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SNSC Update! — February 23, 2014
Feb 23rd, 2014 by admin

Coach Dave just called to say the highways are not clear; they are snowy — and with more snow in the forecast — you may want to avoid the snowy roads and stay home today.

 

SNSC News — February 20, 2014
Feb 20th, 2014 by admin

We hope all the Sunday skiers made it down the mountain safely last weekend. The snow-forecast website shows more favourable conditions this weekend. The temperatures will be cool with -6 to -14 in the forecast, so bring some warm mitts and extra layers.

It’s just four weeks until the first day of spring, and the calendar is full of fun, winter activities. Read on to learn how to make the most of the last weeks of winter.

A big thank you to everyone who helped out with the sprint races last weekend! See "Rabbits" below. Photo: A.Wilson

A big thank you to everyone who helped out with the sprint races last weekend! See “Rabbits” below. Photo: A.Wilson

BC Champs!

Calling all club members – be a champ and come race with us at the BC Champs in West Kelowna on February 28 – March 2! If you are coming, please read on.

You must 1. register, and 2. fill in the form by Sunday night!

For members racing in the event, there is a transportation subsidy. However, you must cover all your other costs: registration, wax, accommodation, and meals. (Race support, race coaches and waxers, is shared by many racers and will receive full subsidies. All subsidies come from the race enhancement fundraisers.) Find more details below!

Register
When you go to Zone 4 to register, don’t forget to also register for the relay event. We can make up the teams later, in Kelowna, but you must register before the deadline this Sunday, February 23 at 11:59pm.

See the race details
Register here

Wax
You are welcome to wax your own skis for each race, or you are welcome to hand in your skis to our club waxers for race wax. Please note: You will receive a bill after the event for race wax.

Accommodation
Most of our club members are staying at the Holiday Inn West Kelowna, where we are organizing nightly club dinners and meetings. If you are not staying at the Holiday Inn, you can still have dinner with us at the hotel and/or come by for the evening meetings! Dinner details below. Remember, you need to organize your own accommodation for this trip.

Meals
Breakfast and lunch
You will need to provide for your own breakfasts and lunches. There are some grocery stores near the hotel where you can buy food for breakfast and to bring to the ski area for lunch. There are also restaurants nearby. You may want to bring your own plates, utensils, and coolers. The hotel rooms do not have kitchens.

Dinners
You are welcome to make your own plans for dinner, or you are welcome to join us for nightly club dinners, catered by the Holiday Inn West Kelowna. The food is apparently quite good.

Dinners cost $16.72/person per night (tax and gratuity included), and children 8 and under are half price. Here are the menus and serving times.

Thursday, February 27 at 6pm
Beef Lasagna (Vegetarian Lasagna)
Garlic toast
Assorted salads
Assorted mini cupcakes/petit fours

Friday, February 28 at 6pm
Asian Chicken Stir-fry with rice (Asian Veg Stir-fry)
Wonton crisps
Assorted salads
Assorted mini cupcakes/petit fours

Saturday, March 1 at 5:30pm
Butter Chicken with egg noodle (Lentil Dahl Curry)
Assorted salads
Assorted mini cupcakes/petit fours

Please fill in the form to assist with meal ordering and transportation.

Transportation
After feedback from many club members, we have amended the travel subsidy to
$80/club member who is racing in one or more events at the BC Champs.

The club will process your subsidy after the race, and you will receive the subsidy either as a cheque in the mail or (if you have a club account) as a credit on your racing account.

If you are carpooling, we recommend that you pay the driver your share of the gas and ferry costs (for example, 1/4 or 1/3, depending on how many people are in the car) – and look to your travel bursary as a reimbursement.

The Form
To assist us in organizing travel subsides, carpooling, and meal ordering – please use the link and fill in the form by Sunday night. The Form

School groups enjoy learning to cross-country with their classmates. Can you help us instruct groups over the next three weeks? Photo: L. Magor

School groups enjoy learning to cross-country with their classmates. Can you help us instruct groups over the next three weeks? Photo: L. Magor

School program

We have 3 very full weeks of ski instruction in the CIBC Wood Gundy School XC Ski Program! We need instructors for 1/2 days for next 3 Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

▪ Tuesdays – the vacancy is for 2 instructors from 12:00-2:00pm.
▪ Thursdays – we need 2 instructors from 9:30-11:30am.
▪ Fridays – we need 3 instructors from 9:30-11:30am.

Contact Lynda if you can help us introduce XC skiing to school kids. magors@shaw.ca

Rabbits

A big thank you to all the parents who helped out with the sprint races last weekend – we can’t run these events without you! Extra thanks to the volunteers that stood in the 20 km winds and horizontal snow on Saturday – that’s dedication.

Of course, thanks also go out to the coaches and all the Rabbits who had fun racing the sprints in any weather – you guys rock.

Congratulations to all the rabbits and volunteers who braved the weather and completed the Becky Scott Sprints! Photo: A. Wilson

Congratulations to all the rabbits and volunteers who braved the weather and completed the Becky Scott Sprints! Photo: A. Wilson

Rabbit tourney
The next big Rabbit event is the end of season Tourney, when both Saturday and Sunday Rabbits join together for a final day of fun and games. This year the event is on Saturday March 15th - this is less than a month away, which means planning needs to start very soon.

