SNSC News — November 30, 2011

Today is the last day for earlybird pricing for program registration! To register before midnight for earlybird fees, click this link to Zone 4 or use the Register button on the left.

Opening day!
Mount Washington Resort opens this Friday, December 2! As of Friday, you can view the Nordic Snow Report for updated weather and trail conditions.

December 31 race
We will hosting the BC Winter Games Trial and Club Race on December 31! This is a qualifying race for BC Zone 6 skiers born in 1997 and 1998 to participate in the 2012 BC Winter Games this February! All skiers are also welcome to race in this event. You can view the race notice on the Races page or by clicking this link.

Race registration will open on Zone 4 soon! Check race registration on soon or look for a link to appear on the Races page.

The Vancouver Island Mountain Sport Society (VIMSS) could use your help. They are looking for volunteers to help with the final clean up at the new Mountain Centre. This is your opportunity to have peak inside the new Centre next to the Raven Lodge parking lot and to help them get it ready for the public at the same time:

  • Meet this Sunday, December 4
  • Anytime between 9am and noon at the Centre
  • Grab a wrag, a mop, or a broom, and help them make it look spiffy
  • If you can only come for an hour, any help would be appreciated
  • The Mountain Centre is located across from the Raven Lodge in the Nordic Area
  • No need to reply! Just show up.

On behalf of VIMSS – Thanks for your help!

Skiing on the Island
VIMSS is holding a fundraiser that could be mutually beneficial this Christmas. Local artist Brian Scott has put together a book called Skiing on the Island, which captures the history and evolution of skiing on Vancouver Island by combining his beautiful paintings with poignant personal stories.

The book makes a lovely gift and at $25 is a real bargain. The profits are going to the Vancouver Island Mountain Centre. The centre is a non-profit venture between VIMSS and the Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Society.

Contact Pat Douglas, Director VIMSS, at 250-338-6247 or to arrange your $25 payment and delivery.

Rabbit News

With an extra week of skiing before the Rabbit season begins (thank you Ullr!), Rabbits can start working on their Snow Goals early! Keep track of the number of days skiied (the session must be at least an hour long) to report to coaches near the end of the Rabbit season. There is no need to keep track of the dates, just the number of days. Remember that terrain is one of the best teachers for beginning skiers, and just having kids spend time on skis will help them develop good skills (like balance and falling and rising!). Have fun out there!

SNSC News — November 24, 2011

Opening day

With a large dump of snow over the past week and more in the forecast, Mount Washington announced they are opening early on Friday Dec 2nd! Here the scoop:

At this point, we will have Jutland, Raven’s, West Meadows, Legacy, Grind, Upper and Lower open. The World Cup, Sprint, and the Park trails will need more snow. Check the snow report Thursday Dec 1st for the most up to date information. We will be track packing during next week and not setting track until we get a firm base started. Just a reminder that all season passes holder will need their passes. You can get them 7 days a week up at the Season Passes office. Best to get them before Dec 2nd if you plan on skiing on the first weekend. The line up can be pretty long on open weekend. See you on the mountain!

You can find Mount Washington Resort’s nordic snow report on their website.


Don’t delay! There are only six days left to cash in on earlybird registration prices. You can register using this link to the Zone 4 registration page or click the Register button on the left. Click here to view the Preparing for the Season page.

Perfect timing!

We have an excellent workshop coming up this Sunday, November 27 where you can learn some new skills for free. Join us in downtown Courtenay for an electronic timing workshop! We’ll be setting up and using equipment and simulating races. This is a great opportunity to learn some new skills that you can use in our club races this season. The workshop promises to be both informative and fun!

  • Sunday (not Saturday), November 27
  • Filberg Centre (downtown Courtenay), Evergreen Room
  • 1-3pm

Hope to see you there!

SNSC and CIBC Wood Gundy

Rick Morson of CIBC Wood Gundy passes a cheque for $2,784 to Karla Wikjord from the Strathcona Nordics & CIBC Wood Gundy XC Program for Elementary Schools. Martin Hartig’s grade 6/7 class at Ecole Puntledge Park have been enthusiastic participants in the program. The program takes thousands of local elementary students cross-country skiing each winter. The program is sponsored by CIBC Wood Gundy and Mount Washington Resort.


Aboriginal Coaching Workshop — Pacific Sport and Coaches BC are presenting a professional training tool for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal coaches for coaching Aboriginal athletes. The workshop will be in Campbell River at the Quinsam Health Centre on December 10 from 9am to 6pm. Contact Catharine to register and learn more.

CC–On December 9 and 10 we are holding our Community Coaching (CC) workshop, which has ICC as a prerequisite. You can contact Doug to register and learn more. If you have an extra room, please consider hosting the visiting CCBC coach on the evening of December 9. You can contact Doug to make arrangements.

