SNSC Race Update — December 27, 2011

Please be advised the race time has changed for the BC Winter Games Zone 6 Trial and All-club Race due to extraordinary circumstances.

The new race start time is 9am!

Here is a summary of the race day information:

  • Registration deadline, Thursday, December 29 at midnight (No late race entries will be accepted)
  • Race day, Saturday December 31at Mount Washington Nordic
  • Raven Lodge doors will open at 7am (Note: Food & equipment services open at 8am)
  • Bib pick up between 7:30am and 8am
  • Classic technique, individual start at 9am

For more detailed race information, see the race notice here. You can click here for Zone 4 race registration. The course maps are available by clicking this link.

SNSC News — December 22, 2011

Happy winter! We hope everyone is finding time to get out and enjoy the lovely, crisp weather we’ve been having. Additionally, we hope at least a few people have asked Santa for more snow for Christmas. Best wishes to everyone for a happy holiday!


There is only one week left to register for the BC Winter Games Zone 6 Trial and All-club Race. This fun race is open to all club members. However, no late entries will be accepted. The race takes place on December 31 at Mount Washington Nordic.

Don’t delay, click here for the Race notice and click here to register on Zone 4. Note: In the Open Men and Open Women categories, the race results will be divided into 10-year age categories.


Calling all coaches! Rabbits desperately needs YOU! For the first time in many, many years, we have had to cut registration off early, and have a wait list going for both days. We are turning away kids who want to ski due to a coaching shortage.

On top of all groups being at maximum capacity, a last minute change to our Saturday coaching roster has left a group in need of a coach! We need a L1 coach who is willing to take on 5 weeks of coaching (1/2 time), otherwise we may have to tell 8 skiers who are already registered that they canot ski with Rabbits this season! If you are able to contribute to our children’s skiing development, please contact Alix Wilson at right away!

The Rabbits Skill Development program runs exclusively on volunteer power. Each Rabbit family is expected to sign up for at least one volunteer position in order to make our program run. If you have yet to sign up for a volunteer position, please click on the Rabbit Volunteer button on the left hand navigation bar of the SNSC website.

Rabbits also needs a ski playground liason for Sunday, as well as ski evaluators for both days!


There are quite a lot of gear items listed on the bottom of the Gear page. If you are looking to buy, sell, or trade–be sure to scroll down and have a look at the items posted.

SNSC News — December 15, 2011

Though all the trails aren’t open yet, the ski conditions are nice on Mount Washington! You can find the nordic weather and trail report on Mount Washington’s website. Remember to wear your season’s pass or trail pass at all times when skiing.

If you are wondering about the road conditions, you can check the Drive BC website to see if there are reports for Highway 19 or Mount Washington Road/Strathcona Parkway.


Due to both overwhelming interest in Rabbits and a shortage of coaches, we are sorry to announce that Rabbits registration is being closed. At the moment, all groups are at full capacity. However if you, or someone you know, is interested in being on the wait list, please email Alix . Please include the child’s name and age.

In the meantime, we hope to hear from more coaches, so we can make sure everyone who wants to ski has the chance to!

Coaching refresher

This weekend, Saturday, December 17 and Sunday, December 18, attend coaching refresher morning sessions on mount Washington. Find your ski legs, meet other coaches, and learn some new tricks with Coach Dave!

Meet at the new Vancouver Island Mountain Centre (VIMC) (across from the Raven Lodge at Mount Washington Nordic):

  • 9:30am in VIMC
  • 10am –12pm on snow
  • Bring both classic and skate gear on both days—classic or skate technique depending on snow conditions
  • Free to SNSC members who are coaching
  • All coaching levels are welcome!

Email Doug to register


The AGM date has changed for the Vancouver Island Mountain Sport Society (VIMSS). Meet at the new VI Mountain Centre this Sunday, January 18 at 1pm.

Mount Orford

SNSC members participating the Quebec team exchange were sad to see their new ski friends leave last Sunday. They look forward to seeing them again next month when our team travels to Mount Orford, Quebec!

You can read (en francais) more about the trip on Mt Orford’s blog.

Saturday December 31, we’re holding our first home race of the season. This is the BC Winter Games Trial & All-Club Race! For racers born in 1997 and 1998, this is the qualifying race for the BC Winter Games, which will take place in February. There are race categories for Atoms through Masters <70, so everyone is welcome to register and race.

You can click the links to see:

Eligible skiers can contact Marilyn our Zone 6 rep to learn more about the BC Winter Games.

