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 and former APU junior, Kikkan Randall. Most recently, the APU Program was recognized by USSA as the top boys club in the country based on results at the Junior National Championships (APU was also ranked 2nd junior club overall in the country).
More than its track record for success, the APU Junior Program prides itself on its balance between training hard and having fun. While the goal of the junior program is to develop cross-country ski racing skills with an emphasis on “training to race” and athlete education, we believe strongly in having a fun-based approach to Nordic ski training and racing. Practices are planned to take advantage of the awesome training opportunities afforded by Southcentral Alaska, whether it’s weekly runs/hikes in the Chugach Mountains, crust skiing in Hatcher Pass, or of course, training at APU’s Eagle Glacier facility.
In addition, the APU Junior Program is structured to ensure that every athlete receives the proper training and coaching at each step in their development as a skier. This development philosophy allows the coaches to provide year-round support including weekly training plans, training log review, goal setting, video technique analysis, and one-on-one coaching. To ensure we have the time to give each athlete what they need, coaches are also available outside of scheduled practice times- by email, phone, or in person meetings.
Nope. While heart rate monitors can be great training tools, we do not require heart rate monitors for our training sessions.
Training on Eagle glacier is hard work! It is also the training experience of a lifetime. Situated at 5,000 ft above Girdwood, weather can range from summer to winter conditions (25-60 F) with rain, snow, or beautiful sunshine. After a helicopter flight up to the training facility, skiers can expect a full week of skiing twice a day with a mix of easy distance, interval training, and technique work. In between training sessions, the focus is on resting and recovery, preparing meals, and group activities.
The goal of the junior program is to develop cross-country ski racing skills with an emphasis on “training to race”, athlete education, and above all, create a passion for cross-country skiing. With that in mind, athletes typically have a variety of racing goals during each season, and the junior coaches are there to support the athletes in whatever their racing goals are during the winter.
APU Junior Program provides support for:
- HS races
- NSAA community races (AMH Cup, Sven, Pia’s, Tour of Anchorage)
- Besh Cup waxing and coaching support
- Arctic Winter Games
- Junior National Championships
- US Senior National Championships
- U18 Nation’s Cup Trip (Scando Cup)
- U20 World Junior Championships
Many APU Juniors also compete in Biathlon and Nordic Combined events
APU schedules a few events every year to help members get outfitted with the right equipment:
- APU Ski Swap (typically late October)
- AMH Team Night (typically early November)
- Barney’s Sports Chalet Team Night (typically early November)
- Other ski swaps around town: http://www.anchoragenordicski.com/events_other.htm
*For gear recommendations (including rollerskis), please see our recommended equipment list.
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- Devo's: 4:00 PM
- Juniors: 2:00 PM for 3:30 training and 4:00 PM for 5:15 training
- Noon Masters: 11:00 AM
- Evening Masters: 5:00 PM
- Women's One-Day: 5:00 PM
- Elite: 7:30 AM and 3:00 PM
- Devo's: Training will be held at temperatures 5F and above. Below 5F training is cancelled.
- Juniors: Training will be held at temperatures 0F and above. Between 0F and 5F training is low intensity at L1. Below 0F training is cancelled.
- Master's and Elite: Group training will be held at temperatures 0F and above. Between 0F and 5F training is within intensity L1 to L3. Below 0F official training is cancelled. From 0 to - 6F training easy distance L1 and 'on own'. The policy is designed to encourage safe and enjoyable ski training.
- Layer clothing. Always better to bring a little more than less. Extra jackets can always be
- stashed at intersections.
- Always wear a
- Buffs, neck warmers, and balaclava work great.
- Remove exposed jewelry, especially ear rings.
- Ski over boots help keep the feet warm.
As aerobic athletes, we breathe a lot. We may be more sensitive and potential harmful effects of poor quality can be magnified. It's important that we consider the air quality before training. If air pollutants such as forest fire smoke degrade air quality, practices may be adjusted.
Alaska’s DEC Division of Air Quality monitors air quality in Anchorage – (http://dec.alaska.gov/Applications/Air/airtoolsweb/Aq/), however, pollutants may be localized away from these monitoring stations.
If air quality is "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" at the Garden (Airport Heights) or Laurel (Midtown) sites and air quality is believed to be similar or worse at training locations, practices will be moved or canceled to avoid training in that air. The basis for that is we are sensitive when we are training at elevated respiratory levels.
If air quality is "Good" or "Moderate" at the Garden or Laurel sites, the Coaches will still use their best judgment to perhaps relocate or cancel practice. If air pollutants are significant enough to cause adverse affects (e.g. sore throat, coughing, etc.) when training, practice will be relocated to a better air quality location or cancelled.
If possible, forewarning of possible changes will be announced 24 hours before affected practices that will including a final announcement time to check in at. Final relocation or cancellations will be announced at least two hours before scheduled practice.