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SNSC News — February 28, 2013
Feb 28th, 2013 by admin

Coming into the home stretch of the ski season, we have lots of opportunities and news for you below!

Join in the racing fun in the Teck Coast Cup 3 and 4 races! photo: Larry Reynolds

Teck Coast Cup

Just 10 days to the Teck Coast Cup finale races! Help your club win the aggregate award pennant by skiing in the Teck Coast Cup #3 and #4 on March 9 and March 10! Every skier counts, from our smallest Atoms through to the most senior Masters.

Check out the course maps on this link.
See the race notice.
Register before March 7 on Zone 4!

Ski in the Teck Coast Cup races, have fun, and support your club!

Rabbits

Last weekend’s Becky Scott Sprint Races went off without a hitch! Bunnies and Jack Rabbits alike has fun getting a bit of race exposure, and trying to beat their own times! Equally important is the opportunity to practice cheering other racers on – way to go skiers!  A huge thank you goes out to all the parents who volunteered to make the event successful – we can’t do it without you!

Tourney–Speaking of not being able to do it without you, there are still some positions that we need help with in order to have a super successful end of year Tourney. Here are some of the positions that still need filling:
* Bunny Station Volunteer – help run one of the stations for the Bunnies
* Food Volunteer – help with lunch
* Equipment Distributor – Hand out various equipment to the folks running the stations
* Sound System Tech – set up the sound system, run music, and signal changing between stations

If you can help out with any of these positions, please let Head Hare Wilson know!

The Teck Coast Cup Races are fast approaching – although Rabbits are not in session that weekend, ALL Bunnies and Rabbits are strongly encouraged to participate in at least one of the days. The races are fun, short, inexpensive, and help our club work its way to winning the pennant! Look for the registration and race notice links above.

As the season is ending, please consider becoming the new Head Hare!! I am willing to work in tandem with someone next year so the transition is seamless, and painless. Strong ski skills are not necessary to take on this role, as anyone who knows Alix Wilson can attest to (The editorial staff disagrees and thinks Alix Wilson is brilliant!). Enthusiasm, and a few basic computer skills is all it takes! Please email Alix if you are interested – she’d be happy to answer any questions! Alixheadharewilson@gmail.com

Coaching refreshers

Attention: anyone coaching now or interested in coaching Rabbits next year–we have 4 more technique refreshers on Saturday and Sunday mornings before Jack Rabbits start. We will meet in the Stadium between 9:15am and 9:45am on Sat/Sun March 2nd/3rd for classic and Sat/Sun March16th/17th for skate.

Anyone interested in learning more about coaching is welcome to attend! It does not matter what your skill level is or whether you only classic or skate, enthusiasm is the only requirement.

On the road again

Best wishes to our Devo team and support crew as they head off to Revelstoke for the BC Midget Championships. Ski fast and have fun! Go team!!

The Devo team is travelling all the way to Revelstoke for the BC Midget Championships this weekend. photo: Laura Johnston

Jackets

There is only one day remaining to get yourself a nice club jacket at an amazing price! This Helly Hansen Verglas Down Insulator jacket is a fundraiser for the racing team. Purchase price is a 40% discount from the retail cost and 100% of the proceeds will go to fund the SNSC Racing Team who are representing our club at the National Championships.
Buy a nice jacket, support young SNSC Racers!

Buy a nice club jacket, support young racers!

Orders will be taken until March 1st (with a 50% deposit). Delivery will be early September.

Cost is $175 including taxes. Cost includes stitching of SNSC logo on right chest and “Strathcona Nordics” on the back. Color is RED.

Use the order form and contact
Tim McGrady tim@mcgrady.ca 250 897 6412?. See more about the jacket online at hellyhansen.com.

Social

On Saturday, March 9, our club is hosting an apres-race potluck in the Mountain Centre! All race volunteers, participants, and their families are welcome to attend–and as the host club, we are providing the potluck goodies:

  • If your last name begins with A-H, please bring your best dessert to share.
  • If your last name begins with I-Z, please bring your best potluck savoury dish to share.

