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SNSC News — February 26, 2015
Feb 26th, 2015 by admin

Good work on the snow dances, there’s a moderate snowfall in the forecast for the mountain today! Read on for lots more xc ski community news.

Teck Coast Cup 4 & 5

Our club is scheduled to host the Teck Coast Cup 4 & 5 races on March 7-8. On Monday, March 2, the Race Committee will make the call whether the event will run, be rescheduled, or cancelled.

Look for a bulletin in your inbox on Monday or check back here to the website. If the race is on, you’ll find links to registration and the race notice.

Strathcona Nordics juvenile boys stand ready to rock the classic mass start race at the BC Champs last weekend. Story below! Photo: K. McGrady

Strathcona Nordics juvenile boys stand ready to rock the classic mass start race at the BC Champs last weekend. Story below! Photo: K. McGrady

Standby

Mount Washington is still on standby, hoping for snow, so they can reopen. The Strathcona Nordics are also on standby, hoping for snow, so we can resume our regular programming.

Dryland for Rabbits and Devos

Last Sunday around 25 Bunnies, Rabbits, and Devos enjoyed the spectacular weather for some trail exploring, balance and strength work, and some fun games.

Bunnies, Rabbits, and Devos enjoyed training, fun, and games at last Sunday's dryland session. Photo: M. Hartig

Bunnies, Rabbits, and Devos enjoyed training, fun, and games at last Sunday’s dryland session. Photo: M. Hartig

They report that there were lots of smiles and active kids throughout the session! Contact your Head Hare Marika or Devo Coach Berend for the scoop on this weekend.

Roller ski order

Any club member wishing to purchase skate roller skis — please get in touch with Head Coach Andrea at andrea.stapff@gmail.com ASAP.

Andrea will be placing a group order in the next few weeks, and the roller skis should arrive by May! Note: This will be the only group order for roller skies for the coming season.

Stadium dedication

We have added the Dave Battison Memorial Stadium dedication ceremony to our Dave Battison web page. If you missed the ceremony, you can read Laura Battison’s wonderful speech on the web page. You can share your favourite memories of Dave at the bottom of the page as well.

Canadian Masters Championships

Three Strathcona Nordic Masters Racers competed at the Canadian Masters Championships at Stake Lake near Kamloops February 9-14. There were four races in total – 10k and 20k in both classic and free techniques – with about 75 racers from across the country, BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, PEI, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Rick Morson raced in all four events – four races in six days!! Well done Rick!
Chris Bowlby competed in three of the races, and came away with three silver medals!
Marilyn Atkinson raced in the final two free technique races and got gold in both races!
Yay team!!

20k podium Cdn Masters

Chris Bowlby and Marilyn Atkinson on the podium at the Canadian Masters Championships.

“The Canadian Masters Championships is an excellent annual event held in all regions of the country over the years,” says Marilyn. “Definitely watch out for where it is held in the next few years and consider attending!” Canadian Masters XC Ski Association

BC Champs report

Thirty-six Strathcona Nordics racers travelled to Kelowna this past weekend in search of snow and podium finishes at the BC cross-country ski Championships – and the island racers did not disappoint. Over 500 skiers from 26 clubs from Alberta, Washington, and across BC were there. Mother Nature was kind and provided good snow conditions and very fast skiing.

Our island racers performed extremely well, despite the lack of local snow. The club earned a fifth place finish overall and 10 individual top five podium finishes, including four gold, six silver, and four bronze.

Podium finishes in the classic race: Evertt Wells, Peewee boys (Victoria), Hugo Henckel (Courtenay), Bantam boys, Aiden Noble, Midget boys, Tallon Noble, Juvenile boys (Merville), Gabe Gledhill, Midget boys (Cumberland), Luke Damery, Peewee boys, Stephen Lamon, Midget boys, Ross Lamon, Juvenile boys (Comox), Emmy Stapff, Midget girls, and Alec Stapff , Junior men, (Campbell River).

 

Avalon Wasteneys races to a silver medal finish at the BC Champs last weekend. Photo: K. McGrady

Avalon Wasteneys races to a silver medal finish at the BC Champs last weekend. Photo: K. McGrady

In the Skate race podium: Everett Wells, Hugo Henckel, Berend Henckel, Masters men, Aiden Noble, Tallon Noble, Naomi Swift, Bantam girls (Courtenay), Matthew Salmon, Juvenile boys (Merville), Luke Damery, Carson Damery, Bantam boys, Stephen Lamon, Ross Lamon (Comox), Marilyn Atkinson, Masters women (Royston), Emmy Stapff, Alec Stapff, Avalon Wasteneys, Junior girls, and John Andres, Masters men (Campbell River).

The final event of the championships was the much anticipated, hotly contested, fun, and fast Classic Sprint Club Relay. With 148 relay teams entered, in eight categories, Strathcona had twelve entries including two podium finishes: a bronze medal from the Midget boys team of Stephen Lamon, Aiden Noble ,and Gabe Gledhill and a fifth place finish from the Masters women’s team of Marilyn Atkinson, Patty Johnson, and Lynn Swift.

Head Coach Andrea Stapff says, “Every single racer came away with a goal accomplished and/or a best result!” The Junior Racing team now looks forward to the Ski Nationals in Thunder Bay, March 14 -21.

