SNSC News — April 13, 2012

This is the April edition of the newsletter. Look for news below about Raven Lodge hours and free lunch, the Loppet, backcountry tours, coaching clinic, an Apres Ski Party, things to do this summer, and more!

Mount Washington

If you want to enjoy spring skiing and take advantage of all the lovely, fresh snow on the mountain, Nordic Operations are grooming the trails and keeping the Raven Lodge open every day until Sunday, April 22!

Raven Lodge in April:

  • Sundays through Thursdays — 9am-5pm
  • Fridays and Saturdays — 9am-8pm

Season pass holders can enjoy a complimentary BBQ lunch at the Raven Lodge on Sunday, April 15 from 11am to 1pm. Show them your pass, and lunch is on them!

30th annual Vancouver Island Loppet mass start. Photo: Larry Reynolds


Congratulations to everyone who skied the 30th Annual Vancouver Island Loppet! You can check out the results on Zone 4 and on Webscorer (just click the category.)

Thank you to Comox Valley Ground Search & Rescue and to all the volunteers who helped make it happen. Thanks also to our event sponsors Mountain Washington Resort, Rossignol, and Dr Andreas Conradi and also to our club sponsors!


Congratulations to the SNSC’s Dave Pinel who raced in the 30km Woppet at Callaghan last Saturday. Dave got into the medal zone, placing a close 2nd in the Open Mens category (20-44 yrs) and 7th overall. Dave says, “Conditions were fast! I skied it in 1:23:40. The overall winner, Kent Murdoch, also won our loppet… it was an excellent event and fun conditions!”

Were you there too? Tell us about it!

Apres Ski Party

Here’s another way to end your ski season in style–join us at the Vancouver Island Mountain Centre on Saturday, April 21 from 4 to 8pm for an outdoor BBQ, appy’s, cash bar, silent auction, raffles, and live entertainment featuring Left at the Junction

Many club members will be going for an afternoon ski and meeting up at the Apres Ski Party!

All proceeds go to support the VIMC and emerging athletes on Vancouver Island (and all the little gulf islands too). Tickets cost $25 per person.

For tickets, call 250.331.9355 or email

Backcountry report

Andrew Pape-Salmon
The club supported two backcountry ski tours in January and March: up Mount Brooks and Mount Becher. The conditions were impeccable on both days with fresh powder, blue skies, and stable snow. SNSC and Alpine Club of Canada – Vancouver Island (ACC-VI) Chapter members attended.

Over 20 people participated in the Mount Brooks tour, including a beginner group led by Andrew Pape-Salmon and an advanced group. The trip was entitled “Introduction to Backcountry Skiing”, attracting a crowd much larger than Andrew could handle, but fortunately Wanda Hill from ACC-VI volunteered to lead a group to the summit while Andrew worked with the beginners along the base and part way up the ramp on the northwest side of the summit. The day included a ski along Lake Approach and Lake Trail (with a discounted Mt. Washington backcountry ski pass), an avalanche transceiver practice in the flat area next to the Piggott Creek (?) bridge, some fresh trail cutting and downhill turns for everybody.

Mount Becher tour 2012. Photo: Andrew Pape-Salmon

Mount Becher was the destination of the second tour in March. Five people participated, including a beginner backcountry skier with excellent downhill experience, and a couple of hyper-fit athletes from Victoria. Again, fresh powder and impeccable conditions. Prior to crossing a key hazard area past the Boston Falls turnoff the group did an avalanche preparedness practice, looking for a buried transceiver, probing and digging it out. The week prior to the tour exhibited “considerable” and “high” avalanche risk ratings by the Vancouver Island Avalanche Bulletin due to fresh snow, a weak layer and formation of wind slab. Fortunately, the rating was “moderate” on the day of the tour. This was Andrew’s best day on Becher in all of the years he has skied it.

You can see more of Andrew’s great photos on his Smug Mug site!

Racing suits

If you haven’t done so already, please remember to return your borrowed racing suit to the ski club.

You can return it:

  • at May camp, wash it and hand it in when you you arrive
  • email to arrange another way of returning the suit

If it’s not returned by May 30, we will have to cash your deposit cheque.

May camp

If you are in a racing program or you will be joining a racing program–consider attending the spring training camp! The camp takes place on Mount Washington from May 11 to 13.

May Camp 2011

May Camp is a good opportunity to gel with your fellow teammates and to start the off-season training program. Contact a coach for more details:

  • Devos – Tim McGrady
  • Junior and Masters – Dave Battison

Hope to see you there!

Summer fun

Run/hikes – Club members can join in a series of all-club run/hikes later this spring and summer. Most weekends, we’ll be meeting for a 2-3 hour run/hike. We’ll meet somewhere in the Comox Valley or Campbell River. Watch for details on the website, starting later next month.

Kayaking adventures – Strathcona Nordics members who are looking for kayaking fun should check out West Coast Expeditions! Club member Dave Pinel and WCE will donate part of the proceeds back to the club when you book one of their awesome adventures! They have something to please every age and ability.

Orienteering – If you missed the orienteering event in Whistler Olympic Park, they will be holding dryland orienteering events up and down Vancouver Island throughout the summer. Check out their2012 schedule.

Loppet Update — April 1, 2011

Congratulations to everyone who skied in the 30th Annual Vancouver Island Loppet yesterday–especially those who came from areas off the island! We would also like to thank all the volunteers who helped make it happen. Thanks also to our event sponsors Mountain Washington Resort, Rossignol, and Dr Andreas Conradi and also to our club sponsors.

If you are wondering about your results, you can find them on the Webscorer website (just click on the category) and also on Zone 4. We hope to post some photos here soon.

If you have some photos or loppet anecdotes that you’d like to share, email us