We will collect the food in the Raven Lodge in the morning before the race. The social will begin in the Mountain Centre after the races between 12:30 and 1pm. Come mingle with your fellow club mates and our guests from other coastal ski clubs.

As the event hosts, we need many helping hands. You can choose from set-up, clean up, and greeting attendees duties!

Please sign up for a job by contacting Lynn with your preference. lswiftys@gmail.com

First 2013 SNSC Backcountry Ski Tour

from Andrew Pape-Salmon

A backcountry day trip was held on February 17th with great success. The weather threatened crusty snow but Peter Ravensbergen guided the group of eight along a creek drainage to minimize the time through crusty forest snow. The trip was co-sponsored by the Alpine Club of Canada Vancouver Island Section.  The route included a gentle approach, an ascent up a ramp, and a steep final approach to the summit of Mount Brooks (elevation: 1,500m), offering many panoramic views of Mountains Albert Edward, Jutland, Regan, Alexandra, Washington and even Comox Glacier! The descent included some 40° slopes with heavy powder and some great glade skiing.

Backcountry adventurers enjoyed an awesome trip to Mount Brooks. photo: Andrew Pape-Salmon

Twoonie results

If you are looking for the Timed Ski results, you can use this link.

The Timed Ski race was race #4 in the Strathcona Nordic Cup series. As you know, for every home race that you enter this season, you get a point in the series. We have the latest tally at this link.

If you have missed a few, not to worry! There are still 4 races remaining, and if you ski in both Teck Coast Cup races, you can get 2 additional bonus points. You can also join in the races, just for the fun of it! Read more about the series here.

Biathlon event

The Vancouver Island Biathlon would like to invite all Strathcona Nordics ages 11 and up to participate in their fun, spring relay race.

They say, “Ever wanted to try a biathlon race?No experience? No problem! Our instructors are available to help you get started or to perfect your skills.”

Saturday, March 23, 2013
09.00 – 10.45: Practice & Safety Training
11.00: Start
13.30: Awards

Please note, the deadline for entry is 12 noon, 21 March, 2013; ages 11 and up
For more information, contact Pat at vibiathlonclub@gmail.com

Be inspired by the Vasaloppet, find your inner Swede and join the loppet tradition as a skier or volunteer in the Vancouver Island Loppet on April 13!

On loppets

It’s loppet season, and the word loppet literally means “long haul” in Swedish. Most cross-country ski communities follow the Nordic tradition of hosting an annual long distance ski event. Last weekend, we had club members participating in loppets across the country from the Payak in Whistler Olympic Park to the Gatineau Loppet in the Ottawa area.

Many club members skied in the Payak in Whistler Olympic Park. The Payak saw the entire Brown-Stocks family enjoy great results all around, with Andy Brown and Alex Brown each winning their categories in the gruelling 50km event. Elliot Holtham came second overall in the 50km with a blistering time of 2:27:25, just a boot slide behind the grand winner! Anita Holtham also enjoyed fantastic results and came 4th overall in the women’s 50km. Tanya Austin put in a great showing in the 30km and Doug Rose came second in his category. In highlights of the 15km event, Rick Morson finished third in his category, Brian Stamp came in first in his category, Chris Bowlby finished 2nd, and Marilyn Atkinson came first in her category (without using any poles!).

Of the 55km Gatineau Loppet, which is listed in the international loppet series, Freya Wasteneys says, “It was a beautiful day, I found a good rythym and enjoyed being out there. The last kms were the toughest, and I was pretty delirious at the finish line but also very happy!” Freya was the youngest female in the 55km race and first in her category. Way to go, Freya!

Club president Len Apedaile is currently in Sweden on FIS (- International Ski Federation) business, and he will take in the Vasaloppet next week. The Vasaloppet is the world’s largest and longest loppet with participants numbering at 40,000(!) and many of the participants race the 90km distance.

Have you ever been in the “Birkie” or the “Hoppet” or another loppet? Tell us about it! info@StrathconaNordics.com

The 31st annual Vancouver Island Loppet takes place on April 13 in our ski area. Consider taking part as a skier or as a volunteer or both!