SNSC News — February 20, 2015
Feb 20th, 2015 by admin

As we continue to anticipate more snow and the resumption of our ski programs on the mountain — we have some news for you below about alternate activities and more.

t is not often that you can say, "I went to ski training, and I saw a snake and some sea lions." Photo: B. Henckel

It is not often that you can say, “I went to ski training, and I saw a snake and some sea lions.” Photo: B. Henckel

Persevering Rabbits and Devos

Despite the fact that the snow has temporarily disappeared, Devos and Jackrabbits are staying active in anticipation for more snow to come. If this doesn’t happen, then we are embracing the motto “fitness for life!”

This past weekend, the Devos and Rabbits got together at Miracle Beach Provincial Park. On Saturday and Sunday, we had a good turnout and we were able to take in the sun and the scenery. It is not often that you can say, “I went to ski training, and I saw a snake and some sea lions.”

We are planning to keep these sessions going until we are back on snow. Snow dances are a good way to stay in shape. Dance for a minimum of twenty minutes.

This weekend

Calling all Rabbit families! We will be having our fun dryland activities on Sunday only this weekend as a lot of Devo families are on the mainland racing.

All families from both Saturday and Sunday Rabbits are more than welcome to come out and stay active. We will be using the fields and trails around Puntledge Park school in Courtenay, so please meet in the parking lot at 10am.

Please don’t forget to bring some water and a snack with you. See you there!

Go team!

A contingent of Strathcona Nordics Devos, Junior Racers, Masters, coaches, waxers, and supporters are in Kelowna for the Teck BC Championships. This 3-day event includes a classic race, free technique race, relay, and banquet and is the final race in the BC Cup series.

Best wishes to whole team for fast skis, good times, and safe travels!

 

 

SNSC News — February 12, 2015
Feb 12th, 2015 by admin

Cross-country skiers tend to be hardy and tenacious–which was quite evident in the volunteers, racers, and visiting teams at last weekend’s Teck Midget Championships.

Caillie Nagle tags Luncinda Gullison in the transition zone next to the biathlon hut in the Saturday relay. Midgets story below.

Caillie Nagle tags Lucinda Gullison in the transition zone next to the biathlon hut in the Saturday relay. Midgets story below.

Together with Mount Washington and the high-spirited athletes and their families who came from all over the province, our club was able to put on a truly fantastic event in very difficult weather conditions. Three cheers for the event organizers, race committee, 100 volunteers, Mount Washington, the sponsors, all the young athletes, and their supportive families!!!

Read on for mountain and program news.

Mount Washington

It is with regret that we announce that we are unable to continue with our current winter operations. The warm, wet weather that hit the whole West Coast of North America, and every other coastal resort during the week of February 7, has finally got the best of us. Effective as of Monday, February 9 at 3:30 pm, we will put our Winter 14/15 operations on hold until further notice. We have every belief and hope that we will reopen sometime soon. While we wait for more snow to arrive, we will not be issuing any refunds for passes.

Dozens and dozens of volunteers turned out last Friday to move snow onto the race course for the Teck Midget Championships. Story below.

Dozens and dozens of volunteers turned out last Friday to move snow onto the race course for the Teck Midget Championships. Story below.

Program updates

Rabbits
With the mountain closure, we are re-locating our Rabbit activities to Miracle Beach this weekend. There will be some fun activities planned for all the Rabbits to keep them enjoying time outside together during this Pineapple Express. We are hopeful that in the next few weeks we will get some more snow flying and the Mountain will re-open, but until then we will have to enjoy the great outdoors in another venue! We hope to see as many of you as we can this weekend (Saturday and Sunday) at Miracle Beach from 10-12. Please dress for the weather as we will be outside.

Masters Rec
The Masters Recreational skiers had a great time getting through all their classic ski sessions! Huge Thanks to the coaches for this wonderful program: John Elson, Chris Round, Neil Smith, Mark DeBruijn, Chris Bowlby, Bob Hauser, Rick Morson, Ron Quilter, Cliff Haylock, Marilyn Atkinson. We will look forward to starting our skate ski sessions as soon as Mt Washington is up and running!

School program
The School Program will be halted until there is more snow. When Mount Washington resumes operations, the school program will be starting up as soon as it is possible. If any club members would be available to help out with instructing on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday during the hours of 9am-2pm, should some of the regular instructors not be immediately available, please contact Lynda Magor (magors@shaw.ca).

Racing program
Devo, Juniors, and Masters racers, your coaches are contacting you with training schedules, which will be updated as we monitor snow conditions.

Over 350 people attended the Teck Midget Championships at Mount Washington Nordic last weekend with teams coming from all over BC.

Over 350 people attended the Teck Midget Championships at Mount Washington Nordic last weekend with teams coming from all over BC.

Teck Midget Championships

Despite the weather’s attempt to thwart our plans last weekend, the Teck Midget Championships went ahead and were a great success. There were smiles all-round from the competitors, and we had many thank yous and appreciation from all the clubs and parents for pulling off this event in the ever-changing conditions of a true west coast weather system.

A Pemberton coach said, “the obvious thing would have been to cancel, but cross-country skiers wouldn’t do that.” Way to be tough everyone!

Racers line up for the start of the Saturday classic race.

Racers line up for the start of the Saturday classic race.

Over 350 people came to our event, 125 young racers aged 9-13 years old and their supporters. We had over a hundred volunteers, not counting all the coaches who were busy waxing and looking after our athletes.

The race committee did an excellent job with the timing, course, and stadium–and without their expertise, we would not have had an event! Snow shovelers were busy from Friday to Sunday keeping the race courses alive. We lost count of how many times the courses had to change. A huge thank you to Marc Lyster and the Mount Washington staff for their expertise and help! They truly went above and beyond in helping the club!

