SNSC News — March 21, 2013

Happy spring! In April, we’ll be moving to one newsletter a month, where we’ll keep you posted on the club’s weekend run/hikes that will take place most weekends from May through the fall and on other cross-country community news.

This week, look for news below about the Loppet, trips, sales, results, feasts, Raven Lodge spring hours, and more.

Don’t miss the 31st annual Vancouver Island Loppet on Saturday, April 13, 2013! More below. photo: Larry Reynolds

 

Loppet

Registration is open for the 31st Annual Vancouver Island Loppet, which takes place on April 13. Once spring break is over, and everyone returns from Nationals and holidays–the loppet will be upon us!  Don’t miss this great way to see the season through and also to prepare for the Snow to Surf.

  • See the Loppet details on the Loppet web page.
  • Register using the Zone 4 link.
  • View the Loppet course maps (30km, 15km, 5km, and 2km).
  • Read Coach Dave’s tips on how to prepare to ski a loppet. Read on to find out how to have optimal fun during the event.

In order to make this a successful event we need volunteers in the following areas; please put your name forward. Note: All volunteers receive a gift and are eligible for the draw prizes!

  • marshalling on the course
  • stadium set up and help during the race
  • feed station help and someone to coordinate ( this area well organized just needs someone to oversee)

Contact Races@StrathconaNordics.com

Rabbits

Believe it or not, we have reached the end of the Rabbit Skill Development Program! Our annual wind-up Rabbit Tournament is days away on Saturday, March 23rd, and at the moment the weather forecast shows favourable conditions.

It is a super-fun day, when both Saturday and Sunday Rabbits get together for a series of activities in a carnival-like atmosphere. So far we have 35 volunteers to thank for the festivities, but we are in need of two or three more bodies to help with Jack Rabbit Stations and Lunch. If you are able to give a hand, please email me right away! headharewilson@gmail.com

Here are some important reminders to ensure a smooth event:

  • Please arrive early on Saturday, 9:30 is the suggested arrival time, as we need to be in our groups, at the orange Rabbit signs with coaches, ready to go at 9:50!!
  • Everyone participating must have a valid trail pass.
  • The Jackrabbit skiers will travel with their groups through 7 activity stations, based out of the stadium. Get ready for the “Monster Skis,” the “Snowball Biathlon,” the “Rabbit Relay Race,” …
  • Bunnyrabbits will participate in a separate set of stations. Our younger skiers can look forward to the “Egg and Spoon Race”, the ” Dress-Up Relay”, the “Balloon Toss” and more…these stations will be placed in the middle of the stadium.
  • Please inform coaches in advance if skiers will be absent.
  • * Kids should wear classic ski gear but are welcome to bring along their skate gear as well, to use at the race loop and sprint stations if they like.
  • A hot dog and cocoa lunch will be served for participants and their families – please bring plates, cups and utensils to cut down on waste.
  • In addition to the hot dogs and cocoa, participants and their families can look forward to pot-luck food.
  • Families with last names starting with A-L are asked to bring healthy dessert/fruit, and those with last names starting with M-Z are asked to bring healthy finger foods. Nut-free foods please!
  • Don’t forget your smile.

Changing of the guard
Head Hare Wilson is hoping to retire! She is looking for someone to work alongside for the 2014 season; a protegé who will take over the position the following year. The ideal candidate is a parent with younger Rabbits, who has basic computer skills and enthusiasm for the sport. No ski experience is necessary! Please email headharewilson@gmail.com if you are interested or if you know of a good candidate.

Thank you all for a great season!

-Alix

Rabbits in the loppet
Although not technically a Rabbit event, all Rabbits are encouraged to join in on 31st annual Vancouver Island Loppet! We are looking for 2 or 3 volunteers to help out with the Cookie Loppet by either making cookie medals or setting up a “goodie station” halfway through the course as an incentive to our youngest loppeteers! If you are able to help out with either of these jobs, contact Alix. headharewilson@gmail.com

Masters Rec

The 2013 Masters Recreational program has been a big success this winter with 64 skiers, up from 42 in the 2012 season. Many of the participants have had warm praise for the program and for the wonderful instructors who have helped them to improve their ski technique and enjoyment of the sport.

Huge Thanks to these instructors for making this such a great experience for so many people.
Neil Smith, John Elson, Chris Round, Krysta Wark, Alison Stocks, Chris Bowlby, Bob Hauser, Roz Smith, Marilyn Atkinson, Laura Battison, Ron Quilter, Susan Denny, Phil Parkes, Dave Pinel, Don Irvine, Len Apedaile, Mark DeBruijn, Lynn Swift, Patty Johnson, Sylvia Watkins, and Stephen Morson.

