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SNSC News — December 22, 2009
Dec 22nd, 2009 by admin

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL STRATHCONA NORDICS!!

On behalf of the Board of Directors, warm wishes for an enjoyable and ski-filled holiday.  As we gear up for the start of our programs, we look forward to seeing club members out enjoying our wonderful terrain and facilities while 

learning and improving their skiing. 

 

May 2010 bring you good glide and all of the right wax choices!  

 

Best wishes,

Rob Grantham

Club VP

 

 

The view from Lake Trail last weekend.

LakeTrailView2

 

 

RACE NOTICE

January 2nd – Club Race and BC Winter Games Trial Race. Come out for the first local race of the season. It is an individual start classic race.

For those born in 1995 and 1996, it is the trial race for the BC Winter Games, so be sure to enter. Entries are on Zone4, and close at Noon on December 31st. See the Race Notice on the Races page for more details.

 

 

MASTERS RECREATIONAL

We would like to apologize for mixing up the dates on the Masters Recreational programs. The start dates for the Master Recreational program for the 2010 ski season are:

Intermediate Masters — January 9th

Beginner Masters — January 10th

 

More Masters rec details coming your way soon. Note: these programs usually run concurrent with the Rabbits program, but the Rabbits are starting a week later this year to accommodate coach training. 

 

 

COACHING — REFRESH!

New and returning Rabbit coaches of all levels are encouraged to take advantage of the Coaching Refresher Clinic with Head Coach Dave Battison on Sunday, Dec 27 from 9-11am.  This is a fantastic opportunity to review ski skill breakdown and evaluate your own technique.  Everyone who has attended it in the past has greatly benefited.

 

 

RABBITS

Registration deadline for Rabbits is Dec 31.  Parents who have not yet selected a volunteer opportunity can do so by going to the club website and clicking on the Rabbit icon in the top left corner.  Thank you to those parents who have already made their selection.

 

All Rabbit parents are encouraged to check out the newly expanded Rabbits section on the club website.  Here you will be able to find information about your child’s program and events and lots of additional information which you will find helpful throughout the season. Look for new additions and improvements each week. 

 

 

RACING TEAMS

Congratulations to all our Elite Racers for their great results at the intensely competitive Haywood NorAms in Canmore these past 4 days!

 

Camp–All racing team members can enjoy a Holiday Race Camp with Coach Dave starting December 27 10 am. Meet at the Raven Lodge each morning. See Coach Dave for details! 

 

 

NEO OVERBOOTS

Mount Washington Nordic is doing a one-time special order for Neo overboots, which they have extended to SNSC members. Cost will be $56 for Villager, regular  $80.  This is the one they have in rentals.  Non-insulated. The cost is $94.50 for Explorer, regular $135.  This is the one that the Canadian Ski Team wears.  Insulated. The cost doesn’t include taxes. Order your boots from Nordic Retail in the Raven Lodge by Jan 3rd. Boots should be here with  in 2 weeks.

 

 

A CHRISTMAS STORY for you from the Head Hare!

T’was the morning before practice and all through the course

Not a skier was stirring, and none had remorse.

The ski bags were hung on the wall with care,

In hopes that the coaches soon would be there.

 

The skiers began stretching on the outside deck

While visions of racing formed cramps in their neck.

And Coach Dave in his skisuit and Marilyn in her touque

Tim M, Laura J, and Mark B, arrived with fresh fruit!

 

Before we jump in said the coaches to all

Let’s look at the poster, we stuck on the wall.

The four food groups it showed and examples from each,

This is something; however, coaches didn’t want to preach.

 

Nutrition is important to ski your very best,

Just as training is, goal setting and rest.

But you don’t have to eat fresh broccoli and beets,

We just want you to think before you go to heats.

 

Whether fresh from a tree or sliced in a bowl,

An apple or orange will fill that hungry hole.

Maybe some crackers or how ‘bout some cheese

Anything that’ll last a day in cool breeze.

 

Yogurt is good for those pre-race hours,

Get rid of those chips, chocolate doughnuts and sours.

If you must have something for your true love of sweets,

Eat fruit gummies or ju-jubes, only after all heats.

 

If you only remember one thing, and no more,

The most important foods are the ones you can pour.