Despite the rain, there were smiles all around for athletes and race officials.

Despite the rain, there were smiles all around for athletes and race officials.

In classic racing actionall the kids raced like champions in the rain with a few spots of sun, and for the 2km classic race on Saturday morning, awards were given to the following club members: Gabe Gledhill (2nd), Stephen Lamon (3rd), Amelia Wells (4th), and Emmy Stapff (5th) for 2002 boys and girls; Hugo Henckel (3rd), Anna Chatterton (4th), and Naomi Swift (5th) for 2004 boys and girls.

For the team relays on Saturday afternoon, in our club results, the boys had a strong showing with 3 teams in the top 5: the Strathcona Nukes with Stephen Lamon, Gabe Gledhill, Aiden Noble and Alexander Swift (2nd); the Strathcona KitKats with Kai McGrady, Carson Damery, Calder Guimond and Tax Oldakker (4th); and the Westcoast Warriors with Evan Luksay, Hugo Henckel, theo Lemay, Gavin Johnston (5th). The girls had the Funstopables team of Emmy Stapff, Annelies Henckel, Emma Wong, and Amelia Wells (2nd). The Tireless Tigers, Breannah Bugslag, Kayley Morch, Alexandra Apedaile and Naomi Swift, took one of the Best Dressed Awards and received a large box of chocolates from Hot Chocolates as their reward!

Strathcona Nordics Tireless Tigers enjoyed best dressed awards among many fine costumes in the relay teams.

Strathcona Nordics Tireless Tigers enjoyed best dressed awards among many fine costumes in the relay teams.

The Saturday night banquet was a lot of fun with Tim McGrady as our awesome MC and The Big Mess duo from Nanaimo as our entertainment. Many of our athletes were awarded prizes over the weekend for their excellent skiing and enthusiasm.

Hugo Henckel and Anders Schwartz race for medals in the Sunday 2004 boys sprint final.

Hugo Henckel and Anders Schwartz race for medals in the Sunday 2004 boys sprint final.

On Sunday, the 300m skate sprint provided exciting racing for all the spectators and athletes. In our club results, for the 2002 boys: Stephen Lamon (1st), Aiden Noble (3rd), and Gabe Gledhill (5th); for the 2002 girls, Amelia Wells (1st), Emmy Stapff (2nd), and Annelies Henckel (4th); for the 2003 boys Carson Damery (4th) and Gavin Johnston (5th); for 2004 boys, Hugo Henckel (2nd) and Anders Schwarz (4th); for 2004 girls, Naomi Swift (3rd) and Anna Chatterton (5th).

Strathcona Nordics Amelia, Emmy, Annelies, and Larch Hills Keeya race for the gold in the 2002 girls sprint final.

Strathcona Nordics Amelia, Emmy, Annelies, and Larch Hills Keeya race for the gold in the 2002 girls sprint final.

The coveted technique awards were awarded to two members of our club: Naomi Swift for classic technique and Alexandra Apedaile for skate technique, which also carried 5 points each for the club toward the aggregrate awards.

Our club came second in points for the club aggregate award, close behind the ever-strong Larch Hills team from Salmon Arm. You can find links to complete race results on the CCBC website.

We would like to thank our Event Committee who has been meeting since March 2014 to plan this event, Leanne Webster, Sarah Lee, Rupert Wong, Bill Noble, Katherine Brandt, Sarah Henckel, Cherise Luksay, Lynn Swift and Emma Gledhill–and the Race Committee who worked tirelessly to ensure a good, safe race course and fair & accurate timing results, Chiefs Len Apedaile, Patty johnson, Chris Stapff, Bob Hauser, Val Wootten and everyone on their crews! Thank you to all our sponsors who helped us make it happen.

Also a big thank you to all the people who worked hard to get the Midgets to our “Island in the Pacific” in the first place. We actually did get some winds from Hawaii for this event!

SNSC News — February 4, 2015
Feb 4th, 2015 by admin

We have an exciting weekend ahead – We are hosting the 2015 Teck Midget Championships! The organizing and race committees have been working overtime to ensure a fabulous weekend for all young racers and their families.

See the Midget webpage for the latest updates.

Read on for more club news!

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On Saturday, January 31, friends, family, athletes, colleagues, and admirers of Dave Battison gathered for the ceremony to officially name the Mount Washington nordic stadium the “Dave Battison Memorial”

Midgets

Hello athletes and families,
We have enough snow for the race courses on the weekend and are looking forward to your arrival. We have contingency course plans in place as well.  We do have a true west  coast system forecasted for the weekend, so please come prepared for wet conditions.  Extra rain gear and garbage bags will be important.

Lynn Swift on behalf of the
Midget Organizing Committee

This weekend!
All club members are encouraged to come out and cheer on the young racers (9-13 years old) participating the Teck Midget Championships this weekend. Here’s the schedule:

Saturday, February 7
10am — 2.0 km Interval Start Classic races
1pm — 4 x 1.5 km Relay Team races

Sunday, February 8
9am Free Technique Sprint Qualifier
10:30am Free Technique Sprint Heats

Look to the Midgets webpage for frequent updates. Go racers!!

Thank you to Rice Toyota for their sponsorship of the Teck Midget Championships. Photo: B. Henckel

Thank you to Rice Toyota for their sponsorship of the Teck Midget Championships. Photo: B. Henckel

XC ski at the movies

Here’s a fun, short, cross-country ski movie for the Banff Film Festival that was produced by the awesome folks at xczonetv. (You may remember them from the lovely film they produced in our ski area a few years ago, when we had record snowfalls.)

