For Ages: 10-14
Alaska Winter Stars provides year-round programs for younger juniors from the first-timer to precocious kid already looking forward to racing the older juniors in Besh Cup races. Our main objective is to provide year-round professional training for cross country skiers and to improve not only their skiing level but also to provide physical education and activities in addition to junior sport programs at school. An active lifestyle is important for young people to develop good motor skills, mobility and flexibility, and exercise their cardiovascular system. Cross-country skiing provides an exercise for all major muscle groups, and it is one of the most beneficial forms of sports activity. For some athletes, our program will be just a fun form of sport activity in their daily life, and for some it will be in pursuit of a more serious cross-country career. Alaska Winter Star younger junior athletes have developed into some of the best athletes in our nation! Tyler Kornfield, Gus Schumacher, Molly Gellert, Marion Woods, Lex Treinen, Scott and Caitlin Patterson are a few examples of AWS younger juniors who have turned into the best junior, collegiate, and now professional skiers in the United States. Many of our other athletes who began as younger juniors turned into top collegiate rowers, professional triathletes, mountain bikers, even world-class Ultimate Frisbee players! The coordination, fitness, strength, teamwork, and work ethic our athletes learn in the younger juniors program propels them towards being lifelong athletes and hard workers in all aspects of their lives in the future.
At Alaska Winter Stars we know our athletes are interested in a wide variety of athletic endeavors and we support everyone equally, even if Nordic skiing is secondary to other sports. We are happy to work with everyone, even if your child can only participate a few times per week; however, for athletes to get the most out of their workouts and feel they are improving at a high rate, AWS encourages our young skiers to participate 4-5 days per week. For those playing other sports in the “off season” we would like to see all of our athletes rollerskiing at least once a week through the Summer and Fall months. The ski-specific balance and coordination of rollerskis will make skiing skills on snow easier and much more fun! Above all, Alaska Winter Stars makes sure to foster a fun and safe environment, with professional coaches who are as eager and excited to show up to a workout as your child!
Training 3-5 times a week
Year-round coaching support
Development of technique and skills
Improvement of motor coordination
The main goal of our younger junior program is to provide beneficial and fun sport activities for children who enjoy physical activities.