SNSC News — February 22, 2011


Don’t miss the 29th annual Vancouver Island Loppet! It’s going to be a fun one this year with loads of prizes and categories. Catch the loppet spirit and challenge yourself, your friends, and your family to good, long ski! Visit the Loppet page for details.

BC Championships

In racing action last weekend, Junior racer Michael Ravensbergen led the way at the BC Championships on February 19 by capturing gold in the Junior Boys 10km skate ski race, while Alec Stapff skated to a third place finish in the 5km Midget Boys group. Marilyn Atkinson rounded off the medal collection by capturing a silver in the Masters Women’s 10km skate race. Well done to whole team who all had a great time racing and represented our club well!

Michael gets a little help from his sprint teammates, Willie and Jamie. He wasn't lying down on the job when he won gold at the BC Championships! Photo: Andy Brown


Last week’s sprints went really well – thank you to all the coaches for getting your groups to the event on time! And huge kudos to all the skiers who skied their hearts out in pursuit of gold!  Only three weeks until the big Rabbit Tourney – our season wind-up party! We are still in need of a Food Coordinator, a Sound System Tech, and Ski Technique Judges. If you are able to help with any of these, please email Alix as soon as possible (

Rabbits + Devos

A reminder to all Level 4 Rabbits and Devos that this weekend is the second of three Devo/Rabbit buddy ski sessions. The sessions take place between 1-230 pm on Saturday and Sunday Feb 26 and 27. Any Level 4 Rabbit who is interested in participating should contact Tim McGrady at to confirm their participation.


This is a quick update to remind you that we are back at it this weekend with more skating sessions. (Except for the Sunday beginner group where we will have a classic and a skate group). Groups will meet below the lodge as usual and go from there. See you then!

Club Ski

Thanks to those club members who came out for the Moonlight Ski on Friday, Feb. 18.  It was a beautiful evening and the moonlight did not disappoint.  It was enjoyed by all.  The next Moonlight Club Ski is Saturday, March 19th.  Keep watching the newsletters for dates and details on upcoming Club Skis and Twoonie Races.

Club Shirts

If you still need to pick up your pre-ordered club shirt, please email to arrange a time to meet at Raven Lodge on weekends or to make alternate arrangements.  There are additional shirts still available for purchase (limited sizes available). Please contact Leanne if interested (long-sleeves $35, short-sleeves $25, youth $20).

SNSC News — February 16, 2011

Coastal Cup

Thank you to all racers, race organizers, and race support who helped make the Coastal Cup a success! The Spud Valley Team sent us email saying they really enjoyed our Coastal Cup and “We met many friendly people there and all that made our trip very special.” We certainly enjoyed having them race with us!

You can view and purchase Brent Reid’s photos from Sunday here:
Tim Penney’s shots from Saturday are available for viewing and purchasing here:

Scroll down to Monday’s edition of the SNSC News to view all race results.

Photo courtesy of our Spud Valley Ski friends

Note: If you are missing some gear or have accidentally acquired someone’s skis or gear, please use the Gear webpage to post your lost and found items.

Wednesday Fun Nights

The next 4 Wednesday nights, join us in The Stadium (flat ski area above the parking lot) for some fun on skis! Everyone welcome — any age, any ability (must be a club member)

Time: 5 pm

– Feb 16th Poker run — Cancelled due to road conditions

– Feb 23rd  Fun sprints

– March 2nd  Treasure Hunt

– March 9th  Obstacle Race

Sign up:  Write your name on the clip board that will be on the wall to the right of the main doors the hour before the race or join us on the stadium.

Moonlight Club Ski

Come out and join fellow club members for a moonlight ski and apres-ski hot chocolate on Friday, Feb. 18.  We’ll meet in front of Raven Lodge at 7pm, ski for an hour or so, and then gather afterwards for some hot chocolate and social time in the Lodge. All ages welcome. There should be plenty of moonlight, but please feel free to bring along a headlamp for extra illumination.  And don’t forget to watch the weekly newsletters for other upcoming club social events.

Club Shirts

If you still need to pick up your pre-ordered club shirt, please email to arrange a time to meet at Raven Lodge this weekend or to make alternate arrangements.  There are additional shirts still available for purchase (limited sizes available). Please contact Leanne if interested (long-sleeve $35, short-sleeve $25, youth $20).

29th Annual Vancouver Island Loppet

Mark it on your calendar–Saturday, March 26! A loppet is a fun ski event where you can challenge yourself, your family, and/or your friends to a good long ski. This year we are offering the following loppet distances:

30km full loppet

15 km loppet

3 x 10km team loppet

5 km youth loppet

2 km rabbit loppet

1km cookie loppet

Our Head Coach Dave Battison has given us all some pointers on how to prepare for a loppet. See Coach Dave’s tips on the new Loppet webpage.

There will be loads of prizes this year–prizes for the youngest and for the oldest entrants, for costumes, for families, for volunteers, for first, second, and third place finishers, and random draw prizes too. Registration will open soon on Zone 4. Look for the race notice to be posted soon as well.


