As we approach the third weekend of our ski season, we hope everyone is finding their “ski legs” and enjoying their ski groups. It looks like it may be warm again this weekend. Perhaps it’s time to have our rabbits do the cold weather dance for us. You can get the scoop on rabbits, coaching, racing, videos, a new sponsor, and more below!
Rabbits in the Coastal Cup #4. photo: Brent Reid
This is a great opportunity to meet awesome coach Maria Lundgren from Whistler Nordic Ski Club,
My name is Maria Lundgren, and I am originally from Sweden. I started to cross-country ski when I was 5 years old, and since that day I have loved the sport. I was on the Swedish Junior National Team, and thanks to the sport I experienced not only good ski results, but also during these years I met some of my best friends that I still keep in touch with today. Skiing is so much more than a sport for me it is a lifestyle.
This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, we are pleased to host a visiting NCCP coach who will give the Community Coaching (CC) course. We are in need of a room for this visiting coach. Please email Doug firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a spare room.
Coastal Cup #4
The Race Notice is posted and registration is open on Zone 4! This year, we are pleased to offer two race events at our Coastal Cup.
On Saturday February 12, there is a Team Sprint Race. A team sprints consist of:
• relay team of two skiers
• freestyle skiing a short sprint distance
• “handing off” to their teammate in the transition zone
• repeating this process three times, so each team member sprints the course three times
• teams can be “mixed” across genders and ages, in which case mixed gender teams will compete in the male category, and mixed age teams will compete up/down toward the open (men’s or women’s) category
Please remember to email your team name and team members to info@StrathconaNordics.com by registration close, Thursday February 10, 2011.
On Sunday, February 13, racers can compete in a more traditional individual start classic race. This is very popular race event for all ages. We hope to have good club participation on both days!
Another great week of Rabbits – thanks to all the coaches and parents who make sure the program runs smoothly! Any final changes were made last week, and Rabbits won’t be shuffled around anymore. Thank you for your patience and understanding throughout this process!
Coming up this weekend we have our new coaches participating in the Community Coaching (CC) course. Saturday Rabbits with new coaches should expect some news regarding who will be substitute coaching for them, whereas Sunday groups will not be affected.
We hope you are all busy shooting and editing video for our exciting video contest! Remember to bring your camera skiing this weekend (but keep it dry in case of rain), and also remember to edit it down to 3-minutes or less. Next, upload it to YouTube, and send us a link! See our Video Contest webpage for more details.
We are pleased to announce that Skadi Nordic is sponsoring our racing team! Skadi is a company in Washington with a creative solution for keeping the snow out of the bottom of our ski boots–Boot Buddies!
You may have seen Boot Buddies for sale in Raven Retail. Soon you will see them being used by all of our racing team.
Laura Valaas is the brains behind Boot Buddies, “If I could change the world,” she thought, “I would make something to keep the snow out of the soles of cross country ski boots. And then I would create world peace and preserve the wilderness.” She still has a long way to go to make the world more peaceful and green, but that snow-in-the-boot problem? Solved!
Learn more about Boot buddies and Skadi Nordic’s products (which are made from 100% recycled plastic) and philosophy the Skadi website.
BC Cup #1
14 members of our racing team braved frosty -20 C temperatures and an epic drive to race in the BC Cup #1 in Prince George last weekend. The team skied hard and represented us well at the first race in the highly competitive BC Cup series. The team also brought home medals.
- Brian Stamp (Campbell River) — Gold (Masters Skate technique 5 km), Gold (Masters Classic technique 10 km)
- Sylvia Watkins (Royston) — Gold (JF1 Skate technique 5 km), Gold (JF1 Classic technique 7.5 km)
- Ariel Becherer (Black Creek) — Gold (JV2 Classic technique 5 km), Bronze (JVG2 Skate technique 3.5 km),
- Alec Stapff (Campbell River) — Bronze (MB2 Skate technique 2.5 km)
- Malia Irvine (Comox) — Bronze (JVG1 Skate technique 3.5 km)
- Avalon Wasteneys (Campbell River) — Silver (MG2 Classic technique 3.5 km)
Masters World Cup
Here’s an exciting opportunity for skiers 30 years of age and older, “Sparkling Hills Masters World Cup!” March 5-11, 2011.
Points to consider:
- You race within a 5-year cohort, ages range up into the 90s.
- Every race is a mass wave start.
- Short, medium, and long distance races, and you choose the technique.
- This is an international event and celebrates “active for life.”
- Participants from 21 countries have registered so far.
- Typically over 1000 participants register.
- The event is in Canada once in eight years and has never been in BC before.
The deadline for registration is February 14, 2011. Visit their website for more details Masters World Cup.