  • 10am mass start
  • 30km loppet, a half loppet of 15km, a youth loppet of 5km, and a children’s loppet of 2km
  • free technique event, so you can classic or skate ski   It’s also a great way to get ready for the Snow to Surf!

How to prepare for a loppet? We have Coach Dave’s tips for you on how to prepare to ski a loppet, so you can have optimal fun during the event. Click the link here.

If you want to join in the end-of-season fun as a volunteer, there are many roles to fill! Perhaps you want to be the Feed Station Coordinator this year? This is a deeply satisfying volunteer role with much support from the club & Mount Washington Nordic and with many grateful feed station patrons during the event. Contact Susan dennydreher88@gmail.com

Nationals

The exciting National cross-country ski championships are coming up soon in Whistler Olympic Park, March 22 to 30. Volunteering is a great was to be a part of this event. Our club will have a team of over 30 skiers participating, and there will be over 650 skiers from across Canada vying for National honours. During that week, there is also the rare opportunity to also see some live ski jumping at the same venue!

The organizing committee together with Whistler Olympic Park are offering a volunteer incentive program where you will earn reward vouchers for a variety of products and services, including retail items, ski waxing, lessons and trail passes at Whistler Olympic Park. These are transferable (to share with family and friends) and will be distributed in advance of the event based on the number of days you sign up to volunteer.

To register as a volunteer for the event or for more information please visit the volunteer section at the Nationals website.

Snow to surf

Team looking for racer - We are a mixed master team, semi-competitive. We have placed in the medals the past two years, but we are also a very fun and lighthearted team. We need a female cross-country skier, 30-50 years old. Contact Marco # 250-334-7390 or marcospadafora@hotmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

SNSC News — February 21, 2013
Feb 21st, 2013 by admin

I don’t know about you, but my favourite skiing is springtime skiing. With all the new snow on the mountain and in the forecast, things are looking good!! You may have noticed this week that the groomers are experiencing mechanical difficulties. They hope to have things straightened out by the weekend. Read on for more nordic news.

Teck Coast Cup

The Teck Coast Cup finale races are fast approaching. Check out the course maps on this link.

Remember, if we have many club members skiing in this event–our club could take pennant and win the Teck Coast Cup Club Aggregate award! Every skier counts, from our smallest Atoms through to the most senior Masters.

Why not ski in the Teck Coast Cup races on March 9 and March 10 and support your club! See the race notice and register.

Despite the weather, many skiers enjoyed last Saturday’s “Try Adaptive Skiing” clinic!

Rabbits

With a bit of new snow on the hill, and more on the way forecasted for Friday, we are gearing up for another great weekend of Rabbit sessions! This weekend all Jack Rabbits will participate in the Becky Scott Sprint Races. The event is designed to encourage skiers to develop speed in their skiing, to expose them to a race-like experience and to actively cheer on other participants. All skiers will race twice, ultimately trying to beat their own time. Thank you to all the volunteers who make this event possible!

Also this weekend, we are happy to have Junior Racers joining each Rabbit group once again! Having the younger skiers exposed to these great role models is invaluable. Not only do they give fantastic technique demonstrations, their stellar attitudes are perfect for our children to aspire to!

Nice jacket!

Act now to get yourself a nice club jacket at an amazing price! Tim McGrady is organizing a sale of this Helly Hansen Verglas Down Insulator jacket as a fundraiser for the racing team.

Buy a nice club jacket, support young racers!

The purchase price is a 40% discount from the retail cost and 100% of the proceeds will go to fund the SNSC Racing Team who are representing our club at the National Championships.
Buy a nice jacket, support young SNSC Racers!

First come first serve orders with a 50% deposit will be taken until March 1st and availability is limited as Helly Hansen has already pre-ordered stock. Delivery will be early September.

Cost is $175 including taxes. Cost includes stitching of SNSC logo on right chest and “Strathcona Nordics” on the back. Color is RED

Fill in the form to order. Click here.

