SNSC News — June 22, 2012

Happy summer! We hope all this rain is washing away last winter’s snow, so we can hike in mountains this summer. Look for news below about Smile Cards, running and hiking, and Car Free Sunday.

Club members enjoyed car-free streets in downtown Courtenay last Sunday.


This Sunday, June 24, join the running or hiking group for 2-3 hours in the Snowdon Forest. Meet at the Elk Falls logging road bridge to carpool up to the dam. Dress for the weather and bring your own hydration and fuel needs. See you there!

Car free

Last weekend’s Car Free Sunday was quite fun! Many (40+) of our club members enjoyed running, biking, and roller skiing through the car free streets in downtown Courtenay. The bake sale provided snacks for some hungry people and added $65 to the fundraising pot.

Smile for another year!

Thrifty Foods approved our new application for a new year in the Smile Card Fundraising Program from June 12, 2012 through May 4, 2013. If you shop at Thrifty’s, you can dig out your old Strathcona Nordics Smile Card or contact Berend for a new one! Remember:

  • Put cash on your card before the cashier starts ringing in your purchase
  • Use the (SNSC) Smile Card to pay for your purchase
  • Thrifty Foods will donate a percentage of each purchase to our club, up to $2500 in total
  • The funds will help purchase a fun ski playground for our youngest nordic skiers

For more information, visit their website or contact Berend.

SNSC News — June 14, 2012

Join us this Sunday, June 17 at the Car-Free Sunday event in downtown Courtenay!

We’ll have our club tent set up at 5th and Ftizgerald. You can buy some baked goods, catch up on club news, and find someone with whom to walk, bike, or roller ski around the car-free streets! Hope to see you there.

Racing suits

We have an exciting opportunity for our racers, and we need you, racers or the parents of racers, to act on it!  The SNSC Board of Directors–in consultation with and in support of our coaching staff–have secured a 3-year sponsorship agreement with Helly Hanson Canada to supply our race suits! Racing suits have always been a tricky issue for ski clubs, and this year we feel that we need to focus on quality and unite as a team in high-quality, matching team racing suits!

    In the next couple of days, we need you to do two things:

  1. Measure yourself or your racer(s) according the sizing chart and the diagram. Please provide a size for top and bottom (they can be different) from the men’s and women’s Body Measurement sections only. Use length (not girth) as the main criteria for sizing, i.e. if waist is size S but leg length is size M, go with size M for the bottoms.
  2. For children’s sizes, please send the six measurements from the diagram, don’t worry about the sizing chart.
  3. Send the measurements to Andrea Stapff,

In the fall, you will be asked to pay a portion (less than 50% of the retail price) of the cost of your new racing suit, but you will own the suit! You can wear the suit for years and/or resell it to upcoming racers. The cost will be less than $200 (for a $400 value high-end suit), but we won’t have the exact cost until we place the order and account for the sponsorship and the refund from last year’s Louis Garneau suits. You can still wear last year’s suits for training.

We ask that you support our club in this new racing initiative. We see this as, “one of the most important things we, as a club, can do to help set up our racing programs for longterm success. Our intent is to step up our game to the next level in terms of how we train together, how we race together, and how we achieve results together.”

Helly Hansen needs our numbers and our sizes ASAP in order to have our suits ready for us for December races. Check out the suits in the PDF. It’s going to be good!

Please send in those sizes by the night of Sunday, June 17 to guarantee your suit for the next racing season.

Many thanks!

SNSC News — June 1, 2012

We have news for you below from the cross-country ski world. Additionally, we are trying out some new headers for the newsletter, so stay tuned.

Look for news below about Sunday run/hikes, Masters fun, skiing in Korea–which includes an invitation to our club officials to volunteer at coming events in Canada and in Russia. Read on.


Join us as our All-Club Run/Hike series continues. All club members are welcome! We set out at 10am on Sundays and explore the trails around the mid-Island. Join the hiking group or the running group and go at an easy pace for 2-3 hours. Remember to dress for the weather and bring your own hydration and snack:

  • Sunday, June 3 – 10am Trent River, meet at Farm Market at Briardale Rd just south of Royston
  • Sunday, June 10 – 10am Ripple Rock, meet at the pullout past the observation view point just north of Campbell River

Later this month, look for more Sunday activities on the website!

Masters Racers and cross-country keeners!

If you are a keen nordic skier over 19 years of age, you may be interested in the Masters Racing program.  This program is for anyone who wants to improve ski technique and ski training knowledge,whether or not you are actually interested in racing at this time.

Spring training is underway with Coach Dave Battison. We meet on Wednesday mornings and evenings in Courtenay, and many Masters are participating in the All-Club Run/Hikes on the weekend.

If you would like to receive weekly email updates about where and when Masters training is happening, please send an email to to be added to the list. If you have any questions about this program please contact Marilyn,

Where’s Len?

SNSC President Len Apedaile often travels in his International Ski Federation (FIS) duties. Len has recently travelled to Switzerland, Russia, and the USA (just to name just a few places)–and currently, Len is inKangwonland in the Republic of Korea. FIS is holding the 48th Annual Ski Congress there in anticipation of the 2018 Winter Olympics, which will take place in the mountainous eastern section of Korea.

Len is currently in Korea attending the 48th annual FIS Congress.

Len is among 800 delegates who represent the 75 nations that make up FIS. The cross-country ski delegates review executive and sub-committee reports and make decisions in areas such as technical skills guidelines, the World Cup schedule, and World Cup rules and controls that govern our sport.

Len writes, “The World Cup sprint and team sprint will take place in Quebec City on December 7&8 and in Canmore on December 13,15&16, 2013. Any club officials interested in taking part in some way should let me know so that I can put them in contact with the respective OC.”

“I am also working with the Organizing Committee for Nationals to be held in Callaghan Valley next March, and they are also looking for officials and event volunteers to be involved in that event.”

Len has also been meeting with Russian officials in preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia,

“Both Georgy and Nick mentioned that the volunteer registration process for Sochi 2014 has begun and that they have a small quota ofpositions available for international volunteers. Nick in particular is interested in officials to help with the nordic combined event. If any club members are interested they can register via the SOCHI2014 website and should also let me know.”

The Alpensia Ski Centre in Pyeongchang will be the site of the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Thanks Len. We look forward to hearing more about your FIS adventures in Korea! You can reach Len at