SNSC News — January 29, 2015
Jan 29th, 2015 by admin

We have some snow in the forecast and cooler temperatures for the mountain next week, so hang in there. Remember as you ski Jutland again this weekend, February is often the best month.

We have exciting things coming up. Look for news below about midgets and the stadium dedication ceremony.

See the Midgets webpage for the race notice and registration links for the 2015 Teck Midget Championships!

Go Rabbits! Note: There are no Rabbits sessions on February 7&8, so Rabbits can participate or take in the exciting Midget races. See the story below. Photo: M. Galik

Go Rabbits! Note: There are no Rabbits sessions on February 7&8, so Rabbits can participate or take in the exciting Midget races. See the story below. Photo: M. Galik

Stadium dedication

All club members are invited to attend the ceremony to dedicate the nordic stadium as the “Dave Battison Memorial Stadium” this Saturday, January 31 at 10 am.

Dave Battison

Dave Battison

If you haven’t visited the webpage yet, or recently, on our Dave Battison webpage, you can read about and see photos and a video of our beloved former head coach and good friend Dave Battison. You can also share your memories of Dave on the webpage too.

Teck 2015 BC Midget Championships on Feb 7/8

Calling all skiers born in the years 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005! Don’t forget to sign up for thisfun-filled weekend! Talk to your coaches for more information. Bring a friend.

The registration deadline is February 4 at midnight.

Here is the direct zone 4 link for registrations: Register for the two individual races and Register for the relay race.

For more information see our Race Notice.

School program

The CIBC Wood Gundy School XC Ski Program is looking for one instructor to fill in for four Thursdays in March! You will receive an honorarium for weekday volunteer work. Please contact Lynda at magors[at]shaw.ca.

Refreshing

Attention coaches, join us for a fun session of ski technique work. Learn the latest! This Sunday, February 1, meet in the stadium at 1pm for a 2-hour session on skate technique.

Note: This session is open to any Bunny, Rabbit, School Program, and Recreational Masters program coaches. Hope to see you there!

Congratulations to the team members who raced in Revelstoke last weekend at the BC Cup#2! Story below. Photo: K. McGrady

Congratulations to the team members who raced in Revelstoke last weekend at the BC Cup#2! Story below. Photo: K. McGrady

BC Cup #2

Last weekend, our team of Junior Racers enjoyed another successful round of BC Cup performance. 16 athletes made the trip to Revelstoke for the BC Cup #2. Very warm weather prevailed – somewhere between soggy snow and rain – but all our racers demonstrated excellent mental skills in how well they handled the challenging and changing conditions.

Notable performances came from Tallon Noble, finishing with two golds in the individual classic and skate races, Connor McGrady also medaled both days earning a bronze and silver, Gabe Gledhill and Stephen Lamon both came away with podium finishes, a silver in classic for Gabe and a bronze in skate for Stephen. In addition Aiden Noble finished the weekend with a 4th and 5th place performance and Carson Damery and Madeleine Guimond both came away with a 5th place performance. And as our lone masters athlete, Rupert Wong put in two stellar (and long) performances coming second in both the classic and skate events.

All in all, fantastic results and a great weekend! Many thanks to our team of coaches, wax techs, drivers, cooks, and parents!

Well done!

Congratulations to Tallon Noble on being selected by CCBC to attend the 2015 National Championships with the BC Ski Team in Thunder Bay, Ontario!

 

SNSC News — January 22, 2015
Jan 23rd, 2015 by admin

Look for news below about the stadium dedication ceremony, travelling club members, the Rabbit toque design content, Smile Cards, results, and more!

See the Midgets webpage for the race notice for the 2015 Teck Midget Championships!

Congratulations to Tallon Noble (right) on his three podium finishes at the Western Canadian Championships! Photo: Cross Country Canada

Congratulations to Tallon Noble (right) on his three podium finishes at the Western Canadian Championships! Photo: Cross Country Canada

 

Rabbits

Rabbits season is now well underway! We had lots of fun playing in some fresh snow (and a little rain) last weekend. Thank you to all the parents for getting their bunnies and jackrabbits up the mountain and ready each morning.

Hurray for bunnies! Photo: M. Galik

Hurray for bunnies! Photo: M. Galik

Looking forward to the rest of the season, we still need some volunteer help! The Sprint races are being held on February 14 and 15 in the Stadium, and we need some parents to help with timing and recording, especially on Saturday. There is no time commitment outside of the session. Please email Marika mgalik23@gmail.com to sign up.

Jackrabbit snack time! Photo: M. Galik

Jackrabbit snack time! Photo: M. Galik

If you have any fun pictures of our little skiers in action that you are willing to share, we would love to see them. Email to mgalik23@gmail.com or info@StrathconaNordics.com
Happy skiing!

Dedication

All club members are invited to attend the ceremony to dedicate the nordic stadium as the “Dave Battison Memorial Stadium” on Saturday, January 31 at 10 am.

Dave Battison

Dave Battison

You can read about and see photos of our beloved former head coach and good friend Dave Battison on our Dave Battison webpage. You can also share your memories of Dave on the webpage too.

Rabbit toque design contest

Cross Country Canada invites you to enter the contest to draw the design for next year’s Rabbit toque, which will be worn by kids in the Rabbit SPD across Canada. See the CCC webpage for details and the design template.

