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SNSC News — April 17, 2014
Apr 17th, 2014 by admin

We have some exciting club news for you this week. Look for a variety of news below.

The club is holding a Skyrocket fertilizer sale at Shar-Kare in Campbell River on Saturday, April 19! Look for the story below. Photo: W. Dan

The club is holding a Skyrocket fertilizer sale at Shar-Kare in Campbell River on Saturday, April 19! Look for the story below. Photo: W. Dan

SkyRocket!

This Saturday, April19 – you can pick up bags of SkyRocket compost for just $5 per 30 litre bag in the parking lot at Shar-Kare in Campbell River.

The Devos and Junior Racers will be selling bags of the high-nitrogen soil amendment, made of wood chips mixed with biosolids (which are cured, screened, and tested by provincial and federal regulatory bodies). SkyRocket is a nutrient-rich mulch for use in residential flower gardens and lawns and in large-scale landscaping and orchards.

▪ Saturday, April 19
▪ Shar-Kare parking lot
▪ 
950 Ironwood Road
, Campbell River
▪ 8am until 2pm (or until supplies last)

The teams say you won’t even have to get out of your car to make your purchase. You can drive up in the parking lot, place your order for one or more bags, pay, and the team will load the bags into your trunk or truck for you!

Help your garden grow and help support the Devo and Junior racing teams!

Many thanks to Shar-Kare for their generous support!

Teck May Camp

Calling all racers – new and seasoned; devo, juniors, and masters! The start of the new training season is upon us. Time to get your skis, and gear ready. Come join us on the mountain for some great skiing, good food, and lots of fun and games.

Racers enjoyed perfect views at May Camp in 2012. Photo: S. Meckert

Racers enjoyed perfect views at May Camp in 2012. Photo: S. Meckert

▪ See all the details and dates on the camp notice.
▪ Register for the camp on Zone 4.
▪ Register before the deadline, April 28.

The focus for this camp is FUN, fantastic skiing and time to bond with your teammates.
Families of camp participants can ski during the camp at no cost; a drop in fee of $10 per day applies for club members wishing to ski during the camp.

BC Ski Teams

Congratulations to the Strathcona Nordics who were nominated to Cross Country BC teams! Avalon Wasteneys – BC Ski Team; Tallon Noble – BC Development Squad; Madeleine Guimond, Connor McGrady, and Ross Lamon – BC Talent Squad. Way to go, athletes!

Snow to surfers

Best wishes to all club members participating on Snow to Surf teams in the big relay on Sunday, April 27!!

Henckel family blog

Many club members have asked for news from the Henckel Family, who are off on an international adventure. If you would like to try to keep up with their escapades, you can follow their blog on this link. http://703780188348281414.weebly.com/journal-entries.html

SNSC News — April 3, 2014
Apr 3rd, 2014 by admin

“It was one for the record-books,” says Coach Dave Battison about this ski season. Join your ski community at the fun, season wrap-up, Banquet on Saturday. Find the details below.

We are moving to monthly newsletters, so stay tuned for invitations to some club activities throughout the spring and summer.

he club is holding a Skyrocket fertilizer sale at Shar-Kare in Campbell River on Saturday, April 19! Look for the story below. Photo: W. Dan

The club is holding a Skyrocket fertilizer sale at Shar-Kare in Campbell River on Saturday, April 19! Look for the story below. Photo: W. Dan

Banquet

Join us this Saturday for feasting and fun at the Filberg Centre in Courtenay for the End-of-the-Season Potluck Banquet. All club members are welcome! Admission is free.

Saturday, April 5

Filberg Centre in Downtown Courtenay, near the 5th Street Bridge

Here’s the schedule:
* 5:30pm – arrive
* 6:30pm – eat
* 7pm – awards

This is a Potluck, so please bring enough to feed 10 people, and according to your last name:
* A – H – bring main course
* I – P – bring salad
* Q – Z – bring dessert

Hope to see you there!

Hendrik de Calvares hands off to Gavin Johnston at the last transition in the 3 x 10km Relay Loppet. Photo: L. Johnston

Hendrik de Calvares hands off to Gavin Johnston at the last transition in the 3 x 10km Relay Loppet. Photo: L. Johnston

Loppet

Last Saturday, we hosted the 32nd Annual Vancouver Island Loppet. Approximately 150 racers began the Loppet at 10am under cloudy skies and on lots of fresh snow. The word on the trail was that most people had a great time in spite of challenging snow and weather conditions.

In Loppet highlights, we were very pleased to have para-nordic skiers in the loppet this year and to once again have participants from off the Island. We hope you’ll all come back next year when the weather and snow conditions may be better. In additional highlights, you may have missed it if you were in the forest on Lake Trail, but the sun actually came out for a few minutes during the race before the storm blew in.

Congratulations to all who participated and many thanks go out to the hard-working race organizers and volunteers! Thank you also to the folks at Mount Washington Raven Lodge!

Skyrocket

On Saturday, April 19, the racing teams will be selling bags of SkyRocket fertilizer in the parking lot at Shar-Kare in Campbell River. For just $5 per 30 litre bag, you can purchase the high-nitrogen soil amendment, made of wood chips mixed with biosolids (which are cured, screened, and tested by provincial and federal regulatory bodies). SkyRocket is a nutrient-rich mulch for use in large-scale landscaping and orchards or in residential flower gardens and lawns.