 

Parent volunteers make the Rabbit Tourney a great wind up for the ski season!

Parent volunteers make the Rabbit Tourney a great wind up for the ski season!

We still need volunteers to help coordinate the Tourney; we need:
* a Bunny Rabbit Station Coordinator
* a Jack Rabbit Station Coordinator
* a Food Coordinator

We also need a lot of bodies to run the stations, to help with food, and to help with set up and tear down of the event.

Use the link to the Rabbit volunteer form and choose a Rabbit Tourney position! The Tourney alone requires 45 parent volunteers! Rabbit Volunteer form link Head Hare Alix Wilson will be contacting those who haven’t signed up for a position by end of day Sunday.

Masters

Masters Racing
The Masters Race group has been training hard and is now ready to put all that training to work at three back to back race weekends.

A strong Masters contingent is heading over to the Payak Loppet at the Callaghan to compete in 15k, 30k and 50k events – Good Luck to Neil Swift, Lynn Swift, Andy Brown, Patty Johnson, Tanya Austin, Rick Morson, Graeme Magor, Chris Bowlby, Marilyn Atkinson.

The following weekend, we will join other club members at BC Championships at Telemark Ski Club.

We are then looking forward to racing at home at the Coast Cup races at Mt Washington.
Go Team!! Thanks to Coach Dave for all the great training!

Masters Recreational
These groups have been showing huge improvements in technique and having a lot of fun at, first, classic technique and, now, skate technique sessions. All Masters Rec members are strongly encouraged to participate in the Coast Cup races March 8+9 to challenge yourselves with your new skills!

HUGE THANKS to Masters Rec Coaches who make this program work: Neil Smith, John Elson, Chris Round, Bob Hauser, Don Irvine, Dave Pinel, Chris Bowlby, Susan Denny, Rick Morson, Mark DeBruijn, Ron Quilter, Marilyn Atkinson.

BCWG

Best wishes to the BC Winter Games team of Maya Swift, Madeleine Guimond, Connor McGrady, Tallon Noble, Ross Lamon, Matthew Salmon, Eva Salmon, Rachel Beech, coach Tim McGrady, and coach Andrea Stapff. The BC Winter Games nordic events will take place in Whistler Olympic Park on February 20 – 23. Bring us back some stories and photos. Go team!

Westerns

Congratulations to the team for great performances at the Western Canadian Championships in Prince George last weekend! In race result highlights, Avalon Wasteneys won silver in classic sprints and Alec Stapff came fourth in mass start free skate. Way to go!

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Club members are encouraged to join the fun and take part in Coast Cup races! Photo: Oak Hill Images

Teck Coast Cup 4 & 5

It’s on! Thanks to a big dump of snow, we will be able to run the Teck Coast Cup 4 & 5 races onMarch 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.

Official results

Strathcona Nordics club president Len Apedaile leaves next week for a big event in Sochi, Russia – the 2014 Sochi Paralympics. Len will be there as the Technical Delegate for all Paralympic cross-country ski events, including biathlon. The Technical Delegate supervises the event, the work of the jury, signs off on the official results, and guarantees that the rules are upheld throughout the competition.

Club president Len Apedaile (far right) is off to Sochi next week. He'll play a leading role at the Sochi 2014 Paralympics.

Club president Len Apedaile (far right) is off to Sochi next week. He’ll play a leading role at the Sochi 2014 Paralympics.

Len is no stranger to taking on big roles at big events. At the Vancouver 2010 Games, he was the Sport Manager for both Olympic and Paralympic cross-country ski events; he regularly works the IPC World Cup and World Championship circuit, and, in December, he was the FIS-appointed Technical Delegate at the Winter Universiade in Italy. Len began his officiating career doing ski club races at Mount Washington and has worked through the five levels of Officials certification.

“Once you become a certified Level 3 Race Official, you can take it in two directions,” says Len, “You can become a Chief of Competition who is an organizer at a sanctioned event, and you can become a Technical Delegate who guarantees things are run according to the official rules.”

Of the Paralympics, Len says he finds the games exciting and interesting. He points out that the competitors are elite athletes and racing on courses of the same level of difficulty as the Olympics, despite their physical impairments.

In preparation for the Paralympics, Len has been to Sochi five times in the past four years and has been working closely with the organizers. He says he is confident in the Russian organizers and their ability to put on an inspiring, exciting Paralympic Games and adds, “providing the weather cools down a bit in Sochi!”

Best wishes to Len!!

You can learn more about the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games on the website.

SNSC News — February 13, 2014
Feb 13th, 2014 by admin

t looks a great ski weekend ahead with fresh snow and temperatures of -3C to -6C in the forecast. Remember to drive with caution and give yourself extra time to travel this weekend as the roads may be snowy. See you on the trails!

Stephen Lamon won gold in the skate sprints at the Teck BC Midget Championships in Salmon Arm last weekend. Photo: L. Johnston. Story below!

Stephen Lamon won gold in the skate sprints at the Teck BC Midget Championships in Salmon Arm last weekend. Photo: L. Johnston. Story below!

Mount Washington

Mount Washington will be opening Thursday, February 13 for daily operations! All trails will be open except for the ones in the park. They will be checking snow depth this weekend to see if they can open the park trails. More snow to come!

