Minnesota Youth Ski League (MYSL) - Hidden Valley Chapter

2017 / 2018 SKI SEASON

Minnesota Youth Ski League (MYSL) is a volunteer organization that offers children between the ages of 4 and 15 the opportunity to learn and enjoy cross-country skiing. The program emphasizes skiing for fun and fitness as a lifelong activity. Last year, over 120 Ely kids participated in our program! Hidden Valley Recreation Area is operated by Ely Nordic Ski Club (ENSC), a non-profit volunteer group.

Eight Sundays from 2:00-3:30

January 7, 14, 21, 28, 

February 4, 11, 18, 25

Registration and equipment distribution will be Friday, November 10th from 3:30-5:30 at the Hidden Valley Chalet

  • Cost for the 8 week season is $40 for one child and $30 for each additional sibling.
  • Scholarships are available.
  • A parent must participate with children ages 4 and 5 (either on skis or in boots).
  • Skiers of all levels are welcome!

Ely MYSL rents youth ski equipment for $20 to participating children.  Equipment is limited and will be assigned to individuals on a first come, first serve basis beginning registration night.

Volunteers make MYSL & ENSC happen.  If you are able to help, please let us know!  

Questions? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

“Ely Youth Ski League” is on Facebook!

Visit the Facebook page.

Coming Soon

  • MYSL Registration Form (PDF)
  • General Information MYSL (PDF)

Additional Notes

Email and Facebook (Ely Youth Ski League) are the only methods of communication.  

Each Sunday, please arrive with enough time to park (there are about 120 kids involved in the program, which means a lot of cars!). Plus, kids need to get their ski bibs (a vest kids wear that identifies them by name and group—this helps us take attendance) from the chalet. Then they need to put their skis on and be in the starting circle (in front of the chalet) by 2:00. We start each class as a large group, then split up into small groups. You don’t want to miss the opening events—they’re always full of surprises!


If the weather is too severe or the trail conditions are too poor to hold classes, we will send out an email on Saturday notifying you of a cancellation. Cancellations will also be announced on WELY and posted on Facebook. If classes are cancelled, there will not be make up dates.


Dressing in layers works best for ski lessons. Start with a basic layer of long underwear, followed by an insulating layer such as fleece or wool and then a wind shell layer. Avoid jeans, cotton socks, and other cotton clothes as much as possible because they absorb moisture and freeze. Wear a hat and mittens (mittens are warmer than gloves). Sunglasses and a neck gator or scarf may be needed some days.


Halfway through practice, each group will take turns coming into the chalet to warm up and have a snack. All MYSL families are assigned to be on snack duty for one Sunday during the eight week session. Half the group will set up and serve the snack, the other half of the group will clean up. MYSL parents who are coaching will not have to help serve or clean up. Each family is to bring 3 dozen snack items. Snacks can be either homemade or store-bought. Please make portion sizes small, as kids tend to choose several items to try. Napkins, plates, and beverages (hot cocoa and water) will be provided. If you are unable to perform your snack duty, it is your responsibility to contact another family to switch duties. A list of snack assignments and contact information will be provided in December.


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