SNSC Update – October 1, 2012

October is here, and registration is open! 

October is here, and registration is open for Strathcona Nordic Ski Club programs for Winter 2013! Earlybird pricing continues through to November 30, but don’t delay — register now! You can also find Ski Swap information below.

See program pricing and information using the Programs links on the sidebar. Remember there is also a membership fee, which covers things like insurance for all SNSC activities for 1 year. When you register online, HST will also be added.

Click the button to register online.

Rabbit families, please also click this button to choose a volunteer job.

SNSC News — September 27, 2012

Happy Autumn! We have news for you below about deadlines, opportunities, sales, smiles, and more. Read on.

Racers worked hard at last weekend’s Teck Regional Fall Dryland Camp.

Season’s Passes – alert!

If you are purchasing a season’s pass this year–don’t delay! Sunday, September 30 is the last day for earlybird prices on Mount Washington season’s passes. Remember, you need a Mount Washington nordic season’s pass or nordic trail pass to ski on the trails this winter.

You can buy a season’s pass, or a special 10-week SNSC program pass (buy it in early January), or a day trail pass (every time you go skiing). Follow these links:
* Nordic Season’s Pass
* 10-week program trail pass, good only for your SNSC program day

Program Registration

SNSC winter program registration opens on Monday, October 1 online. Starting on Monday, there will be a link to registration on the club website, Visit the Programs page to learn more about winter programs.

Saturday programs begin on Saturday, January 12. Sunday programs start up on Sunday, January 13. Programs run for 10 weekends. Racing programs are currently running dryland training sessions. If you are interested in racing programs, contact us.

Calling All Coaches!

All new and returning coaches are asked to attend a meeting on Sunday, October 21 from 9-11am at Queneesh Elementary school in Courtenay. Head Coach Dave Battison and Coaching Director Doug Herchmer will present exciting news from the world of cross-country ski coaching!

Let Doug know if you can make this meeting or not. Doug

Rabbit coaches, please contact Alix and let her know if you’ll be coaching again this year.

Swap & AGM

Mark Saturday, October 27 on your calendar! It’s the annual SNSC Swap and AGM–a great opportunity to find some gear and catch up on club news. This year we are swapping and meeting at Mark Isfeld School in Courtenay. Here’s the schedule:

Mark Isfeld Secondary School
1551 Lerwick Rd, Courtenay

  • Equipment drop off, 9-11:30am
  • Waxing clinic, 11-11:30
  • Join us for lunch, 11:30-12:15
  • AGM, 12:15-1pm
  • Nordic gear swap, 1-3:30
  • Unsold gear pick up, 3:30-4:30pm

Don’t miss the Wax-o-rama! You can bring your classic and skate skis to the Junior Race team, and they will prep them for the new ski season. You can enjoy a treat from the Devo Bake Sale table while you wait!

Note: Everyone is welcome! People attending the AGM get in first to the ski swap. All gear must be in reasonably good condition.

Volunteers! Contact Sue to volunteer at the Swap

Let the JR team prepare your skis for winter 2013 at the Swap and AGM!

Coaching Clinics

If you would like to begin coaching this year or continue your progression in the national coaching program, here is the list of coaching clinics:

*November 2-4 – L2T Coaching Clinic (dryland)
* November 16-17 – ICC Coaching Clinic
* November 30 – Earlybird price deadline for SNSC winter programs
* December 7-9 – CC Coaching Clinic
* January 4-6 – L2T Coaching Clinic (on snow)

Coaching courses are free to SNSC coaches. For more information about the NCCP coaching courses, see the Coaches webpage and contact Doug.


Teck Regional Fall Dryland Camp

Last weekend, 31 racers enjoyed the cross-country ski race camp held in the Comox Valley and sponsored by Teck Resources Ltd. Coaches Dave and Andrea led the participants through two days of roller ski drills, strength and balance exercises, and games. The camp ended with a gruelling race up the Strathcona Parkway. Congratulations to all participants and to the uphill race prize winners:

14 km: 1st – Jamie Wasteneys, 2nd – Sheridan Meckert, 3rd – Alec Stapff
10km Boys: 1st – Connor McGrady, 2nd – Ross Lamon, 3rd – Mark Grant
10km Girls: 1st – Ariel Becherer, 2nd – Avalon Wasteneys, 3rd – Morgan Meckert
5km Devos: Annelise Henckel, Taz Oldaker

Race camp participants admired the new Strathcona Nordics Ford truck.


If you received a copy of the CCBC magazine “Ski Cross Country,” make sure you read the three articles written by our club members. See if you can find the photo too!

Ski Tak Hut

Ski Tak Hut has sales on last year’s stock, and they’re having “Ladies Night” on Friday, September 28 from 5:30 to 8pm. Check their website for more details.


Thanks to the Thrifty Foods shoppers who have been using their Smile Cards when they shop. Thrifty’s recently deposited $188 into the club fundraising account. Contact Berend to pick up an SNSC Thrifty Foods Smile Card or to learn more.





