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SNSC News — October 30, 2014
Oct 30th, 2014 by admin

Avalon Wasteneys skied at the Frozen Thunder Super Camp in Canmore in October. Story below.

Avalon Wasteneys skied at the Frozen Thunder Super Camp in Canmore in October. Story below.

Coaching courses

Note, we still require more participants for both the L2T Dryland and the ICC otherwise they are in danger of being cancelled.

Begin or continue your development as a coach with coaching courses this season. Coaching helps you improve your ski technique, adds to your skills, builds our ski community, and gets us all outdoors in the winter!
* Learn to Train Dryland (L2T dryland) – Courtenay – November 14-16  - Cancelled
* Intro to Community Coaching (ICC) – Courtenay – November – 21-22
* Community Coaching (CC) – Courtenay – December 12-14
* Learn to Train On-snow (L2T on-snow) – Mount Washington – January 2-4

Visit the Coaching webpages for course descriptions. Contact info@StrathconaNordics.com to register and learn more.

Alec and Andrea Stapff also enjoyed participating in the Frozen Thunder Super Camp in Canmore. Photo: A.Stapff

Alec and Andrea Stapff also enjoyed participating in the Frozen Thunder Super Camp in Canmore. Photo: A.Stapff

Super camp

Canmore, Alberta was the site for the first ski race of the season combined with a national “super camp”. Top level athletes from across North America – including the Canadian and US national teams, Canadian national para-nordic team, national and provincial development centres, training academies, and provincial ski teams from BC, AB, Yukon and Ontario – spent last week on Frozen Thunder, a 2.4km figure 8 loop classic and skate track of harvested snow, stock piled last spring, stored over the summer and shovelled onto the trail this fall.

Avalon Wasteneys, named to this year’s National Talent Squad (NTS), joined other NTS skiers for a week of on-snow training and informal racing in the spirit of developing individual skills and ski community growth. Alec Stapff also participated in the supercamp with the WinSport Academy in Canmore. Andrea Stapff enjoyed the super camp as it provided an opportunity for coaches from across the country, club to national level, to work together, learn from each other, share their expertise and passion for the sport. Way to go Strathcona Nordics!

School program

We are hiring 4 full time instructors for the School Program this season at a rate of pay similar to Mount Washington Nordic’s pay scale.

We are working with Mount Washington to hire those individuals who would be able to work for the program Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, along with possible Mondays if there is demand, and then also work for Mount Washington as a Nordic Instructor for at least one day of the weekend or more. Instructors need to have CANSI Level 1 or NCCP Community Coaching as a minimum qualification.

Contact Lynda for more information magors@shaw.ca

Refreshing

On December 28, ALL new and returning Bunny Rabbit and Jack Rabbit coaches, co-coaches, and substitute coaches are welcome & encouraged to attend a fun-filled planning and skiing day with Coach Andrea and Headhare Marika. Please mark it on your calendar.

Swap news

Thanks to everyone for their help with the ski swap last Saturday! Special thanks to the people on the front lines of equipment intake and equipment sales. Those were busy stations! Final tallies coming soon.

21 racing team members participated in the Perseverance Trail Run. Missing from photo: Callum Barry. Photo: A. Stapff

21 racing team members participated in the Perseverance Trail Run. Missing from photo: Callum Barry. Photo: A. Stapff

Perservering

Congratulations to all club members who participated in the Perseverance Trail Run! We only have the results here for the racing teams — so please email us if you have more club results to report!

The club racing teams had 21 members participate from Devos, JRs, Masters, and coaches. (we missed Callam in the photo), and they hauled in some hardware too: 3km event – Gabe was fastest boy, Naomi was fastest girl (and 3rd overall), 7 of top 10 runners were our athletes – jrs and devos. 10km – Mado 2nd in under 19 category, Tallon 2nd and Connor 3rd in under 19 category. Yay team!