On Saturday at Shar-Kare, you won’t even have to get out of your car to make your purchase. They say you can drive up in the parking lot, place your order for one or more bags, pay, and the team will load the bags into your trunk or truck for you.

Saturday, April 19
Shar-Kare Campbell River
950 Ironwood Road
8am until 2pm (or until supplies last)

All profits will go to support the Devo and Junior athlete enhancement fund.

You are welcome to join the teams for a work party to bag the fertilizer on Thursday, April 17. Contact Chris for details. christian.stapff@gmail.com

Survey

You belong to a good ski club. It’s made up of a lot of active members who volunteer their time and energy to deliver a wide range of programs. We’d like to hear what you like about the programs and what ideas that you might have for improving programs.

We want to hear from you! You will find a survey in your inbox later this month.

May Camp

If you are thinking of joining a racing program next year, or you are already in a racing program – your training season begins in May. Kick off the new season at our annual race camp on Mount Washington: May 2-4 for Devo & Masters; May 2-5 for Juniors.

If you are thinking of joining a racing program 2014-15, you can contact Coach Davebattison.dj@gmail.com to learn what’s involved in dryland training. If you are already on a racing program team list (Devo, Junior, Masters Racing), a coach will contact you soon with May Camp details.

VIMSS

An invitation from the Vancouver Island Mountain Sport Society (VIMSS),
On Saturday, April 12th please join us for dinner, drinks and a fun evening of Olympic entertainment at the Comox Valley Curling Club. There will be silent auction items, live auction items, and plenty of games.

All proceeds will go toward supporting our local emerging Island athletes and future Olympians & Paralympians! Dress in red and white – prizes for the best dressed.

TIckets are $50 for adults and $25 for children. Doors open at 6 PM.

To reserve your tickets or to make a donation to our silent auction please contact events@vimountaincentre.com.

 

Happy Trails

viTrailNetwork

From our friends at the Vancouver Island Spine Trail Association (VISTA),

We want to hear your stories, hear how you think we should build trail connections up and down this Island. How best to build a legacy of trails, of adventure tourism, and adventurous local trail users.

We would love to see you at the inaugural Vancouver Island Trails Network Conference, and, given spaces are going quickly, if you want yours to be one of the first stories shared, to be a founding builder, register soon.

And if you can’t join us at the conference, please join us on this journey to build the largest trail building community this province has ever seen by:

▪ Following us on Twitter and sharing your stories with #vanisletrails and #alegacyofstories
▪ Joining our community on Facebook
▪ Sharing your visual stories on Instagram, tagging your Van Isle trail pictures with #vanisletrails and #alegacyofstories
▪ Asking your friends to join our list and stay connected by forwarding them this message (button at the top of this email) or asking them to send their contact info to buildvanisletrails@gmail.com (we’re renovating our web presence and will have a new way to connect to our list soon)

You can learn more about VISTA and the conference on their website.

 

 

SNSC News — March 27, 2014
Mar 27th, 2014 by admin

Join your fellow cross-country skiers for two fun, season-wrap up events! Find those details and more below.

Loppet

The deadline to register is today, Thursday, March 27 at 11:59pm. If you aren’t registered, we could always use a few more volunteers. If you are unable to volunteer this year, come out and cheer the racers on!

32nd Annual Vancouver Island Loppet
Saturday, March 29

Race details
Registration
Course maps
▪ To volunteer – contact Susan Denny Susan dennydreher88@gmail.com

Remember to pick up your race bib before 9:30am and to bring some baking for the feed stations!

Baking can be dropped off by 9am at the table just inside the doors of the Raven Lodge or, after that, brought directly to the Feed Station tent in the Stadium.

Avalon Wasteneys was awarded second place overall at Nationals last week for her performance in four race events. Story below. Photo: DLejaDesigns.com

Avalon Wasteneys was awarded second place overall at Nationals last week for her performance in four race events. Story below. Photo: DLejaDesigns.com

Banquet

Join us for feasting and fun at the Filberg Centre in Courtenay for the End-of-the-Season Potluck Banquet. All club members are welcome! Admission is free.

Saturday, April 5
Filberg Centre in Downtown Courtenay, near the 5th Street Bridge

Here’s the schedule:

▪ 5:30pm – arrive
▪ 6:30pm – eat
▪ 7pm – awards

This is a Potluck, so please bring enough to feed 10 people, and according to your last name:

▪ A – H – bring main course
▪ I – P – bring salad
▪ Q – Z – bring dessert

Hope to see you there!

National news

Three club members recently returned from cross-country Ski Nationals in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. Alec Stapff, Avalon Wasteneys, and Coach Dave Battison enjoyed a successful trip in spite of very challenging weather conditions and being very far from home. The three took part in Nationals as members of the BC Ski Team, and Avalon brought some hardware home to the Island!

Of the weather and waxing, Coach Dave said, “The weather was some of the hardest conditions I have ever seen in 25 years of nationals. We had every kind of weather – snow, rain, sleet, high winds, ice, freezing temperatures – sometimes all in the same day. As a wax team, we waxed for all of the BC team 38 athletes. On the last day, we waxed over 100 pairs of skis in prep for the long classic day. We had four main waxers and help from the other support coaches and parents.”

