Though happy to have some extra time on the weekends, many of us miss the fun and exercise of a good cross-country ski! Our racing teams will be heading up Mount Washington next weekend for a 4-day spring training camp, and all Strathcona Nordic Ski Club (SNSC) members are welcome to enjoy some skiing that weekend.
The racing team will be staying on Mount Washington, and all skiing will be done from the base of The Hawk chair lift. This is where the grooming will take place.
You can come up for a ski from the bottom of The Hawk chair lift on:
Friday, May 7 — late afternoon
Saturday, May 8 — morning or afternoon and stay for the team BBQ
Sunday, May 9 — morning or afternoon
Monday, May 10 — early morning only
There will be a drop in fee of $10 to help cover the grooming costs. Skiers must be members of the SNSC.
Call Coach Dave Battison for more details 250-202-0578.
Junior Racing Team Win Snow-to-Surf Gold
Once again, our Junior Racing Team and friends took first place in the Junior Teams division of the Snow-to-Surf race.
Last week, Rick Morson of CIBC Wood Gundy presented a cheque for $3,626 to Rob Grantham of SNSC for our Learn to Ski program. Mr Hartig’s grade 5/6 class at Ecole Puntledge Park Elementary are keen participants in the program.
SNSC’s Learn to Ski program took 776 elementary students cross-country skiing this past winter along with 80 adults accompanying the students. The program is sponsored by CIBC Wood Gundy and Mount Washington Resort. Many thanks to CIBC Wood Gundy for helping us continue to spread the love for cross-country skiing!
Nordic operations on Mount Washington have officially closed for the season. However, the good folks at the Raven Lodge left us power for the wax benches at the back. If you are out there training for the Snow to Surf or just enjoying the beautiful conditions, remember to ski with caution and bring a buddy.
28th Annual Vancouver Island Loppet
Despite stormy weather, 129 skiers left the stadium in the Loppet mass start. The skiers came from all over Vancouver Island, across British Columbia, and Alberta. The fastest time overall for the full 30 km Loppet was skied by Olav Stana of Vernon. The fastest time overall for the half Loppet, 15 km, was skied by Sheridan Meckert of Comox. Conrad Murdoch of Whister had the fastest time for the children’s 5 km Loppet, followed closely by his brother Michael Murdoch. See the table below to find medal results by category. Go to Zone 4 for a complete list of results.
The Loppet is always a really fun event for all ages! Special thanks have to go out to all the volunteers and also to our community sponsors—Thrifty Foods, Mount Washington Resort, Ski Tak Hut, Mountain City Cycles, Valhalla Pure Outfitters, Courtenay Recreation, Extreme Runners, Hot Chocolates, Tenth Street Chiropractic, Blacks Cycles, Strathcona Park Lodge, and the Ski and Surf Shop!
Club organizers are busy setting dates for programs for next season. Watch for a list of race and coaching course dates coming soon!