Join us for the BC Champs

All club members are welcome and encouraged to join in a weekend of fun racing at the BC Champs in Kelowna on February 28-March 2!

Have you registered on Zone4 and booked your hotel room? The club is covering travel and race support for this event, but you must register yourself and book a hotel room. Contact Andrea Stapff if you are looking to share accommodation with others. andrea.stapff@gmail.com

Race details
View the Race Notice on the Telemark club website.

Registration
Register using this link.

Accommodation
There are still a few rooms available at the Holiday Inn West Kelowna where most of the team will be staying, 1.250.768.8879. Mention the Strathcona Nordic Ski Club to receive the group rate.

Food
The Gatekeeper Restaurant, accessed from the hotel lobby, is offering us a serve-yourself team-dinner each evening for the duration of the Championships. These are optional dinners, you can choose to join in or eat elsewhere. A detailed nightly menu and sign-up sheet will be forthcoming in subsequent newsletters and emails.

Our race teams have eaten at this hotel restaurant in past years; the food has always been very good. The Saturday dinner is being planned to coordinate with the BC Champs Awards Ceremony. Breakfast and lunch are the responsibility of each individual family for the duration of the championships; there is a grocery store and there are more food options near the hotel as well.

Travel
If your car holds a minimum of four passengers and race participants, you will receive a travel bursary. Stay tuned for carpool information!

Participants in the new Strathcona Nordic Adventure Program (SNAP) group are having fun exploring a range of cross-country activities. Last weekend, they tried biathlon. Photo: C. Wilson

Participants in the new Strathcona Nordic Adventure Program (SNAP) group are having fun exploring a range of cross-country activities. Last weekend, they tried biathlon. Photo: C. Wilson

Rabbits

This weekend we will be running the Becky Scott Sprint Races for all Jack Rabbit skiers. These are short sprint races that take place at a scheduled time slot during the regular Rabbit session. The sprints are intended to encourage skiers to develop speed in their skiing and to expose them to a race-like experience.

Skiers born in 2007 and later will ski a 50m course, while those born in 2006 or earlier will sprint 75m. Each skier runs the course twice in a heat of two skiers, and their best time is taken for the award. We are very excited for all the new snow that has fallen this week; however, it looks like it will continue falling into the weekend, with snowstorms forecasted for both days. If conditions are too snowy to go ahead with the races, we will postpone them until the following weekend.

Booklets - We are over halfway through our season, and coaches will be looking for booklets soon. Please bring booklets and give to coaches as soon as possible.

Still haven’t volunteered? There are many Tourney positions available – please use the website to sign up to help with this fun end-of-Rabbit-season event, happening Saturday March 15th!

School Program

The CIBC Wood Gundy School XC Ski Program is up and running again starting Thursday Feb.13th. We will need an extraordinary amount of instructors for the weeks of Feb. 24-28, March 3-7 and March 10-14.

We have schools booked in the morning and afternoon for two hour sessions each on every day of the week in those three weeks, so if any club member is able and willing to help out with instructing even one session during any of those weeks it will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for supporting the School Program to give students the opportunity to learn to Cross Country Ski! :) Contact Lynda magors@shaw.ca

Junior Racers enjoyed the new snow at Tuesday training. Photo: T.McGrady

Junior Racers enjoyed the new snow at Tuesday training. Photo: T.McGrady

Midgets

Congratulations to our Devo team for their third place finish overall at the Teck BC Midget Championships at Larch Hills in Salmon Arm last weekend in a field of 16 teams. It was a fantastic result for our club considering that the Devos only had, at most, 8 training sessions on snow for this season and the kids were skiing in chilly -14 degree weather.

26 Devo racers attended the race, and from that we had great performances from all skiers! In race result, in the 2km classic technique event, Emmy Staff and Hugo Henckel each won Silver medals. In the 300m skate sprint event, Stephen Lamon won Gold, Amelia Wells won silver, and Carson Damery & Hugo Henckel earned with place ribbons in their categories. In addition, we also had four teams of boys and two teams of girls for the 4 x 1.5km relay race. Naomi Swift and Stephen Lamon earned Technique Awards.

All of the Devo coaches are very proud of these young racers – they put in a great effort, with great attitudes and encouraged one another tremendously. A big thank you also to those who made the weekend a great success with amazing waxing and keeping the food tent the envy of other clubs. Well done everyone!

Emmy Stapff and Hugo Henckel each won a silver in the 2km classic race at the Teck BC Midget Championships. Photo: L. Johnston

Emmy Stapff and Hugo Henckel each won a silver in the 2km classic race at the Teck BC Midget Championships. Photo: L. Johnston

Western Canadians

Best wishes to Coach Dave, Alec, Avalon, and Morgan who are away at the Western Canadian Championships in Prince George for four days of racing. Go team!

Biathlon race

The Vancouver Island Biathlon Club invites you to take part in a fun biathlon race on February 16. They say,

“No experience? No problem! Our instructors are available on Sunday during posted practice times to help familiarise you with the biathlon rifle, and shooting protocol. Everyone will receive an armband once they have gone through 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!”

Here’s a link to their race notice and registration form.

More history

There seems to be some dispute as to whether skiing originated in Norway, Russia, or China. Current archeological evidence might point to Russia, petroglyphs to Norway, and ancient historical records to China. You can read a discussion of historical evidence here.

