Remember to go through your nordic ski gear to see which items you want to sell at the swap and which new items you’ll be shopping for. On Saturday, October 30 at Queneesh Elementary in Courtenay, you can:
Drop off gear 9am – 12pm
Buy baked goods from the young Devo racers through out the day
Join fellow members for an inexpensive & delicious chili lunch 11:30 – 12:00
Learn what’s going on in the AGM 12:00 – 2pm
Shop at the Swap 2 – 4pm (Note: People attending the AGM get in first to the Swap.)
Pick up your unsold items 4 – 4:30pm
Bring your skis (skate & classic) along and have the Junior Racers hot wax them for you for just $8/pair. Be ready for the snow!
Registration is open! Enjoy earlybird pricing on programs until November 30. Register online at www.zone4.ca or press the button on the sidebar. On the Zone 4 website, select “Online Registration” and scroll to find “Strathcona Nordic Ski Club.” Select our club and follow the prompts.
New for Mount Washington’s Nordic Center this year, we will have indoor waxing. There is a 10′ by 16′ shed being place near the snowmobile shed for your waxing needs. We will continue to have the waxing area out the back of the lodge also. This fall some widening of trails has been done on; Park Entrance, Jutland, Lower section of Grind and Lower West Meadows. Drainage issues have been addressed on Far East, Jutland and upper part of the Grind.
We also have a new trail, about 2km long, Blue in difficultly, starting 1/3 of the way up the Grind and linking into the junction of the Upper, Lower and Grind. It should make it easier for intermediates to access the Lower West Meadows. The trail has excellent views looking over Jutland towards the park and Rossiter’s and Diver’s lake. We will be taking suggestions for a name up until Oct 30th. You can email name suggestions to email@example.com.
Looking forward to the snow falling and the start of another season. Opening day is planned for December 10th, but cross those fingers, we would like to open in November again.
Join the Devos and the Junior Racers for the Perseverance Run in Cumberland on October 31st. Proceeds support the Cumberland Community Forest Society. Sign up online.
Join fellow club members this weekend on a hike/run at Elk Falls in Campbell River. Meet at the logging road bridge in Elk Falls park at 10am. Enjoy some fresh air and exercise with club members in the beautiful Elk Falls and Snowdon Forest.
We are still looking for a Sunday parent to assist Skill Development Coordinator, Alix Wilson. This person will act as a liaison between the Sunday Coaches, Sunday Parents, and Alix. Don’t let the title of the job deter you – if you can send an email, you can do this job!
We also need lots of coaches – about 25 in fact. You could coach all 10 sessions, co-coach and learn from each other, or act as an alternate. If you are enthusiastic about skiing and want to share this joy with kids, please consider coaching this year. Expert skiing skills are not required, but smiles are.
Coaching Courses are free and the skills you learn at the courses will help improve your own technique as well! This year we are in need of approximately 10 new coaches. Courses are Dec 3/4 for the Intro to Community Coaching and Jan 7/8/9 for the Community Coaching. Mark your calendar now and let us know you’re coming!
See you at the Ski Swap,
Laura Johnston and Alix Wilson
Rabbits SDP Coordinators
EMPTY BEVERAGE BOTTLES
Members are welcome to return their empty beverage bottles, cans, and tetra packs to the Courtenay Return Centre on Puntledge Road, to the account of the “Strathcona Nordic Ski Club – Junior Racers.” When depositing to an account, you can go to the door around the side where the service is faster!
Look for Ski Tak Hut on Facebook to learn about their nordic gear sale. Ski Tak Hut always offers SNSC members a 10% discount on regular priced merchandise!
When the mountain opens, Raven Retail also offers members a 10% discount.
According to Friday’s “The Province” newspaper, we can expect a snowy winter. “La Niña is like the cold cousin of El Niño,” Environment Canada meteorologist David Jones was quoted in the article. “The dice are loaded in favour of colder weather.” Register now for club membership & programs to take advantage of earlybird prices–for what may be a phenomenal ski season! Visit Zone 4, select “Online Registration”, and scroll down to find “Strathcona Nordic Ski Club”. Earlybird prices are on until November 30.
Behind the scenes
Bob Hauser and Len Apedaile met this week to discuss standardizing racing courses for club events. The purpose is to establish consistent sprint, 1.5km, 2.5km, and 5km race loops and associated maps to simplify race planning, preparation, grooming, course marking etc. We will also do the same for the Loppet course with the intent that the Loppet involve a tour of as much of the trail system as possible. Club members are welcome to provide their input and opinions into this process or even get involved in a “trails subcommittee” which will be a focus point for ski trail related issues including grooming feedback, future trail development, race trail homologation etc. For more information please contact Bob or Len firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks to Alex Dunae, webman extraordinaire, of Dialect.ca for taking the time to fix our sidebar and some other complex website problems!
Support your Junior Racing team by saving your empty beverage bottles and cans for them. Your Junior Racing team is working hard, training and raising money for the trip to Nationals in Canmore this season. Sunday, October 17, you can drop off your empties in Comox at 1719 Tofino Pl between 1 and 4pm–or contact email@example.com to have them picked up before October 17. Alternately, you can contact the JR racers nearest you!
AGM & Swap
Remember to go through your ski gear and pick out items in good condition that you want to sell at the swap. You can make your wish list for new gear items at the same time. Our annual Ski Swap and AGM takes place Saturday, October 30 at Queneesh Elementary in Courtenay.
9am – 12pm Equipment drop off
11:30am – 12 Lunch
12 – 2pm AGM
2 – 4pm Swap
4 – 4:30pm Unsold equipment pick up
Note: People who attend the AGM get in first to the swap, and we plan to finish early, before 2pm!
If you can spare a bit of time on October 30, please volunteer at the Swap. We always have fun! Email Sue firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, BRING all YOUR SKIS TO THE SWAP for a pre-season wax from the JR Team! The team will be waxing skis to raise money for their trip to Canmore for Nationals. Be ready for an early snow fall!
Strathcona Nordics Wear
We have two clothing orders coming up. You can place your orders at the swap or email email@example.com for more info:
1. Racing spandex. A racing jersey and tights. Cost, approximately $210. Select this link to view the design. http://strathconanordics.com
2. Technical t-shirts. Long-sleeved, black. Short-sleeved, red. Men’s. Women’s. Youth. $25-$35. See samples at the Swap. Photos coming soon to the website.
Looking forward to another fantastically fun season of Rabbits–we need a Sunday Rabbit parent to be the Sunday Session Coordinator. This person assists the incoming Skill Development Coordinator, Alix Wilson and acts as a liaison between the Sunday Coaches, Sunday Parents, and Alix. A Sunday parent must take on this role. If you can send an email, you can do this job!
We also need lots of coaches – about 25 in fact. Some coaches are responsible for all 10 sessions, some co-coach and learn from each other, and other coaches act as alternates. If you are enthusiastic about skiing and want to share this joy with kids, please consider coaching this year. Expert skiing skills are not required, but smiles are. Coaching Courses are free and the skills you learn at the courses will help improve your own technique as well! This year we are in need of approximately 10 new coaches. Courses are Dec 3rd/4th for the Intro to Community Coaching and Jan 7th/8th/9th for the Community Coaching. Mark your calendar now and let us know you’re coming!
If you’ve got questions about the Rabbits program, please check out the club website and view the Rabbits section in the sidebar. For additional information contact Laura Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org or Alix Wilson at email@example.com. If you are interested in learning more about the Sunday Session Coordinator role or Coaching, please contact me a.s.a.p.