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.
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)
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! email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested or if you know of a good candidate.
Thank you all for a great season!
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. email@example.com
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!