In the lovely video, “Altai Skiers 2009,” you can see skiers in north western China using wooden skis and a single, wooden pole to travel around, which shows us that craftsmanship and techniques as witnessed in the petroglyphs and archeological finds from across China, Russia, and Norway are still alive today. 

SNSC News — February 6, 2014
Feb 6th, 2014 by admin

We hope everyone is enjoying this lovely wintery weather. This weekend, the forecast is for cold and sunny weather, so you’ll want to remember your sunscreen, sunglasses, warmest gloves, and toque. It looks like we will have some fresh snow for the following weekend, so hang in there!

We are now in the middle of our season, and we have lots of news for you below.

Mount Washington Nordic

Nordic Operations will be open this Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 9am to 4pm. They will close again on Tuesday. Trail conditions look very similar to last weekend with Jutland, the Grind, Marmot Flats, and the Upper West trails open.

 

The Rabbits brought winter back to the mountain with a fun beach party! See "Rabbits" story below. Photo: C. Wilson

The Rabbits brought winter back to the mountain with a fun beach party! See “Rabbits” story below. Photo: C. Wilson

You’re invited!

Join the growing group of club members attending the BC Cross Country Ski Championships being held in West Kelowna, Feb 28 to March 2! If you haven’t been to the Telemark Ski Club in West Kelowna, it’s a great place to ski.

This is a focus event for our club with the aim of bringing together as many club members as possible for a weekend of FUN, club spirit and great racing. By joining the fun and racing – you can help our club be a tour de force!

Talk to your friends and club mates and get ready for a FUN ski weekend! The races at this event are open to all ages – from Atoms to Masters. If you are new to racing at provincial events, you can look forward to a lot of club support on this fun, weekend!

Accommodation
If you have not booked yet but would like to attend – Act Fast – there are still a few rooms available. Accommodation is at the Holiday Inn West Kelowna, call 1.250.768.8879 if you would like to book a room; mention Strathcona Nordic Ski Club to receive the group rate.

Travel
The club is providing funding for travel to this event in the amount of $289 per vehicle to help offset ferry and fuel costs to members travelling with a minimum of four passengers attending and participating in the event. These funds have been allocated from the fundraising efforts of the past year and in particular the November 9th, 2013 Fundraising Gala Dinner, with many thanks to all of our sponsors and those who so kindly donated.

We encourage carpooling! More details on this initiative will be forthcoming in subsequent newsletters and emails.

Register for races
You must register yourself on Zone4.ca; the entry deadline is February 23rd. In addition to individual events, there are club relay events for categories from young to young at heart – if you’re not sure if you have a ‘team’ – no worries – just register – coaches will help form teams from those who are registered.

Food
The Gatekeeper Restaurant, accessed from the hotel lobby, is offering us a serve-yourself team-dinner each evening for the duration of the Championships. These are optional dinners, you can choose to join in or eat elsewhere. A detailed nightly menu and sign-up sheet will be forthcoming in subsequent newsletters and emails.

Our race teams have eaten at this hotel restaurant in past years; the food has always been very good. The Saturday dinner is being planned to coordinate with the BC Champs Awards Ceremony. Breakfast and lunch are the responsibility of each individual family for the duration of the championships; there is a grocery store and there are more food options near the hotel as well.

The Devos, pictured here at last year's 2013 BC Midget Championships, are off to Salmon Arm this weekend for the 2014 BC Midget Championships. Best wishes for safe travels, lots of fun, and fast skis! Remember to bring us back more good stories and photos. Go team!! Photo: L. Johnston

The Devos, pictured here at last year’s 2013 BC Midget Championships, are off to Salmon Arm this weekend for the 2014 BC Midget Championships. Best wishes for safe travels, lots of fun, and fast skis! Remember to bring us back more good stories and photos. Go team!! Photo: L. Johnston

 

Rabbits

Because our snow dances didn’t seem to be effective, last weekend we turned things around and tried some reverse psychology with a beach party! The clouds immediately rolled in, the temperature dropped, now we just have to wait for the precipitation! Thank you to everyone who got into the spirit of beach day – the skiers all had a lot of fun!

Coach Paul wore his beach party outfit with style. Photo: C. Wilson

Coach Paul wore his beach party outfit with style. Photo: C. Wilson

This weekend, many coaches are away to Salmon Arm to support our club at the Midget Championships (go Strathcona Nordics!), so be sure to meet by your group’s Level sign at 10 am so any substitute coaches can find their group!

Next weekend is our Becky Scott Sprint Races for all skiers. These are short sprint races that take place at a scheduled time slot during the regular Rabbit session. The sprints are intended to encourage skiers to develop speed in their skiing and to expose them to a race-like experience. Skiers born in 2007 and later will ski a 50m course, while those born in 2006 or earlier will sprint 75m. Each skier runs the course twice in a heat of two skiers.

Help needed - We are still in need of 3 people on both Saturday and Sunday to run the Sprint Races. Those able to help out on Saturday, please email Marika mgalik23@gmail.com and for Sunday, please email Liz egirard6@yahoo.com

Rabbit colouring contest

Cross Country Canada is holding their annual Design Contest for the 2015 Bunnyrabbit & Jackrabbit Enrolment Toque! The winning design will be worn by 11,000 Jackrabbit boys and girls across Canada during the 2015 ski season. See the Cross Country Canada website for contest details.

