Below, we have news for you about programs, courses, things to try, races, corrections, and more!
Our club is hosting races #3 and #4 in the Coastal Cup series! Don’t miss the action–race or volunteer on Saturday, February 11 and Sunday, February 12.
Contact info@StrathconaNordics.com to volunteer or for more information.
What a weekend of polar opposites! While Saturday Rabbits enjoyed an idyllic day in the sun, Sunday’s session had to be cancelled due to extreme weather! Although we are grateful for the 150+cm of the white stuff that the last system brought, we know that there were many disappointed skiers Sunday morning. Sunday’s cancelled session will be made up – the date is still to be determined, so stayed tuned!
This weekend, coaches will be handing out 2011 tax receipts to all Rabbits who registered and paid in 2011. For families with more than one Rabbit, all tax receipts for all siblings will go to one skier.
Saturday Rabbits be aware that Mount Washington is hosting the annual Yeti Snowshoe race out of Raven Lodge. It is advisable to arrive a few minutes earlier than normal to contend with the extra volume that the race brings.
Get out and enjoy that snow!
Coach Gavin and the Saturday level 2 Rabbits! Photo: Jennifer Brun
The Devos are now back at full strength with the Quebec exchange over. Welcome back everyone! The coaches would like to remind the kids about the Saturday afternoon Twoonie Races – a fun way to ease into racing for those new to Devos and a great way to continue developing skills for everyone.
The coaches would also like to remind families of the February 3rd deadline to book your hotel in Kelowna for the BC Midget Championship. We’d really like to see as many Devo racers & families as we can participate in this great family oriented event. And finally, remember to register for the Coastal Cup at Mt Washington Feb 11+12 on zone4.ca!
This weekend we have part 2 of the Learning to Train coaching course. Congratulations to these coaches as they progress through another NCCP level!
Back by popular demand–The Poker Run! In case you forgot, here’s how we play:
Sign up at the bottom of the Lodge stairs from noon till 12:30pm. The race starts at 1pm outside the waxing hut. The last card will be given out at 1:20pm. Finish and show of hands at 1:30pm outside the waxing hut.
Anyone with a warm coat who doesn’t mind standing in the snow and giving out cards for 20 minutes–please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you have physical disabilities that make stand up skiing difficult or impossible? How about trying nordic sit skiing? If you or someone you know would like to try out this sport, now is your chance!
Diane and Sue enjoying a ski. Photo: Brent Reid
On Saturday, February 25, we are co-hosting (with VISAS) a sit ski clinic at Mt Washington for:
Cost: $20 includes insurance, trail pass, equipment, and instruction.
For more information email info@StrathconaNordics.com
Attention Masters racers! The exciting national championships will take place in Golden, BC on March 11-17. For more information, visit the Golden Nordic Club website.
Deadline for registration is February 18.
Apologies to Masters racer Andy Brown for missing his Bronze medal in the BC Cup #1 medal count. Congratulations Andy, and Andy brings the team count to a total of seven medals from that race!
On February 10 and 11, you can become a Level 1 Race Official! The CCC Level 1 Race Official course focuses on the duties of minor officials for both Olympic style (interval start, pursuit start, mass start, relays and sprints) and Loppet style (mass participation) competitions.
Register for this course by contacting Alison. email@example.com
If you have someone under the age of 16 registered in an SNSC program, we have a receipt that you can use on your income tax form. See the Canada Revenue Agency web page for details. Child Sports Tax Credit receipts will be with your child’s coach this weekend.
Are you looking to try a new sport, which is both exciting and challenging? Maybe it’s time to try the Olympic sport of biathlon.
Biathlon combines target shooting and cross country skiing, and is a fantastic way to help improve fitness, concentration, and breathing awareness.
Explore this unique opportunity every Saturday at the Mt Washington biathlon range, where experienced instructors will introduce you to target shooting in a safe and inspiring environment.
WHERE: Mt Washington Biathlon Range
WHEN: 10:30 – 1:30, every Saturday
WHO: 12 years and older
HOW MUCH: $20 (cash please)
Burning questions? Feel free to send the Vancouver Island Biathlon Club an email at
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Cross Country Canada news…
Devon Kershaw Skis to Bronze in Punishing Estonian World Cup Course, January 22, 2012, OTEPAA, Est.-Devon Kershaw captured his first World Cup medal of the season after winning the bronze on one of the most punishing cross-country ski courses on the globe in Otepaa, Estonia on Sunday.