Refresher–Be sure to mark December 17 and 18 on your calendar! Coach Dave is holding coaching refresher workshops on Mount Washington. If you are a new or returning coach, be sure to attend this workshop to refresh your ski skills and learn some new tricks! Contact Doug to register and learn more.


If you haven’t done so already, take stock of your ski equipment and visit the Gear page. We have items listed for sale and as requests for purchase.


Hollyburn Cross Country Ski Club are hosting the Coastal Cup 1 at Whistler Olympic Park on December 4. You can view the race notice here.

Our first home race of the season is scheduled for December 31 at Mount Washington Nordic. It’s ourBC Winter Games qualifying race. However, everyone is welcome to race! The race notice and registration will be available next week.

SNSC News — November 17, 2011

Snowflakes have been falling on Mount Washington, but it looks like we need more snow before we can get out there for a good ski. It’s time for the snow dance!

Here’s a slide show of photos from some of our 2011 activities.


Don’t delay! There are less than two weeks remaining for earlybird registration prices. You can click the Register button on the sidebar.


Here’s an opportunity to host a visiting CCBC coach for December 9. This coach will be in the Comox Valley to host the CC workshop. Contact Doug ( to host the CCBC coach for the December 9 evening or to learn more about coaching workshops below.

We still have a few spots open for the:

  • Introduction to Community Coaching (ICC) workshop, November 18 and 19.
  • Community Coaching (CC) workshop (with ICC prerequesite), December 9 and 10.
  • These workshops are free to SNSC members who will coach.

New and returning coaches, mark December 17 & 18 on your calendars for the free Coaching Refresher workshops on Mount Washington. Coach Dave will help you find your ski legs and learn some new coaching tricks!

Sue Bloxsome and Marilyn Atkinson of Courtenay Physiotherapy Clinic recently practiced exercises to address muscle balance and flexibilty with the Junior Racing team.


As new snow appears on the mountain, the Rabbit registrations are coming in. Be sure to register by November 30 to take advantage of the reduced program rates! Don’t forget to sign up for a Rabbit Volunteer position after registering. There are many positions that need filling – you’re sure to find one that fits your schedule and area of interest! The form can be reached by clicking on the Rabbit volunteer button on the sidebar. We are especially in need of coaches for Sunday’s program!


In addition to purchasing new items, there are many ways to outfit yourself and/or your family for skiing this season:

  • Use the Gear page to look for or post items you would like to buy, sell, or trade. You can post items by using the Comments function at the bottom of the page.
  • Ask downstairs at Ski Tak Hut to look at their used nordic selection if you want to purchase used gear items.
  • Rent from Mount Washington using their special 10-week rate for SNSC programs. See the Preparing for the season page to learn about the special rates.


Hollyburn Cross Country Ski Club are hosting the first Coastal Cup of the season at Whistler Olympic Park on December 4. You can view the race notice here.

Our first home race of the season is scheduled for December 31 at Mount Washington Nordic. It’s our BC Winter Games qualifying race. However, everyone is welcome to race! Look for this race notice soon.

If you still need some inspiration for the snow dance, on the Gallery page, you can find XC Zone’s cool video Snowpocalpse Now that they shot on Mt Washington last season.

SNSC News — November 12, 2001


Earlybird registration fees are on until November 30. Click the Register button on the sidebar.


We still have a few spots open for the Community Coaching (CC) workshop (with ICC prerequesite) on December 9-10. The Introduction to Community Coaching (ICC) workshop is coming up next weekend, November 18 and 19. These workshops are free to SNSC members who will coach.

Both new and returning coaches can mark December 17 & 18 on their calendars for the free Coaching Refresher workshops on Mount Washington.

We are also looking for a room for the visiting CCBC coach for December 9. Contact Doug ( to learn more about coaching workshops or to host the CCBC coach for the December 9 evening.


We are holding a timing workshop on Saturday, November 27. This is your opportunity to become proficient operating the various gadgets used to time athletes in races. This workshop promises to be good fun! Contact Alison ( to register or to learn more.

Masters Recreational Dryland

Come out and learn some ski-specific dryland exercises that will help your skiing this winter! These sessions are especially for participants in the Strathcona Nordics Recreational Masters programs , and for any keen beginner, intermediate or more-advanced Masters Strathcona Nordics Club members. The exercises will focus on coordination, balance, core strength, and ski technique for both skate and classic skiing.

  • Wednesday November 19th 7:30pm
  • Valleyview School Gym, Courtenay
  • Please wear athletic clothing suitable for active exercise, and clean dry shoes for the school gym
  • Arrive a bit early please so we can start promptly at 7:30
  • There will be a $5 charge just to cover costs

For further information contact Marilyn Atkinson


The club netted a total of $1002.06 at the Swap. Well done everyone!


If you have cross-country ski gear items that you want to buy or that you want to sell, you can use theGear page on the website to post these items.

Ski Tak Hut in Courtenay also has quite a few used gear items for sale downstairs.

