Hilltoppers XC is a cross country ski club focused on teaching young people to ski. During the winter months (generally Late December, January and February) we meet 1-2 times weekly (snow permitting) for ski sessions. We start with diagonal stride and progress to skating on skis. The club is coached by all volunteer adults who love cross-country skiing.
Club activities include dry land training/outdoor exercise sessions in the late fall and early winter. When the snow falls, we begin weekly ski sessions at Lake County Metropark’s Chapin Forest Reservation or other Lake County or Cuyahoga County Metroparks locations on weekend mornings, usually Saturdays. We hold Tuesday evening practices at Chapin Forest for our more advanced skiers as well. The highlight of the season is our ski camp held one weekend in February when we travel to participate in a race and ski together a bit further afield. Last year’s camp was held in Traverse City, Michigan. Ski camp is usually a family affair!
We have ski equipment available for season rental for all our youth ski club members. Registration and ski rental costs $120/season per person with a $200 family maximum charge.
We are not the only ones
Ohio Nordic Ski Club
Ohio Nordic Ski Club began in 1977, a few years after cross country skiing became
popular in the U. S. Bill Salmon of Chardon was the first president. In Fall and
Winter, the club had monthly meetings, often with a movie or speaker. The club
averaged 100 members. Club members skied together regularly and a ski trip was
organized each winter. We learned from watching the fluid technique of the
Finn’s from Fairport Harbor.
Club racing began at Punderson State Park around 1980, the beginning of a great
relationship that would last until 1996. Ski trail mileage went from 10K to 15K and
trails were widened for ski skating. The club purchased grooming equipment,
which was operated by club volunteers and park staff. In 1996, the club moved to
Chapin Ski Center.
A number of club members were regular racers in the Michigan Cup series on the
Ohio Nordics Racing Team. With encouragement and opportunities offered by
Ohio Nordics, many skiers, including myself, have been able to ski and race all
over the skiing world. When asked where we are from, the answer, “Ohio”, brings
a moment of astonishment.
by Gene Foley, 75, 47 years on snow and still gliding.
OHIO’S CROSS COUNTRY OLYMPIAN, ELIZABETH FRASER YOUNGMAN
Yes, there is an Olympic cross country skier from Ohio. Betsy Fraser Youngman
skied at Calgary in 1988 and in Albertville, France in 1992. Betsy and her husband
Bob are active racers in World Masters and U. S. Masters. They live in Sun Valley.