Because nordic skiing is a club sport (not WIAA) membership is not limited to Ashwaubenon athletes but open to any area athletes who would like to ski with the team. Athletes can join the team at any time by contacting one of the coaches but most commonly do so at the fall organizational meeting which takes place in late October at Ashwaubenon High School. This is the time get practice and race information and to pay membership dues.
Since the team is not WIAA sanctioned, we receive no funding from the Ashwaubenon School District. It also means that fundraising is part of the parents’ supportive role. We host a trail race and duathlon in November and a ski race in February. Help with concessions, registration, trail prep and the water stop are essential to make these events go. Another way parents help is by transporting skiers to races. Generally we carpool, but there is travel involved in both racing and practicing.
Dues for the season are $150 for high school athletes and $100 for middle school. The dues cover the cost of race entry fees for team races, wax, uniforms, and team loaner equipment. Athletes need not purchase their own equipment to ski with the team. Team equipment is available once dues have been paid.
Racing, which is an optional but exciting part of team participation, occurs on weekday evenings and on weekends. Teams from Madison, Waukesha, Rhinelander, Minocqua, Hayward and Wausau provide a good opportunity for young skiers to test themselves against their peers in both Classic and Skate techniques. Middle schoolers compete at 3.5K and the high school team up to 7K distances, boys and girls racing separately. Dues cover league race entries. Racing culminates in the Wisconsin High School Championships when over 400 racers from all over the state compete for two days in early February. The team’s success and their flashy green and gold suits have made them a recognizable force in the Wisconsin ski world.
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