SNSC News — April 23, 2013

We have Strathcona Nordic Ski Club news for you below about the Banquet, May camp, Royal LePage Snow to Surf, and SkyRocket!


All club members are invited to attend the fun and exciting End-of-the-Year Potluck Banquet and Awards evening on Friday, April 26th!

We enjoyed musical performances at last year’s banquet!

Join your fellow club members for an evening of mirth and delicious food at the Filberg Conference Centre in downtown Courtenay (near the 5th Street bridge).

Here’s the schedule:

  • 5:30pm – arrive
  • 6:30pm – eat
  • 7pm – awards

This is a Potluck, so please bring enough to feed 10 people, and if your last name starts with,

  • A – H – bring main course.
  • I – P – bring salad.
  • Q – Z – bring dessert.

Hope to see you there!

Good luck

Best wishes to all club members in the Royal Lepage Snow to Surf this weekend!

Bring the xc skis up for race package pick up and find the red tent near the Alpine Lodge. Get Royal LePage Snow to Surf ready! more below.

Remember to tell your team that cross-country skiers can have their skis waxed with performance wax on Saturday, April 27 from 3:30 to 6:30 outside the Alpine Lodge during race package pick up.

Coach Dave says, “Performance wax can improve your time by as much as 10%.” — and we all could use a bit of extra glide in soft snow.


Last Saturday, racers and their families turned out in good numbers to shovel and bag skyrocket at the Beech family farm. In just 5 hours, the hard-working athletes and families bagged all 60 yards and cleaned up!

Now, on Saturday, May 4, the racing teams will be selling bags of SkyRocket in the parking lot at Mariner Square in Campbell River. For just $5 per 30 litre bag, you can purchase the high-nitrogen soil amendment, made of wood chips mixed with biosolids (which are cured, screened, and tested by provincial and federal regulatory bodies). SkyRocket is a nutrient-rich mulch for use in large-scale landscaping and orchards or in residential flower gardens and lawns.

On Saturday in Mariner Square, you won’t even have to get out of your car to make your purchase. They say you can drive up in the parking lot, place your order for one or more bags, pay, and the team will load the bags into your trunk or truck for you.

The sale runs from 8am to 2pm or until supplies last. All profits will go to support the Devo and Junior team travel.

The team would like to thank Glenn Beech and Robin Hannah for hosting and for all their extra work! We would also like to thank the Campbell River folks at Mariner Square, London Drugs, and Save-On-Foods for their support!

Teck regional spring camp

The start of the new training season is upon us! Time to get your skis and gear ready for the annual May camp. Come join us on the mountain for some great skiing, good food, and lots of fun and games from May 10th – 13th. Mount Washington will be grooming access to Lower West Meadows and some of the Upper Meadows (dependant on snow quality).

You can stay in group accommodation with your team for the entire camp or join us for drop in sessions. We will meet at the bottom of the Hawk Chair for workouts twice daily—don’t be late.


  • JR and Masters Racers – Strathcona Park Lodge Golden Hinde Chalet
  • Devo Racers – Vancouver Island Mountain Sport Center


Friday, May 10th, afternoon

  • 3:00pm to 4:00pm – Check into chalets (get changed for skate skiing)
  • 4:00pm to 5:30pm – Skate ski with your training groups
  • 6:30pm – Dinner
  • Following dinner – Team meeting

Saturday, May 11th

  • 8:00am to 10:30am – Skate ski (wake up and breakfast 7:00am)
  • 11:00am – 12:30pm – Lunch
  • 1:00pm to 2:00pm – Quiet time and rest
  • 2:30pm – Prep for afternoon workout Classic
  • 3:00pm to 4:30 – Classic workout
  • 5:30pm – Group Bar-B-Que
  • Following dinner – Team meeting* and group game. *This meeting is a new parents’ meeting for JR Team.

Sunday, May 12th

  • 8:00am – Skate ski (Mothers Day relay race. Everyone welcome!)
  • 11:00am – Lunch (Followed by rest and quiet time) Devos pack and get ready to depart
  • 2:30pm – Prep for Classic workout
  • 3:00pm to 5:00pm – Classic ski
  • 6:00pm Junior and Masters team dinner
  • Following dinner is Minute-to-Win-It tournament.

