Information for Saturday morning of week 1: SKATE. Pack a Lunch. Meet your instructor out front for warm-up. Week 1 only, you'll warm up away from the Little Nords and head directly off with your group. Make sure you have your lift pass.
General Freeheelers Info:
- Make sure your child gets a good night of sleep and a hearty breakfast.
- Show up early (8:30-9am) for the first day if you need season rentals. If you don't need rentals, 9:15am should be fine. Any later and the parking lot is liable to fill up.
- When you enter the Nordic Center, CHECK IN at the Junior Program registration table (it'll be obvious). If you don't check in, your instructor assumes you did not come and might get on the lift without you.
- If you need season rentals, head to the rentals area to pay and get sized.
Freeheelers will both skate and classic and often the instructors decide in the morning what to do based on conditions. However, Freeheelers will mostly skate, so if you can only get one type of gear, get skate gear.
- Lastly, please RSVP if your child will be out. It really helps us plan the groups and activites: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Freeheelers must have their trail pass or season pass on them. Lifties will not let them on the lift even with their instructor. If they forgot their season pass, head to the cashier to fill out a 'forgot my pass' form. If you haven't bought your
child's season pass before lessons, buy a trail pass and then head to Guest Services at West or Central with their ticket
after lessons. You can credit the ticket price to a nordic season pass.
To buy a nordic pass online, go here
and click 'Nordic' in the grey tab nav bar near the top of the page.
- ALWAYS pack a lunch. Freeheelers will eat lunch with their group. Maybe up top, maybe on the trail,
maybe at the lodge. Freeheelers are an independent bunch and ski the whole trail system.
- Week 2 and onward, parents and their kids head OUTSIDE at 10am for warm-up. We'll be beside the lodge just uphill (opposite of the parking lot side). You'll return at 2pm.
- Mark your child's skis and poles in a VERY obvious manner. Most kids have similar brands and sizes. Phone number is good too.
- Mark your child's clothing (so we can get it back to you when/if your child misplaces it).
- Those integrated drinking systems are great (with an insulated tube). A SMALL backpack with small water bottle works also.
- Pack YUMMY food in your child's lunch. We need them to eat their lunch so they have energy the whole session.
- WAX your kid's skate skis. Seriously. Freeheelers need waxed skis. At the very minimum, you can get some Swix paste wax (like Swix Universal Rub-On-Fluoro 40ml F4 Paste Wax on Amazon) and rub that on before each session. Or hot wax if you are set up for that.
- There are no restrooms on the trails unless the honeybucket is up at Grand Junction (not sure it is). But there are plenty of trees.
- 'We're going to be late. What should we do?' We start at 10am. We have a warm-up and then about 10:15am Freeheelers head up top. If you miss your group's departure, you probably won't find them.