Loppet TRAIL KIDS provides year round outdoor active adventures for youth ages 7 – 13 years old. Kids enjoy activities throughout the year that include mountain biking, orienteering, adventure trail running, and cross country skiing. We are affiliated with the TRAIL KIDS Midwest program which is the governing body over all the Midwest TRAIL KIDS clubs.
Throughout the year we focus on different endurance sports:
- Spring Session (May – June) & Summer Session (July – August): The spring and summer sessions are focused on mountain biking along with week long camp half day camps.
- Fall Season (September – October): The fall session we have several different session options including the following activities: orienteering, adventure running and mountain biking.
- Winter Season (December – March): The winter season focuses on both classic and skate techniques of cross country skiing.
TRAIL KIDS programs aim towards general physical development, teaching sport specific skills and creating a passion in youth for outdoor endurance sports. Significant time is devoted to agility, speed and strength. Endurance training is a big part of each session along with teaching specific skills for mountain biking, orienteering and Nordic skiing.
TRAIL KIDS program provides specific mountain bike and Nordic ski skills training for all of our coaches along with background checks, Safe Sport and Concussion certification. The program has a variety of aged coaches including high school students, college students, parents and adults.
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Programs, Camps & Events
- Fall Run and Orienteering Program (Tuesday/Thursday)
- Fall Mountain Bike Program (Sunday)
- Fall Mountain Bike Program (Monday/Wednesday)
- Girls Rock! Fall Mountain Bike Program (Monday/Wednesday)
- Preseason TRAIL KIDS Nordic Ski Team Informational Meeting
Registration for all winter programs begins November 1 at midnight.
- TRAIL KIDS Spring run and bike online activities for youth and Families
- Spring Run and Orienteering Program
- Mountain Bike Programs: Spring sessions are offered only at the Wirth Trailhead location.
- What is TRAIL KIDS Mountain Bike Program? Click following video clip and learn more: TRAIL KIDS Mountain Bike News Video
- Boys Spring Mountain Bike Program (June 8 -July 9 )
- Spring TRAIL KIDS/Adult Group Mountain Bike Paired Programming (June 8 – July 9)
- TK Team Mountain Bike Program Guide
- Summer Run & Orienteering Program
- TRAIL KIDS Mountain Bike Programs are offered at Wirth, Elm Creek and Lebanon Hills locations.
- What is TRAIL KIDS Mountain Bike Program? Click following video clip and learn more: TRAIL KIDS Mountain Bike News Video
- Summer Boys Mountain Bike Program (July 13 – August 20)
- Girls Rock! Summer Mountain Bike Program (July 13 – August 20)
- Summer TRAIL KIDS/Adult Group Mountain Bike Paired Programming (July 13 – August 20)
- Summer Adventure Mountain Bike Series (Cancelled for the 2020 season due to COVID-19)
2020/2021 Winter Registration will go live on November 1.
Session Test Drive Waiver and Behavior Policy:
All Loppet TRAIL KIDS participants are also required to be members of the Loppet Foundation. This can come in the form of a family membership or an individual youth/junior membership – which is $15. May become members of the Foundation through the TRAIL KIDS registration process or separately by clicking here.
Need-based registration partial scholarships are available. For information about TRAIL KIDS Program scholarships email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sibling Discount: For those families who have more than two kids in the program we will give a discount code. Please email email@example.com for more information.
Before Program Begins: We will do partial refunds of program fee minus a $40.00 processing fee up until one month before a program starts. There are no refunds for any cancellations within four weeks of the start of a program.
After Program Begins: Generally there are no refunds for Loppet TRAIL KIDS programs. However, there are a few occasions that we will do partial refunds due to a child’s injury. The cost of the online transaction fee is not returnable under any circumstances.
The TRAIL KIDS Programs offer their own race series within each seasonal program. In the Spring and summer youth enjoy doing relay and individual races in the Loppet Adventure Mountain Bike Race Series on the trails at Wirth Park. In the fall we provide an Adventure Trail Running Series along with the Loppet Games event. During our winter Nordic Ski season youth enjoy racing in the TRAIL KIDS Super Ski Race Series along with competing in the end of season MyXC Festival & Championships held in March. The above race series and events are included in each of the programs registration fees.
We introduce kids to competition in many different formats but ultimately our goal is to instill a love of endurance sports and an active lifestyle. TRAIL KIDS meets the needs of both the recreational skier along with providing some race opportunities for the more competitive skier.
- TRAIL KIDS Super Ski Race Series (Included for all TRAIL KIDS participants)
- MyXC Festival & Championships (Included for all registered TRAIL KIDS Winter participants).
- CXC Youth Cup
- Skiwerx Series
- Hoigaard’s/MYSL Team Sprint Series
- MyXC Skiwerx Membership Information
- If youth want to be counted in the Skiwerx and CXC Youth Cup series overall points they need a membership.
- USSA Age Classification: Youth are given points for the place they finish at each race event for their age category. It is based on their birth date. Youth are given points for the place they finish at each race event for their age category. It is based on their birth date.
Equipment & Logistics
My child is 6 years old and wants to join TRAIL KIDS, is he/she too young?
Each child physically matures differently so the answer may vary depending on your child’s ability to keep up with the other TRAIL KIDS. We often allow younger kids to come “test drive” a few sessions if their parents are willing to tag along for the entire session. After this “test drive” session, the coaches will make a decision as to if the younger child will be allowed to participate in the TRAIL KIDS Program. Sometimes they will be allowed only if the parent attends each session along with them. We want to make sure kids are able to follow directions and be both physically and emotionally ready for TRAIL KIDS.
