It’s an exciting time to be a cross-country skier! We have lots of local news and activities for you this week, and we can all cheer for our sport and our national team as they shine on the world stage. Read on!
Don’t miss out on the awesome 29th Annual Vancouver Island Loppet! Challenge yourself and/or your family & friends to a good long ski–or participate as a volunteer. Fun for all ages! Loads of prizes and categories. Read all about it on our Loppet page. Registration is open on Zone 4.
Some of the Devos in Whistler Olympic Park. Scroll down to see the story below! Photo Jae Yon Jones
Exciting Canadian XC ski news!
Canadian nordic racers achieved best-ever results at the Nordic World Championships in Norway last week.
50 km OSL2O11 – Congratulations to Alex Harvey(5th)and Ivan Babikov (17th)!
Here’s the link (See This file below) to the video to the last seven kilometers of the 50 km mass start, free of the World Championships OSL2O11. If you have not watched it yet this is legendary stuff right in the very centre of the universe of cross-country skiing. Check out the crowds, many of whom camped next to the top of the course. For those masters, juniors and devos working on your skating technique watch carefully how these guys ski – see if you can pick up the one skate, two skate, free skate, and offset skate and observe when they use which technique and how steep or long the hill needs to be before offset gets used. Also watch their body position, their forward lean, the one skate double poling action, and differences in tempo – particularly towards the end of the race. Note the downhill technique. Enjoy! This file is only available for download until March 20.
Team Sprints – Congratulations to Alex Harvey and Devon Kershaw (1st)!
Devon Kershaw and Alex Harvey were the first Canadian men to ever win a medal in a cross-country world championship race–and it was pure gold. If you haven’t yet seen the stellar performance, you can watch it below. Alex Harvey wears the red suit and black hat of the Canadian National Ski Team. You don’t have to speak Norwegian to enjoy the commentary.
Wednesday fun night
Join us tonight for the Wild & Crazy Obstacle Course in the stadium! Everyone welcome–all ages and abilities. See you there at 5:30!
2 more weekends to go! This Saturday the fast (advanced) group will be going up the lift with Ron Quilter to work on some downhill technique – remember to dress appropriately and don’t forget your ski pass! Looks like it will be snowy. Intermediates meet at the usual time and place for a session with Len. Sunday masters will be back with Len and Maja. See you there!
Rabbits — Double Header Weekend!
We are looking forward to our double header weekend, with the Annual Rabbit Ski Tournament this Saturday, and the last Sunday Rabbits instructional session this Sunday.
We are in URGENT need of 2 level 2 or higher technique ski judges to help with the Jack Rabbit Sprint station. We are also short one parent volunteer for the Sprint Race Station. If you are able to assist with either fun and easy job, please contact Alix Wilson at email@example.com asap.
Also needed are a couple of electric food warmers. If you have one that you could lend for the Tourney lunch, please contact Jae Yon at firstname.lastname@example.org ??_Please note the Potluck revision_ For Saturday’s Tourney, we are looking for family contributions to a potluck as follows:
- Parents from families with last names beginning A – P are to bring ‘finger food’: veggies, fruit, or cheese and crackers.
- Parents from families with last names beginning Q – Z are to bring healthy bite-size desserts.
- Families of participating Rabbits are invited to join in lunch.
- Please bring your own plates and cups to reduce garbage. Reminder- NO NUTS! Thanks. Thank you to all the very helpful parent volunteers who have made sure that planning is well underway for the Ski Tourney. Right now the forecast is calling for new snow starting on Thursday, and they are calling for snow on Saturday also!
Here are some important reminders to ensure a smooth event:
- Please arrive early on Saturday! 9:30 is the suggested arrival time, as we need to be in our groups, at the orange Rabbit signs with coaches, ready to go at 9:50 a.m.
- Everyone participating must have a valid trail pass.
- The Jackrabbit skiers will travel with their groups through 7 activity stations, based out of the stadium. Get ready for the “Monster Skis,” the “Snowball Biathlon,” the “Rabbit Relay Race” and more… Bunnyrabbits will participate in a separate set of stations. Our younger skiers can look forward to the “Egg and Spoon Race”, the ” Dress-Up Relay”, the “Balloon Toss” and more…these stations will be placed in the middle of the stadium.
- Please inform coaches in advance if you know that your child/ren will not be at the event.
- Kids should wear classic ski gear, but those who skate are also welcome to bring along their skate gear (which parents can bring up to the stadium) as well. One of our stations is a Race Loop, and if time allows kids can ski it in both sets of gear (separately, of course!).
