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Cross Country Skiing VSC High School Team (Gr. 9-12)

Clubs & Enrichment / Winter Outdoor Recreation -
Winter 20-2021


Registration is open for Traverse City High School Nordic Ski Team, a club team for grades 9-12. This is a combined team of skiers from various Traverse City area high schools. Cross Country skiers of all ability levels are welcome to join! The team focuses on building technique, endurance, and strength while having fun. If you've never skied before, no problem! Coaches will work with you to get you comfortable on skis and ready to race - there are opportunities for all ability levels. Skiers on the team participate in multiple levels of racing, ranging from local to national. The season schedule includes races from the Michigan Cup circuit, the CXC Cup circuit and US Ski & Snowboard Supertour. The Michigan State Championship meet is held each February with skiers competing for the state title. Top skiers also compete in Junior National Qualifiers for a chance to qualify for Junior Nationals.

PER MDHHS Nordic Ski is unable to meet in person until 12/20. 

Please contact Coach Ruth for individual dry land training information.

COVID-19 Policy

1. All activities will take place outdoors. No indoor space

2. All skiers and coaches will answer a health questionnaire as part of the attendance process. If a skier or coach answers yes to any of the questions, they will not be allowed to participate.

3. All skiers and coaches will socially distance (stay 6 ft. apart) during practice. If this is not possible, a face covering will be required.

4. Skiers and coaches are responsible for their own equipment. Skiers and coaches will not touch each other's equipment.

5. We will limit any activities that involve more than one person touching the same object (ex. games, wax tools). Anything that needs to be shared will be disinfected between uses.

*TCAPS is not responsible for COVID-19 protocols and guidelines put in place by community partnerships that operate outside of our facilities*

Season Start & End Dates

Practices begin Tuesday, November 17th, 2020 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm @ Hickory Hills Ski Area.

Practices will range from 4-5 days a week running Tuesdays-Saturdays.

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


Practices are generally held at Hickory Hills , 2000 Randolph Street, Traverse City, MI  49684 and at the Vasa Trailhead



Skiers are responsible for their own transportation to and from practice.

Equipment Needed

Skiers will need a pair of both classic style skis and skate style skis. If you need to rent equipment, the team partners with Cross Country Ski Headquarters in Rosscommon to rent skis, boots, and poles for the season at a reasonable cost.

Helpful Information

ALL questions/concerns should be directed to the Program Administrator, Pamela Jean - (231) 633-4663

  • 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.
  • Nordic Ski has moved from a Tier 2 to a Tier 3 offering.
  • Participation Fee

    • $255.00

    The Program Fee includes a Vasa Ski Club Student Membership, Hickory Hills Passes, uniform and jacket use, Vasa Trail Kilometer Donation, TART Trail Grooming Donation, race and practice wax help and several other benefits.

    Registration Deadline & Details

    • Deadline: Friday, December 11th, 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.

    Program Director/Coach: Ruth Oppliger

    Team Information Meeting

    November 10, 2020 @ 7:00 pm  ~ Virtual Meeting via Zoom

    Topic: High School Nordic Information Meeting

    Time: Nov 10, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 833 2021 7409 Passcode: Nordic

    During this meeting the team will go over practice and race schedules, equipment needs, and anything else you will need to know for the upcoming season. 

    To join the Zoom meeting and for more information contact Coach Ruth Oppliger @

    Parent Volunteers

    Parent volunteers are always appreciated. Please contact Coach Ruth Oppliger for more information at:

    Race Schedule


    December 5 Forbush Youth Day: Forbush Corner, Frederick, MI
    December 12 & 13 - CXC Cup: Grand Avenue Nordic Center, Duluth MN
    December 12 Lakes of the North : Mancelona MI
    January 2 & 3 - CXC Cup Holiday Championships: Michigan Tech, Houghton MI
    January 16 & 17 - CXC Cup: GGG Birkie Start, Cable WI
    January 16 Cote Dame Marie: Hanson Hills, Grayling MI
    January 22 & 23 Noque: Marquette, MI
    January 30 & 31 CXC Cup: Hickory Hills, Traverse City MI
    February 6 White Pine Stampede: Mancelona, MI
    February 12 & 13 Michigan High School Championships: Houghton MI
    February 20 & 21 CXC Cup: Theodore Wirth Park, Minneapolis MN
    February 28 Muffin Race: XCHQ, Roscommon, MI
    March 5 - 7 CXC Cup Regional Final Mini Tour: Theodore Wirth Park, Minneapolis MN
    *All races are subject to change due to COVID-19, weather, etc…
    Bold races are CXC Cup/ JNQ races

    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.

    Nordic Ski Team.9-12 Closed
    Hickory Hills Ski Area
    Tue Nov 17 & Fri Mar 5
    4:00 - 6:00 PM


    Grades   7th - 12th

    $ 255.00
    The Program Fee includes a Vasa Ski Club Student Membership, Hickory Hills Passes, uniform and jacket use, Vasa Trail Kilometer Donation, TART Trail Grooming Donation, race and practice wax help and several other benefits.

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