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Nordic Rocks for Schools

The Nordic Rocks for Schools program was developed to introduce a new generation of children in grades K through 8th to the excitement found in the sport of cross country skiing.

Central Cross Country Skiing (CXC) is committed to growing the sport of cross country skiing with participants of all ages and abilities. Thanks to a three-way partnership between selected schools, CXC, and community organizations, the Nordic Rocks for Schools program allows teachers to teach skiing during physical education classes, recess, and after-school programs. Participants are able to ski on any outdoor surface covered with a minimum of two inches of snow.

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. The Nordic Rocks Universal Ski Package is a touring equipment designed specifically for children (6-15 years old) and adults who are new to skiing. The package includes 120 cm or 160 cm 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); plus, "ski clips" for holding skis and poles securely together and a Nordic Rocks identification tag. 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 Nordic Rocks Resource Center provides curriculum for both skiing and Nordic walking, is easy to follow and offers teachers learning ideas with both outdoor and indoor activities. Other resources include:

- Lesson Plans and Activity Guides
- Equipment Use and Repair Videos
- Success Stories and Videos from Schools

We would like to invite you to collaborate with us in our efforts to grow the sport of cross country skiing with a new generation!

Discount program available for schools enrolled in the Nordic Rocks program.



In 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 Receives Russell Wilder Award


CXC's Nordic Rocks program has been selected as one of the Top 8 programs worldwide in the SnowKidz Awards competition hosted by the International Ski Federation (FIS).


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The Nordic Rocks program has given my students an opportunity to try cross country skiing while at school; many of them would never have had the chance to experience the fun and excitement found in the sport without this program. It's really an awesome opportunity to ski at school!

- Carrie Furey, PE teacher at Greenland Elementary in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin


The Nordic Rocks for Schools 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!