Monday, January 15, 2018

Jan 15-21

We had a great weekend in Spokane, and a great ski and treasure hunt at Cabin Creek.  It is looking a lot more like winter out here!

Tuesday Skating 3:15 EHS return 6 PM.  Jeff and Carey are out of town, but Ali will drive.  Skiing will be a either Mineral Springs (freshly groomed Monday) or Manastash.

Wednesday Elementary 3:30-4:45 Rotary Park North Parking Lot.  Bring classic skis, boots, and poles AND shoes.

Thursday  CLASSIC  3:15 EHS return 6 PM.  Likely Manastash.

Sunday Cabin Creek Skating 10AM-noon Carpool from EHS 9AM return 1PM.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Jan 8-14

Uhuru, Audrey, Linnea, Isak on the podium at Leavenworth
We had a great week last week with some great skiing on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, as well as some fun games on Wednesday.  This week we are on our "normal" schedule:

Monday Elementary 3:30-4:45 Rotary Park North Parking Lot.  Bring classic skis, boots, and poles AND shoes.  We may find some snow patches to play on.  We will play some games as well.

Tuesday Skating 3:15 EHS return 6 or 7 PM.  We will drive to Cabin Creek or Blewett pass if there is grooming.  If Blewett is groomed we will get back earlier.

Wednesday Elementary 3:30-4:45 Rotary Park North Parking Lot.  Bring classic skis, boots, and poles AND shoes- same as Monday

Tuesday Skating 3:15 EHS return 6 or 7 PM.  Same as Tuesday.

Friday-Sunday Mt. Spokane Trip.  Meet Friday 3:15 at EHS (people can leave duffel bags with me in the morning).  Saturday Classic Races, Sunday Skate races.  You are welcome to come to ski without racing (there are lots of trails not involved in the races).  Please email me ASAP so we can coordinate drivers and number of seats. 

Sunday Cabin Creek Classic 10AM-noon for all those not going to Mt. Spokane.  Carpool possible from EHS 9AM return 1PM.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!  We are excited to ski with you this week!

Ski team jackets and race suits are available until Jan 9th.  Order online here.  About Jan 25th the gear will be shipped to us and we will hand them out at practice.

Wednesday 3:30-4:45 EHS Room E105 Elementary Group.  Bring skis, boots, poles, as well as outside shoes.  We will do a lesson on ski basics, equipment, clothing, and then an outside game.  (I am a little nervous about all the ice at Rotary so that is why we will meet inside.)

Thursday 3:15-7PM Skate Ski at Cabin Creek for Middle/High School Group.  Bring a headlamp and snacks.

There are two races this weekend.  They are both fun events.  Skirennen is more youth friendly.  Experienced high school racers might want to do the Gunnar Hagen.  Even if you don't race, there will be lots of good skiing at both places both days!

Saturday Skirennen at Leavenworth Golf Course.  This is a fun Washington Cup event.  The races are freestyle (skate or classic) and are for all ages, from under 8 to adult (first race 9:15AM).  More information here.

Sunday Gunnar Hagen Memorial.  This is a classic event (no skating allowed), with a 7.5 km race and no shorter races (the Skirennen will have the shorter races for the weekend.)  First race is at 10AM.  More information here.  (We will not have our normal Sunday all-ages session because of the race.)

Finally looking farther ahead, some of us will travel to Mt. Spokane Jan 12-14th.  There are races there, but people can travel to enjoy skiing in a different area.  We will be staying in Spokane (about 45 minutes from the ski area) in a house all together (Thanks Dr. McCarthy!)  Race registration link is here.

Lots of fun coming up!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Holiday Update and Team Gear Order

Hello skiers-
  • Our small but mighty contingent of Uhuru and Isak represented Ellensburg well in the Junior Qualifier races in Bend last weekend.  Congratulations to them!
  • We are not going to have any practices over break.  Skiing has been good at Cabin Creek if you are able to get there.  We will start our elementary skiers on January 3rd and Middle/High School Jan 4th.
  • Looking ahead, one of the race series we participate in is the Washington Nordic Cup.  The emphasis of this series is on participation and fun.  Cost and pressure are low.  Fun is high.  Check out the website at  The first race is Dec 27th in the Methow valley.  A few Ellensburgers are planning to attend- contact me if you are thinking of joining.
  • Looking further ahead, we will have three weekend trips: Mt. Spokane Jan 12-14, Soldier Hollow (Utah) Jan 25-28, and Methow Valley Feb 9-11.  Each trip is $100-$150 for gas, food and lodging.  If families want to come, that is great, but we might need to secure more lodging. Talk over with your family and please email me with the trips and numbers of people you are interested in.
Happy Holidays to all!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Weekly Update Dec 12, 14, 15-17

If you are looking for general information and registration, scroll down.

Tuesday: SKATING Cabin Creek.  Meet EHS 3:15, Return 7PM.  We will drive to Cabin Creek.  There is enough room in the Hashimoto vehicle.  Bring a headlamp.