Special Thanks to Ron Quilter, John Elson, and Neil Smith who have coached skiers in this program for many many MANY years!!!!

Very Special Thanks also to new coach Krysta Wark who led seven sessions!

Raven Lodge’s Hours for April

Raven Cafe 9:00am to 5:00pm daily until April 14th, Open for April 20th and 21st
Rentals 9:00am to 4:00pm daily until April 14th, Open for April 20th and 21st
Retail 9:00am to 4:30pm daily until April 7th, Open for April 13th, 14th.  Closed April 20th and 21st

Seasonal Lockers need to be cleaned out by April 21st!
March 30th is the last day of night skiing.

Best wishes to the Junior Racers, Coaches, and support crew at Nationals! photo: Larry Reynolds

Waxorama

The Junior racers would like to say a big “Thank You!” to all their patrons and to Mount Washington for helping to make the waxorama a success. Thanks to you, the team raised another $700 for their trip to Nationals! Yay team!

Nationals

This week, the Junior Racers leave for the National Cross-Country Ski Championships in Whistler Olympic Park. Over seven days and five race events, they’ll go toe-to-toe with the best racers in the country. Best wishes to the racers, coaches, and support crew! Go team!

Backcountry

Best backcountry wishes to Andrew Pape-Salmon and the group as they head off on another adventure this weekend. We all look forward to seeing your photos and hearing your stories!

Strathcona Nordic Cup

You can find the latest Strathcona Nordic Cup points update on the website. Who’s leading your category as we move into the last race in the series–the Loppet? Check it out here.

Banquet

Mark Friday, April 26 on your calendar for the club’s end of the season banquet. Join your fellow club members for an evening of potluck feasting, games, and prizes. The banquet takes place at the Filberg Centre in Courtenay. Everyone is welcome! Look for more details soon.

VIMSS Gala

Vancouver Island Mountain Sports Society (VIMSS) invite you to join them for “A Night at the Races” event at Raven Lodge on April 6 from 6 to 10 pm.

Tickets are $60 and include an Italian style buffet dinner, wine, and $5 worth of VIMSS bucks. (All of funded athletes (past and present) are invited to attend at a discounted rate of $25. We do ask that you help out on the evening of the event by selling balloons and distributing betting slips to those in attendance.)

Throughout the evening recorded horse races will be shown on big screens and everyone will have a chance to bet on the races. The VIMSS bucks can be used to place the bets and the winnings from the horse races will be used to bid at our auction.

As you know, VIMSS is an organization that seeks to nurture local emerging mountain sports athletes and help prepare them for elite national and international competitions. All of the money raised at this event will be used to help support promising young mountain sports athletes!

We hope to see you there!
To RSVP, please email events@vimountaincentre.com to let them know if you will be attending and if you will be bringing a guest.

Ski Tak Hut

There’s a big sale on at Ski Tak Hut in Courtenay — up to 50% off the entire inventory! You can find their store hours and location on their website.

West Coast Expeditions

Experience a comfortable, fully-catered, and professionally-guided wilderness kayaking adventure close to home with club sponsors West Coast Expeditions (WCE) — and support the Strathcona Nordics! Strathcona Nordic members who organize a group of 4 or more friends or family not only receive a group discount, but also the satisfaction of knowing that WCE will deepen their sponsorship by donating 10% of the trip fees back to the club!

Besides spectacular kayaking, diverse wildlife, delicious meals, and comfy beds in deluxe tents, WCE is located on a 270 acre island of old growth forest and rugged shoreline, offering many hiking options on the edge of Canada. Whether new to kayaking or already experienced, there are 4 to 8-day scheduled trips running from June 24 until September 12 with options for families of all ages, couples, and individuals. Check them out in this video!

 

SNSC News — March 14, 2013

We are nearing the end of another fantastic ski season. If you haven’t already heard–we’re #1! (More below in the Teck Coast Cup story.)

As we near the end, recreational programs are wrapping up, the Junior Racers are having their final training sessions before heading to Nationals, and the Loppet race notice has been posted. Look for all this and more, below!

Three cheers for all the Coast Cup volunteers and participants–thanks to you, we’re #1! ! Story below.

Rabbit coaches

Attention anyone coaching now or anyone interested in coaching Rabbits next year–we are have 2 more technique refreshers on Saturday and Sunday mornings before Jack Rabbits start. We will meet in the Stadium between 9:15am and 9:45am on Saturday, March16th and Sunday, March 17th for skate.

Anyone interested in learning more about Jack Rabbit coaching is welcome to attend! It does not matter what your skill level is or whether you only classic or skate, enthusiasm is the only requirement.

 

Waxorama

This Sunday, March 17, you can have your skis waxed by the Junior Racers outside the Raven Lodge from 9am to 12:30pm!