Alec Stapff enjoyed some great races at Nationals. He says, “Traveling the with the BC ski team was awesome! We had so much support from everyone who was there. I’d say the highlight for me was probably hiking to to the top of the Steady Brook waterfalls with the team and taking the in view and meeting everyone there and experiencing what the other side of the country was like! I made a bunch of new friends, and I’m extremely happy with how the week went and the racing. My least favorite part was crashing out in the classic 10k because I was taken off course via snowmobile and then transported to the hospital for x-rays.”

278 x 157 Avalon and Alec enjoyed a hike to a waterfall in Newfoundland with some fellow members of the BC Ski Team.

278 x 157
Avalon and Alec enjoyed a hike to a waterfall in Newfoundland with some fellow members of the BC Ski Team.

Avalon Wasteneys says, “Traveling and staying with the BC Team was great! I love being with just our team but it was also a fun experience to be around so many new people. However, it was also really encouraging knowing I had lots of support from so many people on the Strathcona Nordics team while I was racing. A favourite moment for me probably was when I was awarded the silver aggregate for Junior Girls 1. It was such a surprise for me because although I knew I had good points I didn’t think they were that good.”

Congratulations to Avalon Wasteneys on finishing second place overall at Nationals and on a bronze medal on the national podium in the classic technique distance event! We are proud of you three for representing the club well in Newfoundland.

 

Mount Washington

Nordic operations are scheduled to be open daily until April 21, so you can still get in lots of lovely, spring, day skiing. Please respect the “closed” signs on the trails at the end of the day, and remember that dogs are only allowed on the Raven’s Revenge trail.

VIMSS

An invitation from the Vancouver Island Mountain Sport Society (VIMSS),

On Saturday, April 12th please join us for dinner, drinks and a fun evening of Olympic entertainment at the Comox Valley Curling Club. There will be silent auction items, live auction items, and plenty of games.

All proceeds will go toward supporting our local emerging Island athletes and future Olympians & Paralympians! Dress in red and white – prizes for the best dressed.

TIckets are $50 for adults and $25 for children. Doors open at 6 PM.

To reserve your tickets or to make a donation to our silent auction please contact events@vimountaincentre.com.

 

 

SNSC Loppet Update!
Mar 24th, 2014 by admin

Thanks to our fearless race organizers who have been working hard to make sure everything is ready for the 32nd Annual Vancouver Island Loppet this Saturday, March 29th!

Look below for some race updates. Don’t miss out on the Loppet fun!

Susan Denny and Roz Smith, two hard-working members of the race committee, share a laugh with race official Georgina Price. Photo: B. Kelly

Susan Denny and Roz Smith, two hard-working members of the race committee, share a laugh with race official Georgina Price. Photo: B. Kelly

Deadline

Register now for the 32nd Annual Vancouver Island Loppet, which takes place on Saturday, March 29! The loppet is a great way to end your ski season – either as a skier or a volunteer. For skiers, the registration deadline is approaching fast, Thursday, March 27 at 11:59pm.

Challenge yourself to a good, long ski with your community!

▪ See the Loppet notice for event details.
▪ Register on Zone 4.
▪ See the Loppet maps, which now also contain a map for the sit ski course.

Bib pick up

Remember to pick up your race bib on time in the Raven Lodge between 8:00 am – 9:30 am on the day of the race, Saturday, March 29th 2014. Skiers not picking up their bib by 9:30 will not be entered in the results.

Food stations

One more person is still needed to help at the 2nd Feed Station – if you can help please contact Heather Clarke right away. heather@clarke.ca

A huge thank you to Heather who came to the rescue yesterday as the Coordinator for the Feed Stations, and thank you also to the other 6 members who have stepped up for this important role to keep everyone refreshed.

Baking
This year we are asking that ALL FAMILIES participating in the Loppet bring some baked goods to share at the Loppet.

Items can be dropped off by 9am at the table just inside the doors of the Raven Lodge, or after that, brought directly to the Feed Station tent in the Stadium.

SNSC News — March 21, 2014
Mar 21st, 2014 by admin

Happy spring! We have exciting news below for next season – as well as a variety of events to wrap up this season. Hope to see you at the banquet!

Excited about spring skiing? Sign up for the Loppet as a volunteer or a skier! Photo: M. Atkinson

Excited about spring skiing? Sign up for the Loppet as a volunteer or a skier! Photo: M. Atkinson

Loppet

Register now for the 32nd Annual Vancouver Island Loppet, which takes place on Saturday, March 29! A loppet is a great way to end your ski season – either as a skier or a volunteer. The registration deadline is Thursday, March 27 at 11:59pm.

For skiers, challenge yourself to a good, long ski with your community; and for volunteers, join the fun and cheer the hundreds of skiers on as you hand out refreshments, act as course marshals, or assist with course marking and food station set up.

▪ See the Loppet notice for event details.
▪ Register on Zone 4.
▪ See the Loppet maps.
▪ 
Contact Wilf to volunteer. dennydreher77@gmail.com

Skiing is believing

On Sunday March 30, VISAS and Strathcona Nordics are holding an adaptive ski clinic for people with physical disabilities. All skill levels and ages 8 years and up are welcome – from complete beginners who want to try it out to athletes who wish to improve their technique.
Cross-country skiing can be enjoyed either sitting or standing, by many people including those with paraplegia, amputations, blind or visually impaired, cerebral palsy, MS, brain injuries, and more.

Cross-country skiing is good exercise, so although you don’t have to be an athlete, a certain amount of physical fitness is needed. In order to use a sit ski you need to be able to push yourself along with poles, so you should be able to use a manual wheelchair and in order to ski standing up you should be able to walk at least 400m using canes or no aids.