- A hot dog and cocoa lunch will be served for participants and their families, either outside near the snowmobile shed, or inside, starting at 12:30 pm.
- After lunch we will have a few draw prizes and Technique Awards, and we should wrap things up around 1:30 pm.
Rabbits in the Loppet
Although not officially part of the Rabbit program, coaches encourage all Rabbits to participate in the Vancouver Island Loppet on Saturday March 26th. A 2km Cookie Loppet for skiers six and under is a great event to get the little ones interested in racing – with a few treats along the way and a cookie medal at the end. Parent volunteers are needed to help run the stations for this fun family event. If you can lend a hand, please let Alix Wilson (email@example.com) or Lynn (firstname.lastname@example.org) know.
Older Rabbits are also strongly encouraged to participate in this fun event to challenge and display the skills they learned this year in Rabbits on a 5km course.
Read all about it on our Loppet page. Registration is open on Zone 4.
It’s a very fun event – hope to see you there, either skiing or helping out!
Looking forward to a great time this weekend,??Alix Wilson, SDP Rabbit Coordinator, and Jean Munro, Sunday Session Coordinator
Devos at BC Midgets
Last weekend, a large contingent of Devos travelled to the Callaghan Valley’s Whistler Olympic Park to compete in the annual BC Midget Championships, hosted by the Hollyburn Cross Country Ski Club. This year we had a record number of 21 skiers from our club taking part!
Our competitors where thrilled to be skiing on the Olympic trails and Hollyburn put on a well-organized event. On Saturday there was in individual 2 km classic race and in the afternoon we had 5 teams from our club entered in the relays. Waxing for the classic race was a challenge with temperatures hovering around zero–a fine line between icing up and not having enough grip. Conditions along the course changed quickly. We did not get on the podium in these events, but Jared Jones posted a very strong 6th place.
Sunday brought sunny, blue skies for the sprint races. Organizers had set up two courses in the stadium. After a first round of time trials, the excitement started with 3 rounds of heats. Multiple action in the stadium and spectators witnessed some very close races. Strathcona managed 7 top 10-places, with medals for Tallon Noble, Jared Jones, and Ross Lamon. Our club finished 5th out of 13 teams in the overall standings, and we are looking forward to next season already! Thank you to Dr Conradi for the delicious, chocolate gold medals!
Jared Jones and Tallon Noble share the podium with fellow medalists. Photo Jae Yon Jones
The Devo ski season is coming to an end, but we will continue with some activities throughout the summer. This spring, we have the Vancouver Island Loppet and the May Ski Camp. In the summer, we are planning for some rollerblading and hiking. For next year there is talk about an exchange with a ski club in Quebec. Something that has many Devos and parents very excited. Anyone interested in joining the Devos should come to our team meeting at noon this Saturday, March 12 in Raven Lodge.
Masters Racers at World Championships
We hear that our Masters racers Marilyn Atkinson, Chris Bowlby, Brian Stamp, Rick Morson, and Chris DeBrujin are having the time of their life at the World Masters Championships in Vernon. They are racing against the best Masters nordic skiers from 22 different countries and really enjoying the racing and the camaraderie. Remember to ring us back your photos and stories, and give us a full report next week.
Masters racer Marilyn Atkinson. Photo Brent Reid
Join us for a Moonlight Ski on Saturday, March 19th. 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. Though we hope for plenty of moonlight, please feel free to bring along a headlamp for extra illumination.
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 on weekends or to make alternate arrangements. There are additional shirts still available for purchase (limited sizes available). Please contact Leanne if interested (long-sleeves $35, short-sleeves $25, youth $20).
Our Junior Racing Team leaves tomorrow for the Canadian Cross-Country Ski Championships in Canmore Alberta.Our team of 14 – 18 year-olds will race in 5 events over an 8-day period testing their skill and luck against the best skiers from across Canada. Go team!
We have set dates for our National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) courses for the coming year. These comprehensive courses are free to SNSC members who will coach in our programs and these courses are also required in order to be an SNSC Coach:
- Introduction to Community Coaching (ICC) November 19-20
- Community Coaching (CC) December 10-11
If you already have the ICC and CC courses and are looking to take your coaching skills to the next level, we are offering:
- Learning to Train (L2T) January 7-8
Also in our ski community, the Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors (CANSI) is running a Level 1 course combined with a refresher on April 2 and 3 in the Raven Lodge. To learn more about CANSI or to register, visit their website. You can also contact Karla Wikjord at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250.871.8807 for more information about the course. NOTE: CANSI courses are not equivalent to NCCP courses and fees are not covered by SNSC.