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Night Gliders This program is filled for the 2014-15 season.

Advanced Ski Program For Middle School Children    

Minimum of 9 years old through 8th grade

Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30-6:45 PM

Entry to the program is preferably from graduation from the Snow Striders or Learn to Ski Programs and/or by special request. Program is full for the 2014-15 season

Contact Greg or Rachel Kresse, Program Manager at 715-355-0821 with any inquiries.

The Wausau Nordic ski club also has a beginning Middle School cross country ski program.


We are a Team Sport – Called the Wausau Night Gliders. We are a club based program sponsored by the Wausau Nordic Ski Club. We set our roster in spring based on number of coaches we have to manage and run a quality program. We accept youth 8/9 to 13/14 provided the older 14 year olds are in the 8th grade and 8 year olds are turning 9 by the time the season begins and have higher level ski skills from a previous program like our Snow Striders. Generally children progress from our Snow Strider program or the Monday Night Learn to Ski Program, but may be considered even if totally new to Nordic skiing. We use performance equipment (skate skis and waxable classic skis) and athletes are taught both techniques. We have four groups within the program with criteria for each group. Athletes are placed in the group that best fits their abilities from the basics of learning to ski to being highly competitive skiers.

During the summer and fall we have optional ski opportunities. These opportunities are sponsored by Knicker Nordic &/or CXC (not the ski club).  In Mid- September the Night Glider registration form is sent out to those on the Spring Roster.  Cost is $75 for the 2014-15 season (additional children in the same family are $50).  We supply jacket, wind pants, race top, classic skis & poles, skate skis and poles. We have a Sunday afternoon program led by our high school skiers for 6 Sundays in the fall (4 in October & 2 in November). There is no additional charge for this (again an optional, but encouraged activity). These Sunday afternoons are to keep kids in good physical shape and work on balance with games and activities. In October there is a Mandatory Orientation Parent/Athlete Meeting.

We hand out equipment in November and plan on starting skiing after Thanksgiving on either natural snow if we have it or on man-made snow at Greenwood Hills Golf Course. Ski passes for 9 Mile and Greenwood Hills is an additional cost not covered by the registration Fee.  Until the chalet opens at 9 Mile we have a very erratic schedule based on where the snow is. Once 9 Mile is open it becomes easier because we are on our regular schedule of Tuesday and Thursday nights from 5:30-6:45 PM. Athletes have to be ready for “coaching” and learning technique. Attendance is taken at practices and we expect them to be there on time. We expect even first year skiers to participate in our home events/races (The Snekkevik, Badger State Games, and Wausau Invite) and if technique progresses rapidly enough they may also ski out of town events. We use a lot of emailing to notify of schedule changes and flexibility is needed due to our dependence on weather. You must consistently/daily check your emails (especially during the season).


2013 Wausau Nordic Night Glidders


Skiing at Greenwood Hills December 2010

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