The Nordic Rocks for Parks and Clubs program was developed to introduce a new generation of children and families to the excitement found in the sport of cross country skiing.
Greetings to Clubs, Parks, and Nordic Skiing Enthusiasts,
Central Cross Country Skiing (CXC) is committed to growing the sport of cross country skiing with participants of all ages and abilities. Area parks and clubs are central to the Nordic community, and play an instrumental role in developing sports on a local level. In many communities, park activity coordinators and club leaders organize events and lessons for those interested in getting started in the sport. Having simple and affordable equipment is a critical component of our goal in building the base of the sport, and creating lifelong participants in Nordic skiing.
CXC now has an opportunity for parks and clubs to join the efforts to harness many more skiers new to the sport: the Nordic Rocks for Parks and Clubs Program provides participants the same Nordic Rocks introductory ski package used in schools.
The Nordic Rocks Universal Ski Package is touring equipment designed for youth and adults who are new to skiing. The package includes 120 cm (47 inches) or 160 cm (63 inches) wood-core skis with fish-scales, and a snowshoe style step-in binding system with three spring buckles that fits any size boot or shoe, and adjustable aluminum poles (90-130 cm / 35-51 inches). The equipment is easy to use, store, and maintain. In addition, the Nordic Rocks adjustable poles are perfect for Nordic Walking adventures and activities - although many schools have great success running the program without poles.
Participants are able to ski on any outdoor surface covered with a minimum of two inches of snow. CXC will assist Nordic Rocks parks and clubs with the same skiing curriculum and resources, teaching support, and cross country skiing equipment that is being used in the Nordic Rocks for Schools program. The curriculum for both skiing and Nordic walking is easy to follow and offers parks, clubs, and families learning ideas with both outdoor and indoor activities. The equipment is easy to use, store, and maintain. In addition, the Nordic Rocks adjustable poles are perfect for Nordic Walking adventures and activities.
The many visitors, new to cross country skiing, who come to Lake Bemidji State Park, are thrilled to try cross country skis provided by the Nordic Rocks for Parks and Clubs program. It is easy, they slip on the skis right over their snow boots, and off they go down the trail.
- Susan Olin, Naturalist at Lake Bemidji State Park, Minnesota
NORDIC ROCKS PROGRAM RECEIVES NATIONAL HONORIn 2018 CXC's Nordic Rocks program received U.S. Ski & Snowboard's prestigious Russell Wilder Award which is presented annually to recognize the most outstanding effort in America in focusing the interest of youth on skiing.
NORDIC ROCKS PROGRAM RECEIVES SNOWKIDZ AWARDIn 2020 CXC's Nordic Rocks program participated in the SnowKidz Awards competition hosted by the International Ski Federation (FIS) and walked away with the 4th place in the world!
BECOME A NORDIC ROCKS PROGRAM SUPPORTERThe Nordic Rocks Program has made an impact on thousands of new skiers by enrolling over 140 schools across the Midwest region.
The community organizations, businesses, and contributors who help to financially support the Nordic Rocks program are the vital link to the partnership, and are instrumental in further creating a culture of skiing within their communities.
By becoming a Supporter Member, you are able to provide one pair of Nordic Rocks skis to an elementary ski program! At least 10 unique students will use YOUR pair of skis on average of 50 times in one season.
With your generous contributions, we hope the Nordic Rocks program will continue to grow and excite schools throughout Midwestern communities about skiing!