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Solstice Party Ski, Potluck, Gift Exchange, Raffle Draw

Join us at our annual Christmas Solstice Party on Thursday evening December 21.  Enjoy a ski at 6 pm followed by a potluck dinner at 7 pm and optional family gift exchange at 7:45 pm. We will also do the early bird draw for Lappe's raffle.  For complete details see the solstice poster.

Boxing Day Classic - Dedicated to Reijo Puiras

This will be our 39th Boxing Day Classic, and it will be a special one indeed.  In partnership with the Ski Centre, Lappe Nordic Ski Club will use all proceeds from the Boxing Day Classic towards building Reijo's Roost.  The plan is for a covered shelter with seating and possibly a fire pit to be located near the intersection of Pappa's and Timo's Loops and the Two Point Ate.  The idea of the shelter is one that was endorsed by Reijo before his passing so we thought it only fitting to get it built as a lasting memorial to the man who built the wonderful Lappe Ski Centre we all enjoy.

The race will start at 1:00 pm on Boxing Day.  Full details will appear here shortly.

Fresh Air Race #2 January 11, 2018

Our first Thursday evening Fresh Air Series race of the season was awesome! We had a field of nearly 80 racers and we used our new Zone4 GoChips for the very first time to time the race.

Our next Fresh Air sponsored race on January 11 will be a free technique team sprint so find a partner and come out for some fun.

All racers Atom aged and up are welcome. The plan this year is for five races at a cost of $25 for all five or pay as you go at $8 per race. Lappe members registered in a Lappe ski program race for free. See the race poster for more details. IMPORTANT - onsite race registration closes at 6:30 pm (no exceptions) with race start at 7:00 pm.

Youth Leadership Program

Check out our Youth Leadership Program poster to whet your appetite to be involved in this creative program.

There are current leadership opportunities in our Jackrabbit, Try-It XC Ski, Kids Running Wild and Adaptive Programs on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings and afternoons. Additional opportunities are available in our Spring and Fall Kids Running Wild Program.

Just send Coach Kevin an email to find out more or sign up.

Job Posting - Youth Coach/Leader Apprentice Program: 

As an innovative component of the NEW Lappe Nordic Youth Leaders program (see poster here) the Coach/Leader Apprentice Program will be for people who have completed a year of volunteer work with the ski club or have other relevant volunteer experience with a community group. The apprentice coach will need to identify an area of coaching or leadership within the club, make a clear commitment and complete any required training. We are currently accepting applications for this program and are hoping to have 3 or 4 apprentices for this winter. The application deadline is Friday, December 1, 2017. 

Job Posting - Lappe Nordic Ski-at-School Program:

Lappe Nordic is seeking coaches for its Ski-at-School program. Now in its third year the program continues to expand. This year there will be 20 Ski-at-School days at the  Lappe Ski Centre. Participants learn to skate ski over four fun and invigorating  visits to the ski centre. In addition to our experienced coaches, who are returning, we will hire 3 or 4 new coaches for the program this winter. The application deadline is Friday, December 1, 2017. The job posting is here.

First Ski Oct. 26 and 4.4 km Track Oct. 27

Pauli pulled a 4.4 km track and Esko and NTDC women put it to good use Friday morning. But Esko and NTDC weren't first to ski - reported by Grant Hall, Niklas Harkonen was the first on the snow last evening.

Esko skiing Oct 27, 2017


2017-2018 Program Registration

Lappe's Club and Program Registration for 2017- 2018 is now available at Past online registrations required Zone4 fees and vendor credit card fees to be added on at the end of the registration transactions. In the interest of simplicity and transparency, Lappe has adjusted its club and program fees so the Zone4 and credit card fees are included in the advertised club and program fees. HST on program fees (club membership fees are exempt) are still added on at the end of each registration transaction.

For Program Descriptions, visit the Program section of the website. For Trail pass information visit the Trail Pass Fees section of the website.

Register online at Once at the Zone4 website, type LAPPE Nordic Ski Club in the search box at the top to see all of Lappe's current registrations. (you will have to scroll down a bit since the registration page has been open since May). 

Masters World Cup - Minneapolis

The Masters World Cup (MWC2018) is coming to Minnesota January 19–26, 2018. A Lappe Nordic Team is being coordinated for this event and we would like to have you join the team. This event is for skiers 30 years old and older and we are very excited to organize a team to attend the event this winter.

For all the details read the "Masters for Minneapolis pdf". Register on Zone4.

Coach's Notes Spring 2017

Kevin's Spring Coach's Notes are an interesting recap of this past season and a look at what's ahead.

Ski Nationals 2018 at Lappe

The Canadian Ski Nationals will be held at Lappe Nordic Ski Centre once again.  Lakehead Superior Nordic Association (LSNA), a joint venture between Lappe and Big Thunder Ski Clubs will host the event March 10 - 17.  Cross Country Canada's (CCC) announcement can be found here. More detail can be found in the official press release.

You can get a jump on registering to be a volunteer at this exciting National event by registering right now on Zone4. Check out the PDF Volunteer Descriptions or contact the 2018 Ski Nationals Volunteer Coordinator for more information.  And here is the November newsletter

Catch up on how Lappe's top racers are doing on the circuit by visiting the blog for Michael Somppi, the blog for Andy Shields, and the blog for Evan Palmer-Charrette.

Be part of the team!

Individualized and group training plans, one-on-one instructions and great team spirit. Check out our programs section for more information or...

Contact Head Coach Kevin Shields at or call him at 346-8084.

Lappe Nordic Ski Club is a "club", not a business, that operates primarily through the efforts of its members who volunteer time and effort.  This allows the club to operate its many excellent programs with very low fees for its member participants.  To ensure this continues, the Lappe Board has introduced a formal Volunteer Engagement plan.  This plan details volunteer opportunities as well as exemptions for new members and members in the younger Jackrabbit programs.

Volunteer Opportunities

Are you ready to join a dynamic group of volunteers? Read on....

The operation of the Lappe Nordic Ski Club and the programs and services we provide depend upon the volunteer efforts of our members. With the exception of one paid coach, the ski club is run entirely by the efforts of tireless volunteers. Volunteering for our club is a great way to learn new skills, meet new people and have fun!

You can help by volunteering in different ways:

Here are a list of the key positions that need to be filled, in addition to those mentioned above.

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