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.
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 email@example.com to find out how you can help.
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.
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.
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
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!
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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. email@example.com