BC Winter Games

Only seven weeks until our first home race of the season! December 31, we are holding our BC Winter Games qualifying race at Mt Washington Nordic. In addition to BC Games eligible skiers (those born in 1997 and 1998)–everyone is welcome to race! Race organizers are currently drawing up the race notice and registration.

All Vancouver Island skiers born in 1997 and in 1998 are encouraged to ski in this qualifying classic race, which would allow them a chance to participate in a very fun ski event in February, the BC Winter Games! Contact Marilyn for more information

SNSC News — November 3, 2011

AGM and swap

We enjoyed an excellent swap and AGM at the Comox Rec Centre last Saturday! The Devos delivered a table of treats that rivalled the best bakery in town, the Junior Race Team helped many skiers prepare for the snow (which is piling up on Mt Washington!), Coach Dave gave a stellar wax clinic, everyone enjoyed the delicious chili lunch, and many people found great deals on quality used equipment. Many thanks to all of the wonderful volunteers who transported ski racks and mats, set up, tagged gear, brought floats for the sellers, cooked huge pots of yummy chili, baked, waxed, helped people carry gear, cleaned up, and more! Special thanks to Sue Bloxsome for keeping us all organized. We are calculating the results of the swap and sales, and we’ll have numbers for you next week.

At the AGM, we heard director’s reports and elected a new Board of Directors (BOD) for 2011-2012. We would like to express much gratitude (for all of their hard work!) to outgoing directors Sue Bloxsome, Andrea Prager, and Georgina Price! Likewise, we would like to welcome our new board and thank the following club members for taking on director’s roles:

President – Len Apedaile
Vice President – Alison Stocks
Treasurer – Jae Yon Jones
Secretary – Andrea Stapff
Membership Director – Georgina Price
Sponsorship and Fundraising Co-Directors – Larry and Shannon Reynolds
Director of Communications – Barb Kelly
Chair Skill Development, Director – Alix Wilson
Chair Recreational skier development – vacant
Chair Athlete Development, Director – Berend Henckel
Chair Coach Development, Director – Doug Herchmer
Chair Club Events – Vacant
Chair Competitions and Officials development Programs – vacant

It’s not too late to join the BOD. If anyone has a few hours to spare a month and is interested in taking on a vacant position, contact

It’s Official

Due to only three participants, the Level 1 Officials course is cancelled this weekend. However, there will be a timing workshop for club members at the end of the month. Stay tuned for details!


Here’s an opportunity to host a CCBC coach for a night. We need a billet for November 18 for the instructor on the ICC workshop November 18 and 19. Contact Doug if you have an extra room that evening.

There are still a few spaces available for the Community Coaching (CC) workshop December 9-11 in Courtenay. Conatc Doug for more info This weekend, we are holding the L2T Dryland course at the Comox Rec Centre in Comox.

Perserverance Creek

On October 30th, under clear skies and cool conditions, over 15 Strathcona Nordics entered the Perseverance Trail Run in Cumberland including a good mix of Devos, Juniors, and Masters. The SNSC Devo team continued their traditional domination of the 3km Mens event with 11 year old Matthew Salmon earning a first place by totally demolishing the second place finisher Devo coach Berend Henckel by over 15 seconds. Third place in the 3km men went to Connor McGrady with other SNSC racers RL2T Drylandoss Lamon, Stephen Lamon, Hugo Henckel and Kai McGrady also finishing strongly. Junior racer Jessica Reynolds placed first in her category and Devos Annelies Henckel and Eva Salmon respectively placing first and second in their categories.

In the exciting and punishing 10km event, Junior racer Michael Ravensburgen finished with a time of 57:10 to take first place in the 19 and under category, while dad Peter finished with a time of 1:05. Dominick Nadeau was close behind Michael and finished with a stellar time of 59:12. Among other SNSC finishers in the 10km were Phil Schum, Devo coach Tim McGrady, and Sarah Henckel.

Congratulations also to Peter Ravensbergen, Tim McGrady and Sarah Henckel for tackling the leg burning, lung bursting 10K. event. We hope to see an even larger group of Strathcona Nordics at this event next year. Our legs are ready! Let is snow!


Registration is open! Visit our Zone 4 registration page using the “Register” button on the sidebar.

Thrifty Food Smile Cards

We still have a few smile cards available. If you shop at Thrifty Foods (anywhere on the island), you can help support the club at no extra cost to you. Contact Berend for more info

Congratulations Len!

Last week, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) named five international officials as finalists for the “Exemplary Paralympic Games Official Award.” The SNSC’s president, Len Apedaile was named as one of the finalists for the award, “Len Apedaile (Canada): As the sport manager for the Vancouver 2010 Organizing Committee for Nordic Skiing, Apedaile acted in a critical role to maintain successful operations of the event both prior to and during the Games.” Congratulations Len!