SNSC News — February 23, 2010

Mount Washington Nordic

Feb 25th to Mar 10th we will have about 30 Paralymplians here training. Nothing will be closed but watch out for sit skiers and blind skiers on the Sprint Loop and World Cup trails.

Sat Feb 27th and Sun Feb 28th, the Special Olympics are going to have their annual snowshoe race on the stadium, it is a 400m oval track. Jackrabbits will need to use the Rabbit play area and Jutland for lessons. Spring Break starts March 6th.


Marc Lyster

Junior Racing Team members waxing fundraiser
Junior Racing Team members wax skis to raise funds for their trip to the National Championships.

28th Annual Vancouver Island Loppet

The race notice is posted on the Races page, and it will be posted in the Raven Lodge this week as well. Registration is open on Zone4. A loppet is a fun, family-friendly cross-country ski race where skiers of all ages and abilities can challenge themselves to ski their best long distance. See the race notice for more details. If you can participate as a volunteer, email

Beginner Masters

What a beautiful day on Sunday. We had 7 keen skiers and worked on balance drills and one skate. Everyone is progressing well – I could definately see a difference from a few weeks back. We were joined for the last half hour by Coach Dave and 2 of his athletes. Sylvia and Freya demonstrated technique – one skate and off set. Dave explained some of the mechanics of skiing and gave us some drills. I think people gained some more insight into the amount of training and effort that goes in to becoming an efficient skier. Thank you for inspiring us!

Intermediate Masters

The skiers have being doing awesome! We have a large energetic group who generate great fun each week. We are now on to skate technique after 4 sessions of classic. Last week 12 braves skiers practiced the “staying warm technique” (with limited success) in the sheltered confines of Lake Approach in the worst of the severe blizzard. They were rewarded this week with the most amazing sun and hot conditions as many challenged the grind and swooshed down Jack’s back to the lodge. Phil, Dave, Dave, John, Neil and Ron are pretty impressed with the improvment in all skiers.

NEW – Strathcona Nordics Introduction to Backcountry Ski Touring

Andrew Pape-Salmon will be leading two backcountry ski trips this season – free for Strathcona Nordics club members. He recently completed the three-month Yamnuska Mountain Skills Semester in Canmore, Alberta and is itching to share his renewed passion for mountains and backcountry skiing. The trips are conditional upon getting some new snow, as the backcountry conditions are currently poor. However, the weather looks good this week! The trips will introduce club members to basic touring techniques, navigation and avalanche awareness.

Tentative plans are to summit Mount Brooks on Sunday, March 14th from Raven Lodge and Mount Becher on Sunday, March 28th from the former Forbidden Plateau ski hill parking lot. The mountains have an elevation of 1,500m and 1,385m above sea level respectively, with a total elevation gain of about 800 meters up Mount Becher from the parking lot.

Both trips will start at 9am and will include an avalanche beacon practice early in the day. Andrew is certified in Avalanche Skills Training (Level 2) and wilderness first aid.

Gear requirements include: backcountry skis with metal edges, warm boots, bindings with heel risers, poles with good baskets, climbing skins, avalanche beacon/transceiver, probe and shovel, sunglasses and/or goggles.

Note that gear can be rented from Ski Tak Hut and Valhalla Pure.

Andrew has posted some photos from a Mount Becher trip earlier this season at: Non-members would like to participate can join Strathcona Nordics at:

If you have any questions or would like to sign up, please email Andrew at: or call 250-592-7017.

Junior Team

The Junior Racing Team would like to thank everyone who supported them in their Waxing Fundraiser and Bake Sale last weekend. They worked hard and waxed many skis in the course of 3 hours, and they made $550! Well-done team.

Special thanks from the team to Ski Tak Hut for donating the wax and also to Mount Washington for all of their support!

See more photos at the bottom of the Winter 2010 page in the gallery.

Men’s Pursuit Race

Many of us enjoyed watching the men’s pursuit race in the Raven Lodge last weekend. What an exciting race it was! Thank you to Leanne Webster for bringing the lovely and delicious Go Canada! cake. It was perhaps one of the contributing factors to Team Canada’s outstanding performance in the race–three top 10 finishes!