Join us as a volunteer or a participant at the "Skiing is Believing" clinic on March 30. Photo: S. Bloxsome

Join us as a volunteer or a participant at the “Skiing is Believing” clinic on March 30. Photo: S. Bloxsome

Cost is $15 which includes trail pass equipment and instruction. Sign up to enjoy some fun in the snow!

For further information or to register, email sbloxsome@gmail.com or phone 250 334 3267. Deadline for registration is March 23rd.

Volunteer!

Volunteer at the “Skiing is Believing” clinic on Sunday March 30th. This adaptive ski clinic is for sit skiers and standing skiers with a disability and should an exciting day. We have two coaches and some athletes coming over from Vancouver as well as some local beginner skiers.

If you are able to volunteer for all or part of the day please contact Sue Bloxsome at sbloxsome@gmail.com

CANSI Level 1 and CANSI Refresher

Here is an opportunity to receive your CANSI Level 1 certification or refresh your certification.

▪ Tuesday, March 25 and Tuesday, April 1 for the Level 1 course (Attend March 25 only for the Refresher)
▪ 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
▪ Mount Washington Nordic
▪ Cost: Level I $90 (Refresher – Free with paid-up CANSI membership)

Who is is this CANSI course appropriate for? Anyone teaching the CIBC Wood Gundy Elementary School Program or any of the Recreational Ski Programs offered to club members OR anyone wishing to personally carry $5-million in liability insurance for teaching skiing in any capacity.

Subsidy opportunity: Club members committing to 10 lessons of volunteer instruction for club programs will be reimbursed

Please contact Karla at kwikjord@gmail.com to receive information on how to register as it will not be listed on CANSI’s website. This course is near capacity already – only a couple spots left – however, if there is sufficient interest to run a second course Karla has availability to do so.

Banquet

On Saturday, April 5 – join your fellow club members for an evening of feasting and fun at our annual End-of-the-Season Club Banquet! All club members are welcome, and admission is free.

Join us at the Filberg Conference Centre in downtown Courtenay (near the 5th Street bridge).
Here’s the schedule:

• 5:30pm – arrive

• 6:30pm – eat

• 7pm – awards

This is a Potluck, so please bring enough to feed 10 people, and if your last name starts with,

• A – H – bring main course.

• I – P – bring salad.

• Q – Z – bring dessert.

Hope to see you there!

The intrepid Devos inspired CCBC to award our club the opportunity to host the Teck BC Midget Championships. Photo: L. Johnston

The intrepid Devos inspired CCBC to award our club the opportunity to host the Teck BC Midget Championships. Photo: L. Johnston

2015

Cross Country BC has awarded our club the opportunity to host the Teck BC Midget Championships next year! Well done Devos!

Our club looks forward to hosting the exciting Midget Champs, a cross-country race event for 9-13 year olds in BC next season!

From the technical guidelines, “The objectives of the Teck BC Midget Championships are to (1) bring young skiers together for a memorable and enjoyable weekend of cross country ski competition and fun, (2) meet the needs of a wide range of skill levels and ski experience, (3) encourage achievement through team effort, and (4) encourage good ski technique.

 

SNSC News — March 13, 2014
Mar 13th, 2014 by admin

We have lots of exciting news this week – a note from Len in Sochi, a link to beautiful photos from last weekend’s race, the final day of the Rabbit season, Loppet news, an adaptive ski clinic, and more!

Loppet!

Registration is open for the 32nd Annual Vancouver Island Loppet, which takes place onSaturday, March 29! A loppet is a great way to end your ski season – either as a skier or a volunteer.

For skiers, challenge yourself to a good, long ski with your community; and for volunteers, join the fun and cheer the hundreds of skiers on as you hand out refreshments, act as course marshals, or assist with course marking and food station set up.

▪ See the Loppet notice for event details.
▪ Register on Zone 4.
▪ Contact Wilf to volunteer. dennydreher77@gmail.com

Don't miss the Vancouver Island Loppet! Photo - Brent Reid

Don’t miss the Vancouver Island Loppet! Photo – Brent Reid

Loppet Volunteers Needed!
We urgently need volunteers to help with the loppet on Saturday, March 29.

Course marking: Two or more for course set up and take down Help with signage and course marking, setting up transition zones and feed stations.
Time needed 7 – 10 am and 3 – 4 pm (approximately). If you have lots of energy you can help and still ski the Loppet.

Marshals: A number of volunteers needed as course marshals.

Time needed: 9 am for duration of the race until approximately 2 pm.

If you can help with course marking and/or marshalling, please contact Wilf Dreher at dennydreher77@gmail.com

Loppet Food
If no one steps up this week to coordinate, there will be no food or drink, and if 6 others don’t step out to run the stations, no food will be handed out.

If you are not racing, this is a great opportunity to have a very fun and social time at the Loppet. Everyone loves the food stations! Coordinating the Food Stations is simple, as there is now an “instruction manual” for putting it all together.

Please contact Laura at dl_johnston@shaw.ca for these fun volunteer jobs.