Granted

The Athlete Enhancement Fund Committee is pleased to award bursaries to the two athletes that will represent our club at the Canadian Ski Nationals in Corner Brook, Newfoundland next month. Alec Stapff and Avalon Wasteneys each received $1000 towards their travel and lodging costs. Avalon Wasteneys is also awarded a grant from the Vancouver Island Mountain Sport Society (VIMSS). Congratulations to Avalon and Alec!

Head Coach Dave Battison, Junior Team Coaches Andrea Stapff and Tim McGrady, and Athlete Development Chair Berend Henckel congratulate Alec Stapff (centre left) and Avalon Wasteneys (centre right) on their Nationals bursaries.

Head Coach Dave Battison, Junior Team Coaches Andrea Stapff and Tim McGrady, and Athlete Development Chair Berend Henckel congratulate Alec Stapff (centre left) and Avalon Wasteneys (centre right) on their Nationals bursaries.

 

Official results

SNSC President Len Apedaile has been nominated and named a finalist for the Official of the Year Award from Sport BC. The winner of this award, which recognizes an official who has been responsible for officiating sport events at any level of athletic competition, will be announced at the 48th Annual Athlete of the Year Awards on Wednesday March 5, 2014 at the Fairmont Hotel in Vancouver. Congratulations to Len on being named as a finalist for this prestigious award!

Strathcona Nordics president Len Apedaile has been nominated for "Official of the Year" award.

Strathcona Nordics president Len Apedaile has been nominated for “Official of the Year” award.

Len will have to wait to learn if he wins the award because he will not be able to attend the award ceremony. Len leaves Canada for Sochi later this month where he takes the lead role as Technical Delegate for all Paralympic cross-country ski events. Look for that story next week!

 

BC Winter Games

Congratulations to the 2014 BC Winter Games team for zone 6! The following Midget 2 and Juvenile 1 athletes have qualified to compete in the games, Maya Swift, Madeleine Guimond, Connor McGrady, Tallon Noble, Ross Lamon, Matthew Salmon, Eva Salmon, and Rachel Beech. The team is coached by Tim McGrady and Andrea Stapff. The BC Winter Games nordic events will take place in Whistler Olympic Park on February 20 – 23.

Congratulations to members of the Zone 6 BC Winter Games Team! Yay team!!

Congratulations to members of the Zone 6 BC Winter Games Team! Yay team!!

 

Coaching

This is a reminder to coaches that Criminal Record Checks are due. Coaching Director Doug Herchmer will be contacting you.

Sochi

This weekend, you can watch Canada’s best cross-country skiers in action. The first event is the women’s Skiathlon on Saturday, which is followed by the men’s Skiathlon on Sunday. Go Canada! You can find Sochi-related links on the CCC website.

Additionally, for just $20.14, you can help support Canadian athletes in the Inside Track Program.

Biathlon race

The Vancouver Island Biathlon Club invites you to take part in a fun biathlon race on February 16. They say,

“No experience? No problem! Our instructors are available on Sunday during posted practice times to help familiarise you with the biathlon rifle, and shooting protocol. Everyone will receive an armband once they have gone through 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!”

Here’s a link to their race notice and registration form.

 

Skiing and archeology

Here on Vancouver Island, it’s easy to think of cross-country skiing only as a sport, but historically, it was an important means of transportation and an important aid to herding and winter hunting. Here’s a quote from the Holmenkollen Ski Museum webpage about archeological evidence of skiing.

The secrets of the marsh
Over 200 prehistoric skis have been uncovered. These findings have all taken place in Norway, Sweden, Finland or Russia. Nearly all were uncovered quite by chance in marshy areas. The world’s oldest ski was found in Russia and is around 8,000 years old. However, the oldest ski ever found in Norway is ‘Drevjaskia’, which is 5,200 years old.

How can we tell how old skis are?
Skis are dated by using the radiological C14 dating method. This method is unique for dating organic material. Ski findings in Norway are dated at the National Laboratory for C14 Dating in Trondheim. Previously, pollen analyses had been the most common method of dating skis. However, this method proved to be unreliable. The ‘Øvrebø ski’ from the county of Vest-Agder had long been regarded as Norway’s oldest ski. The C14 method has shown that it is, in fact, from the 1500s.

http://www.holmenkollen.com/eng/The-Ski-Museum/Skiing-history

Update! — SNSC News, January 30
Jan 30th, 2014 by admin

We just received an update that Mount Washington Nordic Operations will be open this Saturday and Sunday from 9am-4pm!

Don’t put those skis away just yet – all Strathcona Nordics programs will run on Mount Washington this weekend.

Note: There is a biathlon race happening on Saturday, so on that day we will need to avoid the Biathlon area and part of the Stadium.

See you at the Raven Lodge and on the trails!!

SNSC News — January 30, 2014
Jan 30th, 2014 by admin

We have some sad news for you – Mount Washington has closed operations due to the deteriorating snow conditions. You can learn more about this and other news below.