Monday, May 13th

  • Early ski day
  • Prep and pack for departure and school. (You may be late for school, so please tell your school and teachers ahead of time.)

What you need:

  • Ski Gear – Skate and Classic skis, Boots, and Poles (conditions are usually good so don’t worry about rock skis)
  • Workout clothes – Expect the worst; be prepared for all ski conditions
  • Running shoes and indoor workout clothes
  • Water bottles (2 – 3); sport drink will be provided
  • Toiletries and personal grooming items (don’t be afraid to use them, soap is your friend)
  • Comfortable lounging-around clothing
  • School books and homework
  • Bedding and sheets are supplied by both accommodations, but please bring any personal items that will make your time more comfortable (favourite pillow or sleeping bag, etc.)

The focus for this camp is not only fun and fantastic skiing, but it is also a great time to bond with your teammates. Please refrain from bringing, or using electronic games and or devices for the time of the camp.



JR Team and Masters – Full stay $275.00 (Includes Meals, Grooming, and Accommodation for three nights)

Devos – Full stay $180 (Meals, Grooming, and Accommodation for two nights, 4 ski sessions)

Time spent with Coach Dave and the other coaches – Priceless!!!

Drop-in fee for ski sessions – $10/person and $20/family
Drop-in fee for the Bar-B-Que – $10/person and $20/family


Please register on Zone4,
and confirm your attendance with either Coach Dave or Tim

Please also fill in the:
Medical form
and bring it up to camp with you.

See you on the mountain!



SNSC News — April 18, 2013

The ski season is officially over, but we still have exciting news and fun events for you. Read on.

Bring the xc skis up for race package pick up and find the red tent near the Alpine Lodge. Get Royal LePage Snow to Surf ready! more below.


All club members are invited to the End-of-the-Year Potluck Banquet at the Filberg Conference Centre in Courtenay (near the 5th Street bridge) on Friday, April 26! The schedule will be similar to last year with the doors opening at 5:30pm.

Be sure to mark it on your calendar and come out for a few hours of fun and feasting with your ski community. You will be asked to bring either a main course, salad, or dessert. We’ll have more details for you early next week. All club members are welcome! Hope to see you there!

We enjoyed musical performances at last year’s banquet!


Attention all Royal LePage Snow to Surf teams! Let your xc skier glide to a faster race time with performance glide wax!

The Strathcona Nordics Junior Racers will be waxing cross-country skis with performance glide wax during race package pick-up, so nordic skiers can enjoy better glide during the race.

Saturday, April 27

  • 3:30 to 6:30
  • Mount Washington Alpine Lodge (outside)
  • $20/pair for performance glide wax
  • $10/pair for regular glide wax

Remember to bring the cross-country skis up the mountain when you pick up the race package and to bring some cash to pay for the waxing.

Thank you to Mount Washington Resort and to Royal LePage Snow to Surf for their support!

SkyRocket sale

Here’s another great opportunity! Our Devo and Junior Racing teams will be selling SkyRocket fertilizer for just $5/30 litre bag! Wow! Here’s how you can get some:

Saturday, May 4

  • Mariner Square in Campbell River
  • 8am to 2pm (or until supplies last)

Tell your neighbours and your friends.

Provincial Teams

We have athletes named to provincial teams this year. Congratulations to:

  • Avalon Wasteneys – BC Team
  • Alec Stapff – BC Development Team
  • Morgan Meckert – BC Development Team
  • Tallon Noble – BC Talent Squad
  • Ross Lamon – BC Talent Squad

Way to go racers!!

Many racers enjoyed last year’s May Camp.

May Camp

Racers can mark May 10-12 on their calendar for the annual May race camp weekend. There will be sessions on-snow on Friday after school and on Saturday and Sunday in the morning and afternoon. There is an additional early-morning session on Monday for the Junior Racers.

There will be team accommodation on Mount Washington with group cooking. Your coach will contact you with more details. If you would like to join a race tam next year, May Camp is the start of the new season–so consider joining now! Contact a coach: Devo Team – Berend Henckel, Juniors and Masters – Dave Battison

Strathcona Nordic Cup

We have the final talley from the Strathcona Nordic Cup race series, which consisted of all our home races, including twoonie races. How did you do? Who won your category? You can preview the resultson this link. The winners will be officially announced and recognized at the Banquet!

