In this episode, Marcus travels to Minneapolis, Minnesota to experience The Ski Challenge — the largest recreational ski racing program in the world. What we found was an extremely passionate group of skiers, and that it doesn’t take big mountains to have fun on skis.
At Northstar Performance, we pride ourselves on taking a highly technical, knowledge based approach to training. We love to mix all that knowledge into a high energy, entertaining workout. We are proud to sponsor with Ski Challenge and we understand the varying levels of fitness and activity of each racer. We love to modify movements and personalize the group setting as much as possible so that each individual is comfortably challenged, and leaves having benefited from the training.
This year we are excited to offer something new. Every week in the Ski Challenge newsletter we will be incorporating workouts, movements, and nutrition tidbits that are valuable to anyone participating in Ski Challenge. Be sure to check out our column each week, and if you haven’t started to train with us it’s not too late! Join us this week and enjoy the results!
Ski Challenge Training Sessions
Every Tuesday and Thursday from 7-8 pm
Now thru November 7
Share your passion for the outdoors while generating sales, providing great customer service and building a loyal customer base. Experience as a skier is preferred as you are expected to assist customers by providing technical details and offer suggestions on new products. A good work ethic, confidence, self motivation and a service oriented attitude are some of the requirements to be a sales associate at Joe’s!
Interacting with customers, both in person and on the phone.
Providing the utmost customer service, advice, and fitting of Downhill Ski gear
Ability to multi-task with paying close attention to detail
Completing assigned tasks for opening or closing the department.
Merchandising and replenishing stock, cleaning, and refilling supplies as needed.
Communicate customer requests and feedback with the buyer.
Passion in Skiing, Snowboarding, Nordic Skiing and the outdoors
Interest in Watersports, Camping, Paddle Sports and Footwear preferred
Background in properly fitting boots/orthotics
Possesses good written, verbal communication skills, and interpersonal skills.
Be a team player and have the ability of meeting assigned targets/goals.
Have good organizational skills and an understanding of basic merchandising.
2 nights/week 2 weekends/month
Weekend and Holiday availability
High school, college preferred. Retirees are encouraged to apply.
Up-to-date knowledge of current snow sports products and fitting techniques
Merchandising and sales background preferred.
Experienced winter enthusiast
Training will be provided
Unfortunately, with weather related cancellations and no hill availability for make ups, we have to do Double Header races.
How does a Double Header Race work?
Our double header races will start 1/2 earlier than a normal race. If you can’t make it for the start, try and get there when you can and we will do all we can to get all your runs in.
Everyone will take one run on each course based on the week 5 running order. Once everyone has gotten their two runs in, we will pause for a bit and either slip the existing courses, or make minor reset. Then we will start the next race based on week 6 running order.
We will have an abbreviated awards ceremony for each of the two races. We will honor Fastest, Fast and most improved of each race and then will abbreviate team awards depending on where we are at with time.
Having Double Headers is the last thing that we want to do. We appreciate your patience and understanding with this unfortunate situation.
We are trying to figure out when and how to make up our missed race this week for Wednesday day. I am trying to get word on if we can have the hill longer one day for a double race. I am looking at February 13 for a double race or February 27 for a make up. If we do a double race, we would have to start at 1 pm instead of 1:30 pm. Please let me know what you prefer.
With the completion of week 2 of our regular season, we have all had the chance to experience many course sets and a lot of different conditions. With warmer weather, the lack of a good freeze overnight and variable hill use, sometimes it becomes a little more difficult for course setters to set courses that appeal to all racers. They try their best to set according to the conditions to make a safe, enjoyable course. Sometimes if conditions aren’t so good, a course may have to be a little “straighter”. Sometimes if conditions are real good, the course may have a little more offset. We encourage our course setters to set for the intermediate skier. Sometimes a rut is hidden prior to the start of the race, or snow conditions are worse than first thought which may cause some difficulty and more DNFs than we would hope. It’s just something that comes with the territory.
Please keep in mind that all our race crews are doing the best they can and our main goal is for a fun, safe experience. We feel bad when a race doesn’t go as well as we would hope.
Some questions have come up regarding the jumps on the race hill at Buck Hill. We have been in communication with the race department on how to make the racer experience the best it can be with the jumps in place. There is no plan right now to remove the jumps for this year. The race department is communicating with the groomers to try and get the sides of the jumps groomed down a bit to allow for more room for setting and less of a pinch at the bottom – especially on the blue side. They are also looking at possible B-netting around the finish timing equipment island. With the colder weather this week, we have already seen an improvement in the conditions which allows for less wear on the race run which translates to a more enjoyable racing experience.
Buck Hill has moved the bumps to a different location to allow for more carving and warm up on Cross Roads.
With 12 races per week and more than 900 participants racing per week, there are bound to be courses and conditions that appeal more to some than others from week to week. We appreciate all your patience and understanding.
Padraig’s Place needs your help! As most of you know, Padraig’s Place is an amazing Adaptive Ski and Snowboard program and Buck Hill and now Wild Mountain. Their mission is to “enrich the lives of special needs children and their families by presenting available resources to them; thereby, allowing the family to focus on family rather than a disability.” As the organization continues to expand, so does their need for volunteers. Padraig’s Place is asking for volunteers at Buck Hill on Saturday mornings and Monday nights as well as at Wild Mountain on Sunday evenings. These volunteers would provide help and support to the instructors.
If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, but you are hesitant because you don’t have any teaching experience, fear not! As long as you’re proficient on skis, you would be a great help. If you’re interested, please contact Brian Foley or Annie Peterson. Annie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612.965.1785. You can also submit your contact information and get more info at www.padraigsplace.org.