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Little skiers hit the trails

Ely Youth Ski League celebrates opening day

Keith Vandervort
Posted 1/19/22

ELY - After a year with no in-person events due to COVID-19 precautions and a delayed start this year due to cold temperatures, the Ely Youth Ski League finally started last Sunday at Hidden …

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Little skiers hit the trails

Ely Youth Ski League celebrates opening day

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ELY - After a year with no in-person events due to COVID-19 precautions and a delayed start this year due to cold temperatures, the Ely Youth Ski League finally started last Sunday at Hidden Valley.
The Ely Youth Ski League (EYSL) is a volunteer organization that offers children between the ages of five and 11 the opportunity to learn and enjoy cross country skiing. The program emphasizes fun and fitness as the primary elements of this family activity
Members gathered for the traditional opening ceremony, including a torch lighting and flag parade featuring members of the Ely High School Nordic ski team. Todd Hohenstein, dressed in his Sunday best, took his traditional position as the opening-day emcee. He gathered dozens of young skiers and families in the bowl, located next to the chalet, and led them through a few warm-up drills before the students gathered with coaches in their respective age groups and started on an afternoon of safe instruction and fun.
Organizers reminded participants’ families that snack time this year will be held outside and not in the chalet, due to COVID-19 public health protocols, and encouraged parents to stick close and possibly keep their vehicles warm for their skier. Kindergartners need to have their parents with them at all times, in skis or boots.
Ski sessions will be held on the following Sundays: Jan. 23, 30, and Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, from 2-3 p.m.
To join the Ely Ski and Bike Club and to participate in the youth ski league, ($75 for a family membership), go to https://www.elynordic.org/ to fill out a membership application. Equipment rental for those who need skis is $25 per skier with a $50 deposit. The $50 deposit will be refunded at the end of the season when equipment is returned.

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