Loppet video

John Jensen recorded a video of the Loppet from his post out in the Ponds. You can view the video for the next few weeks using this link. Thank you to John for recording and for sharing!


Loppet wrap up

The 31st Vancouver Island Loppet was held Saturday April 13 under partly cloudy skies after a welcome overnight freeze that provided good fast -3 to 0c snow conditions over much of the course. This is probably the latest the Loppet has been held and was the last event on the National Calendar, and yet 140 skiers eschewed spring gardening and showed up for the challenge.

In addition to the dominant Strathcona Nordic home crowd, many overseas skiers also showed up from diverse ski spots such spots Canmore, Banff, Bonnyville, Ontario, Vancouver (Nordic Racers), Washington State, Montana (Missoula XC) and even Norway (via XCOregon)! Participants ranged in age from 5 to 70+ demonstrating with gusto why cross-country skiing is a sport for life!

The overall top finishers in the 30k loppet were Kent Murdoch (men 50-59 category) with a time of 1:27:08 and Inge Scheve (women 30-39) with a time of 1:35:45. Alec Stapff (open men 18-29 category) representing the junior team was the fastest Strathcona Nordic with a time of 1:34:27.5. There was also a 30km team event, a 15km half Loppet, a 5km youth loppet and the 2km cookie loppet for the youngest skiers. Full results by category can be found on as well as on It was a great event!

The Loppet of course would not be possible without the dedicated volunteer organising committee, partners, and sponsors. A huge thank-you is owed to the race committee: Alison Stock, Susan Denny, Wilf Dreher, Val Wootton, Chris Stapf, Bob Hauser and Roz Smith, Harriet Rueggeberg, Doug Herchmer and their respective teams. A big thanks also to Marc Lyster and his staff at Mount Washington and to Paul Berry and the crew from Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue.

There were also many sponsors who provided prizes and snacks and refreshments at the feed stations and the finish line. Please thank them for their support for this community sporting event by letting them know next time you visit them. They include Mount Washington, Ski Tak Hut, Dr Andreas Conradi, Q Energy Drink, Rossignol, Cheesecake 101, Quality Foods, Safeway, ThriftyFoods, and Source for Sports Campbell River.




Loppet Update — April 14, 2013

Congratulations to everyone who skied in the 31st Annual Vancouver Island Loppet! We hope the skiers who came far away had an enjoyable time and a safe journey home.

Many thanks to our event sponsors Mount Washington Resort, Rossingnol, and Dr. Andreas Conradi. Thank you also to Ski Tak Hut and Q Energy Drink for your support as well.

We would like to say a big thank you to the race organizers, to Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue, and to all the volunteers who helped make it happen.

You can find the Official Race Results on We hope to gather photos and post some here in the near future.

If you have race photos to share, please email them to


SNSC Update — Vancouver Island Loppet!

This is it everyone! It’s the last opportunity for a good ski this year!

Join in the fun as a skier or as a volunteer–you’ll be glad you did! In addition to the fun of participating, we have lots of great prizes for skiers and volunteers. The Loppet is also the final race in the Strathcona Cup series.

Use the links below to:

The Loppet is fun for all ages! Photo: Brent Reid


We are looking for a race MC. If you, or someone you know, are not shy with the microphone, contact to MC part or all of the Loppet.


This year, Q Energy Drink is supplying finish line refreshments for racers, so you can re-engerize with their sport drink. They say, “Q contains the appropriate amount of electrolytes not only to assist with performance by replenishing depleted salts from activity, but also to help the body recover from exertion.”

Between Q Energy Drink and the baked goods that club members are bringing, it’s sure to be a finish line feast.

Note: Nordic operations close on Sunday afternoon, so the Loppet really is the last chance this year to enjoy a good ski with your community!

SNSC News — April 4, 2013


Skiing in the Loppet? Enjoy performance wax! Let the Junior Racers prep your skis for the loppet this Sunday.

  • $20/pair – Performance wax
  • $10/pair – Regular wax

Come ski this Sunday, April 7, and then have your skis waxed and prepped afterwards–ready for the loppet! Find the red waxing tent in front of the Raven Lodge from 11:00am to 12:30pm. Remember to bring some cash for wax and baked goods too!