Intrepid members of the SNAP group have fun exploring the ski area. Photo: A. Wilson

Intrepid members of the SNAP group have fun exploring the ski area. Photo: A. Wilson

Wisconsin

Two members of our ski community are currently in Wisconsin, USA for the IPC Nordic World Championships. Strathcona Nordics President Len Apedaile is at the international ski competition as the race director for nordic and biathlon events.

Marc Lyster, manager of Nordic Operations for Mount Washington, was recruited to groom the trails for the prestigious event.

The IPC Nordic World Championships in Cable, Wisconsin are “the biggest gathering of international Nordic skiers since Sochi.” You can read more about the event on the Paralympic website.

Marc and Len, bring us back some photos and stories!

Westerns

The club would like to send congratulations to Tallon Noble and Avalon Wasteneys for doing a fabulous job of representing the club, the island, and BC at the Western Canadian Championships in Canmore, Alberta last week!

Special congratulations to Tallon Noble for bringing home 3 medals for three events: Mass start Free Technique – 2nd, Individual Sprint Free Technique – 3rd, and Interval start Classic Technique – 3rd!

Coast Cup#3

Congratulations to all racers, coaches, and support crew who travelled to Callaghan Valley for the Coast Cup #3 races last weekend. In spite of tough races — 2-person relays where each racer did 3 laps, did it all again in semi-final heats, and then again the final — in the POURING rain, we hear you were all wonderful!

Well done, everyone! Pee Wee Boys-Silver Medal – Luke Damery, Fynn Mann; Bantam Boys –Gold Medal – Hugo Henckel, Carson Damery; Bantam Boys – 5th – Sebastien McGrady, Taite Marcoux; Bantam Girls-Silver medal – Vivianne Lemay, Anna Chatterton; Midget Girls – Silver Medal – Annelies Henckel, Emma Wong; Midget Girls – 4th place – Alexandra Apedaile, Breannah Bugslag; Midget Boys – Silver Medal – Gabe Gledhill, Taz Oldaker; Midget Boys – 6th Place – Theo Lemay, Delwyn Marcoux.

Best wishes

Best wishes for clear roads, fast skis, and good times to the club members who left for Revelstoke early this morning for the BC Cup #2 races! Go team!

Correction
When reporting the BC Cup #1 results on January 8, the SNSC News missed Ross Lamon’s bronze medal finish.

Smile

Thank you to everyone who is using their Thrifty Foods Smile Cards! If you shop at Thrifty’s, contact Patty about getting a club Smile Card.

At no extra cost to you, Thrifty’s will donate donate 5% of your purchase to our ski club wax program and help our racers as they represent our club and island across the province and nation.

You can still collect air miles with every purchase and use your Smile Card at any Thrifty Foods store. Contact Patty pjstew@shaw.ca

Update from Alec

We can catch up with our old friend Alec on his blog. Good luck to Alec in Europe!! We can’t wait to hear more about your ski adventures.

 

SNSC News — January 15, 2015
Jan 15th, 2015 by admin

We hope everyone enjoyed their sessions last weekend in the mild temperatures and slippery snow. We have more snow in the forecast this week as we look forward to another great weekend of skiing!

Look for Teck BC Midget Championship news below and on the left sidebar.

Best wishes to the Devos and other racing team members who are heading away to races this weekend. More below! Photo: B. Kelly

Best wishes to the Devos and other racing team members who are heading away to races this weekend. More below! Photo: B. Kelly

Weather

Remember, you can check the weather and road conditions before you leave home using these links:

▪ You can check the nordic area snow conditions and trail report on the Mount Washington website.
▪ The Drive BC website shows road conditions for the highway and the Strathcona Parkway.
▪ You can view the weather forecast for Mount Washington on the Snow-Forecast website.

School program

We still URGENTLY NEED one instructor for the morning and afternoon on Tuesdays and Thursdays from January 27 to March 26 for 2 x 1.5hour lessons with wonderfully enthusiasts! There is financial compensation for this work. Please, come out and play and help us show these kids how awesome cross-country skiing can be! Contact Lynda magors@shaw.ca

Coaching refresher

Calling all coaches! This Saturday, January 17, meet in the stadium at 1pm for a classic technique session. Note: This session is open to any Bunny, Rabbit, School Program, and Recreational Masters program coaches. Hope to see you there!

Invitation to all kids born in 2002/2003/2004/2005

As you are probably well aware, our club is hosting the Teck BC Midget Championships this year at Mount Washington!

This is the first time in the history of our club that we are awarded a provincial championship. It will be a very fun, action-packed weekend with three races for each child, a catered awards banquet, entertainment, participation gifts, and draw prizes. In previous years, our Devo team has traveled to Callaghan, Kelowna, Salmon Arm, and Revelstoke for this fun, race weekend. Having the race on our home turf is excellent way to take in this experience at a low cost of $60.

If your child is born in 2002/2003/2004/2005, the Devo coaches invite you to register for the Teck BC Midget Championships! You will receive full support from the coaching group. You can sign up through zone 4.

On Saturday February 7, there will be an individual classic race in the morning and in the afternoon there will be relay races. The relay races consist of four members. Two racers ski classic and two racers skate ski. This is an action packed race, with many of the team wearing fantastic costumes.

On Sunday February 8, there will be sprint races. First part of this event is a time trial, followed Kings Court elimination races.

Please join our Devo team for a weekend of fun! Don’t be intimidated. The focus of this race is fun and friendly competition with skiers from around the province.

