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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.

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

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

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

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

Teck Coast Cup

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

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

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

Coast Cup – food

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

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

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

 

Loppet

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

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

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

Loppet food & volunteers

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

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

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

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

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

Rabbits

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nationals

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

Masters rec

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

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

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

School program

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

Child fitness tax credit

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

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

Athlete bursaries

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

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

BC Winter Games

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

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

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

BC Champs

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paralympic Games

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

Biathlon

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

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. Email vibiathlonclub@gmail.com to register.

 

SNSC Deadline!
Mar 3rd, 2014 by admin

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

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

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

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

Teck Coast Cup #4 & #5

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

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

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

 

Rabbits in the Coast Cup

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

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

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

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

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

Hope to see you there!

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Rabbits

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

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

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

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

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

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

BC Champs!

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

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

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

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

Photographers needed

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

Coast Cup 4 & 5

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

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

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

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

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.

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