VASA Ski Club Nordic Flyers Cross Country Skiing

2020 Nordic Flyers Program

We are back to bring another exciting year of XC fun and instruction for area middle school students. Join your friends at Timber Ridge Resort on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning January 7, 2020. All area 6th, 7th and 8th graders are invited! (both TCAPS and non-TCAPS students) Beginner through advanced skiers welcome... no experience necessary! The Vasa Ski Club Nordic Flyers Program is a learn-to-cross-country-ski program and is open to boys and girls in 6th - 8th grade. The program runs 8 weeks and concludes on Feb. 27, 2020.

Nordic Flyers is Vasa Ski Club’s flagship skier development program, and has been in place for nearly 30 years. Each Tuesday and Thursday during January and February, 80-100 middle school students participate in a very fun, on-ski on-trail nordic ski instruction program staffed by over 40 volunteer coaches. Nordic Flyers is for middle schoolers of all skill levels, from beginner to advanced, and they are broken up into groups accordingly. Besides learning cross country ski technique, the skiers are exposed to a lifelong healthy outdoor activity in a fun environment, in beautiful winter surroundings at Timber Ridge Resort and on the Vasa Pathway. This Program prepares those interested to pursue the sport further with the high school ski team, or simply as a lifelong recreational activity they can share with friends and family.

Season Start & End Dates

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 - Thursday, February 27th, 2020.

Schedule: Sessions will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm at Timber Ridge Resort.

Tuesdays:January 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th & February 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th.

Thursdays: January 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th & February 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th.

No program will be held on TCAPS half days, snow days, or when after school activities are canceled due to inclement weather.

VASA Ski Club reserves the right to cancel program dates within 24 hours due to unsafe skiing/trail condition.

Important Date: Open House

Nordic Flyers will be hosting an Open House and Equipment Fitting prior to January 7.

  • Open House Date still To Be Determined – you will be notified by email.
  • This important open house provides parents/guardians the opportunity to meet program administrators, coaching staff as well as to sign mandatory waivers that enable your skier to participate in the program.
  • Additionally, your skier will receive proper fitting of rental equipment if they have chosen that option.

Important Documents

There are 2 very important forms that are MANDATORY, and must be filled out and turned in prior to the first day of the program on Jan. 7. Print the forms below.

  • You may either 1) Bring the completed forms to the Open House; 2) Fill them out, scan copies and email them to nordicflyers@gmail.com ; or 3) Mail the forms to “Nordic Flyers / 415 W. 8th St / Traverse City, MI. 49684

Helpful Information

  • Please have your skier dress appropriately for the weather.
  • This is NOT a Timber Ridge sponsored program.
    • ALL questions/concerns should be directed to the Program Administrator
      • nordicflyers@gmail.com or 231-360-1375
  • Students will only receive transportation TO Timber Ridge - participants will need to be picked up at Timber Ridge at 5:30 pm (see Transportation below).
  • All rental equipment is owned by the VASA Ski Club.
  • Timber Ridge is located at: 4050 E Hammond Rd, Traverse City, MI 49686.
  • Communication will be done primarily through email - and is often last minute in regards to weather/trail conditions - please ensure the email address attached to your registration is an active email that is checked regularly.
  • If you'd like to complete the mandatory waivers before the program open house - they are above
  • Participation Fee

    • $110 - No rental equipment
    • $160 - rental equipment included with registration
      • All registrations include access to the BATA Ride & Ski route at no additional cost - BATA Ride & Ski will provide transportation from EMS & WMS to Timber Ridge Resort for program dates. Participants will need to be picked up at Timber Ridge at 5:30 pm sharp.
    • VASA Ski Club offers a limited number of partial and full scholarships.
      • To have your student considered for a scholarship, please DO NOT complete the online registration process.
        • Contact the Program Administrator at nordicflyers@gmail.com to begin the scholarship application.

    Transportation Information

    Transportation will be provided by BATA Bus utilizing the BATA Ride & Ski Route - registration includes all BATA fees ($1.50 per ride, per student). Students will ride a BATA Bus from EMS, WMS and SEAS.

    ** Note:Students will only receive transportation TO Timber Ridge - participants will need to be picked up at Timber Ridge at 5:30 pm.

    Registration Deadline & Details

    • Deadline: Thursday, January 2nd, 2020
    • Registration deadlines are final. Late registrations may not be accepted after the posted registration close date.
    • In an effort to be a good community partner, LEAP will accept non-TCAPS students when possible. Space is limited and enrollment may be capped for various offerings.


    Payment is required at the time of registration. To register online using a Discover, MasterCard, Visa, or ACH (via a checking or savings account) please register below. Payment with cash or check can be made at the LEAP office located at Central High School, 1150 Milliken, Traverse City. Please use the 1st (smaller) auditorium entrance - we are located just inside the doors to the right. Summer Office Hours are Mondays & Thursdays from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. School Year Office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Please call the LEAP office at 231.933.6570 for more information.

    NOTE: Registration is not complete until your course appears in your dashboard. You will also receive an email from Eleyo confirming your registration. If you do not receive the confirmation email or see the course in your dashboard, be sure you have not left any course items in your shopping basket. If you need assistance please call the LEAP office (231.933.6570). If you did not receive an email from Eleyo or see your course in your dashboard, the payment did not process and the student is not registered.


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    VASA -6 - 8
    Timber Ridge Resort
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    Grades   6th - 8th