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Minnesota Nordic Ski Opener at Elm Creek Park Reserve

Dec 04, 2017 07:03PM

Skiing (Photo provided by Three Rivers Park District)

Three Rivers Park District is scheduled host the inaugural “Minnesota Nordic Ski Opener” at Elm Creek Park Reserve 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, according to a press release.

The Nordic ski season with kicks off with free skiing, free Nordic ski rentals, and free mini lessons. There will also be a special kids’ carnival area, seminars by industry experts, and a Nordic ski village hosting more than 35 retailers, manufacturers, ski events, resorts, ski clubs, and non-profits. Manufacturer and retailer demos will be available. The first 1,000 visitors will receive a free ski buff, according to the press release.

Activities include: Free Nordic skiing and mini lessons
  • Free Nordic ski rentals provided by Twin Cities Orthopedics
  • Rennet ski tours for the whole family and all abilities
  • Morning test track for advanced skiers
  • Seminars by industry experts
  • Demos of the latest equipment, including rollerskis
  • Kids’ carnival area (10 a.m.–1:30 p.m.)
  • Snow grooming equipment demos
  • Concessions available for purchase

  • Schedule
    Rennet Tours and Test Track

    Take advantage of the test track and tour group starts. Time yourself or take a leisurely ski on Elm Creek's 2.5K of manufactured snow. A time clock will be on display.Come at a specific time or ski all day.

    • 8:30 a.m. – Advanced start
    • 9 a.m. – College start
    • 9:30 a.m. – High school start (grouped by grade level)
    • 10:30 a.m. – Senior start
    • 11 a.m. – Adapted start
    • 11:30 a.m. – Ski with Minnesota celebrities
    • 12:30 p.m. – Citizen start
    • 1:30 p.m. – Kids & Family start (by age, all kids receive a ribbon)
    Seminar Schedule
    • 9 a.m. – Getting Ready for the Vasaloppet & Birkie - Ahvo Taipale of Finn Sisu
    • 10 a.m. – Ski Fitting - Jenny Beckman of Gear West
    • 10 a.m. – Waxing Clinic – Brad Johnson of Pioneer Midwest
    • 11 a.m. – Winning at Winter: How to Start Kids Skiing & Nordic Rocks -  Amy Cichanowski & Bruce Manske of Minnesota Youth Ski League & CXC
    • 11 a.m. – Waxing Clinic -  Phil Bowen of BNS
    • 12 p.m. – Best Places to Ski and Minnesota's Major Ski Races - Bruce Adelsman of Skinny Ski
    • 1 p.m. – How to Start Skiing as an Adult - Ben Dubay of Madshus
    • 1 p.m. – Waxing Clinic with L.L. Bean
    • 2 p.m. – Snow Making -  Tony Edmonds of Three Rivers Park District
    • 2 p.m.  - Dressing for Winter – Brad Johnson of Pioneer Midwest

    Learn more about the event at


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