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Frequently Asked Questions

You may still have questions, but our FAQ list does answer most questions we receive.

Do I need to have my own equipment to ski with the team?

You do NOT need to own your own equipment to ski on the team. The team has a slew of used gear that we rent out for the season. You can, however, buy your own gear if you are looking to invest in the sport and have your own gear. It is recommended that athletes new to the sport rent gear rather than buy it, to get a taste of the sport.

When and where are practices?

On-Snow practices are mainly at Virginia Meissner Sno Park, but occasionally we head up to Dutchman Flat (usually early season) or Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center (must pay a day-fee).

Dryland practices are at Mt. View High School. 

How long is the nordic season?

The Nordic season starts Mid-November with a couple weeks of dryland practices until there is enough snow to ski, then moves to on-snow practices and races until the end of February.

What if I've never skied before?

That’s okay! Any level of experience is welcome! There are no try-outs or cuts to join the team. It’s an all inclusive group focused on learning a new, lifelong skill, getting fit and having fun outside! 

When and where are races held?

Typically, races are every Saturday morning starting the first week of January until the State race at the end of the season. We race at Mt. Bachelor, Virginia Meissner, Hoodoo, and Diamond Lake. 

What equipment does Nordic Skiing require?

Classic skis, skate skis, classic poles, skate poles, combi boots (used for both skate and classic or 1 pair of boots for each style), ski bag, ski ties.

What type of clothing do I need to wear?
Think layers!
Nordic skiing is a highly aerobic activity that can generate a lot of body heat. Your clothing needs to protect you from the elements while allowing sweat to quickly move away from your body so you don’t overheat. If it doesn’t, you risk getting chilled once you stop. 
Overview of the layers:
  • Base layer: The layer closest to your body should be comfortable, form-fitting and made of synthetic or wool material that dries quickly.
  • Mid Layer:  Next, you’ll want a layer for warmth such as a fleece, a lightweight vest, or light puffy jacket.
  • Outer Layer: You’ll want a jacket that is water resistant, windproof and breathable.
  • Pants: Look for medium-weight athletic pants that are both wind-resistant and breathable. Nordic pants typically have a windproof material in the front and breathable, stretchy material in the back and are warm on the inside layer.