Be it water or juice – apple or peach;

You must remain hydrated to keep goals in your reach.

 

Saying “I’m thirsty” is unfortunately too late,

Sip readily from a bottle, do not hesitate!

After practice was over and the kids had gone home,

The coaches went skiing, in the forest all alone.

 

They left from the lodge with clear sky, not a storm,

And away they all skied with technique and good form!

But they were heard exclaiming as they skied out of sight,

“Healthy eating tomorrow and to all a good night!”


Race Notice — BC Games Trial
Dec 21st, 2009 by admin

The BC Winter Games Trial Race for Zone 6 will take place on January 2 at Mount Washington Nordic. The details are available  in this race notice.

SNSC News — December 15, 2009
Dec 15th, 2009 by admin

In case you missed last week’s bulletin — Busy season for event organizers looming ahead!!

 

Greetings all club members, new and returning.  With snow on the hill many skiers have enjoyed an early start, and hopefully more base will accumulate in the near future.

 

Recently the Board of Directors met for a final pre-Christmas planning meeting.  One issue that rose to the fore is that our annual events (Loppet, Coastal Cup, and this year a BC Winter Games race) will pose some challenges as many of our long-term race organizers will be away at Whistler helping to stage the Olympic events.

 

As a result we are in need of a number of volunteers to help with these events.  Please contact a Director or reply to the club via email if you are interested in helping out; it is a great way to contribute to SNSC.

 

See you on the trails,

Rob Grantham

Club Veep

 

 

BC WINTER GAMES ZONE 6

Trial Race January 2nd, 11am.

Mount Washington

Calling all skiers born in 1995 and 1996. This is your year to experience the BC Winter Games in Terrace on March 4-7, 2010. Coaches will be Marilyn Atkinson and Dave Battison.

 

YOU MUST PARTICIPATE IN THE TRIAL RACE TO BE ELIGIBLE.

Four Girls and Four Boys will be selected, plus possibly more as ‘wildcard’ positions.

 

Registration information will be available soon – check out Zone4.

More information:  marilyna@shaw.ca, 250-338-9345 Marilyn Atkinson

 

RACE VOLUNTEERS

BC Winter Games Trial Race January 2nd, 11am, Mount Washington. Volunteers are needed to help at this race. Please let us know you can help with this important qualification race on. We can fit you in to help no matter what your level of experience or knowledge.

 Please contact Sara Vandermale  bvandermale@gmail.com

 

 

MASTERS RECREATIONAL

We would like to apologize for mixing up the dates on the Masters Recreational programs. The start dates for the  2010 ski season are:

Intermediate Masters — January 9th

Beginner Masters — January 10th

 

More Masters rec details coming your way soon. Note: these programs usually run concurrent with the Rabbits program, but the Rabbits are starting a week later this year to accommodate coach training. 

 

COACHING

Calling all coaches — there is a Coaching Refresher Course scheduled for December 27th at Mount Washington Nordic. It’s great opportunity to warm up as a coach for your up coming ski classes. Refresh your coaching strategies with Coach Dave and work on classic technique 9 – 10 am and skate technique 10 – 11 am! For more info, contact Doug dhrecreation@shaw.ca.

 

 

RABBITS

There are only about two weeks remaining for registration for Rabbit programs! It’s going to be an exciting year for nordic skiing — Register those Rabbits, so you don’t miss out on the thrill of participating in winter sport fun when the winter olympics will be happening all around us.

 

 

RACING

Members of the Junior and Elite Racing Teams competed in Noram races at Sovereign Lake near Vernon last weekend. Coach Dave said the team did not have a good weekend, but traditionally that’s the way it goes, “We have some bad early races at Vernon, then we go to town from there.” This coming weekend, Elite Racers Kit Richmond, Sara Peters, Andrea Lee and Freya Wastaneys will race in Canmore in pursuit and classic races — races that all of them have medaled in before. Go team!

SNSC News — December 8, 2009
Dec 8th, 2009 by admin

Devo+Kit

Photo: Kit Richmond spent some time last week the Devo Team.

 

Busy season for event organizers looming ahead!!

 Greetings all club members, new and returning.  With snow on the hill many skiers have enjoyed an early start, and hopefully more base will accumulate in the near future.