Vancouver Island – Teck Regional Fall Dryland Camp

Teck Regional Fall Dryland Camp — Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23, 2012

All Vancouver Island nordic ski racers are invited to attend the Teck Regional Fall Dryland Camp in the Comox Valley. Activities will include Roller Skiing, Running, Ski Specific Strength, Dynamic Warm Up, Plyometrics, Fun Group Games and Activities, as well as a fun Time Trial for all ages.

Fill in the form below!
Saturday, September 23
10:00am Roller ski, Royston Raceway
3:00pm Group game and Strength, Vanier Track

Sunday, September 24
10:00am meet at Base of Mount Washington for a Roller Ski Time Trial (Age and Distance appropriate categories for everyone.)

Cost: Free for SNSC Race Team members, $20 for all other participants
Equipment needed:
Roller Skis (or Roller Blades), Helmet, Poles, gloves
Running shoes, Water Bottles
Clothing specific to the weather (Rain jacket, pants, etc.)

Head Coach – Dave Battison
Assistant Coach – Andrea Stapff
DEVO Coach – Berend Henckel
DEVO Assistant – Dave Damery

Contact Dave Battison with any questions. 250 202-0578

Note: All participants must register using the online form below, fill out the PDF waiver form, and the PDF SNSC Medical form!Registration is now closed.
Click here for the:

SNSC News — September 10, 2012

Happy September to everyone! In the photo below, some SNSC Sunday hikers find the ski conditions “marginal” — However, it is time to think about winter 2013! We have lots of news for you in this issue. Don’t miss the list of important dates.

Mount Washington nordic season’s passes

Mount Washington nordic season’s passes are on sale, and you only have until September 30 to cash in on earlybird savings! You can learn more and buy passes on the Mount Washington website.

If you plan to ski outside of your Saturday or Sunday program day, you want to consider purchasing a season’s pass. Alternately, you can buy single trail passes, or if you are skiing mainly on your program day, special program passes are available for your program day. Remember, you need a Mount Washington Seasons’ pass or a trail pass to be on the trails in the winter!

Program registration

Registration opens on October 1 for winter 2013 programs! Starting at that time, you can find a link to online registration on the club website. The deadline for earlybird prices for programs is November 30.

Read about SNSC programs and program prices on the Programs pages. Note: HST will be added when you register. You can also find membership fees at the top of the Programs page.

When it comes to gear, here are a few leads:
* Ski Tak Hut is open if you are looking for new gear.
* You can see information below about the AGM and Ski Swap, where you can find used gear.
* Mount Washington has given us their rental prices for Program participants. Find these on thePreparing for the Season page.

Contact us if you are interested in racing programs. Dryland training is underway for racers.
Devo racers (ages 9-13) – berend henckel ; Junior racers (ages 13-19) and Senior & Masters racers (ages 20 and up) Coach Dave


Help the club deliver great programming and lots of nordic-style fun–whether you have a few hours a month or every weekend morning in the winter, there are many jobs to choose from to fit your skills and interests! Contact us

Calling all number crunchers! If you enjoy working with spreadsheets and and enjoy financial orderliness, transparency, and planning–the SNSC needs a new treasurer! The new treasurer will have the support of a professional bookkeeper, the out-going treasurer, and fellow executive directors. Contact Len for more details! Len Apedaile

AGM & Swap

Mark Saturday, October 27 on your calendar! It’s the date of the Annual Strathcona Nordic Ski ClubAGM & Nordic Gear Swap. This is a great opportunity to catch up on nordic news and exchange some great cross-country ski gear. Look for more details about the event coming soon!


If you are looking for some fun, functional, and inexpensive cross-country ski clothing for yourself or your children, we will be selling last year’s Strathcona Nordics jerseys, tights, and jackets. You can buy these at the AGM & Swap on Saturday, October 27. All proceeds go to the racing suit program.

Last Sunday’s run/hike began at the Raven Lodge.


Join us on Sundays this fall as we continue the Everyone Welcome run/hike series! We usually meet at 10am on Sundays and explore the trails for 2-3 hours for fitness and fun. Join the running group or the hiking group. Everyone welcome! Check this homepage and the calendar on the sidebar for the location and other updates.

This Sunday, September 16 we will run and hike at Elk Falls in Campbell River. Meet at 9:55 at the logging road bridge at Elk Falls park, just past Haig Brown House.

Important Dates

Here’s a calendar summary of important dates:
* September 30 – Last Day for earlybird prices for Mount Washington Season’s Passes
* October 1 – Program registration opens for SNSC winter programs
* October 13 – Zone 4 Clinic (introduction)
* October 14 – Zone 4 Clinic (advanced)
* October 27 – Annual SNSC AGM & Nordic Gear Swap
* November 2-4 – L2T Coaching Clinic (dryland)
* November 16-17 – ICC Coaching Clinic
* November 30 – Earlybird price deadline for SNSC winter programs
* December 7-9 – CC Coaching Clinic
* January 4-6 – L2T Coaching Clinic (on snow)
* January 11-12 – Recreational programs begin!

Contact us for more details!