Thursday Roller Skiing at EHS meet 3:30-4:30.  Bring ski boots, running shoes, and poles. I have several pairs of roller skis for folks to try.

Friday-Sunday Bend trip.  Please email ASAP if you want to join.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Weekly Update Dec 5, 7,10

We are starting our Middle School/High School Group this week.  The schedule is:

Tuesday EHS Commons 3:15-4:30.  Bring ski poles, wear running shoes and dress for outside.  We will run to Craig's Hill and do some ski bounding exercises.

Thursday: EHS 3:15-7PM.  Skate Ski at Cabin Creek. Bring a headlamp and snacks.  I have room for 7.

Sunday 10AM-noon Cabin Creek.  Technique TBD depends on snow conditions.  We would like to classic ski, but there might not be enough snow for it.  Carpool from Ellensburg and Thorp possible.  If you park at Cabin Creek you need a snow park permit with special groomed trails sticker.

Mount Bachelor Dec 15-17.  We have a rental house with room in it.  If more folks want to come send me an email.  Mount Bachelor is one of the premier cross country ski areas in North America!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Ellensburg Ski Team 2017-2018 Overview

Welcome to the Ellensburg Ski Team 2017-2018

The purpose of the Ellensburg ski team is to introduce youth ages 7-18 to cross country skiing and competitive cross country ski racing.  We instruct both classic style and skating techniques.  Participants are able to compete in youth races in the area.  Skiers can work towards racing at the regional and national level.  We welcome skiers of all levels from beginners to expert.

We are in our 9th year of bringing skiing to youth in Kittitas County.  We have a lot of exciting changes for 2017-2018.  We have received a grant through the City of Ellensburg to purchase grooming equipment for use at Rotary Park. We hope to utilize the trails there as much as possible.

We want to encourage all youth to participate, regardless of finances.  Our programs are run by volunteers and funded through donations.  We are a 501c3 organization.


Elementary School: Monday & Wednesday 3:30-4:45 at Rotary Park.  If there is not snow at Rotary we will still do outdoor ski drills and games.  Jan 3-Feb 14th (14 sessions).  Emphasis is on fun and learning proper technique.  Participants who are under 7 are welcome but must have a parent present to participate.

Middle School/High School: Tuesday & Thursday 3:15-5:30 Carpool from and back to EHS.  Ski location will depend on snow conditions: Rotary Park, Elk Heights, Manastash or Blewett.  Dec 5-14 & Jan 4-Feb 22 (19 sessions).  Experienced skiers may help instruct the elementary group as well, and older skiers who are beginners are welcome to come Mondays and Wednesdays.  There are two options for this age group:
  • Recreational: This is for the less experienced skiers.  Emphasis is on learning proper technique and fun.  Participates in Tuesday & Thursday sessions, Sunday sessions, and possibly  in Washington Cup races.  Note that recreational skiers are welcome to participate in race trips.
  • Race: This option is for experienced skiers looking to optimize their performance.  Participates in Tuesday & Thursday sessions, Sunday sessions, participates in JNQ races and additional sessions as snow allows.  Emphasis is on fun, proper technique, and training.

All Ages Weekend Session: Sunday 10AM-Noon Cabin Creek.  Jan 10, 21, 28, Feb 11, 18, 25 (6 Sessions).  Carpooling is encouraged, and we usually have several vehicles leaving from Ellensburg at 9AM returning at 1PM.

Cost (none!)

There is no charge for participants in the Ellensburg Ski Team Programs.  Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the Ellensburg Ski Team to offset expenses for grooming and transportation.  Mail your donation to Ellensburg Ski Team, 402 N. Chestnut, Ellensburg, WA 98926.  Note that similar programs in the area charge about $200 for an Elementary Program, and up to $2500 for the race program.  All of our coaches are volunteers.


Participants will need skating and classic skis, boots, and poles.  Packages are available for season rental at a discounted price from Mountain High Sports. Please mark your child’s skis/poles – they tend to look similar.  Race participants should consider waxable classic skis and 2 pairs of poles. Elementary participants will mostly classic ski.  If cost is an issue, please contact us for assistance.

Team gear: We have jackets and race suits manufactured in the USA by podiumwear.  I will post a link to the team storefront here,


We participate in 2 race series.  Participation is entirely up to the individual.  Some skiers participate in dozens of races, while others do none (and many do an intermediate amount.)

Washington Cup is a series of 5 races that are low/no cost and perfect for all ages and skill levels.  There are 5 Washington Cup races around the northwest:
Dec 27th Methow
Jan 6th Leavenworth
Feb 4 Cabin Creek
Feb 24 Plain
Mar 3 Cabin Creek

Junior National Qualifiers (JNQs) are a series of 8 races that are for the more dedicated and experienced skiers.  Note that many recreational skiers come on these trips to enjoy new ski areas.  These races occur on 4 weekends:
Dec 16-17 Bend (Oregon)
Jan 13-14 Spokane
Jan 26-27 Soldier Hollow (Utah)
Feb 10-11 Methow


Weekly updates will be posted on the  We will send out emails when the weekly update is posted.

Register Here

Questions: email