Saturday’s near blizzard conditions didn’t stop Bunnies and Rabbits from hitting the trails – way to go!

On Sunday the weather was better and it was great to see a number of Rabbits participating in the Coastal Cup #5 – congratulations to all the participated!

This weekend will see all Rabbits joining in for the Becky Scott Sprint Races. Groups will be directed to head to the stadium in intervals. Skiers will race in heats of two and each skier will sprint the race course twice. Skiers born in 2003 or earlier will sprint 75m, while skiers born 2004 and later will sprint 50 m. The purpose of these sprints is to encourage skiers to develop speed in their skiing and to expose them to a race like experience. They will also actively cheer on other participants. The sprints take about 20 minutes for each group to complete. The rest of the session will be spent skiing as usual with coaches.”

Devo invite Rabbits

Devo Coach Tim McGrady has invited any Rabbits born in 2001, 2000, 1999, or 19998 to race at the BC Midget Championships with the Devo team.  Please note that the deadline for registration on is coming up on Feb 27th. See the race notice on the Hollyburn Ski Club website Contact Tim for more iinformation or to let him know you’ll be attending.

The objectives of Midgets include:

– Bring young skiers together for a memorable and enjoyable weekend of cross country ski

– competition and fun

– Meet the needs of a wide range of skill levels and ski experience

– Encourage achievement through team effort

– Encourage good ski technique

BC Championships

Good luck to the team of racers and supporters leaving for Kamloops later this week. These Strathcona Nordics racers will compete in the third and final race in the BC Cup series, the BC Championships. Go team!

Canada Winter Games

Coach Dave leaves for the Canada Winter Games this week. He was selected to coach the BC Nordic Team. BC is sending a full team of 10 able-bodied and 4 paranordic athletes, and this roster includes the Strathcona Nordics racer Andrea Lee! Andrea currently trains out of the National Development Centre(NDC) in Thunder Bay, Ontario. You can follow her NDC blog on our FYI webpage.

The Canada Winter Games showcases the top 16-to-23 year-old athletes in every province. Theses athletes are an exciting group to watch, and you can follow Coach Dave and the BC Team on TSN. Follow the nordic events on the TSN website and the Cross Country Canada website

Video Contest

Light, camera, action! Get to work on those videos and submit them before March 1 (next week!) to qualify for the February contest prize. See the 3-minute Video Contest webpage for details–use the sidebar.

SNSC News — February 14, 2011

Congratulations to all the racers, race organizers, and race supporters involved in the weekend’s Coastal Cup Races! Well done everyone! Thank you to the folks from Spud Valley for travelling to the Island to race with us. You can use the links below to view PDFs of the race results.

Coastal Cup #4, Team Sprint free technique race results

Coastal Cup #5. Individual Start classic technique race results

Stay tuned for links to race photos from our wonderful professional photographers. Watch for the regular edition of SNSC News on Wednesday.

Coastal Cup #4 and #5

Calling skiers of all ages and abilities!

The Coastal Cup #4 and 5 are fun, friendly, local club races. Everyone is welcome at any level and any age!

Coastal Cup #5 — Individual Start Classic Race

You can view the Start List here for Sunday, February 13 race. Note: You can pick up your race bib in the Raven Lodge between 9am and 10:15. The race starts at 11am. Scroll down to see the Race Notice and Course Maps below.

Photo: Brent Reid. Coastal Cup action!

Saturday, February 12, Team sprints – Fun, Fast, and Furious!

Sunday, February 13, Individual Classic Ski – Race the clock or your favourite adversary!

    Race Format for Saturday Team Sprints

  • Teams will comprise of two racers who will both ski the course three times.
  • Each team can choose which team member skis first.
  • Each category will have a mass start beginning with Category 1 at 11am, subsequent categories will run as soon as the previous category has cleared the course.
  • The 1st team member will ski the course then tag their partner within an exchange zone.
  • The 2nd team member can then ski the course, and so on for a total of six laps—each skier skiing the course three times.
  • Final Heats

  • The fastest half of the skiers to finish in each category will proceed to the A Final. The slower half will proceed to the B Final.
  • The A and B Finals will start at 1pm again with Category 1 starting first.
  • Depending on the number of entrants it is possible that the A and B final will be run at the same time.
  • Awards

  • All atoms will receive participant ribbons at the finish line.
  • Medals will be given out after the last race either in the Stadium or Raven Lodge depending on the weather.
  • NOTE: Teams must email their team members to by Thursday Feb 10th. If no information is received as to a participant’s team they will be assigned to a team by the Race Committee.

Race Notice

View Race Notice PDF here.

Race Course maps

Coastal Cup #4, Team Sprints, free technique

View 100m and 200m course map PDF here.

View 400m course map PDF here.

View 800m course map PDF here.

Coastal Cup #5, Individual Start, classic technique

View 1km and 2km and 3km course map here.

View 5km and 7.5km course map here.