135 racers took part in last weekend's Teck Coast Cup 5. Look for the race report and a link to more photos below. Photo: L. Johnston

135 racers took part in last weekend’s Teck Coast Cup 5. Look for the race report and a link to more photos below. Photo: L. Johnston

Rabbits

It’s hard to believe our last Rabbit Day for both groups will be on Saturday; somehow it feels like this season just got started! Nevertheless, our big double header Rabbit Tourney is scheduled forSaturday March 15, where groups from both Saturday and Sunday join together for a morning filled with fun games and races. Get ready for the Mighty Coach Tow, the Snowball Biathlon and more!

We are still short volunteers to help with the lunch, as well as extra help for the stations. If you are available to help, please let Alix Wilson (headharewilson@gmail.com) know, or jump in on Saturday and lend a hand! We are also looking for a couple more large pots to prepare hotdogs and hot chocolate in, as well as large camping water jugs.

Lunch
Lunch will consist of hot dogs and hot chocolate donated by Thrifty Foods, as well as a potluck spread provided by all the Rabbit families.

▪ If your last name starts with A-M, please bring a lunch-type dish or vegetable platter.
▪ If your last name starts with N-Z, please bring a healthy dessert or fruit platter.
▪ Also remember plates, utensils and cups!

Remember that although the Rabbit season is coming to an end, there is still plenty of ski season left! Get out on the snow and use the skills you’ve learned so far this winter! Also consider participating in the Annual Loppet, which will be held on Saturday, March 29th; it is always a lot of fun with something for every age group!

Igloo builders Gene Filanofsky and Ryan Kurtnik created the perfect Rabbit refuge from the stormy weather. Photo: G. Filanofsky

Igloo builders Gene Filanofsky and Ryan Kurtnik created the perfect Rabbit refuge from the stormy weather. Photo: G. Filanofsky

Skiing is believing!

On Sunday March 30, VISAS and Strathcona Nordcis are holding a ski clinic for people with a physical disabilities. All skill levels and ages 8 years and up are welcome – from complete beginners who want to try it out to athletes who wish to improve their technique.

Cross country skiing can be enjoyed either sitting or standing, by many people including those with paraplegia, amputations, blind or visually impaired, cerebral palsy, MS, brain injuries, and more.

Cross country skiing is good exercise, so although you don’t have to be an athlete, a certain amount of physical fitness is needed. In order to use a sit ski you need to be able to push yourself along with poles, so you should be able to use a manual wheelchair and in order to ski standing up you should be able to walk at least 400m using canes or no aids.

Cost is $15 which includes trail pass equipment and instruction. Sign up to enjoy some fun in the snow!

For further information or to register, email sbloxsome@gmail.com or phone 250 334 3267. Deadline for registration is March 23rd.

Teck Coast Cup

Teck Coast Cup #4
Unfortunately, high winds and heavy snow prevented the race organizers from running the Teck Coast Cup #4 sprint races on Saturday, March 8.

Teck Coast Cup #5
What a difference a day makes! On Sunday, March 9, race officials, support crews, and racers enjoyed blue skies, sunshine, and 3.5 C temperatures. 135 racers between the ages of 4 and 60 participated in the mass start free technique race, and three coastal clubs were represented: Hollyburn, Strathcona Nordics, and Whistler.

Racing makes you strong. Photo: L. Johnston

Racing makes you strong. Photo: L. Johnston

The distances ranged between 1KM for the youngest Atom category and 7.5KM for Junior boys and men’s categories. The awards took place following the races in the sunshine in the nordic stadium. The Strathcona Nordics put in a great showing at their home race, but in the end Hollyburn took home the pennant for the aggregate award for the Teck Coast Cup series. Thank you to Hollyburn and Whistler Nordic for coming out to the island to race with us!

You can view individual race results on Zone 4.

Thanks
A VERY BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS that made this event possible!
And a VERY BIG THANK YOU TO THE CHIEFS that oversee these volunteers!
Chief of Competition – Susan Denny
Competition Secretary – Alison Stocks
Chief of Timing – Roz Smith and two other key timing people Val Wootton & Scott Prager.

Chief of Course – Bob Hauser
Chief of Stadium – Chris Stapff
Chief of Communications – Barb Kelly

THANK YOU to all participants for their help, great enthusiasm, great skiing, and to the coaches as we see such giant strides and improvements in all our young and older skiers from such good coaching!

Another big Thank You! to Mount Washington for all the grooming and additional support!

A special thank you to Bob Hauser, who made a splendid board especially for the Sprints and the Kings Court Set up (and then, as we know, we had to cancel Saturday). Thanks to Wilf, Val, and Bob for the design and to Bob who made it out of plywood, marked it up, and painted it. We hope to make use of the board in the future!

Photos
Laura Johnston took many beautiful photos of the Sunday races. You can view the photos on this link.

Laura says that anyone who would like to have the full image size of a particular picture can contact her at dl_johnston@shaw.ca.

Thank you to Laura!!

Strathcona Nordics president Len Apedaile is currently in Sochi as the Technical Delegate for cross-country ski events. Photo: L.Apedaile

Strathcona Nordics president Len Apedaile is currently in Sochi as the Technical Delegate for cross-country ski events. Photo: L.Apedaile

From Sochi

Len Apedaile dropped us a line from Sochi where he is working as the Technical Delegate for all cross-country ski events, including biathlon. Len writes,

“It has been an eventful two weeks in Sochi. After a week of intensive preparation to get the field of play into shape following the Olympics, we began competition last Saturday and have been going steady ever since until today which was an official training day and our first ‘day off’.