In his first weekend of racing since finishing a remarkable fourth in the grueling nine-stage Tour de Ski that tests the best all-round skier, the two-time Olympian from Sudbury, Ont., returned to the start line to take on the top country skiers where he finished third with an impressive time of 40 minutes, 37.6 seconds (40:37.6)…
Read more on the CCC website.
This week we have the scoop for you about programs, fitness tax credits, our skiers in Quebec, BC Cup #1, IPC World Cup, coaches, smiles, thanks, and more. Read on.
Strathcona Nordics and Mont Orford skiers in Quebec City on Wednesday. Story below.
Registration is open for the Coastal Cup #3 and #4, which takes place on February 11 and 12! You can:
Become a Level 1 Race Official! The CCC Level 1 Race Official course focuses on the duties of minor officials for both Olympic style (interval start, pursuit start, mass start, relays and sprints) and Loppet style (mass participation) competitions.
Our skiers are having a great time in Quebec. They’ve been sledding and skiing in Mont Orford National Park, they’ve learned about the history of the snowmobile at the Bombardier Museum and taken in the sights of 400-year-old Quebec City, they’ve tasted maple taffy at a cabane a sucre, and they’ve been deepening their friendships with their new ski friends from the Mont Orford club.
You can see more photos and follow their travels for the remainder of week on Tim’s blog.
This week, you can race The Maze. All ages and abilities are welcome. Relay teams consisting of 2 people will complete as many laps as possible of a set course in 20 minutes. There will be a central transition zone where team members will tag their teammate so they can set off. Leaving the Transition Zone there will be 2 courses; a short loop within the stadium for Rabbits and beginner skiers and a longer second loop that incorporates the “1st bench” for stronger skiers. Both courses will incorporate a network obstacles! Parents are welcome to ski alongside their younger rabbits.
Lauren and her mom Shannon enjoy teaming up in the Twoonie Races!
The Recreational Masters program is off to a flying start with 43 participants in beginner, intermediate, and advanced groups in sessions on Saturday and Sunday mornings. The groups have been working on classic skiing, and great progress has been made in all levels. Skate sessions will start in mid-February. The program includes ten sessions and finishes March 18th.
MANY THANKS to all our wonderful Recreational Masters volunteer coaches: John Elson, Dave Pinel, Bob Hauser, Mark de Bruijn, Cliff Haylock, Linda Haylock, Laura Battison, Neil Smith, Ron Quilter, Dave Donald, Jay Dahlgren, Len Apedaile, Chris Bowlby, and Marilyn Atkinson. Bravo coaches!
Masters coach Marilyn (far right) with a Saturday Masters rec group.
Masters coach John Elson (far left) with a Saturday Masters rec group.
Masters coach Dave Pinel (far right) with a Saturday Masters rec group.
Congratulations to all our racers, coaches, and parent support team on an excellent weekend of racing in Whistler Olympic Park last weekend. Our team brought us home seven* medals–the largest medal-count ever for our club at a single race: Michael Ravensbergen – Gold; Avalon Wasteneys – Silver, Bronze; Alec Stapff – Silver, Silver; Alex Brown – Bronze; Andy Brown – Bronze. The SNSC’s Andrea Lee had an outstanding 4th place overall finish in the NorAm sprints final. Yay team! (*Apologies to Masters racer Andy Brown, whose medal was missed in the newsletter count!)
Ariel and Georgina would like to thank all the members of the SNSC who have helped us following the passing of our Mike. The expressions of kind thoughts, the generous donations of comfort food, and all the support at Mike’s memorial service are greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Mike and Ariel Becherer skiing in the 2007 Loppet.
Receipts for the federal Child Fitness Tax Credit will be ready next week. Watch for more info in next week’s newsletter.
Are you looking for a ride to your SNSC weekend program? Do you have an extra seat and want to share the cost of gas? The carpool page is open for you to connect to share rides.
Best wishes to SNSC president Len Apedaile as he heads off this weekend to officiate events at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Nordic Skiing World Cup in Cable, Wisconsin and Minneapolis, Minnesota. You can follow Len and the IPC nordic events on this link.
