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
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.
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.
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
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. email@example.com
Enjoy the excitement of racing as a trained Level 1 race official. Photo: B. Kelly
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! firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Please contact Alix to let her know your intentions for the upcoming season! email@example.com
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
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!
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
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.
Racers, see camp details below for September 12-14.
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, September 2013.
All nordic ski racers are welcome to attend this regional dryland camp!
Hope to see you there!
Note: Camp fees are $55 for JRs, $47 for Devos and Masters and payable on Zone4 registration.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
Register on Zone 4.
Please note the deadline for entry is 12 noon on September 10.
Run/hikes begin at 9:30am, not 10am!
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!
All club members are welcome to join in the following run/hikes in August:
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!
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.
On July 6, we came together as a ski community to celebrate the truly marvellous life of Dave Battison. The memorial was heart-warming and many people paid tribute to beloved Coach Dave. We are grateful to those extended ski family members who traveled here from Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, and other parts of BC–many of whom were part of Dave’s ski family in the clubs and on teams that enjoyed his humour, joie de vivre, and expertise before he came to the Strathcona Nordics. We are all grateful to have known Dave Battison. Thank you to everyone who assisted with the memorial.
Junior Racers and Devos honour Coach Dave before their roller ski work out. Photo: L. Swift
The club would like to express its gratitude to Andrea Stapff who has stepped into the role of acting head coach at this difficult time and provided seamless continuity to the summer training program. Andrea will be responsible for implementing the summer program and continue to build on the program and goals that Dave had carefully laid out for the racing teams and other club programs through the summer, fall, and coming winter season. This will be a team effort, drawing on all members of the club coaching and support team that Dave has built up. Members of this team will be meeting in the near future to work together with Andrea to develop a solid continuity plan for the fall and winter.
The club is committed to continuing with the full-time head coach position in the 2014-2015 season and are currently initiating a process to assist us with filling that position by early September.
Additionally, thank you to Marilyn Atkinson for stepping in to lead the Masters summer dryland training sessions.
All club members are welcome to join in the run/hike next Sunday, July 20 on Mount Washington.
▪ Meet in the Raven Lodge parking lot, ready to go at 10am.
▪ Join the walking group or the running group.
▪ Be ready for 2-3 hours on the trails.
▪ Remember to dress for the weather, remember your sunscreen, and bring your own hydration and snack.
Check the website next week for a list of locations for Sunday run/hikes.
Congratulations to Avalon Wasteneys on finishing second in Canada at Nationals in the Junior Girls category and on being named to the National Talent Squad! Avalon was selected by Cross Country Canada as a top junior for the National Talent Squad program for 16- and 17-year-olds and offered extra training at National Development Centres to help prepare her for elite racing. Way to go!
Congratulations and best wishes to Alec Stapff who has joined the Winsport Training Academy in Canmore, BC as he prepares to train and compete in 2015 at the elite Junior Mens level. Alec, who will continue to call the Strathcona Nordics his home club, leaves the Junior Racing Team to join the new team in Canmore.
At eighteen, Alec has been racing and training on Mount Washington for more than 6 years. Moving to the training academy, where he’ll also be pursuing post-secondary studies, means Alec has additional costs in his pursuit of excellence at the elite level.
Alec has prepared a sponsorship package, which offers benefits to local businesses and individuals. For more details, contact Alec at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will miss you Alec!
Avalon, Coach Dave, and Alec at a training session in early June. Photo: A. Stapff
Donations in Dave’s memory be directed towards supporting young athletes achieve their goals and/or coach mentoring and development, two things Dave was passionate about.
There are two options to direct donations:
▪ The Strathcona Nordics Dave Battison Memorial Fund. This fund will be used to provide annual cross-country skiing bursaries to promising young skiers within the club. It will be funded through direct donations as well as club fundraising activities. The club is currently setting up a charitable project so that eligible donations into the fund could receive a tax receipt. In the meantime, any donations or pledges (until the charitable project is ready) can be delivered at the memorial or sent by mail to Strathcona Nordics Ski Club, Box 3085, Courtenay, BC V9N 5N3. Please mark any donations in memorium to Dave Battison and indicate if you would like a tax receipt. For more information contact email@example.com
▪ The Sofie Manarin Memorial Fund which recognises the top juvenile male and female athletes each year at Ski Nationals. Sofie was one of Dave’s most promising athletes who was tragically killed in an accident while training in 2001. Donations to Sofie’s fund in Dave’s memory can be made through the Sudbury Community Foundation, 96 Larch Street, Suite 300, Sudbury, Ontario, P3E 1C1, [(705) 673-7770] or electronically via https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/2506 Donations to the Sofie Manarin Memorial Fund are eligible for a tax receipt.