The weather has been the main challenge with warm spring temperatures and melting snow. Everyday we had to bring in fresh snow to bolster sections of the courses and stadium, and we used salt to firm things up several days in a row. Shades of Vancouver 2010! Yesterday, however, we had 40 cm of new snow during the sprint competitions and are now enjoying the first taste of winter. I hope everyone had had a chance to take in some of the events on TV or the web. We have had some really great competitions.

This being our first night off, I’m currently at the Canada – US semifinal sledges hockey game. 1-0 for the US but it’s early in the first and the Canadian crowd is dominant and boisterous.”

Thank you, Len, and best wishes for the final days of the Paralympics!

Nationals

Alec Stapff, Avalon Wasteneys, and Coach Dave Battison have arrived safely in Corner Brook, Newfoundland with the BC Ski Team. Competition begins this Saturday in the 2014 Ski Nationals. You can follow the events and results on the Ski Nationals 2014 website.

Best wishes to Alec and Avalon as they go toe-to-toe with the best skiers in the country and to Coach Dave, the head wax tech for the BC Ski Team!

Biathlon

The VI Biathlon Club are having a Spring Biathlon Race on March 16. Cost is $15 for members of Biathlon BC, $20 for non members, which covers insurance and use of rifle, ammunition supplied. Refreshments included. Prizes! Trail pass required.

They say, “No experience? No problem!” Their instructors are available on Sunday during posted practice times to help familiarize you with the biathlon rifle and shooting protocol. The race will be conducted in a safe manner, and everyone is welcome. They aim to have FUN!

Minimum age 10, no maximum!. Five loops of 1 km and 4 shooting bouts per person. Please note, the deadline for entry is 12 noon on March 14. Visit http://www.vibiathlon.ca for more info.

Saturday Race Cancelled!
Mar 8th, 2014 by admin

Today’s Coast Cup #4 is cancelled due to weather.

See you all tomorrow when the conditions are supposed to be much better.

SNSC News — March 6, 2014
Mar 6th, 2014 by admin

We are in the last weeks of our ski season, and we have something for everyone below. The weather forecast looks mild and snowy on the mountain this weekend–let’s enjoy winter before it’s gone.

Mado and Maya took time out from racing to make a new friend at the BC Winter Games. Photo: D.Chamberlain

Mado and Maya took time out from racing to make a new friend at the BC Winter Games. Photo: D.Chamberlain

Teck Coast Cup

This weekend, our club is hosting the Teck Coast Cup #4 and #5 races! Three cheers for our race organizers who have been working hard to pull it all together.

▪ Bib pick up in the Raven Lodge from 9am-10am on both days.
▪ Course maps will be on display at the bib pick up table.
▪ Start lists will posted on Zone 4 and in the Raven Lodge.
▪ Race start is 10:30am on both Saturday, March 8 and on Sunday, March 9.
▪ See the race notice for more details.

If you are not racing or volunteering, come cheer the racers on; it should be quite exciting.

Coast Cup – food

Everyone loves to have a little boost to the blood sugar level after the race, so we need some food donations for the race finish on both Saturday and Sunday.

Items can include baking and fresh fruit & veggies. Consider making a big batch of cookies and bringing ¼ on Saturday, ¼ on Sunday and freezing the remaining ½ for the Loppet! We also need 4 volunteers to help out at the food/refreshment table: 2 volunteers on Saturday, and 2 volunteers on Sunday.

Please contact Chris christian.stapff@gmail.com ASAP if you are able to help out at the food table this weekend.

 

Loppet

It’s only three weeks until the 32nd Annual Vancouver Island Loppet on Saturday, March 29A loppet is a great way to end your ski season – challenge yourself to a good, long ski with your ski community.

▪ Mass start at 10am
▪ Free technique
▪ 30km loppet, 15km loppet, 3x10km team loppet, 5km youth loppet, 2km cookie loppet for children 6 and under.
▪ Register before Wednesday, March 26 at 11:59pm.
▪ Email races@StrathconaNordics.com to volunteer.

Save the date! We’ll have the race notice and registration links for you soon.

Loppet food & volunteers

Replenishment of food and fluids is important after the longer distances in the Loppet. We need a Loppet Food Station Coordinator and another 6 volunteers to run the 3 different stations.

If you are not racing, this is a great opportunity to have a very fun and social time at the Loppet. Everyone loves the food stations! Coordinating the Food Stations is simple, as there is now an “instruction manual” for putting it all together.

Please contact Laura Johnston at dl_johnston@shaw.ca for these fun volunteer jobs.

This Rabbit group enjoyed a snack time snow bench last Saturday. Photo: A.Wilson

This Rabbit group enjoyed a snack time snow bench last Saturday. Photo: A.Wilson

Rabbits

The Teck Coast Cup races are on this weekend, and we are looking forward to having lots of fun!

▪ All Rabbits should plan to arrive early to pick up their bibs between 9 and 10 inside Raven Lodge.
▪ Then, meet your coach at 10 o’clock as usual.

We hope that as having the races included in the Rabbit program that skiers will realize how fun and exciting the experience can be – both while skiing the course as well as while cheering from the sidelines!

Next Saturday, March 15th is our season finale - the Rabbit Tournament. Get ready for fun games and silly challenges for both Saturday and Sunday skiers! In addition to all the active festivities, we will also enjoy lunch together with hotdogs and hot chocolate from Thrifty’s, as well as yummy food brought by all our Rabbit families!

