Junior Jets

About the Junior Jets Program

Junior Jets teaches youth, ages 7 to 11 how to skate ski and improve their classic ski skills through games and exercises. Specific skills learned (depending on current ability) include diagonal stride, double pole, V-1, V-2, up hills, down hills and turning as well as ski knowledge, safety and etiquette.  We will start dry land with running and games in December and move to skis as soon as there is snow.

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 – last year we skied down from Big Mountain.  It is expected that registrants have some cross-country ski experience. First time skiers should register for Chet Hope Youth Ski League

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

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

Assistant Coaches:  Barrett Gray, Cassidy Grady, Ed Nissen and Jojo Sherman.

Dates:  December 1, 2015 to March 3, 2015 (starting dryland)

Days: Tues and Thurs

Time: 4:00-5:30 pm

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

Cost: $165  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 – our gear is NNN).

Scholarships:  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 2014-2015 and tuition fee. 

 Junior Jets Gear List

Skate skis, skate poles and combi boots

Classic skis, poles and combi boots – skis can be combi, waxless or dedicated. 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 skiing.  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.