Help out the SNSC and the Environment! If you return bottles and cans to the Puntledge Road Return-it Centre in Courtenay or the Anderton Road Return-it Centre in Comox, please consider donating the refunds to the SNSC. When you arrive at the counter at the Return-it Centre, tell them you want to donate the proceeds to the Strathcona Nordics.
A box of empties seem like a drop in the fundraising bucket? If every member of the club were to donate $10.00 in bottle refunds to the club over the course of a year, we would have $4,000.00 to put back into club activities and programming!
If you would like to set up an account at a Return-It Centre near you, contact info@StrathconaNordics.com.
Thank you to everyone using their Strathcona Nordics Thrifty Foods Smile Cards. To date, your purchases have raised $990.00 for the racing suit program! If you shop at Thrifty’s anywhere on the Island and would like a card, contact Berend. firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration is open for the Coastal Cup #3 and #4, which take place February 11-12, 2012! To view the race notice, use this link. To register on Zone 4, click here.
This weekend, we look forward to week 2 of our Saturday and Sunday programs, and we also send off some Junior and Masters racers, a group of back-country skiers, and a large contingent of 10-15 year-olds, who leave for Quebec with their coach-chaperones. Read on!
Mt Orford and SNSC racers on Mt Washington in December. Story below.
What a fantastic beginning to the season we had last weekend! Huge thanks go out to all the parents who got their Rabbits ready to go right on time! Although most group changes will have been made in time for this week’s session, please keep in mind that it is possible a few more refinements will happen if necessary.
Thank you to all of our wonderful coaches who devout 10 weeks of winter weekends, so that our children will grow into adults who love the sport!
If you are a returning skier, please remember to hand in Rabbit Booklets to coaches by the end of January.
Calling all Rabbits! Cross Country Canada (CCC) wants you to design next year’s Jackrabbit toque. The “winning” design will be worn by 10,000 kids in Canada. You can download the template using this link, print, colour, and submit your coloured template to Alix (on Saturday) or Liz (on Sunday) before March 1.
Be sure to follow these rules:
The 6th edition of the Tour de Ski just wrapped up in Italy last weekend with Devon Kershaw finishing 4th overall and Alex Harvey finishing 12th. Yay Canada! You can read more about the Tour on the FIS website, and rumour has it that CBC is airing a special about the Tour on Sunday, January 22 from 12-2pm.
Coach Dave created some pointers for us on the care and maintenance of Zero skis. You can read his tips on this link.
We have another fun race for you this Saturday – Poker Run! Here’s how we play:
For those who haven’t been to Vegas yet, a cheat sheet of the winning hands will be given out.
A list of last week’s results will be posted on the website and in the lodge.
This Sunday, we have 17 young racers and three coach-chaperones leaving for Quebec for part 2 of the ski team exchange. All of next week, they will ski and stay with their new friends from the Mont Orford Club de Ski de Fond near Sherbrooke, Quebec. For many of the racers, next week will be their first visit to Quebec and their first time skiing outside of BC.
Coaches Audree, Tim, Gilles, and Berend will reunite their teams in Quebec next week.
Coach Tim says, We’re all really excited about our week in Mt Orford–we had a wonderful week with our Quebec friends here in December,” and “Besides the skiing, we’re looking forward to some outdoor skating and some pond hockey. Our skiers are also looking forward to practicing their French and strengthening their cross-cultural friendships. We’re really grateful for SEVEC and the federal funding that we’ve received to take these 17 young athletes across the country to get this kind of experience,” he added.
Tim will be blogging about the trip–and starting on Monday, we can follow him here.
We wish a happy backcountry tour to Andrew and the group heading out to Mount Brooks this Saturday. Bring us back some good photos and stories from your adventure!
We also wish good luck to the Junior and Masters Racers heading off to the NorAm and BC Cup races in Whistler Olympic Park this weekend! Last weekend’s BC Cup #1 races were postponed in Kamloops due to snow conditions. Best wishes to our racers and the race support team who joins them!
We would like to thank our Rabbit coaches for their many hours of volunteer work every week! Three cheers for our coaches!
