SNSC News — November 24, 2013

We are nearing the end of November and the end of earlybird prices on programs; register before November 30 to save. If you love skiing, consider sharing the love by coaching or instructing this season.

Look for news below about multiple coaching opportunities, gear, national Sports Day finalists, the fantastic fundraiser, upcoming race camp, and more!


The last day for earlybird pricing on programs is November 30. On December 1, regular prices come into effect. You can view the Programs pages on the website for more program information. Register using the Register button on the website.

Dr Andreas Conradi presents a cheque to SNSC President Len Apedaile at the fabulous dinner event on November 9. Read about the event below! Photo: Laura Johnston

Rabbit coaches needed!

A note to Rabbit parents – We are very short of volunteer coaches this year. If we do not get more volunteer coaches coming forward, we will be unable to accommodate everyone that has already registered for the Rabbit and Bunny SDP. Priority will be given to children of families volunteering as coaches or assistant coaches.

Training is available; enthusiasm for skiing is the only training prerequisite. Please see the Strathcona Nordics website for more coaching information. Contact Head Hare for more details.

Web updates

Gear page — the page is open for business. You can post xc gear to buy, sell, or trade using the comments field at the bottom of the page.

Coaching pages — we have updated the coaching pages to give you more resources. Use the links on the sidebar or the bottom of the Coaching homepage to find all the information you need.

Coach Dave Battison and Guest Speaker Brian Culbert at the dinner event. Read about the event below. Photo: Laura Johnston

Get out and play!

Let’s do our part in helping to make the Comox Valley the sportiest community in BC on Canada’s Sports day and show the community the activity level of our club members!

The Comox Valley was selected as one of four winning finalists across Canada for CBC’s “Get Out and Play” contest and will be featured on “My Town” as part of CBC Sports Day in Canada.

Here is a link to the video montage that was created by CBC about the Comox Valley: Sports Day My Town. To win the title of “Sportiest Community” in BC, Active Comox Valley has set a challenge to collectively, as a community, be active for one million minutes on Wednesday, November 27th.

See the following link for more information: Active Comox Valley Challenge.
You must be a resident of the Comox Valley to record your activity.

What you have to do:
1. Plan to do an activity for at least 30 minutes on Wednesday, November 27.
2. Complete your physical activity on that day.
3. Log your activity minutes on the form by 10 pm on November 27th.
4. Celebrate your awesomeness!

We will register our total number of minutes on behalf of our club. There are draw prizes available–and if we win one as a result of our club participation, we will re-draw the prizes for those people who signed up within our club.

School program instructors

The CIBC Wood Gundy School Program needs cross-country instructors. If you are interested and lack training, we will provide training for you! If you have time during one or more days during the week, for some or all of the the winter,

Mondays throughThursdays, during January 13 – March 13; mornings 9:30-11:30 and/or afternoons 12:30-2:30

Contact Lynda. 250-941-3579

Note: This program provides an honorarium to help compensate you for your time.

Mount Washington instructors

The Mount Washington Nordic Centre is looking for ski instructors for the coming season.

  • Minimum 1 day per week, maximum 6 days per week
  • Pay rate based on level of certification, minimum 2hrs pay per scheduled day.
  • Lesson times are 10am, 12pm, and 2pm
  • Lessons are 1.5 hours
  • You would need to be here and ready to teach 15mins before each lesson time
  • If no lessons, you are free to ski, hang out in the lodge, read a book, work on school work, use free WiFi
  • guaranteed 2hrs pay
  • Benefits – ski pass, food discounts, retail discounts, free bus transportation, and being part of a great team

If you are interested or have any questions please email Marc Lyster at

Coaching clinic

The upcoming Community Coaching (CC) workshop takes place December13-15 . Contact Andrea Stapff for details and to register. Andrea Stapff There are still lots of spots available for this course!