Strathcona Nordics racers represented the Island well in Kamloops at BC Cup #2. Photo: D. Chamberlain

Strathcona Nordics racers represented the Island well in Kamloops at BC Cup #2. Photo: D. Chamberlain

Operations strategy

Mountain
Mount Washington Resort announced yesterday that they had to close operations because the extended drought and weather inversion have left them with severely deteriorating snow conditions. On an positive note, the main message on their website is “Waiting for snow!” They plan to reopen when the snow falls again. With two full months of winter remaining, there is a good possibility that we may all be gliding down the trails again.

A very big thank you to Marc Lyster and all the folks at Nordic Operations for doing an amazing job of keeping the trails open as long as possible. We hope to see you all again soon at the Raven Lodge!

Club
Since the club is unable to offer members programs on the mountain at this time, we are pleased to offer our Recreational members an opportunity to still be active outdoors in a club activity. This Saturday and Sunday, you can join your groups and fellow club members for a hike at Nymph Falls Park. (Saturday groups meet at Nymph Falls on Saturday morning. Sunday groups meet at Nymph Falls on Sunday morning.)

▪ Be ready to find your group at 10am in the Nymph Falls parking lot.
▪ Dress for the weather.
▪ Be prepared to be out on the trails for 2 hours.

Hope to see you there!

Alec Stapff racing in the Junior Boys 10km free style event in Kamloops last weekend. Photo: D. Chamberlain

Alec Stapff racing in the Junior Boys 10km free style event in Kamloops last weekend. Photo: D. Chamberlain

Teck BC Cup #2

Last weekend, Strathcona Nordics racers enjoyed two days of fast races at the Teck BC Cup #2. The team, composed of ski racers, coaches, and support crew, travelled to Kamloops for the event, and they met with fantastic results.

Head Coach Dave Battison says, “BC Cup 2 was one of our best races in the past few years, the athletes were very strong and technically ready. I was very proud of our entire squad. Overall, it was a great weekend of tough racing.”

The team brought a total of nine medals back to the island. In classic technique racing Stephen Lamon – bronze, Tallon Noble – gold, Alec Stapff – silver, Avalon Wasteneys – gold, and Marilyn Atkinson – bronze. In skate technique races, Tallon Noble – gold, Alec Stapff – silver, Lynn Swift – silver, and Marilyn Atkinson – bronze. Many athletes on the squad also enjoyed top 10 finishes and personal bests.

Well done team!!

SNSC News — January 23, 2014
Jan 22nd, 2014 by admin

Kudos to Marc Lyster and the staff at Mount Washington Nordic for giving us a second great weekend of skiing! Note: With low snow conditions, ski with care on all downhills. The forecast is warm and sunny this weekend, so remember your sunscreen.

Below, we have a fun ski adventure open to all club members—join your club members for a weekend of ski racing in Kelowna—and more.

This Rabbit group spotted the Yeti last Saturday, and they fed him some of their snacks, but he reportedly declined the hot cocoa and was very polite. Photo: S. Lee

This Rabbit group spotted the Yeti last Saturday, and they fed him some of their snacks, but he reportedly declined the hot cocoa and was very polite. Photo: S. Lee

Hello ALL Strathcona Nordics Ski Club members!

A focus event for our club this year is the BC Cross Country Skiing Championships being held at Telemark Nordic Club, in West Kelowna on February 28 to March 2, 2014. This year in addition to the usual Saturday and Sunday individual and club relay races, there is also a race being held on the Friday.

Our aim is to participate at this event with as many members of our club as possible – individuals, families, participants of all ages, from all programs – young to forever young, recreational to racing. The BC Championships offer a full range of age category events from atoms to masters.

A guaranteed block of 30 rooms have been reserved at the Holiday Inn West Kelowna, 2569 Dobbin Road, West Kelowna under the name of Strathcona Nordic Ski Club. A group room rate of $86 per night plus applicable taxes has been arranged; rooms are standard size, 2 queens/room. This block or rooms is guaranteed on hold for us until January 27th. Reservations can be made after this date at the negotiated rate, but on availability basis only. Rooms can be canceled up until 6pm on the day of arrival with no penalty.

Rooms can be booked for three nights (Feb 27 to March 1) if you plan to participate in the racing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday or for two nights (Feb 28 and March 1) if you plan to participate in the racing on Saturday and Sunday.

Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel directly at the numbers listed below and mentioning the group name – Strathcona Nordics Ski Club.
Holiday Inn West Kelowna Reservations Direct 1.250.768.8879
Holiday Inn West Kelowna Toll Free 1.877.660.8550

Hotel info: http://www.holidayinnwestkelowna.com.

Additional details to follow over the coming days regarding………
……group meals while in Kelowna
……group transport – by charter bus – to/during/from the event

Event info: http://telemarkracers.org/events/2014-teck-bc-championships/
Zone4 registration info: https://zone4.ca/reg.asp?id=6304&lan=1&cartlevel=1

ALL race registrations and hotel bookings are the responsibility of individuals, families, members. Coaches will NOT be registering racers for this event.

Questions – please contact andrea@strathconanordics.com.

School Program

CIBC Wood Gundy School XC Ski Program will be in full swing in one week and is still looking for people who can commit to instructing for a full day or just a 1/2 day on a regular basis. Instructors need to be club members to be covered by insurance, and it is desirable if they have taken the NCCP coaching courses or CANSI Level 1. This program is often the first contact with cross country skiing many children have and the target audience for potentially bringing new junior racers into the club.