Contact Tim for more information. tim@mcgrady.ca 250 897 6412
See more about the jacket online at hellyhansen.com

Strathcona Nordic Cup

Last Sunday, we held another Twoonie race – the Timed Ski. ParticIpants were asked to estimate their time before the race, and the winner was the one who came closest to skiing their estimated time. You check out the results using this link. Thanks to all our race organizers and volunteers!

The Timed Ski race was race #4 in the Strathcona Nordic Cup series. As you know, for every home race that you enter this season, you get a point in the series. We have the latest tally at this link. If you have missed a few, not to worry! There are still 4 races remaining, and if you ski in both Teck Coast Cup races, you can get 2 bonus points. You can also join in the races, just for the fun of it! Read more about the series here.

The Junior Racers would like to thank everyone who helped make their waxorama a success!

Wax-on!

The waxing fundaiser was a great success last weekend. The team made $800 towards their trip to Nationals next month. The Junior Racers say a big thank you to Marc Lyster and the Mount Washington Nordic folks for their support and a big thank you to all their patrons too! The team hopes to have another Waxorama in the near future.

Payak

Best wishes to our club members heading to Whistler for the Payak this weekend! The Payak Loppet looks like a fun event. You can check it out on their website. Bring us back some photos and stories from your Payak experience!

Volunteer at nationals

They are still looking for volunteers at the National cross-country ski championships in Whistler Olympic Park from March 22 to 30. This is a great opportunity to be a part of a very exciting event! Our club will have a team of over 30 skiers participating in this big event, which will see over 650 skiers from across Canada vying for National honours–and during that week, there is also the rare opportunity to also see some live ski jumping at the same venue!

The organising committee together with Whistler Olympic Park are offering a volunteer incentive program where you will earn reward vouchers for a variety of products and services, including retail items, ski waxing, lessons and trail passes at Whistler Olympic Park. These are transferable (to share with family and friends) and will be distributed in advance of the event based on the number of days you sign up to volunteer.

To register as a volunteer for the event or for more information please visit the volunteer section at the Nationals website.

Loppet

Our club is hosting the Vancouver Island Loppet on April 13. This is a great way to end the ski season – by challenging yourself to a nice, long ski! There will be 15km and 30 km distances for adults and teens, and a children’s and youth loppet with 2km and 5km distances too.

If you are not going to ski in this event, join in the fun as a volunteer! There are many volunteer jobs to choose from. This year, we are also looking a Feed Station Coordinator. This job comes with lots of support from the club and Mount Washington Nordic–and the added job satisfaction of providing nutrients to tired, hungry, and grateful skiers! Contact Susan for more detailsdennydreher88@gmail.com

 

SNSC News — February 14, 2013
Feb 14th, 2013 by admin

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! In the news this week, we have an opportunity for you to give your skis some TLC, a mystery to solve, valentines to share, contests, and more!

Give your skis some TLC at the Waxorama! Story below.

Teck Coast Cup

Less than a month until our big race weekend! The race organizers are going to give two extra “Strathcona Cup” points to everyone in our club who participates in both Coast Cup races.

If you are not interested in personal gain, consider racing for the club’s sake. If we have many club members skiing in this event–our club could take pennant and win the Teck Coast Cup Club Aggregate award. Every skier counts, from our smallest Atoms through to the most senior Masters.

Why not ski in the Teck Coast Cup races on March 9 and March 10 and support your club! See the race notice and register.

Waxorama

Ski better with a fresh coat of glide wax on your skate and/or classic skis! You can have your skis waxed by skilled Junior Racers for the incredibly low price of $10/pair.

On Saturday morning, look for the red Strathcona Nordics tent by the Raven Lodge from 9am to 12:30pm. Bring the team your skis, and you can enjoy a snack from their bake sale while you wait.

Remember to put some cash in your ski bag for waxing and baked goods. All proceeds from the sales will go towards the Junior Racers trip to the National Canadian Ski Championships at Whistler Olympic Park next month!

Valentines

Heartfelt thanks to all our coaches! We couldn’t have programs without you!

