Gear Pickup Notes

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Junior Nordic-er Catching Some Air by Addy Wright

Heya Junior Nordic-ers!

We’ve had a bit of confusion from some of our new families regarding gear pickup, so I wanted to provide a bit more details so that everybody knows exactly what to expect when they arrive at the Kincaid Wax Bunker to get their gear.

First things first, here’s a list of stuff that we’ll provide for each skier:

  • A Junior Nordic Jacket. Everybody will get a spiffy blue-and-green Junior Nordic jacket, and that includes skiers who were Hawks last year. Skiers will receive the official go-fast-red jacket if they are sorted into Hawks during the Cookie Tour or otherwise assigned to Hawks by their site director. You get to keep your jacket for the season, and are expected to return in when Junior Nordic is over.
  • A cozy Junior Nordic hat. Each skier will receive one Junior Nordic hat at no cost when they first join the program. This hat is yours to keep! If you every lose it, you can purchase a replacement hat for $30.00. (And we’ll have replacements hats for purchase at gear pickup if you’ve lost yours.) And we did get a whole order of hats this summer, so if didn’t get your hat last year, we’ll have one for you at gear pickup.
  • Rental skis. If you opted to rent skis from NSAA, we’ll have them ready for you at gear pickup. Note that our skis use “NNN” (New Nordic Norm) bindings, so you’ll need to have NNN boots.

And here’s what you’ll need to purchase for your skier:

  • NNN Ski Boots. Boots described as “classic” (classic skiing only) or “combi” (used for both classic and skate sking) should both work fine for anything we’re doing with our newer skiers. Stonger/older skiers in Woverines and Hawks don’t need dedicated skate ski boots, but should at least be using a combi boot with a cuff.
  • Cross country ski poles. Your poles should be about shoulder height, and in most cases one set of poles should suffice for anything we’re doing in Junior Nordic. Skiers at the Wolverine and Hawk level may want to consider a set of skate-length poles. If you decide to do this, skate poles should be somewhere between chin and nose height.

If you’re not renting skis from NSAA, you’ll need to purchase or find your own. In that case, you should look for a “skate” or “combi” ski. The ski should be approximately the same height as your skier, plus or minus a few inches. You want to avoid skies with “fish scales” (also called waxless skies) since you can only use them for classic skiing, and we teach both classic and skate skiing in Junior Nordic.

We’re going to be writing up more detailed buying guys for boots, poles, and skis in the future, but this should be enough to get everybody started. If you’re looking for new gear in town, here are places in town to check:

For used gear, you can try the following:

Good luck getting geared up, and we’ll see you on the trail soon! Oh, and if you haven’t already, don’t forget to sign up for your gear pickup time. Also, if you still have questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments section and we’ll try to help.

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