Winter activities for kids

Hood River County Community Education is offering several sports-related options to help keep kids occupied over the winter break and through the winter. More information and registration for the following activities can be found at or by calling 541-386-2055.

Winter basketball camp

High school coaches and players will teach skills and drills to be more productive basketball players in this clinic for players grades 3-8, held Dec. 29-31 at Hood River Valley High School. Players will be given the opportunity to use these skills they learn in scrimmages. The camp is $45 and runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.

Nordic Ski Clinic

For kids grades 1-5 and 6-8, this two-day activity takes kids to the groomed Nordic trails of Teacup Lake. The HRV Nordic team conduct the clinic and will teach classic (kick and glide) techniques, how to fall and get up after falling, how to go uphill and downhill and how to put on/take off skis for beginner skiers and how to go fast, corner and maintain a pace for intermediate/expert skiers. Kids will be paired with friendly and skilled high school racers for the clinic.

This clinic is snow-dependent. The fee is $80 and does not include equipment. Rentals are available at 2nd Wind Sports in downtown Hood River for a discounted rate specially for the class. Grades 1-5 will ski from 10 a.m. to noon and grades 6-8 will ski 12:30-3 p.m.

After the break:

Middle school wrestling

Wrestling programs at Hood River and Wy’east middle schools are gearing up for the approaching season, which starts right after the holiday break in school. Registration for both schools is open now through Hood River Community Education and can be done online at or over the phone at 541-386-2055.

Both programs are open to wrestlers of all abilities in grades 6-8. Sport physicals are required to participate unless athletes have had one within the last year. The fee is $135 and athletic scholarships are available. Practices start Jan. 5 for HRMS students and Jan. 7 for Wy’east students.

Middle school girls basketball

Girls grades 7-8 will have the opportunity to play basketball at both HRMS and WYMS. Each player will be placed on a team based at their school if enough registrations are received.The season consists of after school practices and games. The season runs January and February with the first practice Jan. 5.

All required forms, registration info, payment and waiver are part of the online registration process, A current physical (valid for two years) is required and must be filed in the Community Ed Office and insurance is required for middle school play.

In addition, volunteers are needed to help coach and manage the teams. For more info on coaching, contact John Rust at HRCE.


This 12-week program starts Jan. 7 and runs every Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. at Hood River Middle School. Participants receive instruction from beginning basics to advanced techniques and the sessions are focused on playing games against one another.


Pickleball is a fun game that is played on a badminton court with the net lowered to 34 inches at the center. It is played with a perforated plastic baseball (similar to a whiffle ball) and wood or composite paddles. It is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.

The activity runs every Tuesday for 13 weeks starting Jan. 6 at May Street Elementary School.

Rock Climbing: parent and youth intro

This class, held Jan. 12, 6:30-8 p.m. at the Hood River Middle School indoor climbing wall, is for parents and their children. Children will learn as much as possible, while parents will specifically learn to belay. Learning will include the proper use of climbing equipment, harnesses, knots belaying and climbing techniques. Parents will learn proper rope management and belay techniques to safely allow their child to climb up and down the indoor climbing wall. The fee of $30 covers the class and includes use of the climbing wall once a week during the open climb hour that runs weekly through February.

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