Does your garden need a boost or some mulch to help prevent it from drying out? We still have bags of SkyRocket for you! Contact Chris to arrange pick up firstname.lastname@example.org
The club would like to thank SharKare for their whole-hearted support behind our SkyRocket fundraiser. SharKare made available their space and allowed us to bag, store, and sell the material over the period of a month. The logistics involved became much more simple as result of this location being available. We would like to thank Ken Wright, and his staff, for their support advice and guidance in helping this project become successful!
The Vancouver Island Biathlon Club invite you to join them for a Mountain Bike Biathlon Race.
▪ July 26, 2014
▪ Mt Washington Nordic Site
▪ $15/Biathlon BC members
▪ $20/non-members (covers insurance, ammunition, and use of rifle)
▪ Bring your own mountain bike
Register now to save with the early bird price, $5 off before July 17, 2014. The deadline for entry is 12 noon, July 23, 2014. Register on zone4.ca and visit their website for more info.
If you missed the email regarding Canada’s new anti-spam law, and/or you want to receive the monthly newsletter — email info@StrathconaNordics.com and write “subscribe” in the subject line. You can always unsubscribe by using the link at the bottom of the newsletter.
There will be a Celebration of Life Memorial for Coach Dave Battison to be held on Sunday, July 6, 2014 .
▪ Doors open at 1pm
▪ Celebration from 2pm to 6pm
▪ Potluck snacks + cash bar
▪ Native Sons Hall, 360 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay, BC
If you would like to volunteer, please follow this link to the volunteer sign-up sheet. There are small and larger tasks, so scroll down the list.
Coming from out-of-town?
If you are coming to the celebration of life from out of town, we have club members with extra bedrooms. Please email Barb at info@StrathconaNordics.com to find a billet.
If you are a club member with an extra room, please email Barb at info@StrathconaNordics.com with the number and size of bed(s) and your phone number.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations in Dave’s memory be directed towards supporting young athletes achieve their goals and/or coach mentoring and development, two things Dave was passionate about.
1. The Strathcona Nordics Dave Battison Memorial Fund. This fund will be used to provide annual cross-country skiing bursaries to promising young skiers within the club. It will be funded through direct donations as well as club fundraising activities. The club is currently setting up a charitable project so that eligible donations into the fund could receive a tax receipt. In the meantime, any donations or pledges (until the charitable project is ready) can be delivered at the memorial or sent by mail to Strathcona Nordics Ski Club, Box 3085, Courtenay, BC V9N 5N3. Please mark any donations in memorium to Dave Battison and indicate if you would like a tax receipt. For more information contact email@example.com
2. The Sofie Manarin Memorial Fund which recognises the top juvenile male and female athletes each year at Ski Nationals. Sofie was one of Dave’s most promising athletes who was tragically killed in an accident while training in 2001. Donations to Sofie’s fund in Dave’s memory can be made through the Sudbury Community Foundation, 96 Larch Street, Suite 300, Sudbury, Ontario, P3E 1C1, [(705) 673-7770] or electronically via https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/2506 Donations to the Sofie Manarin Memorial Fund are eligible for a tax receipt.
Dave Battison webpage
You can view the webpage to read a biography for our dear Coach Dave Battion, to see photos, and to read and share memories as well.
Dear ski community and friends of Dave Battison,
There will be a celebration of life memorial for Coach Dave Battison to be held on Sunday, July 6, 2014 from 1pm to 6pm at the Native Sons Hall, 360 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay, BC.
The memorial is being organised by the Strathcona Nordic Ski Club together with Laura Battison and members of Dave’s family.
Doors will open at 1pm and there will be a formal program beginning at 2pm followed by an open mic, food and drink, music, and the sharing of fond memories, and things that Dave would say.
To this end there will be two options to direct donations: One will be the new Dave Battison Memorial Fund to be established within the Strathcona Nordic Ski Club to encourage and support bursaries for promising young athletes. The other option will be to make a donation in Dave’s memory to the Sophie Manarin Memorial Fund, which recognises the top juvenile athletes each year at Ski Nationals. Details about how to direct donations will be published next week on this website.
In addition to these two funds, the family and the club also intend to establish an annual, national coaching award in Dave’s name to recognise excellence in cross-country ski coaching at the club level. This will be a recognition award as opposed to a cash award, and it’s creation will come from part of the proceeds donated through the Dave Battison Memorial Fund.
Visitors from afar
The club will endeavour to provide as many billet opportunities as possible. Travel to the island is possible via ferry from Vancouver, or flights into Comox (YQQ) via WestJet, Central Mountain Air (AC), or Pacific Coastal Airlines.
For more information or enquiries about the memorial event, memorial funds, or travel to the island and local accommodation options (including billets) — please send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org
Strathcona Nordic Ski Club
You can also share your memories of Dave on the Dave Battison web page.