Rabbits

Another gorgeous weekend has passed, marking the halfway point in our Rabbit season. Be sure to keep track of any ski session at least one hour in length – coaches will be asking for those numbers closer to the end of the season to tally up Snow Goal awards. New this year, for Jack Rabbits 8 and older, is the Alex Harvey Competition Award. Remember that twoonie races count towards these goals! For more information, click here.

The deadline for the 2014 Jackrabbit toque is quickly approaching. Please have all submissions to Head Hare Alix Wilson by Sunday February 24th, as all entries (top 5 for our club) have to be sent to Canmore for March 1st. For more information about the colouring contest, please visit the website.

Our ski club is looking into getting some new ski playground equipment – if you have ideas on what could make our ski playground outstanding, please let Christophe Abele know! cabele@telus.net

Twoonie races

On Sunday, join us for Twoonie race #4 in the Strathcona Nordic Cup series. Come race for fun and/or for points!

  • Sign up from 9:30am to 12:30pm top of the stairs in the Raven Lodge.
  • Bib pickup 12:30pm top of the stairs in the Raven Lodge.
  • Race start at 1:00pm in the Stadium, 15-second interval individual starts.

This Sunday, February 17, the challenge is a Timed Ski – You tell us how long you think it will take you to ski a pre-set course (minutes and seconds), and we will time you. There will be 2 courses, a 2km course and a 850m course; the courses are posted on the notice board down stairs in the Raven Lodge. You might want to practice on Saturday or on Sunday morning!

Our world class timing team will endeavour to produce the results as soon as possible! They will be displayed by the timing hut and in the Raven Lodge. The “winner” is the one who estimates their time correctly.

Last weekend, the dynamic duo of young Vance and Wren rose to the challenge and raced together in the Twoonie team sprint against teams of adults and youth. Way to go, boys!!

Jackets

Tim McGrady is organizing a sale of this Helly Hansen Verglas Down Insulator jacket as a fundraiser for the racing team. Purchase price is a 30% discount from the retail cost and 100% of the proceeds will go to fund the SNSC Racing Team who are representing our club at the National Championships.

First come first serve orders with a 50% deposit will be taken until March 1st and availability is limited as Helly Hansen has already pre-ordered stock. Delivery will be early September.

Cost is $175 including taxes. Cost includes stitching of SNSC logo on right chest and “Strathcona Nordics” on the back. Color is RED.

Contact Tim McGrady at tim@mcgrady.ca or 250 897 6412. ?Read more about the jacket online at Helly Hansen.

Volunteer at nationals

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to volunteer at the 2013 Haywood Ski Nationals, which are taking place in our back yard (and during spring break) this year at Whistler Olympic Park from March 22 to 30! Our club will have a team of over 30 skiers participating in this big event, which will see over 650 skiers from across Canada vying for National honours.

Enjoy the added rare opportunity to also see some live ski jumping at the same venue! This event includes the famous Canadian women as they prepare for their hard won Olympic debut in at the Sochi Olympics in 2014.

What better way to take in the event than to be part of it as a volunteer!

The organising committee together with Whistler Olympic Park are offering a volunteer incentive program where you will earn reward vouchers for a variety of products and services, including retail items, ski waxing, lessons and trail passes at Whistler Olympic Park. These are transferable (to share with family and friends) and will be distributed in advance of the event based on the number of days you sign up to volunteer.

To register as a volunteer for the event or for more information please visit the volunteer section at the Nationals website.

What is Berend doing? Is he trying to land a job as the “resident” ski coach? Or joining the Marmots in their plight to occupy Strathcona Park? Tune in next week to find out.

Bon voyage

Best wishes to group leader Andrew Pape-Salmon and the intrepid adventurers heading off this weekend on the backcountry tour! We look forward to seeing your photos and hearing about your adventure.