This is a great opportunity to give your skis some TLC, enjoy better glide, and help the Juniors raise some money for their trip to the Canadian National Cross-Country Ski Championships.

This Sunday, give your skis some TLC at the waxorama!

They are waxing classic skis (including the tips and tails of fish scale skis) and skate skis for $10/pair for regular wax and $20/pair for performance wax. You can buy some of their baked goods while you wait for your skis. Remember to tuck some money into your ski bag for wax and baked goods!

 

Join us for the Skier Cross on Saturday at 1pm!

Twoonie Race

This Saturday, March 16, join in the Skier Cross challenge - a crazy obstacle course – short, fast, fun, uphill, downhill, sharp corners. There will be 2 events:

  1. Timed ski (starting at 1pm): All participants will get two timed runs on the course, try and beat your own time. Skiers will leave at short intervals fastest to slowest, so slower skiers can participate with, but not be run down by, faster skiers!
  2. Knock Out Skier Cross Event (Quickly following the timed event): The 8 fastest skiers 13 and older and the 8 fastest skiers 12 and under will ski in a knock out event.

Sign up in the Raven Lodge for the final Twoonie Race of the season!

Teck Coast Cup

The Strathcona Nordics were declared the BIG winner in the Teck Regional Race series! With all our accumulative points, we managed to win the Coast Cup Series, and we garnered more points than any other clubs in BC for the regional series.

Three cheers for all of our club members who raced and volunteered at the races–we couldn’t have done it without all of you. Special thanks to Mount Washington for their support as well!

You can see the results from the races on Zone4.ca. Type “Teck Coast” in the search field.

Loppet

The 31st Annual Vancouver Island Loppet is coming up next month on April 13! Consider taking part as a skier or as a volunteer or both! See the details on the Loppet webpage. View the video from 2011 to get in the groove!

It’s a great way to end the ski season, as a skier or as a volunteer!

We Coach Dave’s tips on how to prepare to ski a loppet, so you can have optimal fun during the event. Click the link here.

If you want to join in the end-of-season fun as a volunteer, there are many roles to fill. Perhaps you want to be the Feed Station Coordinator this year? This is a deeply satisfying volunteer role with much support from the club & Mount Washington Nordic and with many grateful feed station patrons during the event. Contact Susan Denny Susan dennydreher88@gmail.com

VIMSS Gala

Vancouver Island Mountain Sports Society (VIMSS) invite you to join them for A Night at the Racesevent at Raven Lodge on April 6 from 6 to 10 pm.

Tickets are $60 and include an Italian style buffet dinner, wine and $5 worth of VIMSS bucks. (All of funded athletes (past and present) are invited to attend at a discounted rate of $25. We do ask that you help out on the evening of the event by selling balloons and distributing betting slips to those in attendance.)

Throughout the evening recorded horse races will be shown on big screens and everyone will have a chance to bet on the races. The VIMSS bucks can be used to place the bets and the winnings from the horse races will be used to bid at our auction.

As you know, VIMSS is an organization that seeks to nurture local emerging mountain sports athletes and help prepare them for elite national and international competitions. All of the money raised at this event will be used to help support promising young mountain sports athletes!

To RSVP, please email events@vimountaincentre.com to let them know if you will be attending and if you will be bringing a guest.

Snow to surf

Team looking for racer – We are a mixed master team, semi-competitive. We have placed in the medals the past two years, but we are also a very fun and lighthearted team. We need a female cross-country skier, 30-50 years old. Contact Marco # 250-334-7390 or marcospadafora@hotmail.com

 

SNSC News — March 7, 2013

Look for news below about the Teck Coast Cup races this weekend, Devo success, Rabbit events, and more!

Teck Coast Cup

The Teck Coast Cup finale races are set to go this weekend! Registration has closed. Best of luck to all racers! Thank you in advance to all the small army of volunteers who are making this event happen!

The start lists have been posted on Zone 4. You can use these links to view:

See the course maps on this link.

See the race details on the race notice.

If you are not skiing or volunteering in the Teck Coast Cup races, come check out the event and cheer the racers on!

Social

On Saturday, March 9, our club is hosting an apres-race potluck in the Mountain Centre! All race volunteers, participants, and their families are welcome to attend, and as the host club, we are providing the potluck goodies. Please bring finger foods only so people can eat standing up and we can clean up quickly:

  • If your last name begins with A-H, please bring your best finger food dessert to share.
  • If your last name begins with I-Z, please bring your best potluck savoury finger food to share.

We will collect the food in the Raven Lodge in the morning before the race. The social will begin in the Mountain Centre after the races between 12:30 and 1pm. Come mingle with your fellow club mates and our guests from other coastal ski clubs.

As the event hosts, we need many helping hands. You can choose from set-up, clean up, and greeting attendees duties!
Please sign up for a job by contacting Lynn with your preference. lswiftys@gmail.com

The Devo team finished second over-all at the BC Midget Championships last weekend! Story below! photo: Laura Johnston

Rabbits

This weekend there will be no formal Rabbit sessions due to the Teck Coast Cup 3 & 4 races. If your family isn’t racing, you could come up and watch the morning races and cheer for your club.

We have some great news: the club has received about $2000 that is to be used specifically for the improvement of our ski playground! If you have ideas about how this money can be spent, please email Christophe Abele: cabele@telus.net as soon as possible!

Lost yellow and black coaching backpack:
“I left my pack at the Raven Lodge on Saturday, February 16. In it were my Rabbit coaching supplies. The pack was in the Lost and Found the following day but was removed from there shortly after. I’m wondering if a parent took it for safekeeping. You can contact me at: gmacphail@shaw.ca to arrange for return. Much appreciated. Best, Gavin”

Our end of year Tournament is set for Saturday March 23rd, kicking off at 10 am sharp! We are still in need of volunteers to help with lunch – if you can help please let me know! Alixheadharewilson@gmail.com

And finally, as the season is ending, please consider becoming the new Head Hare! I am willing to work in tandem with someone next year so the transition is seamless, and painless. Strong ski skills are not necessary to take on this role – Enthusiasm and a few basic computer skills is all it takes! Please drop me a line if you are interested – I’d be happy to answer any questions! Alixheadharewilson@gmail.com

Rabbit coaches

Attention anyone coaching now or anyone interested in coaching Rabbits next year–we are have 2 more technique refreshers on Saturday March 16th and on Sunday, March 17th in the morning before Rabbits begins. We will meet in the Stadium between 9:15am and 9:45am for a skate technique session.

Anyone interested in learning more about coaching is welcome to attend! It does not matter what your skill level is or whether you only classic or skate, enthusiasm is the only requirement!

Devos

Last weekend, our young Devo team made the long journey to Revelstoke to take part in the BC Midgets Championships. All season long they had anticipated to ski on dry and cold conditions, but to their surprise they were faced with familiar wet and warm coastal weather. It was like skiing in their own back yard. The waxing team was definitely up to the task and so were the racers.

The whole team improved tremendously in the first event, the 2.5 km classic race. The team enjoyed many top 5 finishes including a Provincial title for Emmy Stapff in the girls 2002 and a award for
excellence in technique for Hugo Henckel. Other finishers in the top 5 include Ross Lamon, Stephen Lamon, Amelia Wells, Annelies Henckel, and Carson Damery.

In the afternoon 4 x 1.5 km relay races, the Devos fielded 7 teams. Our young teams held their own against many older competitors. The girls improved from 17th last year to 6th place
and the boys were just out of the medals with a fourth place. These results had Strathcona Nordics sitting in second position in the aggregate club standings after the first day. Trailing only the large and competitive team from Larch Hills – Salmon Arm.

By Sunday, the weather slowly improved and the sun came out for the sprint races, held on an exciting 210m course. The Devos battled for every inch, and this resulted in many spots for the medal rounds. Ross Lamon put on an impressive show, winning all three rounds decisively and capturing the Provincial title in the boys 2000. Other top 5 finishes included; Stephen Lamon (2nd), Amelia Wells (2nd), Emmy Stapff (3rd), Annelies Henckel (4th), Carson Damery (2nd), Gavin Johnston (3rd) and Hugo Henckel (5th).

Kai McGrady won the second technique award for the club, and this was another boost to the totalclub-standings, only 18 points out of first place, won by Salmon Arm. In the next two years, the team strives towards clinching the provincial title, as their motto is “continuous improvement, one training and one race at a time.”

Loppet

The 31st annual Vancouver Island Loppet is coming up next month on April 13! Consider taking part as a skier or as a volunteer or both! It’s a great way to end the ski season.

We have Coach Dave’s tips on how to prepare to ski a loppet, so you can have optimal fun during the event. Click the link here.

If you want to join in the end-of-season fun as a volunteer, there are many roles to fill. Perhaps you want to be the Feed Station Coordinator this year? This is a deeply satisfying volunteer role with much support from the club & Mount Washington Nordic and with many grateful feed station patrons during the event. Contact Susan dennydreher88@gmail.com

Snow to surf

Team looking for racerWe are a mixed master team, semi-competitive. We have placed in the medals the past two years, but we are also a very fun and lighthearted team. We need a female cross-country skier, 30-50 years old. Contact Marco # 250-334-7390 or marcospadafora@hotmail.com