Recently the Board of Directors met for a final pre-Christmas planning meeting.  One issue that rose to the fore is that our annual events (Loppet, Coastal Cup, and this year a BC Winter Games race) will pose some challenges as many of our long-term race organizers will be away at Whistler helping to stage the Olympic events.

As a result we are in need of a number of volunteers to help with these events.  Please contact a Director or reply to the club via email if you are interested in helping out; it is a great way to contribute to SNSC.

See you on the trails,

Rob Grantham

Club Veep


RACING TEAMS 
Kit Richmond has been training hard with Coach Dave this past year in order to win a spot on Canada’s Olympic Team. Over the next two weekends, Kit will be competing in the Olympic trials at the Haywood NorAm Races. SNSC racing team members are very inspired by Kit Richmond’s dedication and skill level.

This coming weekend, December 12-13, Kit will be racing in Vernon, BC in the skate technique sprint races and the longer 10km skate technique race. The following weekend, December 19-20, Kit will be in Canmore, Alberta for the classic technique sprint races and the men’s 50km classic technique race. Kit is hoping to win one of those events and take one of the four remaining spots on the men’s Olympic team. Check out Kit’s Blog

SNSC racers Andrea Lee and Freya Wasteneys will also be competing for points to garner top spots in the country. Still teenagers, these two racers compete in the Junior Women category and hope to represent Canada at the World Junior Cross-Country Ski Championships in Germany the New Year.

More members of the SNSC Junior and Masters Racing Teams will also compete in the Haywood NorAm races for Provincial standing and for fun.

 

BC WINTER GAMES ZONE 6 TRIAL RACE
January 2nd., Mount Washington

Calling all skiers born in 1995 and 1996. This is your year to experience the BC Winter Games in Terrace on March 4-7, 2010. Coaches will be Marilyn Atkinson and Dave Battison.
 
YOU MUST PARTICIPATE IN THE TRIAL RACE TO BE ELIGIBLE. Four Girls and Four Boys will be selected, plus possibly more as ‘wildcard’ positions.

Registration information will be available soon.
More information:  marilyna@shaw.ca , 250-338-9345
Marilyn Atkinson

 

OFFICIALS and HELPERS
BC Winter Games Trial Race January 2nd, Mount Washington OFFICIALS and HELPERS needed to organize and assist at the race. Please let us know you can help with putting this important qualification race on. We can fit you in to help no matter what your level of experience. Contact Marilyn Atkinson marilyna@shaw.ca , 250-338-9345.

 

COACHING COURSE
Coaching refresher course is now scheduled for Sunday, Dec.27 with Club Head Coach Dave Battison. Classic Technique 9-10 am and Skating Technique 10- 11 am. This refresher course is
aimed at all Rabbit Coaches and any other Coaches wishing to refresh their coaching strategies.

Coast Cup # 4 is set for Sunday, Feb.7 at Mt. Washington and will be run in the pm starting at approx. 1 pm.

 

RABBITS
If you haven’t made it up the mountain yet, the snow is great for playing and getting your skiing legs back before the Rabbit sessions begin. Also, for those of you new to the Rabbits program, or those who have forgotten about the Snow Goal incentive, remember to mark on your calendar all the days that you children have skied for a minimum of 1 hour. These days will be tallied at the end of theRabbits session to earn a Snow Goal sticker for their booklet.

Rabbit coaching groups are now beginning to be formed, so if you haven’t yet completed the Volunteer Opportunities form, found through the Rabbit icon at the top left of the club website, please take a few minutes to complete this. In order to ensure that we have sufficient volunteers to run the Rabbit program and events, skier placement will not be done until a selection has been made for each Rabbit family. Thank you.

 

DEVOS
What a great week of skiing. Everyone is progressing well with their technique, and having a lot of fun with our relays. Many thanks to new Devo coaches Matthew Blecha and Tim McGrady.
 
Devo Important Dates this winter:
Christmas Race Camp – December 27, 28, 29 – schedule to be announced soon.
 
January 2 – First local race – Classic technique. We will do race preparation for this. I will help with waxing for the event. More information to follow. Everyone should go in this. This is also the BC Winter Games trial race for those skiers born in 1995 and 1996.
 