Biathlon coaching course

Vancouver Island Biathlon Club are offering a Community Coaching course to those interested in helping out with our Biathlon Bears course, adult programs, and programs offered through Vancouver Island Mountain Centre to groups. This will take place all day on Dec 6 and 7.
No experience needed just a desire to have fun, help others, and develop a new skill and interest.

Call Pat at 250-338-6247 or email vibiathlonclu@gmail.com for more information.

SNSC News — October 13, 2014
Oct 13th, 2014 by admin

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! October is flying by and we have some timely news for you below.

Hurray for CC Coaches!

Hurray for CC Coaches! Coaching helps you improve your ski technique, adds to your skills, builds our ski community, and gets us all outdoors in the winter! Look for coaching clinics and opportunities below.

Early bird fee deadline

Don’t delay — the last day for early bird prices on Strathcona Nordics programs is October 31! You can read about programs on the Programs page and find the “Register” button on the left sidebar.

Swap & AGM

It’s just 12 days until the annual AGM and Gear Swap. If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to take inventory. What cross-country gear do you want to sell? What do you want to buy for the new season?

Saturday, October 25
Elks Hall in downtown Courtenay 
(231 6th Street, Courtenay – near Ski Tak Hut)

▪ 9:30 – 11:30am * Drop off your gently-used xc ski ski gear & accessories
▪ 11:30am – 12pm * Buy a delicious chill lunch
▪ 12 – 1pm * AGM
▪ 1 – 3pm * Buy skate ski and classic ski gear & accessories
▪ 
3 – 3:30pm * Pick up your unsold gear

All gear must be in reasonably good condition.
No alpine gear. Cross-country ski gear & accessories only.
People attending the AGM get in first to the ski swap. Everyone welcome!

Don’t miss the AGM, where you can learn the latest club business and news — and get in first to the gear sale!

Don't miss the annual Gear Swap and AGM!

Don’t miss the annual Gear Swap and AGM!

Post it

You can help us advertise the swap and AGM by printing and putting up a poster at work and/or school! Here’s the link to the poster. AGM & Swap Poster

Volunteer at the Swap

We need more people to sign up for shifts. Please call or email Sue Bloxsome and let her know if you can help with set up, gear intake, sales, food and beverages, or clean up. info@StrathconaNordics.com

Pick up truck?

We need someone with a pick up truck to help us get the ski racks down from Mount Washington to the swap and back again after swap. Please call/email Sue if you can help out here.  info@StrathconaNordics.com

VIMSS fundraiser

Enjoy dinner out on Thursday and support VIMSS at the same time!

Thursday, October 16, 2014
5pm – 7pm
Prime Chophouse on 1089 Braidwood Rd., Courtenay

You can enjoy a nice dinner and drink for $20 – and 25% of your purchase will go directly to the Vancouver Island Mountain Sport Society!

Coaching courses

Begin or continue your development as a coach with coaching courses this season. Coaching helps you improve your ski technique, adds to your skills, builds our ski community, and gets us all outdoors in the winter!
▪ Learn to Train Dryland (L2T dryland) – Courtenay – November 14-16

▪ Intro to Community Coaching (ICC) – Courtenay – November – 21-22
▪ Community Coaching (CC) – Courtenay – December 12-14
▪ Learn to Train On-snow (L2T on-snow) – Mount Washington – January 2-4

Stayed tuned for coaching refresher dates, when new and returning coaches can work on skills and learn new tricks!

Visit the Coaching webpages for course descriptions. Contact info@StrathconaNordics.com to register and learn more.

Go Alec!

If you’re wondering about ski life in Canmore and what Alec is up, you can catch up with Alec Stapff is his blog posts. For example, How much fun is the ski treadmill? We can’t wait to hear about Frozen Thunder later this month. Read Alec’s Blog .

Inside track

Cross Country Canada has a fun promo on right now. If you donate $20.18 to the InsideTrack program to support athletes, you get some cool swag, your name is entered for some awesome prizes, and $5 is donated back to the club. Check it out!