Dinner event patrons peruse the excellent silent auction items at the dinner event. Photo: Laura Johnston


The fabulous fall fundraisers were a fantastic success! The raffle for the paitnings and the dinner evening netted a total of $22,000 for the newly established athlete enhancement fund. This would not have been possible without the generous support of the sponsors. We express our heartfelt gratitude to the following individuals and businesses for their support:

Diamond Sponsor
Dr. Andreas A. Conradi

Platinum Sponsors
Shoreline Orthodontics, SkiTak Hut, Spirit Bear Lodge, Westjet, CE Consulting – Rupert Wong

Gold Sponsors
Jerry Van Photography, Riverway Dental – Dr. Wade Luksay, Kean Automotive, Leo McGrady

Silver Sponsors
Trail Bicycles, Blue Toque Sports, Mountain City Cycle, Broken Spoke, ELM- Fitness, Ski & Surf Shop, SweatPea Toy Company -Dan Lemay, Bruce Kirby, West Coast Expeditions, Alberni Outfitters, Active Living Physiotherapy, Lordco Autoparts CR, Sarah and Berend Henckel, Be – Clothing Boutique, The Joint Physiotherapy, Discovery Passage Therapeutic Massage, Mountainside Lodge – Leanne Webster, Mosaic Vision, Travel Lodge, Best Western, Brian McLean, Finneron Hyundai, Strathcona Park Lodge, Salomon, Marcoux Family

Bronze Sponsors
Extreme Runners, Graham Jewellers, The Butcher’s Block, Peddle Your World, Outdoor Addictions, Wild Play Element Parks, Starbucks, Sure Copy, Action Sports CR, Intersport CR, Sportsplex CR, Trousers, Blue Heron Books, House of Colour – Benjamin Moore, Simon’s Cycles, Royston Roasting Company, Brian Scott, Nordic Shop Squamish, Steiner’s Bakery CR, Simply Divine Body Care, Rocky Mountain Chocolates, Coho Bookstore CR, Len Apedaile, Kask Graphics CR

We would also like to extend a big thank you to Berend Henckel for his tremendous work in organizing the raffle and the dinner event, and thank you to all the people who supported the event by attending and volunteering their time.

Berend Henckel presents Betty Harper with the Gretschen Markle painting that she won in the raffle. David Dasilva won the Lucy Schappy painting, and Dave Lawrence won the Brian Scott painting.

Teck Regional Snow Camp – Vancouver Island

All racers are welcome to join us for the annual Teck Regional Snow Camp December 27 to 30 in the nordic area of Mount Washington Resort. See the camp notice for details. Register using this link.

Note: The second day of the camp is a race day. You must register separately for the race.

BC Winter Games Trial and all-club race

On Saturday, December 28, we are hosting a classic technique, individual start race, which will begin at 11am in the Nordic Stadium at Mount Washington. Skiers of all ages are welcome to take part in this event!

The event is also the Zone 6 Trial Race for the BC Winter Games 2014. If you are born in 1999 or 2000, you are eligible to participate in the BC Winter Games 2014. In you live in Zone 6, to qualify for the games, you must race in this event. Contact for more information about the Zone 6 BC Winter Games team.

The race organizers are finalizing the race notice, and registration will open soon. You can check the website later this week or watch for the news bulletin!






SNSC News — November 2, 2013

Our new season has officially begun! NOTE: To take part in run/hikes or in racing team training – you need to be registered for the 2013-14 season. Read on for the latest in cross-country skiing on Vancouver Island!


Don’t wait to register. Time seems to be progressing at warp speed and the early bird deadline will be here before you know it! Register before November 30 to take advantage of early bird program prices.

  • Use the Register button on the left sidebar to register.
  • See the Program pages in the left sidebar to learn more about programs.

Racing team members – your new season has begun! Racing team members must now be registered in order to participate in dryland training.

Brian Culbert will be speaking at Dinner Event next Saturday. See “Dinner event” below.

Instructors Needed

If you have some Cansi or NCCP coach qualifications and you have some availability during weekdays this winter — consider becoming an instructor for the School Program. It’s great way to introduce children to cross-country skiing, and you will receive an honorarium. Contact Lynda to learn more about the School Program! Lynda

Dinner event

If you haven’t bought tickets yet, for yourself or others, don’t delay. This stellar dinner event is taking place on Saturday, November 9. For just $35, you’ll be treated to a delicious dinner catered by Tria Fine Catering, entertainment, silent and live auctions, and a truly inspiring guest speaker, Brian Culbert.

Brian Culbert is an elite multi-disciplined athlete, investment advisor, and first vice president at CIBC Wood Gundy; Culbert is also the founder of a highly successful charitable foundation Racing4Lives, which fundraises for SickKids International.

For the past 9 years Brian Culbert has combined his love of endurance racing with his passion for raising funds for children’s charities. He has dedicated his races towards children’s charities — to date he has raised over $600,000 for various Canadian and International children’s causes. Culbert’s latest project in support was to race for 43 hours in the grueling Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, a 168km race over the French, Suisse and Italian Alps. The UTMB is considered to be one of the toughest ultra marathon races in the world.

