Loppet Weather Policy
The Loppet Foundation policy is to hold winter practice sessions if at all possible. Nevertheless, if temps are colder than -8F with winds greater than 5 mph (or similar combination) we will cancel practice. Make sure to check the TRAIL KIDS practice schedule page for latest updates or changes to practice schedule.
Dressing for the weather
Please dress carefully on the cold days with attention to your face (balaclava/buff) and feet (boot covers). I encourage you to keep your skis (tips and tails) glide waxed, especially if the temps are below 15f. The man made snow loop at the nordic area can be extremely slow if yours skis are not waxed- keep a stock of Start Green - best cold weather wax for Minnesota/Wisconsin. I recommend preparing the kick zone with a base binder and I will send out a kick wax recommendation along with a weekly update every Sunday. The past few winters we have had great success with Start Oslo Racing blue or green kick wax on the local man made snow.
Spring/Summer/Fall Weather Policy
Heat Index cancellation - If the heat index is in the danger zone of above 103 F with humidity then we will cancel practice session.
AQI - If the air quality number is 150 or higher we would cancel practice. If the range is above 100 we suggest youth with asthma not attend practice..
Think of the AQI as a yardstick that runs from 0 to 500. The higher the AQI value, the greater the level of air pollution and the greater the health concern. For example, an AQI value of 50 represents good air quality with little potential to affect public health, while an AQI value over 300 represents hazardous air quality.
An AQI value of 100 generally corresponds to the national air quality standard for the pollutant, which is the level EPA has set to protect public health. AQI values below 100 are generally thought of as satisfactory. When AQI values are above 100, air quality is considered to be unhealthy-at first for certain sensitive groups of people, then for everyone as AQI values get higher.
It's raining, what should I do?
Prior to a Trail Kids session starting parents should check the following website page: Practice/Race Schedule where all cancelled classes will be listed. If your class is not listed please attend your session as scheduled. Please dress your child appropriately. Coaches will also communicate any last minute changed by sending a group text on the Remind app ( each session will get an invite to join ).
Will Practice be held in rain?
The Trail Kids programs are outdoor adventures for kids and with this in mind we will continue in the event of light rain or passing showers. If severe weather conditions become unplayable and shelter cannot be provided, the program may be cancelled for the remainder of the day and you may be required to collect your child from program.
What happens is the event of Thunderstorms?
In the event of thunderstorms, the program will be suspended until the storm passes. Lightning storms are unpredictable so a 30 minute rule is enforced for all Trail Kids programs. 30 minutes will be counted from when the last strike of lightning was seen. If the storm passes, practice will continue however, if the storm continues the program may be cancelled and you will be required to collect your child from the program.
How early do we decide if a class is cancelled?
We strive to make informed decisions for all classes by checking the weather forecasts and radar frequently. In light of this, decisions are typically made 1 hour before a session is scheduled to take place. Due to the nature of the wide geographical area in which we run our programs, sometimes you may be asked to report to the Trail Kids locations where the final decision will be made by the coaches present as they will be more equipped to make the correct decision. The coach's decision will be based on the current weather. If conditions deteriorate after a program has started you may be required to collect your child. When dropping your child at a program coaches will try to inform parents if adverse weather conditions are expected. Please ensure coaches are given the best contact phone number to reach you on in this situation.