See the race notice here.
Register on Zone 4 using this link for the races and register on this link for the relay race.
Contact Coach Berend if you have questions. langlaufstrathcona@gmail.com

Best wishes

Good luck to Avalon and Tallon who are on their way to the Haywood NorAm & Western Canadian Championships in Canmore, Alberta to go toe-to-toe with the fastest racers in the west!

Best wishes for clear and fast skis to the Devo team members who are heading to the Callaghan Valley, Whistler Olympic Park this weekend for the Teck Coast Cup races. Go teams!

Dave Battison Memorial Stadium

This is the last chance to make a contribution to the stadium sign to commemorate Dave Battison and his lasting contribution to our club, our community, our athletes, and our children. Mount Washington has generously offered to name the stadium after Dave; however, without a sign to indicate this; the dedication would largely go unrecognized.

Members of our club and ski community have already generously donated to the sign initiative, but we are still in need of some funds to help cover the cost of the sign. If you can make a contribution to the Dave Battison Stadium sign, your support will be greatly appreciated. No amount is too small. Contact Rob rdtrainor@gmail.com

Midgets volunteers needed!

Volunteering at a race is a great way to join in a fun event with your ski community! No experience is necessary–we have experienced advisors guide you.

Pick a volunteer area from the list below and contact us today to be a part of the team for the exciting Teck Midget Championships on February 7-8! We have event tasks and race tasks for you to choose from.

Event volunteer
We need many volunteers in a variety of positions to make the event a success. Please contact Rupert Wong at rwong338@telus.net if you are able to help.

Course marshals and controllers
We need volunteers on the course for bib counting, technical observation and/or directing ski ‘traffic’. You will have experienced advisors along the way. Contact Susan Denny at dennydreher88@gmail.com

This is a fun job as you see the action on the race course as well as interact with the skiers, coaches, public and race committee!

Course marking
Help needed to set up the course. The work consists of setting up signs and v-boards to define the race course before the race and helping with the clean up at the end of the day. Since most of the work takes place before and after the race you will be able to watch the races.

Please respond as soon as possible to Bob Hauser by phone or email at 250-339-1070 or rlhf31@yahoo.ca.

More!
There are many race tasks to choose from! If you would like to help out with timing, race office duties, or stadium set up–contact us at info@StrathconaNordics.com!

SNSC News — January 8, 2015
Jan 8th, 2015 by admin

Happy New Year! Our recreational programs get underway this weekend. Remember to give yourself some extra time in the morning to get up the mountain–it’s going to be busy.

Read on for timely information and exciting news.

Our racing teams enjoyed sessions with special guest coach Chris Manhard, head coach of the National Development Centre at Callaghan Valley, during the Teck Regional Snow Camp, December 27-30. More below! Photo: B.Kelly

Our racing teams enjoyed sessions with special guest coach Chris Manhard, head coach of the National Development Centre at Callaghan Valley, during the Teck Regional Snow Camp, December 27-30. More below! Photo: B.Kelly

Midgets

In one month our club will be hosting the 2015 Teck BC Midget Championships! It is an exciting, fast-paced, provincial event for children, and we expect 200 to 300 hundred young athletes to compete. The Midgets page on the club website will have more updates as the event day approaches.

Ways that you can be involved…

▪ Know of a sponsor who might like to contribute (prizes, donations etc) to such an event? Please email Sarah Lee for a sponsor package.
▪ Volunteer – be a race day volunteer. See the descriptions below.
▪ Come on out on race day – February 7th & 8th – to cheer on the athletes.

Volunteer at the exciting Teck BC Midget Championships on February 7 and 8! photo: Oak Hill Images

Volunteer at the exciting Teck BC Midget Championships on February 7 and 8! photo: Oak Hill Images

Midgets volunteers needed!

Volunteering at a race at great way to join in a fun event with your ski community! No experience is necessary–we have experienced advisors guide you.

Pick an volunteer area from the list below and contact us today to be a part of the team for the exciting Teck Midget Championships on February 7-8! We have event tasks and race tasks for you to choose from.

Event volunteer
We need many volunteers in a variety of positions to make the event a success. Please contact Rupert Wong at rwong338@telus.net if you are able to help.

Course marshals and controllers
We need volunteers on the course for bib counting, technical observation and/or directing ski ‘traffic’. You will have experienced advisors along the way. Contact Susan Denny at dennydreher88@gmail.com

This is a fun job as you see the action on the race course as well as interact with the skiers, coaches, public and race committee!

Course marking
Help needed to set up the course. The work consists of setting up signs and v-boards to define the race course before the race and helping with the clean up at the end of the day. Since most of the work takes place before and after the race you will be able to watch the races.

Please respond as soon as possible to Bob Hauser by phone or email at 250-339-1070 or rlhf31@yahoo.ca.

More!
There are many race tasks to choose from! If you would like to help out with timing, race office duties, or stadium set up–contact us at info@StrathconaNordics.com!

16 coaches pulled together and enjoyed the coaching refresher with Head Coach Andrea Stapff on December 28. Don't miss the upcoming refresher sessions! photo: B.Kelly

16 coaches pulled together and enjoyed the coaching refresher with Head Coach Andrea Stapff on December 28. Don’t miss the upcoming refresher sessions! photo: B.Kelly

Lodge etiquette

Please remember that we share Mount Washington’s Raven Lodge with other mountain guests and share these tips with your children:

▪ To refill your water bottles, use the water fountain at the bottom of the stairs in the Raven Lodge, not the water jugs in the cafeteria.
▪ Before you go out to ski, remove your bags, coats, shoes, and boots from the tables and chairs, and place them neatly at the side of the room.
▪ Keep the doorway next to the fireplace and all doorways clear. These are fire exits.