When preparing potluck dishes, please remember – NO NUTS! Families with last names beginning with A-M should bring healthy foods, fruits or veggies, and families with last names beginning with N-Z should bring healthy dessert type foods. Please don’t forget plates, cups and utensils for your family!

At this point in time, we are in danger of not being able to run the Bunny Stations for lack of volunteers, and have only 3 people signed up to help with lunch – setting up, cooking, feeding and cleaning up after 150 people is a big job! Please let Alix Wilson (headharewilson@gmail.com) know right away if you are able to help!

Nationals

Best wishes to Avalon Wasteneys, Alec Stapff, and Coach Dave as they head off to Corner Brook Newfoundland for the Canadian XC Ski Nationals on Monday with the BC Ski Team. Go team!

Masters rec

There is no masters recreational session this weekend, March 8-9, due to the Coast Cup races. There are two more sessions, finishing on March 22-23.

Intrepid skiers from Ecole Coeur de L'ile enjoyed their session last week. Photo: E.Rahn

Intrepid skiers from Ecole Coeur de L’ile enjoyed their session last week. Photo: E.Rahn

School program

The CIBC Wood Gundy School XC Ski Program has managed to fill in the gaps this week for instructors; however, next week we need instructors for Monday,Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday! Contact Lynda if you have time to help us introduce school kids to cross-country skiing. magors@shaw.ca

Child fitness tax credit

A receipt for the child fitness tax credit have been emailed out to the youth eligible for the tax credit. Information on the tax credit can be found at the CRA website.

These receipts were sent to the email address supplied at the time of registration. Please check your emails and save this important receipt for your taxes this year. If you have a child who is eligible and have not received a receipt, please contact the membership director:
membership@strathconanordics.com

Athlete bursaries

The athlete enhancement fund will be providing a number of bursaries this year. They will be presented during the awards banquet on April 5 in Courtenay. Devo and Junior Athletes are eligible for these bursaries. There are 3 bursaries for $ 500, 3 bursaries for 250, and 3 bursaries for $ 150.

Athletes will have to fill in an application to be considered for these bursaries and their coaches will review the applications. The application will be available online next week.

BC Winter Games

Our team had a great time at the BC Winter Games in Whistler Olympic Park last month. All racers skied well and enjoyed top 10 finishes and personal bests. In racing highlights, in the free style sprints – Ross Lamon won silver and Tallon Noble won gold; in the classic technique race – Tallon Noble won bronze. Way to go, team!

60 Strathcona Nordics racers plus coaches and support crew enjoyed racing and camaraderie at the BC Champs in Kelowna last weekend. Photo: L. Johnston

60 Strathcona Nordics racers plus coaches and support crew enjoyed racing and camaraderie at the BC Champs in Kelowna last weekend. Photo: L. Johnston

BC Champs

We sent a record number of racers to the BC Championships in Kelowna last weekend. 60 racers from the small, Island club competed in three days of cross-country ski events, and the club placed 5th overall in a competitive field of 34 clubs from across BC, Canada, and the U.S.

This race was one of the last stops before the Canadian and US championships and so drew from a wide, competitive field. Strathcona Nordics racers, aged 5 through 59 years young, enjoyed many top 10 finishes in stiff competition, and the following racers brought medals back to the Island in their age categories.

In the free style mass start event: Gavin Chatterton – first; Luke Damery – second; Hugo Henckel – second; Tallon Noble – first; Avalon Wasteneys – first; Chris Bowlby – second.

In the Individual Classic event: Gavin Chatterton – first; Everett Wells – first; Luke Damery – second; Emmy Stapff – first; Laura Johnston – second; Chris Bowlby – second; Tallon Noble – first; Brian Scott – second.

In the aggregate awards, based on performances throughout the season in BC Cup races: Alec Stapff – third; Avalon Wasteneys – second; Tallon Noble – first; Lynn Swift – second; Marilyn Atkinson – third.

“The Strathcona Nordics put in a great showing at the BC Champs! They were successful by all accounts — great representatives for the Island, great sportsmen and sportswomen, and great racers — and they all made it home safely through a long, slow drive though very snowy roads in the interior and Lower Mainland!”

Paralympic Games

Best wishes to Len Apedaile, the Technical Delegate for the cross-country ski events, on the opening of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games on March 7! Len, we hope you find a moment to snap a selfie for us. We can follow the cross-country ski events on the Paralympic website.

Biathlon

The VI Biathlon Club are having a Spring Biathlon Race on March 16. Cost is $15 for members of Biathlon BC, $20 for non members, which covers insurance and use of rifle, ammunition supplied. Refreshments included. Prizes! Trail pass required.

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No experience? No problem!” Their instructors are available on Sunday during posted practice times to help familiarize you with the biathlon rifle and shooting protocol. The race will be conducted in a safe manner, and everyone is welcome. They aim to have FUN!

Minimum age 10, no maximum!. Five loops of 1 km and 4 shooting bouts per person. Please note, the deadline for entry is 12 noon on March 14. Email vibiathlonclub@gmail.com to register.

 

SNSC Deadline!
Mar 3rd, 2014 by admin

The deadline to register for the Teck Coast Cup #4 & #5 is this Wednesday, March 5th at 11:59pm! Register now for the races, which take place on Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9 – don’t miss the fun; see details below.

Rabbit families, see the note below! Everyone, if you aren’t racing, you can participate as a volunteer.