Persevering

On Sunday, October 26, you can join many fellow club members in the Perseverance Trail Run! Click the link to learn more about the event and to register.

Biathlon coaches

Vancouver Island Biathlon Club will be hosting a Community Coaching course before the Winter season. They hope to have the date confirmed in the next few days.

They say, there would be no set commitment to coaching but they need help from time to time on Saturdays for our Biathlon Bears course for 10 – 14 year olds and various programs for groups of all ages through the Vancouver Island Mountain Centre.

No previous experience necessary. PAL an asset and eventually required for Gold certification. Add a new twist to skate skiing!

Contact Pat Douglas at 250-338-6247 or vibiathlonclub@gmail.com for more information.

Registration Update!
Oct 7th, 2014 by admin

Registration was temporarily closed this morning due to a necessary adjustment in the membership price. Cross Country BC has raised their rates this year from $10 per member to $18 per member; therefore, the SNSC membership rates have been increased by $8 per member this year.

The new membership rates will be:
Family $112
Adult  $45
Child $35
Senior $35

We expect registration to open again later today, and we apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused.

SNSC News — September 18, 2014
Sep 18th, 2014 by admin

The new ski season is approaching quickly, and we have timely information and opportunities below to help you prepare. Don’t miss out, read on.

Done with that gear? Take it to the swap! Story below. Photo: Andy Brown

Done with that gear? Take it to the swap! Story below. Photo: Andy Brown

Program registration opening

Registration opens for club membership and programs on October 1 on Zone4.ca! NOTE: This year, the deadline for early bird prices is October 31, so don’t delay!

We will have the website fully updated by September 30, so stay tuned as we make minorchanges to the program pages.

Mount Washington

The deadline for early bird prices on Mount Washington Season Passes is September 30. If you plan to buy a nordic season’s pass, do it soon to save on fees. Remember, to participate in SNSC programs, you need to have either a seasons pass or trail passes for winter 2015.

Gear Swap & AGM

It’s time to dust off your nordic ski gear and decide which gear you want to sell at the swap and which gear you hope to find! Mark it on your calendar:

Saturday, October 25
Elks Hall in downtown Courtenay
(231 6th Street, Courtenay – near Ski Tak Hut))

The program for the day will be similar to last year with
* morning Cross-country ski gear drop off
* 12 – 1pm AGM
* 
1 – 3pm Cross-country ski gear sales
* 
3 – 3:30pm Gear (unsold) pick up

Contact info@StrathconaNordics.com to volunteer at the swap! We need people to help with set up, gear intake, food and beverages, gear sales, and clean up.

Don’t miss the AGM, where you can learn the latest club business and news — and get in first to the gear sale! More details on the morning schedule to come.

55 racers had a blast at the Teck Regional Dryland Camp that we hosted last weekend. Story below! Photo: K. McGrady

55 racers had a blast at the Teck Regional Dryland Camp that we hosted last weekend. Story below! Photo: K. McGrady

All aboard!

With the AGM approaching, the club is looking for members to join our dynamic Board of Directors or to get involved as a program coordinator! You can contribute to the growth, development, and management of this excellent club.

There are several vacancies and opportunities on the board, which we will highlight during upcoming newsletters and on the website. Please visit the club website and/or get in touch with one of the existing board members for more information about opportunities on the Board. info@StrathconaNordics.com

Vacancy of the week
VIMSS Board rep – The is SNSC looking for a member to represent the nordic community on the VIMSS board.

One of Dave Battison’s many hats was to represent our nordic ski community on the board of the Vancouver Island Mountain Sport Society. Both VIMSS and the SNSC are looking for a replacement for Dave on this Board.

Please contact Len Apedaile for more information. apedaile@uniserve.com

Enjoy the excitement of racing as a trained Level 1 race official. Photo: B. Kelly

Enjoy the excitement of racing as a trained Level 1 race official. Photo: B. Kelly

Make it Official!

