At this time, we hope everyone is able to enjoy the best of the mountain, a chance to escape from the grey valley to the clear, sunny skies and snow up top! Look for news and opportunities below.
Eric Smiley and the Sunday level 3 Rabbits taking a break in the meadow.
Both Saturday and Sunday Rabbits had a wonderful first day, with lots of happy bunnies and rabbits skiing their hearts out! A huge thank you goes out to all the coaches for dedicating 10 weeks of their season to instilling the love of skiing in our children! A big thank you also to our ski playground crews – the playground looked like a lot of fun, and saw lots of use on both days! And finally, thank you to all the parents who got their children to the mountain, made sure they were dressed appropriately and had their gear ready all in time to meet their coaches and start skiing by 10! Amazing how it all comes together, really!
Parents play such a big part in making our season successful – we still need volunteers for our upcoming Becky Scott Sprint Races (Feb. 23/24) and for our final Tourney (Sat. March 23). Please visit the Rabbit Volunteer page if you can help out!
Remember to keep track of all the extra ski sessions outside of Rabbits, and to bring your booklets to your coaches for this year. Also, be sure to follow the Strathcona Nordic Challenge for super fun races – the next one is at 1 pm Sunday January 27th.
For the artists among us, Rabbits have the opportunity to design the 2014 toque – check it out here.
Submissions are accepted until March 1st!
We need some instructors for the Elementary School Program! If you are interested, we have a CANSI course and an honorarium of $25 per lesson or $50 per day.
The CANSI Level I Course happens on the weekend of Feb 2/3 — so please express your interest now to secure your spot! This is a great opportunity to get a $300 course at a great value as the Wood Gundy Program will partially subsidize this course. The greater the commitment to teaching, the greater the subsidy! Please call or email Karla for details. 250.898.9087 firstname.lastname@example.org Please visit CANSI.ca or talk to me about what is involved.
There is also a Level II Course organized by Mount Washington for those that are interested. It will be running every second Friday morning with a weekend towards the end of the season. Please contact Karla if that interests you. If the Feb 2/3 weekend is not convenient for a Level I perhaps Friday mornings work and we can cover your material as a Level I/II combined course? Many options available for those that are interested but we need to know who you are! Contact Karla for details. 250.898.9087 email@example.com
Congratulations to Jamie Wasteneys, Alec Stapff, and Avalon Wasteneys on their Vancouver Island Mountain Sport Society Grants (VIMSS) grants! For more information about VIMSS and their athlete funding program see their website.
We are organizing another sale of the Louis Garneau suits on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 of January from 12pm to 1pm in the Raven Lodge. We need some parent helpers to assist with the sales.
If you can help with the sales on one or both days, please contact Berend! firstname.lastname@example.org
All coaches should mark Saturday, January 26 on your calendar for a coaching refresher! After lunch, join Head Coach Dave Battison and your coaching comrades for a session of tips and tricks. All coaches are welcome–new and returning; beginner and advanced; bunny, rabbit, and master! Hope to see you there.
Tallon came in first in the midget boys 4km classic race at BC Cup #2!
Last weekend, our team of 22 racers, coaches, and support crew drove to Kelowna for the BC Cup #2 races. Coach Dave says, “We really stepped up our game and raced well. You could tell that the work we have done this past month has really paid off.”
In racing highlights, Tallon Noble brought home a gold medal for a first place finish, and Marilyn Atkinson picked up bronze for third place finishes! The team also enjoyed many top 10 results. Well done team!
Teck Coast Cup #2
Best wishes to the Devos, coaches, and their support crew as they head to the Teck Coast Cup #2 races at Whistler Olympic Park this weekend. Go team!
Remember to smile
Thank you to everyone using their Thrifty Foods Smile Cards. Thrifty’s recently deposited another $230 into the fundraising account! If you shop at Thrifty’s and would like to get a Strathcona Nordics Smile Card, contact Berend. email@example.com