Results of the Devo dilemma

“The results of our recent poll on a nickname for Dave Damery have just been released by Elections Canada. The winning nickname with 40% of the ballots cast is….DEVO DAVE. Elections Canada has advised however that there was some voting irregularity in eastern Comox that they are investigating where some people tried to vote twice. Also the leader of the breakaway Circle Skiing Faction, Callum Barry, initiated a strong write-in campaign for a nickname that was not on the ballot. This brazen write-in campaign by the young Barry garnered almost 30% of the votes. Elections Canada has ruled, as a result, that we must accept both nicknames. So Coach Damery can be hereafter be referred to either as DEVO DAVE or DOUBLE D.  – Canadian Press with sources in eastern Comox”

 

 

SNSC News — February 7, 2013
Feb 7th, 2013 by admin

There was no groundhog consensus this year as to predictions for an early spring or long winter, but things look good on Mount Washington. The mid-mountain snow base is back up to 334 cm, and there is more snow in the forecast! Read on for the latest cross-country ski news.

Chris Wilson’s Saturday level 1 Rabbits enjoyed their snack break at a snow table. photo: Chris Wilson

Teck Coast Cup 3 & 4

It’s only one month until our big race weekend, and we are looking forward to hosting the Teck Coast Cup races #3 and #4! Rumour has it that the race organizers are going to give two “Strathcona Cup” points to everyone in our club who participates in both Coast Cup races.

If you are not interested in personal gain, consider racing for the club’s sake. If we have many club members skiing in this event–our club could take the pennant and win the Teck Coast Cup Club Aggregate award. Every skier counts, from our smallest Atoms through to the most senior Masters.

Why not ski in the Teck Coast Cup races on March 9 and March 10 and support your club!   See the race notice and register.

Rabbits

More snow is falling on the mountain as I write, and in combination with the sunshine forecasted for the weekend, it looks like our mid-season Rabbit sessions will be awesome!

If you haven’t yet had a chance to check out the Strathcona Nordic Cup series, the next two twoonie races are excellent choices for all levels of skiers. Be sure to check out the Twoonie Race Notice, and join in the fun!

On a sad note, two of our Saturday Jack Rabbits tragically lost their father last week. The family is in great need of financial support – if you are able to help, donations are being accepted. Contact Alix at headharewilson@gmail.com to find out how you can help.

Masters

The Masters Recreational Program has had a great start with four sessions of classic skiing. Skate sessions start February 16-17. We have 65 skiers improving their skiing in this excellent program.

Thank You to the volunteer coaches who have run sessions so far: Bob Hauser, Roz Smith, John Elson, Chris Round, Neil Smith, Chris Bowlby, Krysta Wark, Laura Battison, Dave Pinel, Philip Parkes, Don Irvine, Alison Stocks, Marilyn Atkinson, Len Apedaile, Susan Denny, and Patty Johnson.

Twoonie races

Join us for Twoonie races the next weekends! These races are also races #3 and #4 of the Strathcona Nordic Cup series. Come race for fun and/or for points!

  • Sign up from 9:30am to 1230pm top of the stairs in the Raven Lodge.
  • Bib pickup 12:30pm top of the stairs in the Raven Lodge.
  • Have your skis on ready to start at 1pm in the Stadium.

Saturday, February 9 – Team Sprints
Each team will comprise of two racers who will each complete the course 3 times in each of 2 relays, a semi-final and a final (by the end of the day each team member will have completed 6 laps, 3 in a semi-final and 3 in a final). There will be 2 semi-final heats, then an A and B final.

Teams may be same sex or mixed, any age combination.

There are 2 courses, both on the Stadium; a short course, about 300m and a long course, one lap of bench one. For very small people there is a very short variation of the short course. Junior and Masters racers will race on the long course. Devos, Jack Rabbits and parents with small children will race on the short course. Others can chose where they race.

Race Start: 1pm on the Stadium, the short and long course races will be running at the same time, we should be finished by 2pm.

Sunday, February 17 – Timed Ski
You tell us how long you think it will take you to ski a pre-set course (minutes and seconds) and we will time you. There will be 2 courses, a 2km course and a 850m course; the courses will be posted on the notice board down stairs in the Raven Lodge 2 weeks ahead of the race. GO PRACTICE!

Race start: 1:00pm in the stadium, interval 15 second starts.

Results: Our world class timing team will endeavour to produce the results as soon as possible! They will be displayed by the timing hut and in the Raven Lodge.