Learn new skills and become a certified race official! We are holding a level 1 officials course scheduled for October 11 in the Comox Valley! (Note that the 11th is part of the Thanksgiving weekend – if this is impractical for too many people we will consider another date.)

This course is for:

▪ Anyone who helps with club races (Coast Cup and Loppet).
▪ Anyone who plans to help with the exciting BC Midgets Championships, which we’re hosting on February 7-8!!
▪ Anyone who has not taken an officials course in the past.

Contact Len with your availability on October 11! apedaile@uniserve.com

LEVEL 1 Officials certification course 
An 8 hour course that provides an overview of what a cross-country ski competition is all about. The focus is on the duties of minor officials for both “Olympic’ style (interval start, pursuit start, mass start, relays and sprints) and “Loppet” style (mass participation) competitions.
This course will be held all day Saturday (totalling 8 hours).
Registration fees ( $80 for CCBC members, $95 for non-members) will be covered by the club for club officials who volunteer to help at Midgets and at club events.

Calling all rabbit coaches!

Please contact Alix to let her know your intentions for the upcoming season! headharewilson@gmail.com

Coaching courses

Begin or continue your development as a coach with coaching courses this season. Coaching helps you improve your ski technique, adds to your skills, builds our ski community, and gets us all outdoors in the winter!

▪ Learn to Train Dryland (L2T dryland) – Courtenay – November 14-16
▪ Intro to Community Coaching (ICC) – Courtenay – November – 21-22
▪ Community Coaching (CC) – Courtenay – December 12-14
▪ Learn to Train On-snow (L2T on-snow) – Mount Washington – January 2-4

Stayed tuned for coaching refresher dates, when new and returning coaches can work on skills and learn new tricks!

Visit the Coaching webpage for course descriptions. Contact info@StrathconaNordics.com to register and learn more.

 

Busy kids and coaches took time out from camp training activities for a group photo. Photo: K. McGrady

Busy kids and coaches took time out from camp training activities for a group photo. Photo: K. McGrady

Happy campers

The Strathcona Nordics recently hosted the Teck Regional Dryland Camp at Miracle Beach Provincial Park in Black Creek. It was a truly regional camp with participants from all over Vancouver Island and other coastal areas such as Vancouver and Whistler.

55 racers enjoyed 2.5 days of dryland training, goal setting, planning, games, and fun under the direction of Andrea Stapff – SNSC Head Coach, Maria Lundgren – CVTC National Development Centre Assistant Coach, Dave Damery – SNSC Devo Coach, Dave Morris – Hollyburn Coach, and Gavin McPhail and Sebastien Marcoux – SNSC Devo Assistant Coaches.

Many, many thanks to all the coaches and to the 12 support volunteers who kept everyone fed and kept the camp running smoothly!

Sponsors

We love our sponsors! Another way to help the club continue to deliver great programs is by joining the sponsorship team. Contact us today if you are interested in becoming a sponsor or working on the sponsorship committee. Contact us! info@StrathconaNordics.com

 

Run/Hike Update
Aug 26th, 2014 by admin

Here are some run/hike details for the next two Sundays.

All club members are welcome to join us! Join the running group or form a hiking group. Meet at the trail head, ready to go, at 9:30am. Be prepared for a few hours on the trails. Dress for the weather and bring your own hydration and snack.

  • Sunday, August 31Forbidden Plateau -  meet at old ski area parking lot, bring striding poles if you have them, 2-2.5hrs
  • Sunday, September 7Mount Washington – meet at Raven Lodge parking lot for ‘Round the back to the Boomerang Chair and/or Eagle Chair, 3-3.5hrs

Racers, see camp details below for September 12-14.

 

Camp News — August 23, 1014
Aug 23rd, 2014 by admin

We have the camp notice ready for the Teck Regional Dryland Camp that we are hosting on September 12-14, 2014.

