This week, we have all the latest news and opportunities for you below.
The Devos rocked the Coast Cup 2 in Whistler Olympic Park! See story below. photo: Tim McGrady
Twoonie race – poker run
This Sunday, join us for race #2 in the Strathcona Nordic Cup! Why is it called a “twoonie race”? – because it costs a twoonie to enter.
For the Poker Run this week, teams must consist of 2 or more skiers, any age, any skiing ability. If you don’t have a team – we can find you one. There will be 10 stations, and you will receive a playing card at each station. After you have 5 cards, you can go to other stations and trade a card in to try to get a better hand. You can only visit each station once. After 20 minutes the team with the best hand wins.
You will not be given a card at a station unless your whole team is present. For those who haven’t been to Vegas yet, a cheat sheet of the winning hands will be given out.
- Sign up at the top of the Lodge stairs from noon until 1pm.
- Race starts 1pm outside the waxing hut.
- Last card given out at 1:20pm.
- Finish and show of hands 1:30pm outside the waxing hut.
Read more about the Strathcona Cup races below.
Remember to be respectful of all Mount Washington’s Raven Lodge patrons by keeping the tables and floors clear in the lodge when you go out to ski. (Parents, please also remind your children.) Please neatly store your stuff in the baggage storage area at the front on the lodge. Additionally, please do not cover the floor vents by the windows with your gear and food bags.
We had another fantastic Rabbit weekend as skiers broke through the dismal fog to enjoy the sunshine and warm temps the inversion brought us. There were many happy faces and lots of outdoor picnickers, post session!
This weekend, look for Cross Country Canada goodies to be handed out by coaches. Skiers up to 9 years old (as of the end of this year) will receive a toque, designed by the colouring contest winner last year. (There is still time to enter this year’s contest).
Skiers 10 and up will get a “track attack” buff and still have a chance to design next year’s buff. This swag will be given to children whose families have already signed up for a volunteer position! Please visit our volunteer form if you still haven’t signed up to help in some capacity.
Sunday at 1pm, there will be another fun Strathcona Nordic Challenge race – be sure to check it out!
Last Saturday, we caught up with Laura Battison and the Advanced Masters warming up in the Ponds area.
This weekend, we have a coaching refresher clinic on Saturday afternoon at 1pm. All club coaches of all levels and abilities are welcomed to come to this free, on-snow clinic to learn some new tips and tricks with Head Coach Dave Battison. It’s a good opportunity to query Coach Dave and your coaching comrades about technique and other coaching issues.
Gavin McPhail and the Level 4 Saturday Rabbits get 2-thumbs-up from Alec.
Looking for some functional, stylish ski clothing for yourself or your children? This weekend, we have Louis Garneau training suits for sale at incredibly low prices in the Raven Lodge at lunch time.
We are still looking for a few parents to volunteer with this sale. Please contact Berend if you can spare an hour at lunchtime this weekend. firstname.lastname@example.org
Become a ski instructor with the school programs! The CANSI Level I course is approved to run on February 2 and 3. February 2nd will double as a refresher clinic. Contact Karla for details. email@example.com or 250.898.9087
Adaptive ski day
Cross-country skiing can be enjoyed by people with many different abilities. On Saturday, February 16, VISAS and our club are holding a Learn to Nordic Ski Day for people with conditions such as Paraplegia amputations, visual impairments, cerebral palsy , MS, brain injuries, and more. The aim of this clinic is to teach people with physical disabilities to nordic ski – either standing up or using a sit ski.
“This is a great opportunity to try this activity at little cost and in a supportive environment with volunteer instructors. Complete beginners and those with some experience are welcome,” says Sue.
For sit skiing, you must have reasonable upper body strength to be able to push yourself along in a sit ski. Wheelchair users must be able to transfer with minimal assistance. Sit skiing may also be appropriate for people who are not wheelchair-dependent, but whose mobility is limited by lower limb problems or balance.
Standing skiers must be able to stand and walk at least 400m with or without walking aids but without assistance from another person.
The cost is $20, which includes insurance, trail pass, equipment and instruction. To register and for more information, contact Sue Bloxsome firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for registration is Feb 11th.
VISAS participants and volunteers enjoy nordic skiing!
The Strathcona Nordics’ Andrea Lee races on Saturday in the Skiathlon event at the U23 World Ski Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic. All the best to Andrea from her home club!! You can follow the World Ski Championships on the official website.
Coast cup #2 – race report
Last weekend, a large team of our youngest ski racers enjoyed themselves at the Teck Coast Cup #2 race at Whistler Olympic Park. In addition to having a great time, the Devo team of 25+ racers also brought home a wealth of medals.
Head Devo wax technician Don Johnston worked his magic with a special and highly secret wax formula passed down through the ages from his Norwegian ancestors. Arriving early to the venue with his apprentices, Johnston worked under cover of darkness to apply the grip and glide waxes that gave his team that extra edge on the race course. When other teams were having to herringbone up the steep hills, the Strathcona Nordics were flying by in style.
Race conditions were near perfect at minus 5 under clear blue skies, and with Olympic memories at the venue still fresh, the young racers enjoyed skiing on the same tracks as elite racers did just a few short years ago. Whatever the reason, the Strathcona Nordics racers were clearly inspired.
First place finishers in the Atom, PeeWee, Bantam, and Midget age categories include Liam Bugslag, Hugo Henckel, Theo Lemay, and Emmy Stapff; Ben Prager took a second, and third place finishers were Kai McGrady, Matthew Salmon, Callam Barry, and Amelia Wells. Special mention goes to Sebastien Marcoux for his strong third place finish in the Masters Men category.
The Teck Coast Cup brings together seven of the coast region nordic ski clubs in an exciting regional four race series. After two races, our club currently has a lock on third place and we will make a determined run for top spot with the final two races of the series being held on home on March 9 and 10!
Teck coast cup #3 and #4
Our race organizers have been hard at work preparing for the third and fourth races in the Teck Coast Cup series. Our club is hosting these races on Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10. It is sure to be a fun weekend! If you are not going to race, consider volunteering! See the race notice for more details. Races@StrathconaNordics.com
Racing team members are quite fond of the new truck. photo: Larry Reynolds
Strathcona Nordic Ski Club can contact info@StrathconaNordics.com to receive a coupon and present it for a special discount when purchasing a vehicle from Westview Ford in Courtenay.
Strathcona nordic cup
It’s not too late to start collecting participation points, the skiers that participates in the most events in each age category will win an award at the end of year banquet.
More races to follow, mark your calendar:
3. Twoonie race Sun Feb 17th 1:00pm – Team sprint – Teams of 2 will complete 6 laps of a sprint course, 3 laps each, in a relay format. Each team will be in a semi-final then a final heat so each skier will ski the course a total of 6 times.
4. Twoonie race Sat Feb 9th 1:00pm – Timed ski – You tell us how long it will take you to ski a pre-determined course and we will time you. The predetermined courses will be posted 2 weeks ahead of the race.
5. Coast Cup #3 Sat March 9th 11:00am – Individual start free technique
6. Coast Cup #4 Sun March 10th 10:00am – Mass start classic technique
7. Twoonie race Sat March 16th 1:00pm – Skier cross – Crazy terrain and obstacles
8. Loppet Sat April 13th