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Update — June 17, 2014
Jun 17th, 2014 by admin

Cross Country Canada has a nice tribute to Dave Battison with some fun photos on the CCC website.

Click this link to visit our web page for Coach Dave or use the link on the sidebar. You can share your memories of Dave on the webpage too.

SNSC News — June 16, 2014
Jun 16th, 2014 by admin

Dear club members and ski community,

I’m writing with the unhappy news that our beloved ski coach Dave Battison passed away suddenly and unexpectedly last night in his sleep. His wife Laura was with him and the paramedics did everything they could for him.

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Dave Battison

I was with Dave yesterday afternoon after the club workout, and he was happy and upbeat about life and looking forward to a short holiday with Laura. Dave was also really excited about the club and about his athletes, coaching team, work with the CCC, VIMSS, and the summer training season.

We will be sending out more information regarding immediate activities and celebration of life in the near future. Messages to Laura can be sent through the club to info@strathconanordics.com

There will be an informal gathering for athlete families and club members who would like to get together this afternoon at 4pm-6pm at the McGrady’s at 1111 Sandpines Crescent, Comox (off of Lazo Road).

With deepest condolences.

Len Apedaile
Strathcona Nordics Ski Club

SNSC News — May 4, 2014
May 4th, 2014 by admin

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SkyRocket!

How are your flower garden and lawn doing? Do you know a landscaping project that needs a boost?  We still have some bags of Sky Rocket (a biosolids fertilizer from the Regional District with guaranteed amazing results) available!

You can pick up bags in Campbell River this Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10 — and you can email us to reserve bags in advance and/or make other arrangements for pick up!

At just $5/30 litre bag, Don’t miss this opportunity to help your garden and help the club’s young racers at the same time!

Contact: info@StrathconaNordics.com to pre-order or arrange pick up

Or just drop by:

  • Shar-Kare parking lot, 950 Ironwood Road, Campbell River
  • Friday, May 9, from 3pm – 6pm
  • Saturday, May 10, from 8am to 2pm (or until supplies last!)

Many thanks to Shar-Kare for their generous support!

School program

Students from Nick Moore, Doug David, and Michelle Attfield’s classes at Ecole Puntledge Park were keen participants in the CIBC Wood Gundy School XC Ski Program.

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In the photo above, students pass a cheque from Rick Morson of CIBC Wood Gundy to Lynda Magor, the school program coordinator, and Lynn Swift, club director of recreational programming. This past winter, the school program took local elementary students cross-country skiing 2139 times on Mount Washington!

Camp

In spite of challenging snow conditions, a load of Masters, Junior, and Devo racers enjoyed the 2-to-4-day Teck Regional Camp on Mount Washington this past weekend! This year, the camp was attended by 20 devo athletes, 25 devo+/junior athletes, 9 masters athletes – which is a record number of athletes with an especially a large cohort transitioning into the Junior program. It was a truly regional camp with athletes from Victoria, Parksville, Lantzville, Nanaimo, Courtenay, Comox, Cumberland, and Campbell River in attendance.

Masters, Devo+, Junior,and alumni athletes and coaches ready themselves to ski up to the snow for a training session. Photo: K. McGrady

Masters, Devo+, Junior,and alumni athletes and coaches ready themselves to ski up to the snow for a training session. Photo: K. McGrady

All athletes enjoyed hill-climbing and skied to the base of the boomerang chair at least once during the camp and several juniors also skied to the top. Athletes and coaches saw a variety of snow and weather conditions during the camp; through sun, snow, rain, and dark clouds they skied on! Between on-snow training session, the coaches reviewed the comprehensive training program for the 2014-15 season and looked at team and individual goals for the new season. On Saturday evening, everyone enjoyed a fun, family BBQ, which was attended by 110 racers and families! On Sunday morning, the teams joined forces for a fun relay.

Devo and Devo+ racers and coaches took time out to relax between training sessions. Photo: S. Lee

Devo and Devo+ racers and coaches took time out to relax between training sessions. Photo: S. Lee

The club would like to thank all the coaches, athletes, parents, and cooks for making the camp a great success. The club would also like to thank the camp major sponsor Teck and to thank Mount Washington and Strathcona Park Lodge for their support!

Devo+ and Junior racers had fun with their new Teck hats. Photo: Tim McGrady

Devo+ and Junior racers had fun with their new Teck hats. Photo: Tim McGrady

CCBC and CCC

On the provincial scene, congratulations go out to Alec Stapff who joins Avalon Wasteneys on the BC Ski Team!

In national news, we have two club members appointed to Cross Country Canada committees. Our Head Coach Dave Battison was appointed to the High Performance Committee, which oversees athlete development in our country. Club President Len Apedaile is in charge of the working group for Officials Development for racing in Canada. Congratulations to Dave and to Len!

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Kudos to all the Strathcona Nordics members who participated in the snow to surf relay! In club news, our Junior Racing team placed first in the Junior category and 32nd overall, which is especially fabulous as 6/10 members were still under 15 years of age on race day. Way to go, team!

7/10 members of the Strathcona Nordics Junior S2S Team collected the trophy and medals at the Snow to Surf awards ceremony. Photo: L. Swift

7/10 members of the Strathcona Nordics Junior S2S Team collected the trophy and medals at the Snow to Surf awards ceremony. Photo: L. Swift

 

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

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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.”

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

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.

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