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APUNSC Junior Team (ages 14-20)

Nordic JuniorsThe APU Junior Team is a development program for cross-country ski racing. The goal of the junior program is to develop cross-country ski skills with an emphasis on “training to race”, athlete education, and above all, create a passion for cross-country skiing.

During the junior development phase, training is more specific with the athlete transitioning from broad base activity to “training for skiing” with ski specific activity. Sessions are 4-7 times a week. Activities include skate and classic skiing, running, ski imitation, biking, classic and skate roller skiing, games, and strength. Training will be balanced between intervals, distance, speed, technique, and strength. Junior coaches design training that is both challenging and FUN!

The Junior Team has two groups, Junior A and Junior B. It is important that training is developmentally appropriate, so we take care in designating the athletes to groups based on maturity, skills, and training background. Coaches will designate athletes to group A or B after initial training sessions.

Training is typically located at Hillside, APU, and Kincaid. Athletes will also take special training sessions to run in the mountains or ski other trails. Training locations are chosen based on training method (run, roller ski, ski, etc) with coaches taking great care to ensure that locations provide top quality training opportunities matched with close attention to athlete’s safety. APU facilities include strength room, team room for video analysis, wax room, and summer skiing on Thomas Training Center located on Eagle Glacier.

We recommend athletes compete for their schools and when ready compete in Besh Cups, Junior Nationals, and Junior World Championship Trials. APU Junior Team will have race support at Besh Cups, Anchorage Cups, and Junior World Championship Trials.

Involvement in the Junior program is a great opportunity to be exposed to and learn from top skiers and coaches. APU has a strong tradition in Nordic skiing producing some of the best skiers in the US and the world, including overall World Cup Sprint Champion, former APU junior, Kikkan Randall. The junior program is a great stepping-stone, a good challenge, and a lot of fun!

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2013-14 Season Options

Year Round (April 29 to April 4) The year round program is a great option for athletes who want to further skills and fitness with year round consistency. The year round program includes Spring, Summer, Fall, Fall Transition, and Winter seasons. Recommended for athletes wanting to race High School, Besh Cups, Junior National Championships, Junior World Championships, and beyond!

Spring (April 29 to May 24) Sessions are 4 days a week Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM. This Session is “Activation” training to get ready for the summer training. There is a large focus on injury prevention.

Summer (May 27 to August 16) Sessions are 5 days a week Monday thru Friday 4pm to 5:45pm. Advanced juniors may be invited to two APUNSC Elite Team practices per week, Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30am to 10:30am. Activities are focused on dry land training for cross-country skiing. When high schools cross country running starts, Friday practices will be shifted to Sunday afternoons, 3:00pm to 5:00pm.
Fall (August 27 to September 28) Sessions are 5 days a week Sunday through Thursday. Tuesday and Thursday sessions are from 3:45pm to 5:30pm; Monday and Wednesday 5:15pm to 6:45pm, and Sunday from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Wednesday and Friday sessions are held later so that athletes who are running high school XC can join roller ski sessions to maintain ski specific fitness.

Fall Transition (August 30 to October 27) Sessions are 5-6 days a week Monday thru Friday with 1-2 weekend sessions per month. Monday through Friday sessions are from 3:45pm to 5:30pm. The Fall Transition session is designed to fill the gap between high school cross-country running and high school skiing. This is an important time for high school athletes to boost endurance before the competition season.

Winter (October 28 to April 4) Sessions are 4-5 days a week Monday through Thursday plus occasional Saturdays. Tuesday and Thursday sessions are from 3:45 pm to 5:30 pm. Monday and Wednesday sessions from 5:15pm to 6:45pm. The later weekday time allows athletes to benefit from participation on school teams and long-term skill development/training within the club atmosphere. Saturday’s are planned in coordination with ASD Region 4 competition schedule on non-race days. Winter session includes race support at Besh Cup and Anchorage Cup races.


2013-14 Camps

Girdwood (June 20 to June 23) Dryland Camp held at Challenge Alaska.
*Eagle Glacier on-snow camp August 6 to August 11. Invitation only.
*Talkeetna Dryland Camp held at the Knapp family cabin July 23 to July 26.
*Hatcher’s Pass on-snow camp or Fairbanks, late November, TBA.

Camps fees are in addition to program fees and athletes must be registered in the current session to be invited to camp.


Additional program details and registration policies:

Registration payments are due in full before the first day of the session.

Payment plans are available for year round participants. The first ½ of the fee is due on the first day of practice with the second ½ due on October 1st. Please choose the “Year round payment plan” option on registration sheet.

Family discounts are available. To be eligible you must have three or more family members signed up for APU programs, two of which must be year round members. After purchasing two year-round memberships, all additional memberships are half price.

Junior National performance incentive: Receive a 10% program discount for one top ten individual finish and a 25% discount for a top three individual finish. A financial incentive to ski fast!

We look forward to your participation in our program!