SNSC News — February 16, 2010

The Olympic Winter Games are underway!!
Many thanks to Joanne Herschmer, Andrea Stapff and others who organized the club movie-night fundraiser at the Stan Hagen Theater last week.. great entertainment, yummy snacks, lots of door prizes and some profit for the club.


No doubt most club members are enjoying coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympics. This is a great time to hang out with other members and cheer on all skiers and other athletes in front of the big screen at Raven Lodge. Keep an eye out for many of our local race organizers at the Callaghan Valley on the TV; Strathcona Nordics is making a significant contribution to the cadre of officials and volunteers who are who are helping to stage these Games.

Enjoy the action!!
Rob Grantham
Club Veep

New Officials Page
We have a new “Officials” page on our site. It has the article and photo that appeared in newspapers across the Island last week if you missed that story. We have many wonderful club officials to be proud of. If you are one of those officials, when you have a minute please send in your anecdotes and photos from your Olympic experience. We’d love to hear about it.

The Vancouver Island Loppet is a great way to start your racing career, as a racer or as an official. It’s a fun event that our club will host on March 27. This is your opportunity to hang on to that Olympic feeling, and enjoy being a part of the biggest nordic race on Mount Washington. The race notice is being posted later this week and registration will open soon on Zone 4. We need volunteers for a variety of jobs! Please email

Olympic Blog
Check out this blog from Marilyn’s friend Claudia Kerchkoff-VanWijk from the Olympics. She has a great perspective in that she is on the Course Marshalling crew at Callaghan Whistler Olympic Park, and her husband Dirk Van Wijk is one of the chief groomers of the courses — lots of great insider info.  Plus she is an Olympian herself from whitewater kayaking in the 80’s, so she understands it from an athletes perspective too.


Attention all skiers! This Saturday, you have a great opportunity to revive your skis. The Junior Racing Team will be hot waxing classic and skate skis in front of the Raven Lodge from 9 am to 11am on Saturday. For $8, you can treat yourself to better glide, then go for a ski, and then join your club members in the Lodge to watch the men’s Olympic nordic pursuit race at 1:30. Remember to bring cash for your ski wax!


What a weekend of extreme conditions! Perhaps both the worst weather day and the best. Congratulations to the Saturday Bunny group who stayed out the longest of all the groups on Saturday! Saturday’s weather and cold kids was a great reminder to be prepared for all types of weather. Keeping the kids dry often means keeping the kids warm and thus happy. Also, eye protection is very important for safe skiing, either sunglasses or goggles should be worn.

Sprint Races are coming up in just two weeks, March 6th and 7th. Two more volunteers for Sunday are needed to run these races for your children. Please contact Mark at if you are able to assist with these very short sprints – if you can start and stop a stopwatch, or say go, you are qualified to run this event. You can also volunteer for this or any of the other unfilled positions through the club website home page Rabbit Icon.

Please return your Bunny (if not yet completed) and Jackrabbit booklets to your coach this weekend. Orders for new booklets will be done next week, so don’t delay, or you may miss out on getting a booklet this year. If you have lost your booklet, they can be replaced for a cost of $5. Please let your coach know asap, preferably by email.

Long awaited SNSC back country ski trip news!
A new look for the newsletter too!

SNSC News — February 13, 2010

Nordic events begin on Monday, February 15. Look for the schedule and results on the Vancouver 2010 cross-country skiing  page. Go Canada!

Olympic ticket anyone?

I have one Olympic ticket (1) for the mens’ and womens’ classic sprint at the Whistler Olympic park taking place on February 17,2010.  In addition, I have a ticket for the bus ride to the event  from the BCIT departure hub that same morning at 5:15 a.m. with a  parking pass for one car to park there while the event is in  progress.  I’m not going to be able to use this ticket and would like to see someone from the Strathcona Nordics enjoy this event.

I don’t want anything for the ticket, bus pass and car park pass. I’m a skate skier with a son who does biathlon and a grandson who  just participated in his first classic 5 km race at Teacup at Mt.Hood in Oregon and I’d just like to think that whoever could use this would enjoy seeing this event.  Oh, and the ticket is for a grandstand seat. My number is 250-592-2720 and email is

Hope this can work for someone!