Brian says, “I am not a runner. But somehow I’ve come to qualify for the world’s most prestigious and toughest ultra-marathon trail running race. The 165km Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc which takes place in Chamonix France.”

Brian Culbert is coming to the Strathcona Nordics dinner evening to share his story. Tickets are only $35. You can purchase a ticket by cash our cheque at Ski Tak Hut in Courtenay or contact Berend Henckel at

Award winning coach

Our Head Coach Dave Battison received an NCCP National Coaching – Coach Developer Award sponsored by Investors Group; Coach Dave is one of 12 recipients across the country and across all sports to receive the award for the development of coaches in the community; Coach Dave was awarded the Coach Developer award for going “above and beyond” his role as a coach developer. Congratulations to Dave Battison on a well-deserved award!

Head Coach Dave Battison receives a national coaching award from Chris Nagle, Rabbit Coach and Investors Group Division Director.

Run hike

All Club run/Hike this weekend – 10am Snowden – meet at logging bridge at 10am to carpool to Snowden trails. Renew your membership before you come out!

Here are just a few of the club members who participated in the Perseverance Creek Trail Run last weekend.

Persevering to the podium

On Sunday, October 27th a large contingent of Strathcona Nordics lined up to take part in the annual Perseverance Run in Cumberland. The race was organized by the Community Forest Society of Cumberland in conjunction with ELM and Extreme Runners. The event, which consists of a 3KM race and 10KM race, is becoming very popular and was sold out at least two weeks in advance.

Our hard training over the summer and fall has paid off. We had some stellar performances from our young athletes. In the 3KM, Stephen Lamon took first place overall, and the Strathcona Nordics dominated the field with 10 Strathcona Nordics in the top 15. Quite a number of young Devo’s left their coach Berend in the dust. “Apparently fundraising is not a good cross-training activity or maybe it is just natural decline,” says Berend.

In the 3km race, there were 1st place finishes for Stephen Lamon, Gabe Gledhill, Hugo Henckel, Naomi Swift, and Emma Wong; Silver medals for Ella Prager, Rachel Beech, James Posey, and Berend Henckel; and 3rd place finishes for Aiden Noble, Viviane Lemay, Eva Salmon, and Avik Bakshi

In the 10KM event, Strathcona Nordics member Andrew Pape-Salmon took first place overall. Andrew ran the very demanding 10KM in a time of 52. Equally impressive was the performance by his brother-in-law, young Matthew Salmon. Matthew had a very strong finish, out-kicking his teammate. Tallon Noble on the last straight away. Matthew and Tallon placed respectively 2nd and 3rd in the under 19 division. James Posey placed second in his competitive category. Madeleine Guimond and Maya Swift ran fast times in the 10km under 19, and these young racers took second and third place in their categories.

Quite a number of club members took part in the race. Well done everyone!! Our club was very well presented on this lovely sunny fall Sunday. Place this event on your calendars for next
year. We had lots of fun, it was well-organized, and the proceeds going towards protecting the forest around Cumberland.

Swap & AGM

The annual AGM and gear swap happened last weekend. It was another successful event thanks to all those who came out and special thanks to Sue Bloxsome for organizing and to the small army of volunteers who helped out in so many ways to bring it all together!

We’ll have the numbers for you next newsletter. To everyone who sold gear at the swap–your cheques will be in the mail soon!

Many people enjoyed chili at the swap and AGM.

New Board

Introducing the Strathcona Nordic Ski Club Board of Directors for 2013-14 season:
President – Len Apedaile
Vice-President – Alison Stocks
Treasurer – Scott Prager
Secretary – Patty Johnson
Membership Director – Richard Barry
Communications Director – Barb Kelly
Chair Rabbit Skill Development, Director – Alix Wilson
Chair Athlete Development, Director – Berend Henckel
Chair Coaching Development, Director – Doug Herchmer
Chair Recreational and School Program – Lynn Swift

We’ll be updating their bios and photos on the website over the next few weeks. Currently, you can reach a director through

Teck Coast Cup #1

The Hollyburn Cross Country Ski Club invites you to join them for this year’s Teck Coast Cup #1 at Whistler Olympic Park – the site of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games!

The race is designed as an introductory race to start the season off, with relatively short distances ranging from just under one kilometre for Atoms to 7.5 kilometres for adults. They are offering race courses that can be enjoyed by children, their parents and both recreational or dedicated racers.

Date: Sunday, December 1, 2013
Time: 11:00AM start
Race Notice: