We have exciting news and opportunities below. See you on the mountain!
Good news everyone–Mount Washington Nordic is opening on November 30! Check their website closer to the date for news about Raven Lodge hours and which trails are groomed.
Remember, you need to be wearing a valid Mt Washington ski pass or season’s pass when you are on the trails.
All coaches, new and returning, of all skill levels are welcome to freshen up their skills and learn a few new tricks with Coach Dave. Join us for these clinics, which are free to SNSC coaches:
* Saturday, December 15 at 10:00 am – skate technique
* Sunday, December 16 at 1:00pm – classic technique
* Saturday, January 26 after lunch – technique TBA
Catch the worm
The early bird deadline is fast approaching. If you haven’t done so already, register soon to cash in on early bird program fees. Racing programs are underway, so anyone who is in a racing program, must pay their fees before they participate in any training sessions. Register here.
There’s still a chance to sign up as a volunteer with VISAS, the Vancouver Island Society for Adaptive Snowsports. There will be an orientation session on Wednesday November 21st at 7pm at the Florence Filberg Centre.
Volunteers are needed for the nordic program of VISAS. If you love cross-country skiing, can ski competently, and would like to help adults and children with disabilities get out skiing — here is the program for you! VISAS instructors work with people with disabilities to get them out skiing, standing or with a sit ski.
Volunteers are required to commit to 15 days in the season (aproximately once a week) and will receive volunteer benefits from Mount Washington. There will be 2 days of on-snow instruction at the beginning of the season. Come and find out more!
If you would like more information call Sue Bloxsome 250 334 3267 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to cheer for your Junior Racing team as they roller ski for Ski Tak Hut in the Santa Claus parade down 5th Street in Courtenay this Sunday, November 25 at 2pm.
The Mountain Centre is getting ready for a new winter season. They have a gym with drop-in rates and an in-house massage therapist as well. Check their website for more details about the gym, massage, and other amenities.
A large group of Strathcona Nordics once again took part in the annual Perseverance Run in Cumberland. The run was held on the last Sunday of October. The race filled to capacity (300 entries) before the deadline. This is becoming a popular event in the Valley and many participants return year after year. Organized by Elm Lifetstyle Management, it is a fundraiser for the Cumberland Community Forest Society.
Our club members had great results. Andrew Pape-Salmon, our back-country co-ordinator, was the overall winner in the 10km event. Rob Grantham finished in a strong 1.03.31, edging out Trevor Espenant. 12-year-old Devo Matthew Salmon won the 18 and under category in a very impressive 1.07.16. Andrea Prager, Sarah Henckel, and Marilyn Atkinson finished closely together around the 1.20 mark.
In the 3km event, our Devo’s had a number of podium finishes. Hugo Henckel and Evan Luksay placed first and Ben Prager came in second.
In total 21 club-members raced the 3km. Way to go everyone! All this training is going to pay of, once we hit the snow. For full results go to www.perseverancetrailrun.com
Happy November to everyone. With winter just around the corner, we have news and opportunities for you below.
Seize the day
Here’s an opportunity to improve coaching and leadership skills and to enhance your own ski technique at the same time! Everyone 14 years of age and older is welcome to take the Introduction to Community Coaching (ICC) course on November 16 (evening) and 17(daytime) in Courtenay!
This nationally recognized NCCP course is free to club members who will give some hours of time co-coaching this winter. There are no pre-requisites for this course–apart from some enthusiasm for playing in the snow.
The course is being taught by Andrea Stapff and will be held at Queneesh Elementary School in Courtenay from 6-9 pm on Friday the 16th and from 9-5 pm on Saturday the 17th. Contact Doug for more details and to register. email@example.com
Swap & AGM
The club swap and AGM were a great success. Many thanks to Sue Bloxsome for organizing the event and to all the helpers who contributed in many ways. For all of you who sold gear, your cheques are in the mail.
The Devos would like to thank all their bake sale supporters. The Junior Racers say thank you to all their wax tent patrons, and with rumours of snow in the forecast, they hope you can use your freshly waxed skis soon.
There was a nice stainless steel mug left behind at the swap. If you are missing one, please contact info@StrathconaNordics.com
In the next newsletter issue, we’ll introduce the new Board of Directors. Stay tuned!
Volunteers are needed for the nordic program of the Vancouver Island Society for Adaptive Snow Sports (VISAS). If you love cross-country skiing, can ski competently, and would like to help adults and children with disabilities get out skiing — here is the program for you!
VISAS is conducting orientation sessions for new volunteer instructors. VISAS instructors work one-on-one with people with disabilities to get them out skiing, standing or with a sit ski. The first information session is on Wednesday November 7th at 7pm – 9:30pm in the Craft Room at the Florence Filberg Centre in Courtenay.
Volunteers are required to commit to 15 days in the season ( aprox once a week) and will receive volunteer benefits from Mount Washington. There will be 2 days of on snow instruction at the beginning of the season. Come and find out more on November 7th.
Calling all Senior and Masters Racers
These programs are for Senior (19+) and Masters (30+) athletes who are interested in skiing for fitness and competition but have other life priorities such as school, work, and/or family. Both summer and winter programs are available. Local participants will meet twice per week for training under the supervision of head coach Dave Battison and club assistant coaches. Outreach programs are available for remote athletes who can’t attend weekly group sessions (ie students). Participants are keen skiers who want to improve ski technique and ski training knowledge, whether or not they are interested in racing at this time.
Program Overview and Components
Masters track practices start. This involves learning about zone training, intensity workouts, and strength circuits – These sessions are very informative, and surprisingly FUN (if you like pushing yourself a little).
These sessions will take place at the Vanier track Wednesday mornings at 9:00am, and Wednesday 5:30pm and last for approximately 1 1/2 hours. Some sessions may take place at other venues, and may include some roller ski sessions.
These sessions cost $10 per session and run May to early November.
On weekends – Saturday mornings there are often roller ski sessions of about 1 1/2 hours.
These also cost $10 per session.
On Sunday mornings there is usually an all-Club run-hike event, taking place in different locations in the Comox Valley or Campbell River area. These are free sessions, and last from 2-4 hours.
The on-snow program begins when the mountain opens and continues until the end of March. This includes several weekly opportunities for training and technique work:
Usually these are 1 1/2 to 2 hour sessions:
Weekday evening at 5:30 or 6:00pm (day to be confirmed – Tues or Wed).
Wednesday morning at 10:00am.
Sunday afternoon at 1:00pm.
Winter 2013 fees are Earlybird $250/Regular $275 .
If you have any questions about the Masters Race program, please contact Coach Dave Battison firstname.lastname@example.org or Marilyn Atkinson email@example.com