Coastal Cup #4

Congratulations to all racers and a BIG thank you to the organizers who (against many odds) pulled the race together!! Look for race results on Zone 4.

Email us your photos from the race for our Gallery pages.


Movie Night poster

SNSC News — February 5, 2010


Please note: We have to change our start time for the Coastal Cup #4 Race to 12:30 pm due to a Biathlon Race prior to our Coastal Cup  race. We have 137 skiers registered, so we should have a great race! Look for the start list later today.

See you Saturday,

SNSC Race Committee

SNSC News — February 2, 2010

The Final Countdown Begins!!

With the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games now less than 10 days away, excitement is thickening the air. This weekend will offer many events in the Comox Valley as we build up to the Games, including our annual Coastal Cup Race this Saturday at noon. We urge members to also take in the 9 a.m. Biathlon event where Olympians will show their form. There will be free swim and skate time on Saturday afternoon, and lots of activity at the Sports Center Sunday morning, hosted by the Spirit of BC Committee as part of the Sweden vs. China Women’s Exhibition Hockey game.

This is also great timing for club member Leanne Webster from Victoria to have stepped up for the director position of Club Events. Check out the new Socials page. Leanne is organizing a great opportunity to gather with club members on Saturday, February 20th and cheer on our Canadian Athletes at the Games in front of a big screen at Raven Lodge… sure to be a great time.

Cheers, enjoy the snow,

Rob Grantham Club Veep


Olympic Officials

We would like to send best wishes to our club members and their local crew who are leaving soon to take part in the Olympics — Becky Stewart , Val Wootton, Len Apedaile , Bob Lee ,Lo Lanning, Kate Pierce, Roz Smith, Karen West, Bruce Stevenson, David Gibson, Jay Dahlgren, Jerry Feniak, Marianne Muir, Carol Bell, Iona Belous, Susan Cormie, Harriet Rueggeberg, Colleen Roy, John Elson, Chris Round, Bob Hauser, Wilf Dreher and Susan Denny. We look forward to hearing about your Olympic experiences!

Coastal Cup — Registration Deadline

Registration for the Coastal Cup #4 closes at 6 pm on Thursday. Be sure to register today on Zone 4 for our exciting annual race, which happens this Saturday at noon! If you aren’t racing, come cheer your local club members on. Racers, be sure to select the link on the “Races” page on our website and read the race notice.

Movie Night

Get your advance tickets for our fun Movie Night at Ski Tak Hut. The “Double Bill Extreme Ski Movie Night” at the Stan Hagen Theatre at North Island College in Courtenay takes place on Thursday February 11 at 7pm. Join us for thrilling movies, food, and prizes. Bring your family, friends, and neighbours. Tickets are $8 each. Proceeds go to the Strathcona Nordic Ski Club. Scroll down to see the movie titles…

Club members can bring some baking for the sale at the at the intermission. Please bring some finger foods like cookies or squares to feed the hungry movie-goers and to help us add to the fundraising pot.


There will be no Saturday Rabbits this week due to the Coastal Cup Race on Saturday Feb 6th, instead the session will be made up on March 21st for the Rabbit Tournament. All Rabbits are encouraged to participate in this race, and register before 6 pm on Feb 4th on Zone 4. Please read the “Important Rabbit News” email which was sent out on Monday Feb 1st for more information about race registration and program events and happenings.

Racing Teams

Our Racing Teams enjoyed strong finishes and good weather at the BC Cup #2 Race in Prince George last weekend. Our club was well-represented by our Coach and by all our athletes and parents who attended. The team had many top 10 finishes. The following racers brought home medals: Emmalee Vandermale – Silver and Bronze, Andrea Lee – two Gold, Freya Westanays – two Gold, Sylvia Watkins – Bronze, Brian Stamp – Gold and Bronze.

Nordic Blogs

Catch up with Kit Richmond at Find Olympic team member Chandra Crawford’s latest at and George Grey’s blog at

Coming Soon

SNSC back-country skiing news!