Junior Jets

Junior Jets

Junior Jets is open to 7-11 year-olds.  The focus is on having a great time on skis.  Jr. Jets learn how to skate and classic ski including double polling, up hills, down hills, turns and balance.  Half of the time is devoted to playing games and the other half to exercises.  Jets are encouraged to participate in the local ski races and in the Western States Ski Festival.  Snow permitting Jets will go on an adventure ski or two – last year we skied down from Big Mountain.

Questions:  Robin Brooks at glaciernordicskiteam@gmail.com or 291-9188.

Head Coach:  Robin Brooks 406-291-9188; glaciernordicskiteam@gmail.com

Assistant Coaches:  Henry Holt, Madison Grady and part-time Kirsten Sabin, Marie Shaw, and Mona Cuthbert.

We welcome former GNST skiers Henry and Madison. Henry and Kirsten are PSIA level 1 certified instructors. Marie was a PSIA teacher trainer, wrote the PSIA manual on teaching children, and use to run the Chet Hope ski program.

Dates:  January 7th – March 6, 2014 (depending on snow conditions)

Days: Tues and Thurs

Time: 4:00-5:30 pm

Location:  Glacier Nordic Center or alternative locations if a lack of snow

Cost: $135  Includes a team hat for first time registrants

Gear rental:  Available for the season at a cost of $75 rental, $150 deposit for a complete set, or $50 rental and $100 deposit for classic or skate gear.  (If using some of your gear and some of ours please plan for compatibility – most of our gear is NNN).

Scholarships:  Thanks to the generosity of Whitefish Credit Union, need-based scholarships are available for registration and gear rental.  Please email glaciernordicskiteam@gmail.com for more information.

TO REGISTER:  Print and send the registration form Glacier Nordic Ski Team Registration Form 2013-2014

 Junior Jets Gear List

Skate skis, skate poles and combi boots  (the Club has rental gear if needed)

Classic skis, poles and combi boots – skis can be combi, waxless or dedicated.  (the Club has rental gear if needed) SEE NOTES BELOW.

OR combi skis used for both skate and classic (but will need to remove kick wax after classic skiing)

Water belt and water bottle

Jacket for varying conditions including rain/wet snow and cold weather – please no parkas – makes it hard to move

Synthetic or wool clothing that you can layer appropriately for conditions (no cotton) wind layer on top.  Dress as you would for winter running.

Gloves, Hat, Sunglasses


Waxless skis have a fish scale, cross-hatched or ridged pattern in the kick zone to provide grip eliminating the need for kick-wax.  A liquid, glide was may be used  on the scales to prevent snow and ice build-up.  Depending on the bases the tips and tails may still benefit from hot wax or the liquid glide was.

Combi skis (no pattern on the bottom) are fine but will need to have kick wax applied (this grips the snow) fo classic days and removed and re-glide waxed for skate sking.  Families are responsible for removing the kick wax and glide waxing.

Poles – two pairs of poles are important to lean proper technique.  Classic poles should be almost to the top of the shoulder and skating poles to the upper lip.

One pair of “combi” boots will work for both skate and classic.  These are boots that generally have a cuff to support the ankle but aren’t as stiff as pure skate boots.