We are also looking for anyone who could volunteer 45min. of their time to visit the schools registered in the program for an orientation season. Full training would be given for this short power point presentation and the valuable first contact club members make with the schools.

Please contact Lynda Magor (magors@shaw.ca) as soon as possible if you might be able to help with either of these areas of need.

Congratulations to Anna and Gavin! Photo: P. Chatterton

Congratulations to Anna and Gavin! Photo: P. Chatterton

Teck Coast Cup 2 & 3

Last weekend, the Teck Coast Cup 2 & 3 were held at the Whistler Olympic Park. While the races were not attended by the SNSC Devos as a group, one of their young racers did attend, along with her younger brother. Anna (9) and Gavin (6) competed in both classic and skate events over the weekend and took home medals in each event.

In Saturday’s Pee Wee Girls 1.8km Classic, Anna raced to a second place finish behind a skier from Spud Valley (Pemberton) and ahead of Squamish Nordics. In the Atom Boys 0.8km Classic, Gavin came in third behind two skiers from Whistler Nordics.

Sunday featured the Team Relay and Gavin moved up to race with his sister in the Pee Wee 100m event. They skated to second in their first heat and moved on to the finals. Gavin looked small on the start line next to kids up to three years older than him but he was undaunted and determined to give everything he had. Anna worked hard to make up some time each lap and managed to land them on the podium for a bronze medal behind two teams from Spud Valley.

Fun races at the club level and participating in the Coast Cup at Mount Washington last year helped to spark their interest to compete in this event. They are very proud of their achievements and both more confident and eager to participate in upcoming races. A huge “thank you” to all of the Rabbit coaches who introduce our kids to skiing and to the Devo coaches who work so hard to prepare our young skiers who choose to go on to compete.

Adaptive skiing

On Sunday, February 23, VISAS and the Strathcona Nordics are hosting a Learn to Ski Day. The aim of this clinic is to teach people with physical disabilities to cross-country ski – either standing up or using a sit ski.

Nordic or cross-country skiing can be enjoyed by people with many different disabilities including paraplegia, amputations, visual impairments, cerebral palsy, MS, brain injuries, and more.

Here is your chance to try this activity at little cost in a supportive environment with volunteer instructors. Complete beginners and those with some experience are welcome. Ages 8 to adult.

Who can sign up?

▪ Sit skiers must have reasonable upper body strength to be able to push yourself along in a sit ski .
▪ Wheelchair users must be able to transfer with minimal assistance.
▪ Sit skiing may also be appropriate for people who are not wheelchair dependant but whose mobility is limited by lower limb problems or balance.
▪ Standing skiers must be able to stand and walk at least 400m with or without walking aids but without assistance from another person.

Cost is $20 and includes trail pass, equipment, and instruction.

For more information and to register, contact Sue Bloxsome sbloxsome@gmail.com or 250 334 3267. Registration deadline is February 16.

Marilyn, Rick, and some Saturday Masters enjoy the view at the top of The Grind. Photo: L. Grant

Marilyn, Rick, and some Saturday Masters enjoy the view at the top of The Grind. Photo: L. Grant

Best wishes

Best wishes this weekend to the Junior and Masters racers, coaches, and support crew as they head to Kamloops for BC Cup #2 races. Go team!!

Photos

Cross Country BC (CCBC) is looking for ski photos for the 2014-15 issue of SKI CROSS COUNTRY! If you have photographs that would be suitable for the annual BC ski community publication, “Ski Cross Country,” you are welcome to submit them. Photos using good quality film or high resolution digital images are both acceptable. The preferred format for digital photos is tif or esp, although jpg will be accepted. Minimum 300 dpi resolution. Note: unless you indicate otherwise, all photos will go on file for possible use in future publications.
For more information, visit the CCBC website.

 

 

SNSC Update — Friday, January 17
Jan 17th, 2014 by admin

We have good news for you again — Mount Washington Nordic Operations will remain open this weekend! However, we also have a couple of advisories for you:

  • This weekend, there is a weather alert for a strong weather inversion – which means you need to remember your sunscreen and hydrating fluids because it’s going to be very warm and sunny on the mountain this weekend! Additionally, drive with caution as the fog at lower elevations may be quite thick.
  • The Raven Lodge will be very busy this Saturday because the popular Yeti Snowshoe Race is taking place.
Junior Racers enjoyed beautiful weather on Mount Washington at Thursday afternoon training. Photo: Sheridan Meckert

Junior Racers enjoyed beautiful weather on Mount Washington at Thursday afternoon training. Photo: Sheridan Meckert

Website

Many of you may have noticed that our website has been the victim of hacks and viruses over the past couple months. We have been taking steps to remedy this, and you can finally expect to view our content (and not drug promotions!) without triggering virus alerts from your browser. Thanks to Scott Prager for all his hard work on this!

Volunteer

Here is a great opportunity to get some official (or non-official) volunteer experience. The BC Winter Games are looking for volunteers for the games, which take place in Whistler Olympic Park on Friday, February 21st and Saturday, February 22nd.

This volunteer experience at a provincial event is especially valuable as we are hoping to host the BC Midget Championships in 2015. Use this link to sign up to volunteer.

