2017-2018 Ski Camp Info and Forms


Hopkins Nordic has a long tradition of training together over winter break at Giant’s Ridge in Biwabik MN. This is also where the Mesabi Invitational and State Championships are held. The purpose of the camp is to train hard and improve technique. Skiers must be mature, focused and ready to benefit from the long workouts and coaching sessions. Ski camp is not intended for Developmental Team skiers.

When:    January 3-6, 2018

               Depart: Meet in HHS Main Lot at 8am on January 3 (Bus will depart promptly at 8:30am)

               Return: Arrive HHS approximately 9:30 or 10pm on January 6 (skiers will call you when they get close)

Where: The Lodge at Giant’s Ridge, Biwabik, MN (800) 688-7669 - www.giantsridge.com

Why: To make big gains in technique and base fitness!

Mesabi:   Some skiers will race in the Mesabi Invitational race (tba) on January 6. Those participating in Mesabi

                will need to complete this waiver.

How: Register and pay deposit ($100) or full cost of camp ($415) in November

                Pay full cost of camp and complete forms (see below) by December 17



Forms:    Medical Info Form
                Permission and Behavior Contract
                Assumption of Risk and Release (Team)
                Giants Ridge Required Lift Waiver

Instructions for mailing payments and forms:

Payments: You may pay the full Ski Camp fee on the Booster Club's payment website: https://mkt.com/hopkins-nordic


Mail payments to Hopkins Nordic Booster Club to (note name of skier and grade):

Kim Hunwardsen (Treasurer)

6517 Cherokee Trl W

Eden Prairie, MN 55344-7818

Forms: Mail or email signed camp forms to:

            Mike Craemer

            4844 Woodridge Ct

            Minnetonka, MN 55345

            Email: mcraemer@mmbco.com      

Questions? Call Mike at:  (952) 935-0370 (after 5pm)

Suggested Packing List (Label EVERYTHING!!):

  • See Ari’s ski packing list.
  • Bring running shoes.
  • Rock skis (not required this year)


Weather:  The weather will be cold on Wednesday (high -4F) and start to warm up. Dress in layers.




Wednesday January 3rd

·       Be ready to ski classic or skate after we arrive in the afternoon.  There will be facilities to change but have your clothing and boots ready. 

·       We will be stopping for lunch in Cloquet on the way up.  Please bring money.

·       Dinner at 5:00 PM is provided.


Thursday and Friday:

·       Breakfast at 8:00 AM will be provided.

·       There will be (2) 2-4 hours ski workouts per day.  Classic or skate.

·       Dinner at 5:00 PM is provided.



·       Breakfast at 8:00 AM will be provided.

·       Saturday will be the Mesabi ski race. Coaches will determine who is racing this event.  Parents are welcome to come up and cheer!

·       Bus will arrive at 5:00 PM at the Lodge to return home.

·       We will stop for dinner on our return trip in Cloquet.



  • Please have your skis waxed, except your kick zone, prior to arriving to camp.  There will also be a wax hut with wax and benches on-site too.


  • Additional Food.  Each room has a kitchenette with a microwave, fridge, cooking plate and dishes etc.  You will be on your own for lunch.  There is also a cafeteria at the downhill building adjacent to the Lodge.


  • For those skiers who do not have both classic and skate equipment a group will available for your technique and ski level.



What to Expect:

  • The condos usually are not ready when we arrive. Make sure you have easy access to your ski clothing because we will be skiing before you get into the condo. All luggage and ski equipment will be put in a room in the lower level until the condos are ready.

  • Skiers share large two bedroom condos which can sleep up to ten people. We generally have 6-8 same-sex skiers in each condo unit. Bring a sleeping bag if you are not comfortable sharing a bed. Parents who wish to come can rent rooms as well.

  • Breakfast and dinner are included in the fee and are served buffet style with all skiers, coaches and parents dining together. Breakfasts include hot oatmeal, fresh fruit, muffins, milk and juice. If you prefer something else such as bagels or cereal, feel free to bring those.

  • Skiers will need food or money for all lunches and for dinner on the drive home. Some skiers buy lunch at the Lodge or at the alpine ski area chalet. The condos are equipped with refrigerators, microwaves, and a hot plate, thus many skiers bring lunch food and snacks.  Popular food items include bread, meat, cheese, peanut butter, mac and cheese, milk, fruit, soup, and snack foods.

  • Lots of fun with adequate “down time” for recreation and “chilling” with your teammates.