Saturday fun

Beginning on January 7, we’ll begin a series of fun races every Saturday afternoon! We’ll meet in the Stadium–the flat area above the Raven Lodge parking lot–after lunch. All club members of all ages and abilities will be welcome to join in the fun!

Gear page

Check the Gear page for items to buy, sell, or trade. Use the comments function at the bottom of the page to post items.


Don’t miss out on this opportunity! Volunteer at the 2011 BCWG trial race. Email today before all the premium volunteer positions have been taken.

This year we are going to develop a series of fun races on Saturdays after lunch. If you are interested in being involved with planning of these events, please email The volunteer meeting will be Sunday, January 1st 10am at the Raven Lodge.


Wow! Thanks to all the Thrifty Foods shoppers using their Strathcona Nordics Smile Cards. As of this week, Thrifty Foods has donated a total of $614.10 from your purchases to the club racing suit program, which provides team racing suits for young racers to borrow for the racing season. Contact Berend to learn more


Calling all biathletes! There will be a trial race for spots on the BC Winter Games Zone 6 Biathlon Team. The trial race will take place at Mount Washington Nordic on Sunday, January 8. You can read the race notice on the VI Biathlon Club website. Contact Pat at for more information.

SNSC News — December 9, 2011

One month until the start of recreational programs! There is still time to register if you haven’t already. Remember that Strathcona Nordic Ski Club members get a discount at Ski Tak Hut in downtown Courtenay and at Raven Retail in the Raven Lodge!

Look for news on Masters, Coaching, the Quebec Exchange, Backcountry tours, Rabbits, and more below!

Some of the Mt Orford & SNSc racers pose for a photo under sunny skies in Pacific Rim Park on Wednesday.


Registration is open for BC Winter Games Zone 6 Trial and all Club Race on December 31. See the race notice here. Click this link to Zone 4 to register.


What a beautiful opening weekend! I’m sure many of you took advantage of the sunny spring-like conditions to get your ski legs back–remember to keep track of those ski days for all Rabbits to go towards their Snow Goal award. Each time you ski outside of Rabbits program (skiing for an hour or more) that time counts toward this award.

The early-bird registration deadline has passed and the majority of Rabbits are signed up for the season, but you still have time to register. Please remember to visit the Rabbit Volunteer Sign-up form, click the Rabbit button up on the left, or click here Your participation is a much needed and a much appreciated part of the Rabbits program–without you, we just can’t do it!

Quebec exchange

This week, we’ve had 17 young SNSC members hosting a team of 17 young nordic racers from Mt Orford, Quebec. The group are having a wonderful time site-seeing and skiing on Vancouver Island. If you see the Mt Orford kids and their coaches on the mountain on Saturday, dites leur “Bonjour!”


New and returning coaches, refresh your skills, meet other coaches, and learn some new tricks next weekend (December 17 and 18) with two on-snow sessions with Coach Dave!

Meet at the new Vancouver Island Mountain Centre (VIMC) (across from the Raven Lodge at Mount Washington Nordic). Here’s the schedule for both days:

  • 9:30am in VIMC
  • 10am –12pm on snow
  • Bring both classic and skate gear on both days—classic or skate technique depending on snow conditions
  • Free to SNSC members who are coaching
  • All coaching levels are welcome!

Email Doug to register

Backcountry tours

If you are interesting in backcountry skiing this winter, Andrew Pape-Salmon is offering two guided day-tours free to SNSC and Alpine Club of Canada members. Note the date change on the first trip:

  1. January 14, Mount Brooks, Introduction to Backcountry Skiing
  2. March 18, Mount Becher

Contact Andrew if you are interested in joining in one or both of these trips


Masters recreational skiers can look forward to receiving an email letter a week before the first class. The letter will outline the season for you.


Thank you to everyone using the Smile Cards at Thrifty Foods! In this short time, your purchases have brought $333.50 to the new racing suit program. If you are a Thrifty Foods shopper (anywhere on the Island) and you don’t yet have a Strathcona Nordics Smile Card, contact Berend to get a card and/or to learn more about the program.


The Vancouver Island Mountain Sport Society (VIMSS) invites you to become a member! VIMSS was founded to provide financial support to emerging athletes on Vancouver Island in recognition of the extra financial burden that it takes to remain competitive and travel to races the provincial and national level. You can find a membership form and learn more about VIMSS on their website.

VIMSS members can attend the up-coming AGM at the new Mountain Centre on Thursday Dec 22nd at 6pm. Contact for more information.