The Teck Coast Cup races are fun for all ages! Photo: Oak Hill Images

The Teck Coast Cup races are fun for all ages! Photo: Oak Hill Images

Teck Coast Cup #4 & #5

Join in the fun! Race or volunteer in the Teck Coast Cup 4 & 5 this Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9 at Mount Washington Nordic.

▪ Rabbit families, see the information below.
▪ For race details, see the Race Notice.
▪ To register, use this link to Zone 4.
▪ Registration ends Wednesday, March 5 at 11:59pm.
▪ The course maps will be posted at the bib pick up table in Raven Lodge.

Ever wonder why there is so much buzz about racing? Come find out! You can reach us at races@StrathconaNordics.com to volunteer.

 

Rabbits in the Coast Cup

This year the races have been included as part of the Rabbits Season. Here is some important information to note:

▪ All Rabbits are automatically registered to race on their regular Rabbit day.
▪ Please confirm attendance – knowing who won’t be there will save the race organizers some work – email races@StrathconaNordics.com by Wednesday night to let us know if you are coming or not.
▪ Rabbits are welcome (and encouraged!) to participate on their “off” day – to do so they must register through Zone 4 and pay the regular fee.
▪ Bib pick up will run from 9am – 10am inside Raven Lodge for both days.
▪ Club points are accumulated for each skier who successfully completes the race and help our club move closer to winning the Club Aggregate Award!

For Saturday groups, all Rabbits will participate in the Classic Sprint Qualifiers, which start at 10:30, with the youngest skiers starting first.

If Saturday skiers born in 2004 or earlier would like to participate in the heats (which begin at noon), they must email races@strathconanordics.com requesting to be included in the Kings Court Heats by Wednesday March 5th at 11:59pm. Otherwise, the younger skiers will race once in the “qualifier” and not in the heats.

Sunday groups - the race is a mass start free technique race, starting at 10:30.

Hope to see you there!

Don't miss the action at the Teck Coast Cup #4 and #5! Photo: Oak Hill images

Don’t miss the action at the Teck Coast Cup #4 and #5! Photo: Oak Hill images

 

SNSC News — February 28, 2014
Feb 28th, 2014 by admin

Greetings from Kelowna, where the SNSC news is away with the racing teams for the BC Championships. With more than 60 members of the club in Kelowna for the BC Champs, it should be much quieter in the Raven Lodge this weekend.

Juvenile Girls race up the first hill on the 5km course at the BC Champs. Photo: S. Meckert

Juvenile Girls race up the first hill on the 5km course at the BC Champs. Photo: S. Meckert

Rabbits

We are nearing the end of the Rabbit Season. This weekend is the last regular instruction session for Jack Rabbit skiers. Please make sure all Rabbit Booklets are handed in to coaches this weekend. Also, continue to keep track of out of session ski fun that is at least an hour long. Coaches will use this number to determine Snow Goal awards.

Rabbits in the Coast Cup
On the weekend of March 8-9, we have the 2014 Teck Coast Cup #4 & #5 Races. This year the races have been included as part of the Rabbits Season. Here is some important information to note:

▪ All Rabbits are automatically registered to race on their regular Rabbit day.
▪ Please confirm attendance to coaches by Sunday night – knowing who won’t be there will save the race organizers some work
▪ Rabbits are welcome (and encouraged!) to participate on their “off” day – to do so they must register through Zone 4 and pay the regular fee.
▪ Bib pick up will run from 9 – 10 inside Raven Lodge for both days
▪ Club points are accumulated for each skier who successfully completes the race, and help our Club move closer to winning the Club Aggregate Award!

For Saturday groups, all Rabbits will participate in the Classic Sprint Qualifiers, which start at 10:30, with the youngest skiers starting first.
If Saturday skiers born in 2004 or earlier would like to participate in the heats (which begin at noon), they must email races@strathconanordics.com requesting to be included in the Kings Court Heats by Wednesday March 5th.

Sunday’s race is a mass start free technique race, starting at 10:30.

Rabbit tourney
Look for news about the upcoming Tournament (Saturday March 15th) coming soon!

BC Champs!

Best wishes to the Devo, Junior, and Masters racing teams and coaches who are in Kelowna this weekend for the BC Championship races. We have a record number of racers attending – and a record number of skis to wax. Way to go waxers!!

Three cheers for the small army of waxers, who get up early and work all day, making the team skis go fast at the BC Champs. Photo: S. Meckert

Three cheers for the small army of waxers, who get up early and work all day, making the team skis go fast at the BC Champs. Photo: S. Meckert

In Fridays race results, several Strathcona Nordics racers won medals! Congratulations to all 43 racers who participated! Look for the race report next week.

Photographers needed

We need some nice photos of the Teck Coast Cup races, which we are hosting on March 8-9. If you have a decent camera and can take good photos, please contact info@StrathconaNordics.com and let us know if you are available to take photos at the races. See the race notice below for details.

Coast Cup 4 & 5

Be a part of action! Race or volunteer in the Teck Coast Cup 4 & 5 races on March 8 and 9.

▪ See the race details here.
▪ Register before March 5 on Zone 4.

All members are encouraged to join in these fun, home races! If you are a Rabbit, you don’t even need to register – it’s included as your session for that day.

Look for more news week about the Loppet, Biathlon event, and BC Champs; we’ll finally catch up with the BC Winter Games report, and more. Happy trails everyone!

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