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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

SNSC News — November 28, 2014
Nov 27th, 2014 by admin

It’s been a month since our last newsletter, so we have lots to catch up on. After Christmas, we’ll be moving to weekly newsletters. Winter is coming. Check out the news and opportunities below.

Our ski club through the lens of Annelies Henckel.

Our ski club through the lens of Annelies Henckel.

 

ATT: All Bunny, Rabbit, and School Program coaches

Mark December 28 on your calendar and join us for a coaching info/workshop/fun day of skiing for all Bunny, Rabbit, and School Program coaches from 9am-2pm on Mount Washington in the nordic area. If you are coaching this season, please plan to attend!

This is your day to meet your fellow coaches for this season, get a repertoire of skills and games ready, have some fun on snow with Head Coach Andrea, and meet Head Hare Marika. Don’t miss this day of fun and valuable information.

Coaching workshop

It’s not too late to sign up for the Community Coaching (CC) Workshop on December 12-14. Coaching is a great way to have fun outside in the winter, expand your skills, and help the ski community grow. Contact Doug for more information and to register. dhrecreation@shaw.ca

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 info@StrathconaNordics.com

Mount Washington

Welcome back to another season from Mount Washington Nordic! Just a reminder for season pass holders, if you haven’t already received your pass, the season pass office at the alpine lodge is open 7 days a week, 9am to 3pm. You will need your pass on your first day of skiing. Right now, the planned opening day is Friday, December 6th.

Employment opportunity

The School Program and Mount Washington Nordic Centre, together, are hiring some cross-country ski instructors for this season! If you are available a few days per week this winter and want to share your enthusiasm for xc skiing with school groups and private lesson-takers, this may be a job for you.

They are providing a CANSI level 1 course on Dec 18th and 19th, as you must have cross-country ski instructor certification. The course costs $90, which would be reimbursed if you work until the end of March.

In addition to wages, there are additional benefits to the position. If you are interested, contact Marc at nordic@mountwashington.ca or Lynda at magors@shaw.ca (ASAP) to learn more.

Happy trails

Best wishes for clear roads, fast skis, and lots of fun to the club members travelling to the Teck Coast Cup #1 in the Callaghan Valley this Sunday. Go team!

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Butcher’s Block fundraiser and the Superstore fundraiser! Big thanks to Patty Johnson and to Barb Matson for organizing!

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. Look for more info coming soon!

Join the racing fun on January 4!

Join the racing fun on January 4!

Helly Hansen wear

The club has some nice Helly Hansen “race” suits for sale, which 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

Gear

The Gear page is open for business once again. If you have cross-country ski items that you want to buy, sell, or trade, you can post them on the Gear page.

 

 

 

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.

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