Note: On February 22nd and 23rd, Sigge’s Payak Loppet events are also taking place at Whistler Olympic Park, so volunteering for the BC Winter Games may fit nicely into the weekend for many people.

Thank you

The Strathcona Nordics would like to thank the Investors Group Community Coaching Conferences for their $500 coaching grant to our club!

 

The Junior Racers enjoyed clear skies at Thursday training. Photo: Sheridan Meckert

The Junior Racers enjoyed clear skies at Thursday training. Photo: Sheridan Meckert

SNSC News — January 16, 2014
Jan 15th, 2014 by admin

It was lovely to ski again last weekend! We are all still watching the forecast and hoping that we can run programs this weekend.

Check the back here on Friday afternoon to make sure that Mount Washington Nordic operations are open this weekend and that club programs are running.

After their ski, Andre, Noah, and Yana found the snow was perfect for making snowmen and snowwomen.

Rabbits

The beginning of the season was a real nail biter for all Rabbit families — first wondering if there would be snow to ski on, and then wondering if a blizzard was going to stall Saturday’s plans! Luckily, all Rabbit programs took off without a hitch! It was great to see all the smiling faces on the weekend and to get our ski legs back. Stay tuned to hear if we’re on this weekend, and keep your fingers crossed.

Snow goal award
If you are fortunate enough to ski outside of Rabbit time, please remember to keep track of those sessions that are at least an hour long. Each extra ski is a point towards your child’s Snow Goal Award. Coaches will ask you for this information close to the end of the season. For more information about the Snow Goal Award, click here.

Swag
Each year Cross Country Canada sends lovely gifts for all Rabbits, and this year’s Rabbit toques and Buffs (for skiers born in 2004 or earlier) have arrived. Coaches will hand out the swag at the next session.

 

These Rabbits were spotted heading out to far Jutland on Sunday.

Time to give back
Thank you to all the parents who have signed up for a volunteer opportunity! However, we are still in need of help.

? We still need  24 Saturday Rabbits (39%) parents to sign up for a volunteer position.
? Sunday is more dire – there are still 38 (57%!)Rabbits parents who need to sign up to volunteer.

Please go to the website, and click the Volunteer button to find a volunteer opportunity that works for you. We are in need of:

? Playground Liasons and helpers
? Becky Scott Sprint race helpers for February 15 and 16

Congratulations to Neil Swift who is the only coach who’s entire group has parents signed up to help with our season!

We caught up with some Sunday Masters performing drills and refining their skills.

School program orientation

We are looking for people to help with the School Orientations for the CIBC Wood Gundy School XC Ski Program. It takes about 45 minutes to do a presentation at one of the schools in town, and orientations take place a week before the school participates in the program.

The bulk of the orientation information is presented in a prepared, computer-generated slide show, but we need people to go to the school and talk to students about clothing and proper layering for XC skiing. You would receive an honorarium on a per session basis.

Training is provided, but we need people to commit ASAP to doing some orientations and to training with Lynda, the program coordinator, during the final week of January.

Contact Lynda for more information magors@shaw.ca

Biathlon

The Vancouver Island Biathlon Club invites you to take part in a fun biathlon race on January 19. They say, “No experience? No problem!” Their instructors are available on Sunday during the posted practice times to help familiarise you with the biathlon rifle and shooting protocol.

Everyone will receive an armband once they have gone through 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. They aim to have FUN!

? Minimum age 10, no maximum!
? Three loops of 1.5 km and 2 shooting bouts per person.
? Mass start with penalty loops for shots missed.
? Deadline for entry is noon on January 17.

For more information visit their website.

Yeti Race

Our Yeti friends would love to see you at the Yeti Snowshoe Series race at Mount Washington on January 18. They’re giving you a 10% registration discount: YETI1819. Use the link to register.

If you know anyone who would like to volunteer for the Yeti race, they can contact the race director Solana Klassen at solana@5peaks.com.

SNSC Update – January 9, 2014
Jan 9th, 2014 by admin

Good news everyone! We received word today that Mount Washington Nordic will be open this weekend. Raven Lodge will reopen their doors at 9am on Saturday.

Remember to give yourself extra time to get up the mountain and to get organized to ski this weekend. Remember your season pass or get a trail pass. Meet your ski group shortly before 10am.

See you on the snow!

Rentals

We learned today that you can make your season rental go more smoothly if you set it up online before you go up the mountain:
1. Go the the Mount Washington rental page.
2. Click the Nordic tab to rent for one day, or click the Seasonal tab to set up rental for the season.
3. Click the shopping cart that corresponds to the rental you want.
4. Set up a MyMW account.
5. Reserve and pay for your rental.

Roads

The road will be snowy and busy this weekend, so drive with caution and give yourself extra travel time to get up the mountain!
* Check the Drive BC website for road conditions before you leave home.
* You can also call Drive BC at 1-800-550-4997 to check conditions.

Weather

Remember to bring layers for a variety of winter weather because the weather can change quickly on the mountain.
* View the Mount Washington nordic snow report.
* You can also check the weather forecast on the Snow Forecast website.

Trails

You can check the trail status online (scroll down the page) before you leave home. In the Raven Lodge, you can also view the board that lists which trails will be open.

Club Race

This is another reminder that the race (that had been rescheduled for tomorrow) is postponed until a date in February. Look for more news soon!

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