Don’t miss the Vancouver Island Loppet! Details below. Photo – Brent Reid



Don’t miss out on the 31st Annual Vancouver Island LoppetRegistration closes on Thursday, April 11 at 11:59pm, absolutely no late entries will be accepted.

The Loppet takes place on Saturday, April 13. It’s a great way to see the season through and also to prepare for the Snow to Surf.

You can 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.

We still need a few more volunteers. All volunteers receive a gift and are eligible for the draw prizes!  email

Club members, please bring some baked goodies for the loppet feed station in the stadium. Please bring to the lodge in the morning.

Raven Lodge revisited

The lodge will be closing during the week, as of next week. April 14th will be the last weekend open for the season.

April hours:
Open daily until April 7th from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Closed 8th to 11th
Open for the last weekend – April 12th, 13th, and 14th
April 13th – Loppet
April 14th – Season Pass BBQ


Interested in coaching next year? Note these dates!

We will be hosting 4 coaching courses next year, free to club members who wish to coach. If you are interested and want to know more or you want to take the next level coaching course and are not sure if you have completed all the requirements, please contact Doug Herchmer (; (250) 248-2233

Nov 1-2: Introduction to Community Coaching (ICC) Workshop, Courtenay (10 hrs).
This is the first step in the NCCP coach education program. This workshop is designed to provide parents and other beginner coaches with basic information and a feeling of confidence as they begin their role as a coach. (Minimum age 14 years).

Dec 6 – 8: Community Coaching (CC) Workshop, Mt Washington (16 hrs).
This is the second step in the NCCP coach education program. It provides essential training for coaches delivering skill development programs to children six to nine years of age. (Minimum age 14 years).

Nov 15 – 17: Learning to Train (L2T – Dryland) Workshop, Courtenay (16 hrs).
The L2T (dryland) workshop is the third step in the NCCP progression. Coaches are taught about developmental age, physical literacy, team building, athletic components (aerobic, fitness, speed, etc.), nutrition, how to design their own sport program, adventure-based activities (year-round), roller-skiing and planning a practice.

Jan 3 -5 Learning to Train (L2T – On Snow) Workshop, Mt Washington (16 hrs).
The L2T (on snow) workshop is the fourth step in the NCCP progression. This workshop is designed to train coaches on team management, supporting athletes at a competition, teaching and learning, equipment selection, ski preparation and how to effectively teach ski preparation and how to effectively teach ski technique.

Avalon Wasteneys won a bronze at Nationals! Story below. Photo: Larry Reynolds.



Strathcona Nordics racers brought hardware back to the Island from the Nationals in Whistler Olympic Park. Andrea Lee picked up two golds, and Avalon Wasteneys brought home a bronze.

Andrea Lee, who now trains at the National Development Centre in Thunder Bay and additionally skis for the Lakehead University team where she is currently studying, picked up a gold in team sprints and a gold in the 5km skate. The Junior Team was thrilled to see their club mate race and win in the university series.

Avalon Wasteneys won a bronze in the classic sprints, persisting through a fiercely competitive field of 75 juvenile racers in the quarter, semi, and final heats. Coach Dave says, “Avalon has incredible natural ability, and she took all her training, all the things we had been working on, and she executed them perfectly.”

When the team learned that Avalon was moving into the heats, Coach Dave declared, “We’re going to the show!” as he dug deep into his wax arsenal, and they all pulled together to offer Avalon lots of encouragement and the most enthusiastic cheering section of any athlete in the finals.

Across the five race events, all 17 members of the team enjoyed shining moments and many personal best races. Way to go team!!


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.

May Camp

All Strathcona Nordics skiers currently in racing programs or joining racing programs are invited to attend May Race Camp. There will be accommodations available on the mountain for racers and several training sessions on snow over the course of the weekend:

  • an after school session on Friday, May 10,
  • morning and afternoon sessions on Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12 (your mom can ski too!)
  • early morning session for Junior Racers on Monday, May 13

Your race coach will contact you with more details. If you want to join a racing program, contact:
Devo Team – Tim
Junior Team – Dave
Masters Team – Marilyn


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 to let them know if you will be attending and if you will be bringing a guest.

Remember to Smile!

Thrifty Foods donated another $140 into our fundraising account last month. If you are a Thrifty’s shopper, please remember to use your Strathcona Nordics Smile Card.

We still have a way to go before we reach our target. If you would like a card, please contact