Saturday coaches (L-R): (Back) Don Johnston, Chris Wilson, Phil Macoun, Eric Smiley; (Middle) Laura Johnston, Gavin MacPhail, Larry Reynolds, Rupert Wong, Lisa Walwork; (Front) Alix Wilson, Shannon Reynolds, Laura Mohtadi (Missing David Damery and Tom Broadley)
Sunday coaches (L-R): (Back) Paul Chatterton, Caroline Fisher, Charlie Stone, Bill Boham; (Front) Sarah Henckel, Maya De Vos, Liz Girard
Happy new year! We welcomed in the new year last weekend with our first club race of the season. This weekend, we look forward to recreational program start up, and we send our Junior Racers off on the provincial racing circuit. Read on for these stories and more!
Note: You can check the Nordic Snow report on Mount Washington’s website and check the road conditions for the Mount Washington Road/Strathcona Parkway on the Drive BC site.
January 5, 2012-“Canada’s Devon Kershaw had the race of his life…” You can follow Canada’s national team progress in the exciting Tour de Ski on the Cross Country Canada website.
Race day sunrise!
The countdown is on – just days until the Rabbits 2012 season kicks off! Please leave extra time for your drive up and plan to be a bit early so all Rabbits are ready to go for 10 am! On SaturdayAlix Wilson and on Sunday Liz Girard will be stationed just inside the Raven Lodge doors (at the top of the stairs) with group lists ready to answer any last minute questions you may have. If you have questions prior to the weekend, please feel free to contact Alix at email@example.com.
Alix, Headhare and Saturday coordinator
While all children are placed by the information we have regarding their ability and age, it may become apparent after the first session that a child may need to be moved up or down a level in order to ensure they get the most out of the program. Alix and Liz will communicate with all families that may be affected by such changes as soon as possible after the session. Our ultimate goal is for kids to ski with others they are comfortable with, ability-wise as well as age-wise.
The forecast says snow should fall leading up to the weekend with mild temperatures and light snow for the weekend. Everyone keep up their snow dances and we should have a great kickoff day!
Strathcona Nordics would like to thank our Racing Team coaches for their countless hours of work. This year we have 48 participants in our Devo, Junior, and Masters racing programs with ages spanning from 9 years old to 70+. We couldn’t run these programs without the help of dedicated volunteer coaches. Yay for our coaches!
Racing team coaches: (top L-R) Don Johnston, Berend Henckel, Tim McGrady, (bottom L-R) Laura Johnston, Andrea Stapff, Dave Battison (missing - Rupert Wong)
Coach Rupert Wong
Attention racers and families with new racing suits and jackets! Louis Garneau recognizes they have problems with their new fabric, so they are sending us a new set of replacement suits and jackets in a different fabric. The replacement suits and jackets should arrive at the end of January or the beginning of February.
*In addition to receiving a replacement racing suit in a superior quality fabric, you will also have the option to purchase the suit you are currently borrowing for $30. Note: People who bought (not borrowed) suits can keep these suits and will receive new replacement suits from Louis Garneau.
Many, many thanks to our small army of club volunteers who got up very early last Saturday morning to be at the Raven Lodge for race set up–and also to those volunteers who spent several hours out on the race course in chilly conditions making sure the race went smoothly–and also to those volunteers spending hours tabulating results and cleaning up after the race!
Special thanks to Marc Lyster of Mount Washington Nordic operations for getting up early for our race day and being very supportive of our various race-day needs!
It was a great race with many strong performances. Congratulations to all participants! You can check out the race results using this link to Zone 4. We will be posting some photos from the race on our club website.
The preliminary BC Winter Games Team list for Zone 6 is:
Coaches Andrea Stapff and Berend Henckel
We are awaiting confirmation from BCWG and hope to add more tickets/racers from the trial to our Zone 6 team!
A slide show of photos that people sent in from the race:
Send us a photo!
The Brown family skied in Pocatello, Idaho over the holiday.
The Browns were also recently spotted skiing in Montana in West Yellowstone.
Best wishes to the Junior Racing team as they head off to Kamloops for the BC Cup #1 races. Go team!
Are you looking for a ride to your Strathcona Nordics program on Saturday or Sundays? Do you have an extra seat or two and want to share the cost of gas?
We will be opening our Carpool page soon on the club website. SNSC members can use the carpool page to connect and share transport to and from the Mount Washington nordic area, to reduce traffic on the roads, and to ease the environmental burden!