Happy campers at the Teck Regional dryland training camp that we hosted at Miracle Beach  Provincial Park.

Happy campers at the Teck Regional dryland training camp that we hosted at Miracle Beach Provincial Park, September 2013.

All nordic ski racers are welcome to attend this regional dryland camp!

  1. See the camp notice.
  2. Print the medical form, fill it in, and remember to bring it to camp with you.
  3. Register on Zone4.ca.

Hope to see you there!

Note: Camp fees are $55 for JRs, $47 for Devos and Masters and payable on Zone4 registration.

SNSC News — August 20, 2014
Aug 20th, 2014 by admin

As we move into the last month of summer, we are are getting closer to the start up for the new season. Look for news and opportunities below, and best wishes to you all for the final weeks for August.

Linda Haylock

It is with profound sadness that we report the passing of Linda Haylock, well-loved ski family member.

Linda Haylock on Mount Washington in winter 2014

Linda Haylock on Mount Washington in winter 2014

Linda was an active member of the Strathcona Nordics for many years and a keen skier. She regularly enjoyed skiing on the trails, socializing in the Raven Lodge, and volunteering in the school program and other events. Linda’s warm presence in the nordic area will be missed. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Linda’s husband Cliff Haylock. A memorial service for Linda will be held likely in the spring.

Run/hikes

The next run/hike takes place on Saturday, August 23. Club members are welcome to join us on Elk River Trail in Strathcona Provincial Park. Note: This trail is considered difficult, but beautiful.

Meet at the trail head at 9:30am and be ready for 5 – 6 hours (running time) on the trail. To find the trail head, follow hwy 28 west from Campbell River towards Gold River, and look for the trail sign past Strathcona Park Lodge. You can email info@StrathconaNordics.com for more information.

http://www.trailpeak.com/trail-Elk-River-Trail-near-Campbell-River-BC-1168

Check the website for updates before you leave in case of updates – and look for the more run/hike dates and locations on the website in the coming week.

Junior and Devo+ racers ski stride up Jutland trail hill last week during a training session.

Junior and Devo+ racers ski stride up Jutland trail hill last week during a training session.

Head coach

The Strathcona Nordic Ski Club board of directors is very pleased and excited to announce that Andrea Stapff will assume the position of Head Coach beginning this fall.

Andrea Stapff, Head Coach of the Strathcona Nordics

Andrea Stapff, Head Coach of the Strathcona Nordics

Andrea is no stranger to club and athlete development and coaching with her many years of experience in rowing as both an athlete, representing Canada twice at the Olympic Winter Games in 1980 and 1984 and at the Commonwealth Games in 1986 where she won gold in women’s pair, and as a coach.

Andrea has been working closely with Dave Battison over the past three years as an assistant volunteer coach, and, in the past year, as a part time assistant coach and club coordinator. Andrea is T2T certified and is working on her L2C certification in cross-country skiing and has been running workshops for CCBC as a learning facilitator. In the wake of Dave Battison’s untimely death on June 15, Andrea stepped in as interim head coach to ensure that summer training programs kept running.

Stepping into the Head Coach position is a natural step for Andrea and for the club and means continuity in our programming and for the entire athlete development team consisting of athletes, volunteer club coaches, wax technicians, and parents.

Andrea Stapff Bio
Master’s Degree, Exercise Physiology, University of Victoria, 1989
Physiologist, Western Australian Institute of Sport, Perth, Australia, 1990-1997
Physiologist, Australian Women’s National Basketball Team, 1993-1997

NCCP Level 3, Rowing
Head Coach, Shawnigan Lake School, Rowing, 1997-2003
Canada Summer Games, BC Provincial Team Coach, Rowing, 1989
Western Canada Summer Games, BC Provincial Team Coach, Rowing, 1999

NCCP T2T, Cross Country Skiing
NCCP ICC/CC Learning Facilitator, Cross Country Skiing
BC Winter Games, Zone 6 Head Coach, Cross Country Skiing, 2011, 2013