School program

We have an URGENT NEED for Instructors for the CIBC Wood Gundy School XC Ski Program on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 9am – 2:30pm. It’s a $12-$14/hour paid position, depending on certifications. We will need instructors for Tuesdays and Thursdays from January 13/15 until March 24/26 inclusive.

Help us deliver 2 x 1.5-hour lessons to wonderfully enthusiastic school kids. Come out and play and help us show these kids how awesome cross-country skiing can be! Contact Lynda today.
250-792-5330 (cell)
magors@shaw.ca

Refreshing

We have three additional days for coaches to refresh, share questions and ideas, and learn new tricks. All club coaches are welcome — new coaches, returning coaches, beginner, intermediate, advanced, Bunny, Rabbit, School Program, Masters Rec, and SNAP coaches!

Saturday, January 17: 1-3pm, classic technique
Sunday, Feb 1: 1-3pm, skate technique
Saturday, Feb 14: 1-3pm, skate technique

Hope to see you there!

Coaching course

The Community Coaching (CC) course is re-scheduled to this weekend January 9-11! We still have spaces. Contact info@StrathconaNordics.com to register.

Devos, Junior Racers, Masters, and coaches enjoyed drills, fun, games, and races at the 4-day Teck Regional Snow Camp, which was held December 27-30. Photo: B.Kelly

Devos, Junior Racers, Masters, and coaches enjoyed drills, fun, games, and races at the 4-day Teck Regional Snow Camp, which was held December 27-30. Photo: B.Kelly

BC Cup 1

Congratulations to our adventurous racers and support crew who braved freezing rain and bitter cold to race in the BC Cup 1 races in Prince George last weekend. There were very solid performances from all team members. Coaches noticed an increasing depth of performance from the whole team!

In the Saturday Sprints, an exciting race where anything can happen and tactics are key,
our club saw great results from all racers. Highlights include: Avalon Wasteneys – 1st, Tallon Noble had fastest qualifier but broken pole in A final to finish 4th, Ross Lamon – 3rd, Stephen Lamon – 2nd, Matthew Salmon had very solid sprint performance, showing constant improvement, and Lynn Swift – 3rd in masters distance race.

In Sunday’s distance race, which was a challenging course, with a long uphill climb and fast, exciting downhills, our club saw more great results from all. Highlights here include: Avalon Wasteneys – 3rd, Tallon Noble – 1st, Connor McGrady – 4th, Ross Lamon – 4th, Aiden Noble – 3rd, and Stephen Lamon – 4th.

Coach Andrea says she is super happy with the whole team who handled tough weather conditions really well and are on target for continued improvement.

The team looks forward looking to BC Cup 2 in Revelstoke in three weeks and the Western Canadian Championships for Avalon and Tallon in Canmore in two weeks! Go team!!

Raffle winner

The lucky winner of the raffle basket is Ingrid van Kesteren, an occupational therapist at Campbell River Hospital.

Berend Henckel presents raffle winner Ingrid van Kesteren with her prize. Photo: B. Henckel

Berend Henckel presents raffle winner Ingrid van Kesteren with her prize. Photo: B. Henckel

Devo coach, Berend Henckel, decided to give his co-workers at Campbell River Hospital a special Christmas card. Instead of giving them a traditional Christmas card, he gave his colleagues a raffle ticket for a basket of ski goodies.

Berend says Ingrid was very excited to receive the basket, and he wouldn’t be surprised if Ingrid became a member of our club.

Thanks to the Master Racers and Ski Tak Hut for the generous donations to the raffle basket!

 

SNSC News — December 24, 2014
Dec 24th, 2014 by admin

Thank you to everyone who asked Santa for snow for Mount Washington for Christmas. You must have been good this past year! We have a variety of exciting news below to help you get ready for the new ski season. Happy holidays!

Coaches, learn some new tricks at the fun, coaching refresher on December 28! photo: E. Rahn

Coaches, learn some new tricks at the fun, coaching refresher on December 28! photo: E. Rahn

Refreshing

On December 28, we have a fun day planned for all recreational program coaches, new and returning! If you are coaching this season, please plan to attend!

Coaches, this is your day:

▪ Get a repertoire of skills and games ready
▪ Have some fun on snow with Head Coach Andrea
▪ Meet your fellow coaches for this season
▪ Meet Head Hare Marika

Don’t miss this day of fun and valuable information!

Meet at the VIMSS Centre, opposite the Raven Lodge, at 9:30am. Bring your classic skis and — if you have a favourite on-snow game or activity — bring that too and we’ll add it to the games file that we will work to develop over the day.

The day will include two sessions – 9:30am to noon and 1:00 to 2:30pm. Questions please contact Andrea andrea.stapff@gmail.com or Marika mgalik23@gmail.com

Madeleine Guimond and Tallon Noble brought home medals from the Haywood NorAm in Vernon last weekend! Story below. photo: D. Chamberlain

Madeleine Guimond and Tallon Noble brought home medals from the Haywood NorAm in Vernon last weekend! Story below. photo: D. Chamberlain

January 4

On January 4, we’re having an “all-club” race and everyone is welcome to join in the racing fun. The race is a test event for our race officials as they prepare for the Teck BC Midget Championships, which our club will be hosting on February 7-8. Mark it on your calendar as a fun event – and participate as a racer or as a volunteer.

Race volunteer

Volunteering at a race at great way to join in a fun event with your ski community! No experience is necessary–we have experienced advisors guide you.

