Age groups explained. Junior (U20) skiing on the national level is divided into age groups based on birth year, but NENSA-affiliated Bill Koch programs have replaced this with grade-based groupings (to eliminate a limbo period for some kids between BKL and high-school skiing). Here on NENSA's wild western frontier we go to festivals that may use either system. We (generally) follow the "U" system for our groups (though some still refer to them using the recently-upgraded "J" names, adding to the confusion). A guide to our local youth skiing age group patois:
U8 (formerly J6) - Age 6-7 (as of 12/31 during the current ski season)
U10 (formerly J5) - Age 8-9
U12 (formerly J4) - Age 10-11
U14 (formerly J3) - Age 12-13
Lollipop - all skiers age 5 and under, and age 6-7 skiers who are new or less confident.
Lollipop skiers will focus on classic skiing.
Older age groups will work on both techniques. Practices will be either skate or classic, with an even balance over the season. (For new skiers who don't yet feel ready to start skating, there will be a classic option at all practices).
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