles:  2 sets, one for Classic and one for Skate.  Please use the following length guidelines:

a. Classic poles height is between arm pit and shoulder.  More experienced skiers get longer poles.  Racers go with poles to the shoulder AND get the wrap-around (skate-type) straps.

b. Skate poles height is about the chin.  First-time skate-skiers get skate poles closer to shoulder height.

Saturday, January 12th: Mass Start Classic at Spring Gulch in Carbondale. Hosted by CRMS and AVSC.

Saturday, January 19th: Wave Start Skate at Minturn hosted by Battle Mountain HS.

Saturday, January 26th: Same Day Pursuit at Snow Mountain Ranch hosted by Middle Park High School (Middle School is only a classic race)       

Saturday, February 2nd: Individual Start Classic at Aspen hosted by Aspen High School and AVSC

Saturday, February 9th: Individual Start Skate at Steamboat Touring Center

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