Thank you to all racers, race organizers, and race support who helped make the Coastal Cup a success! The Spud Valley Team sent us email saying they really enjoyed our Coastal Cup and “We met many friendly people there and all that made our trip very special.” We certainly enjoyed having them race with us!
Scroll down to Monday’s edition of the SNSC News to view all race results.
Photo courtesy of our Spud Valley Ski friends
Note: If you are missing some gear or have accidentally acquired someone’s skis or gear, please use the Gear webpage to post your lost and found items.
Wednesday Fun Nights
The next 4 Wednesday nights, join us in The Stadium (flat ski area above the parking lot) for some fun on skis! Everyone welcome — any age, any ability (must be a club member)
Time: 5 pm
- Feb 16th Poker run — Cancelled due to road conditions
- Feb 23rd Fun sprints
- March 2nd Treasure Hunt
- March 9th Obstacle Race
Sign up: Write your name on the clip board that will be on the wall to the right of the main doors the hour before the race or join us on the stadium.
Moonlight Club Ski
Come out and join fellow club members for a moonlight ski and apres-ski hot chocolate on Friday, Feb. 18. We’ll meet in front of Raven Lodge at 7pm, ski for an hour or so, and then gather afterwards for some hot chocolate and social time in the Lodge. All ages welcome. There should be plenty of moonlight, but please feel free to bring along a headlamp for extra illumination. And don’t forget to watch the weekly newsletters for other upcoming club social events.
If you still need to pick up your pre-ordered club shirt, please email email@example.com to arrange a time to meet at Raven Lodge this weekend or to make alternate arrangements. There are additional shirts still available for purchase (limited sizes available). Please contact Leanne if interested (long-sleeve $35, short-sleeve $25, youth $20).
29th Annual Vancouver Island Loppet
Mark it on your calendar–Saturday, March 26! A loppet is a fun ski event where you can challenge yourself, your family, and/or your friends to a good long ski. This year we are offering the following loppet distances:
30km full loppet
15 km loppet
3 x 10km team loppet
5 km youth loppet
2 km rabbit loppet
1km cookie loppet
Our Head Coach Dave Battison has given us all some pointers on how to prepare for a loppet. See Coach Dave’s tips on the new Loppet webpage.
There will be loads of prizes this year–prizes for the youngest and for the oldest entrants, for costumes, for families, for volunteers, for first, second, and third place finishers, and random draw prizes too. Registration will open soon on Zone 4. Look for the race notice to be posted soon as well.
Saturday’s near blizzard conditions didn’t stop Bunnies and Rabbits from hitting the trails – way to go!
On Sunday the weather was better and it was great to see a number of Rabbits participating in the Coastal Cup #5 – congratulations to all the participated!
This weekend will see all Rabbits joining in for the Becky Scott Sprint Races. Groups will be directed to head to the stadium in intervals. Skiers will race in heats of two and each skier will sprint the race course twice. Skiers born in 2003 or earlier will sprint 75m, while skiers born 2004 and later will sprint 50 m. The purpose of these sprints is to encourage skiers to develop speed in their skiing and to expose them to a race like experience. They will also actively cheer on other participants. The sprints take about 20 minutes for each group to complete. The rest of the session will be spent skiing as usual with coaches.”
Devo invite Rabbits
Devo Coach Tim McGrady has invited any Rabbits born in 2001, 2000, 1999, or 19998 to race at the BC Midget Championships with the Devo team. Please note that the deadline for registration on zone4.ca is coming up on Feb 27th. See the race notice on the Hollyburn Ski Club website Contact Tim firstname.lastname@example.org for more iinformation or to let him know you’ll be attending.
The objectives of Midgets include:
- Bring young skiers together for a memorable and enjoyable weekend of cross country ski
- competition and fun
- Meet the needs of a wide range of skill levels and ski experience
- Encourage achievement through team effort
- Encourage good ski technique
Good luck to the team of racers and supporters leaving for Kamloops later this week. These Strathcona Nordics racers will compete in the third and final race in the BC Cup series, the BC Championships. Go team!
Canada Winter Games
Coach Dave leaves for the Canada Winter Games this week. He was selected to coach the BC Nordic Team. BC is sending a full team of 10 able-bodied and 4 paranordic athletes, and this roster includes the Strathcona Nordics racer Andrea Lee! Andrea currently trains out of the National Development Centre(NDC) in Thunder Bay, Ontario. You can follow her NDC blog on our FYI webpage.
The Canada Winter Games showcases the top 16-to-23 year-old athletes in every province. Theses athletes are an exciting group to watch, and you can follow Coach Dave and the BC Team on TSN. Follow the nordic events on the TSN website and the Cross Country Canada website
Light, camera, action! Get to work on those videos and submit them before March 1 (next week!) to qualify for the February contest prize. See the 3-minute Video Contest webpage for details–use the sidebar.