Pick an volunteer area from the list below and contact us today to be a part of the team for the exciting Teck Midget Championships on February 7-8!

Course Marshals and Controllers
We need volunteers on the course for bib counting, technical observation and/or directing ski ‘traffic’. You will have experienced advisors along the way. Contact Susan Denny at dennydreher88@gmail.com

This is a fun job as you see the action on the race course as well as interact with the skiers, coaches, public and race committee!

Course Marking

Help needed to set up the course. The work consists of setting up signs and v-boards to define the race course before the race and helping with the clean up at the end of the day. Since most of the work takes place before and after the race you will be able to watch the races.

Please respond as soon as possible to Bob Hauser by phone or email at 250-339-1070 or rlhf31@yahoo.ca.

More!
There are many race day tasks to choose from! If you would like to help out with timing, race office duties, or stadium set up–contact us at info@StrathconaNordics.com!

Mount Washington

Here are a few things to remember as you head up the mountain to ski:

▪ You need a season pass or a trail pass to ski in Mount Washington’s Nordic Area. You can purchase these in the Raven Lodge.
▪ You can check the nordic area snow conditions and trail report on the Mount Washington website.
▪ The Drive BC website shows road conditions for the highway and the Strathcona Parkway.
▪ You can view the weather forecast for Mount Washington on the Snow-Forecast website.

See you on the mountain!

New sign

A sign is being erected in the stadium to commemorate Dave Battison and his lasting contribution to our club, our community, our athletes, and our children. Mount Washington has generously offered to name the stadium after Dave; however, without some sort of lasting sign to indicate this; the dedication may largely go unrecognized.

Dave Battison

Dave Battison

Members of our club and ski community have already generously donated to this initiative, but we are still in need of some funds to help cover the cost of the sign.

If you can make a contribution to the Dave Battison stadium sign, your support would be greatly appreciated. No amount is too small. Contact Rob rdtrainor@gmail.com

 

Tallon Noble came away with a first place medal in Juvenile Boys and was second overall in the combined Junior/Juvenile boys race. Madeleine Guimond also had an excellent sprint performance taking home a bronze medal in Juvenile Girls and placing fourth overall in the combined Junior/Juvenile race. Photo: D. Chamberlain

Tallon Noble came away with a first place medal in Juvenile Boys and was second overall in the combined Junior/Juvenile boys race. Madeleine Guimond also had an excellent sprint performance taking home a bronze medal in Juvenile Girls and placing fourth overall in the combined Junior/Juvenile race. Photo: D. Chamberlain

NorAm!

14 racers represented the club at the Haywood NorAm race in Vernon this past weekend; eight Jr team veterans, including Alec Staff, in Vernon with his WinSport team, and six new Jr team racers soaking up the experience of a NorAm.

The classic sprint race on Friday challenged racers and wax technicians alike with changing conditions and a good amount of fresh snow throughout the morning but athletes showed they were prepared and rose to the challenge.

Notable results included two medals for our club: Tallon Noble came away with a first place medal in Juvenile Boys and was second overall in the combined Junior/Juvenile boys race. Madeleine Guimond also had an excellent sprint performance taking home a bronze medal in Juvenile Girls and placing fourth overall in the combined Junior/Juvenile race.

Saturday’s conditions were excellent with another accumulation of snow on the Sovereign Lake trails. Our racers performed well once again with Tallon continuing his winning streak, taking gold in the Juvenile free 5km event. Solid performances from Ross Lamon, Connor McGrady and Matthew Salmon resulted in 4 racers finishing top 9 in the Juvenile event. On the girls side Madeleine Guimond also continued her solid weekend performance with a credible seventh place and Emmy Stapff, racing up in the Juvenile category, had an excellent race finishing top 9 in the Juvenile event.

Overall, it was an excellent weekend for all racers especially in light of the limited amount of snow time we have had. Kudos to the group of newer Juniors who took on the challenge of racing up, thinner air and double their normal race distance on a difficult course – well done!

Attention shoppers

If you shop at Thrifty Foods, contact Patty to pick up an SNSC smile card. At no extra cost to you, Thrifty’s will donate 5% of your purchase to our ski club wax program and help our racers as they represent our club and island across the province and nation.

You can still collect air miles with every purchase and use your smile card at any Thrifty Foods store. Contact Patty pjstew@shaw.ca

Suit up

If you are looking for some new ski wear for the season, we have black, Strathcona Nordics “race” suits from Helly Hansen. The suits are not just for racers! The jerseys and pants are nice, functional cross-country ski wear, and they have the club name and logo on them! Contact Andrea for information. andrea.stapff@gmail.com

Biathlon

Vancouver Island Biathlon Club is hosting a chance to try biathlon — .22 calibre shooting and skate skiing — on Dec 27th from 10am to 2pm.

Sign up on Zone 4.

Additionally, they say there is still time to register for their Biathlon Bears program for 10-14 yr olds, which runs from 12:30 to 2:00 pm on Saturdays for 8 sessions starting Jan 10th. vibiathlonclub@gmail.com

Teck Regional Snow Camp
Nov 28th, 2014 by admin

All racers ages 8 and up are welcome to join us for the Teck Regional Coast Snow Camp 2014 hosted by the Strathcona Nordics on December 27-30!

See the details on the camp notice here.

Register for the camp using this link to Zone 4.

Racers of all ages have fun at the annual Teck Regional Snow Camp in December. photo: B. Henckel

Racers of all ages have fun at the annual Teck Regional Snow Camp in December. photo: B. Henckel

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