My child is 13/14. Should he/she sign up for a Juniors session instead of a TRAIL KIDS?
We have many 13 year old TRAIL KIDS participants who for all different reasons cannot make it to ski on their High School Ski Team. We have therefore created a “development team” of older experienced TRAIL KIDS who are challenged to do harder workouts. Those who are older and just starting out in Nordic Skiing will most likely be placed with younger aged kids who are at the same ability.
LNR Juniors has created a Development Team for kids 13-16 year olds . The goal of the LNR Development Team is to close the gap between the Loppet TRAIL KIDS program and the LNR Competition Team.
My son/daughter is completely new to Nordic skiing, mountain biking and trail running endurance outdoor sport. Can they still register for TRAIL KIDS Programs at any ability level?
Yes. We have many different levels of ability and ages that attend our year round TRAIL KIDS programs. We welcome both beginner to advanced skiers, bikers and runners/orienteering. We do recommend that if your child is new to Nordic skiing they should attend one of the fall TRAIL KIDS programs to help learn the dry land ski technique and work on their fitness level.
Does TRAIL KIDS winter program instruct both ski techniques ( skate and classic)?
Yes. TRAIL KIDS winter program instructs both classic and skate ski techniques. Participants must have both classic ( wax-able or for beginner the skintec skis work great) and skate ski equipment for the weekly sessions. Typically we do one day classic and one day skate, but it may vary depending on the weather and snow conditions.
What is the difference between classic and skate skiing techniques?
- Classic Ski Technique : Classic skiing is the original Nordic skiing style and is what most people imagine when they think of cross-country skiing.Classic skis have a “kick zone”, which is an area of the ski base under the boot and binding. The kick zone sticks to the snow either because it’s made of a sticky material (waxless skis) or because it’s coated in grip wax (waxable skis).There are 3 classic ski techniques and you should learn them in this order: Diagonal Stride, Double Pole, and Kick Double Pole (a.k.a. One Step Double Pole). Diagonal Stride is the most powerful and is good for climbing hills. Double Pole is for higher speed travel on flats or small hills. Kick Double Pole combines elements of Diagonal Stride and Double Pole and is perfect for in between conditions. Classic Video
- Skate Ski Technique: Skate skiing has only been around since the 1970s. It’s a thrilling, high speed sport that appeals to people who love skiing fast. Unlike classic skiing, skate skiing definitely requires groomed snow. It’s almost impossible to skate ski in deep, unpacked snow.There are 3 skate ski techniques ( V1, V2 and V2 alternate) which act like the gears on your bike. Low gears have more power and are good for climbing hills. Higher gears are for faster terrain and conditions. Skate Video
Do all kids purchase TRAIL KIDS race suits and warm-up pants/jackets?
It is not mandatory that kids race in a Loppet TRAIL KIDS race suit. Many of the kids have purchased the race suits and it helps them to feel apart of a ski club team. We highly encourage all kids to purchase a TRAIL KIDS warm-up jacket since they will be using it on a daily basis for practice.
Do all TRAIL KIDS participants race?
Coaches encourage all TRAIL KIDS participants to try racing when they feel confident in their ski and mountain bike technique and fitness ability. Some kids race 1-2 times per season, while others race 8-10 per season.
Does Loppet TRAIL KIDS rent out ski/bike equipment?
We no longer rent out ski or bike equipment. There are local ski shops that may have rental equipment. See our equipment page link for more information. Equipment Guide: Winter Nordic Ski Program
We are so excited to have you on board to help us make these events the best they can be! Below are the events, descriptions, and sign-up forms for tasks we are looking to fill with volunteer help. The TRAIL KIDS staff will need help with registration, course marshals, start/finish line help and post race snack table. Click on the race/event below that you can volunteer for:
Training & Technique Resources
Nordic Skiing Resources
Skate Ski Drills
- Youth XC ski instruction 1: Introduction and dryland skate progression
- Youth XC ski instruction 2: Skate progression: no-poles skiing
- Youth XC ski instruction 3: Skate progression: V2-alternate
- Youth XC ski instruction 4: Skate progression: V2
- Youth XC ski instruction 5: Skate progression: drills for V2 and V2-alternate
- Youth XC ski instruction 6: Skate V1 and V1 drills
Classic Technique Drills
TRAIL KIDS Program Director
Assistant TRAIL KIDS Program Coach and Coordinator
TRAIL KIDS Program DirectorKim has been skiing since she was five years old when her family purchased her fish scale skis with three pin bindings! Her passion for skiing took her to Bemidji State University where she competed on the Nordic Ski Team from 1989 – 1992. She has also enjoyed racing on Team Rossignol for the last twenty years and continues to complete in local marathons. Her second passion is mountain biking and new this year gravel biking! Kim has enjoyed sharing both these passions of cycling and Nordic skiing through coaching the youth at TRAIL KIDS. In her spare time she enjoys biking, canoeing and ski adventures up at their cabin in Hayward with her husband Craig and daughters Leah and Hannah Rudd. Her hobbies include cooking, gardening and traveling to far off places. Life long goal is to complete all of the World Loppet race events! Kim took the position as Director of TRAIL KIDS in March of 2012. Her coaching experience includes:
- Loppet Nordic Adult, Junior and TRAIL KIDS coach (2006 – 2014)
- Armstrong High School Coach (2010 – 2019)
- BICP Level 1 and 2 Certified Coach
- USSA Nordic Level 100 ad 200 Certified Coach
- 2018 World Master’s age group champion (3x).
- 2018 14th woman overall in the skate race of the American Birkebeiner.
- 2018 City of Lakes Loppet women’s skate winner.