Two- time Olympian, 1980, 1984, Rowing, 4th place, Woman’s Single, 1984
Commonwealth Games, 1986, Rowing, Gold, Women’s Pair
Six- time World Championship Finalist, Rowing
Lucerne International Regatta, 1980, Rowing, Gold & Bronze, Women’s Single

Welcome to winter at Mount Washington

Early bird priced Seasons Passes for 14/15 are now on sale. If you had a pass last year you are eligible for an 18% discount (using last year’s totals) towards your individual pass for this winter. If you have not recieved an email from the Resort with your total amount that you are eligible for, please call the pass office at 250 334 5759 and provide them with your current email so they can send you the information.

FMI on passes this winter, see the Mount Washington season passes page and scroll down to the “Nordic” section. If you plan on buying season’s passes, purchase them before September 30 to cash in on early bird pricing.

Calendar

We are still updating web pages on this website, but we have put up the new Events page for most of the big dates in the 2014-15 season. It’s going to be an exciting season!

Note: Some dates are approaching quickly. Look for more details coming soon.
* Teck Regional Race Camp – September 12-14
* Officials Level 1 Course – Courtenay – November – September 20
* Earlybird Deadline Mt Washington Season Passes – September 30
* Program Registration opens for SNSC programs for 2014/2015 – October 1
* NSC AGM & Ski Swap – Comox Valley – October 26
* In early September, you’ll find the club website fully updated.

Biathlon race

Here’s an invitation from the Vancouver Island Biathlon Club,

The Vancouver Island Biathlon Club invites you to take part in a one day biathlon race at on September 13th at our range at Mt Washington Nordic area 600 metres past Raven Lodge.

No experience? No problem! Our instructors are available to familiarize you with the biathlon rifle and shooting protocol. Everyone will receive a wristband band once they have completed safety training and will not be able to start the race without one. The race will be conducted in a safe manner and everyone is welcome.

We aim to have FUN!

For more info, see their website.
Contact vibiathlonclub@gmail.com
Register on Zone 4.
Please note the deadline for entry is 12 noon on September 10.

 

 

SNSC Update — August 2, 2014
Aug 2nd, 2014 by admin

NOTE: New time for All Club Run/Hikes!

Run/hikes begin at 9:30am, not 10am!

SNSC Update — July 31, 2014
Jul 31st, 2014 by admin

Run/Hikes

Explore the trails with your fellow club members every Sunday (except for August 23, when the run/hike takes place on Saturday). Join the running group or the hiking group. See the locations for August below!

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All club members are welcome to join in the following run/hikes in August:

  • Sunday, August 3 – Snowden Forest, Campbell River, meet at logging bridge on Hwy 28 just before Quinsam Campground, 2.5-3hrs
  • Sunday August 10 – Kwai Lake, Mt Washington, meet at Raven Lodge, 3-4hrs
  • Sunday, August 17 – Puntledge River, Courtenay, meet at Nymph Falls parking lot, 2.5-3hrs
  • Saturday, August 23 – Elk River Trail, Strathcona Provincial Park, meet at trailhead parking lot, 5-6hrs
  • Sunday, August 31 – Forbidden Plateau, meet at old ski area parking lot, 3-4hrs

Meet on site and be ready to go at 9:30am (not 10am!). Be prepared to spend the allotted time on the trails, and dress for the weather. Remember to bring your own hydration and snack.

Contact info@StrathconaNordics.com for more information. Check this website before you go to see if there are any run/hike updates!

 

Update! July 18, 2014
Jul 18th, 2014 by admin

Meeting location change for the Sunday, July 20 run/hike on Mt Washington! (The Raven Lodge is currently the staging area for a search and rescue operation going on in the park, so we are changing locations.)

New meeting location: We are now meeting at the main Alpine Lodge at the base of the Eagle chair lift at 10am.

Hope to see you there!

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