January 9-10 – BC Cup#1 in Kelowna. Myself and several Devo members will attend with their families. It is a good chance to go in a bigger provincial race with club support. Anyone who is interested in attending please let me know and we will get ready for it. I will try to find some coaches to take my place to lead Devo sessions on the mountain.
 
February 7 – Coastal Cup race on Mt Washington. More information to follow.
 
March 5,6,7 – BC Midget Championships in Salmon Arm - Great province-wide race for skiers born in 1997-1998-1999 (2000) . We always try to go to this race as it is a great experience with 3 races in 2 days – classic race, sprint race and relay race. We will carpool and stay together in a hotel. Please talk to me if you have any questions about it.
 
March 27 – Vancouver Island Loppet
 
April 3 – Devo Wind-up
 
Early May – May Ski Camp – get ready for the next great year of skiing!!
 
Any questions or suggestions always welcomed.
Marilyn 338-9345

 

CALLING ALL YOUNG ATHLETES
As you may be aware, the CIBC Wood Gundy XC Ski Program for elementary schools is running again this year. And more than ever, with the Olympics around the corner, we want to inspire these young students. For every school that books, we do an orientation in the school before the students come up to Mount Washington for their first lesson. If you are a member of the Devos or of the Junior team, we’d like to have some of you join Karla or Elmar on these orientations, perhaps to tell your story, perhaps to just look great in your skiing duds, perhaps to answer any questions the students might have… whatever you are most comfortable doing.

To coax you a little, Rick is providing a little incentive for each racer that participates, each time he/she participates… A $5 Starbucks card. And at the end of the season there will be a snazzy draw prize up for grabs… your name will be entered once for every time you participate. The more often you help out, the more you win!

There are schools from both Campbell River and Courtenay so far, so hopefully there is a school near you.

If any of you are interested, please contact Karla at wikjord@shaw.ca or 250.898.9087 as soon as possible and I can fill you in on more of the details. There are three orientations that will be scheduled before the Christmas Holidays that we’d love your help with.

Thanks in advance to all those that express interest in helping out. And special thanks to Rick Morson of CIBC Wood Gundy for providing a little incentive for you all to.

Talk to you soon and Happy Trails!
Karla

Karla Wikjord
Coordinator, CIBC Wood Gundy XC Ski Program

SNSC News — December 2, 2009
Dec 2nd, 2009 by admin

Congratulations to the Andrea Lee who has been selected to represent BC at the 2010 World Junior/U23 World Championship Trials in Mont Ste Anne, Quebec in January! 

AndreaLee

Membership

There is already a nice snow base on Mt Washington, so it looks like it will be a good year for skiing!  Visit Zone 4 to register for SNSC membership and programs.

 

Club Clothing

We have put in an order for tights and jerseys. There were not enough requests for jackets to put in an order – we needed at least 10 and there were only 5. If anyone is still interested in jackets let me know, and we can put in an order at a later date.  sueblox@live.com 

 

Rabbits

There is still time to register for the coaching workshop this weekend. It’s a great way to learn new skills and support the Rabbit Skills Development Program. Contact dl_johnston@shaw.ca  Be sure to register your children for Rabbit programs before registration closes at the end of the month, December 31. 

 

“Cross-Country Skiing: A Sport For Life” 

Cross Country Canada (CCC) just posted,  “Cross-Country Skiing: A Sport For Life.” This guidebook, which is consistent with Sport Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development Resource Paper but customized to cross-country skiing, explains the conceptual framework for athlete development in our sport and provides essential guidance for change and improvement that can help us achieve our goals of fostering both life-long participation and international excellence. This document is now available for download in English & French on CCC website

 

Devo and Racing Teams

The Devos and Racing Teams are happily out of the gym and training on snow once again. Details coming soon on Christmas Race Camp.

 

Junior Racer Fundraiser

Thank you to everyone who bought wreaths and cedar ropes. The Junior Racers raised over $900 in wreath sales toward their trip to the National Cross Country Championships in Whitehorse!

 

Gear Page

Do you have any nordic ski gear that you won’t be using? There are many “Wanted” items on the Gear page as well as a few items for sale. 

 

Back Country Skiing

Watch for upcoming details on the new SNSC Back Country ski group!

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