Coaches

Rabbit coaches, remember to meet at 9:45 at the Gazebo next to the Raven Lodge for a quick coaches photo. See you there!

Tallon Noble placed 1st overall in Midget Boys in the BC Cup aggregate awards. photo: Larry Reynolds

Race report

Last weekend a team of 14 racers, coaches, and support crew travelled to Prince George for the BC Championships and enjoyed outstanding race results.

Head Coach Dave Battison said, “The biggest thing for us was that in the past few weeks, we made a concerted effort to look at everything we needed to do to be successful, and everyone pulled their game up and delivered.”

In race results, Tallon Noble took a gold in the Midget Boys classic race. Morgan Meckert took bronze in Juvenile Girls 1. Ariel Becherer took bronze in the Junior Girls 2. Sean Tenbergen took silver in the Junior Men. Kai McGrady came 4th. Jessica Reynolds finished 6th. Ross Lamon was 5th. Connor McGrady came 7th. Avalon Wasteneys finished 5th. Sally Brown came 8th. Alec Stapff was 5th and Alex Brown 6th in Junior Boys 1. Jamie Wasteneys finished 6th in Junior Boys 2, and Andy Brown came 5th.

In other outstanding results in the Sunday team relay races, the Midget Boys team of Ross, Connor, and Tallon won a silver medal, and Jamie, Alec, and Alex finished 4th.

In the BC Cup aggregate awards, Tallon took first place overall in the Midget Boys category for the BC Cup race series and Marilyn Atkinson came second overall in Masters Women.

Way to go team!

From Czech to Eastern Champs

We caught up with the Strathcona Nordics’ Andrea Lee on the heels of the Haywood Eastern Canadian Championships, which took place at Nakkertok Ski Club in Cantley, Quebec last weekend.

Andrea Lee only had a few days in between returning from the World U23 Championships in the Czech Republic to racing at the big Canadian event, where she won a gold in U23 Interval Start Free Technique, and two silver in U23 Mass Start Classic and in Classic Sprints.

We asked Andrea for her thoughts on racing at the Worlds and coming home to immediately race in the Easterns:
    Competing at World’s was an amazing experience. It was really neat to be there and see just how fast the top skiers in the world ski!  Being a part of the event and simply seeing my name on the start list was exciting in itself. With this trip being my first time racing in Europe, I was not so much focused on results, but more so focused on learning as much as I could and using the knowledge to better myself for next time! Something that really stuck out for me was the sheer depth of the field. A couple wasted seconds (fixing your glasses, taking a breather on the downhills) could mean the difference between 20th and 30th place. They definitely don’t wait for you to wipe your nose over there!

    Coming back to Canada and racing at the Eastern Canadians was really fun. I was excited to take what I learned in Europe and try and apply it to domestic racing. I really made an effort to race for every single second and I think it paid off.  Arriving back in Canada just three days before Easterns, I was interested to see how my body would hold up for a 3-day race weekend. I was happily surprised that the tank wasn’t completely drained from Europe and managed to pull off a really great weekend!

Congratulations to Andrea Lee! Your home club is proud of you!

Loppet

It’s time to begin time thinking about the annual Vancouver Island Loppet! This event is a great way to wrap up the cross-country ski season by challenging yourself, your family, and your ski friends to a good, long distance ski. The Loppet takes place on Saturday, April 13, and we’ll have categories and race distances for all ages.

If you won’t be skiing in the Loppet, join in the action by volunteering! We need a Loppet Feed Station Coordinator to coordinate food & equipment and volunteers for 3 feed stations on the Loppet Course. These posts will have support from our club, from Mt Washington Nordic staff, and from local businesses for food items.  Contact Susan Denny. dennydreher88@gmail.com

Keep smiling

Thanks again to everyone using their Thrifty Foods Smile Cards. This season, Thrifty Foods has contributed more than $1300 towards the new ski playground. If you shop at Thrifty’s and would like a Strathcona Nordics Smile Card, contact Berend. bhenckel@telus.net

 

 

 

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