Update! — SNSC News, January 30

We just received an update that Mount Washington Nordic Operations will be open this Saturday and Sunday from 9am-4pm!

Don’t put those skis away just yet — all Strathcona Nordics programs will run on Mount Washington this weekend.

Note: There is a biathlon race happening on Saturday, so on that day we will need to avoid the Biathlon area and part of the Stadium.

See you at the Raven Lodge and on the trails!!

SNSC News — January 30, 2014

We have some sad news for you — Mount Washington has closed operations due to the deteriorating snow conditions. You can learn more about this and other news below.

Strathcona Nordics racers represented the Island well in Kamloops at BC Cup #2. Photo: D. Chamberlain
Strathcona Nordics racers represented the Island well in Kamloops at BC Cup #2. Photo: D. Chamberlain

Operations strategy

Mount Washington Resort announced yesterday that they had to close operations because the extended drought and weather inversion have left them with severely deteriorating snow conditions. On an positive note, the main message on their website is “Waiting for snow!” They plan to reopen when the snow falls again. With two full months of winter remaining, there is a good possibility that we may all be gliding down the trails again.

A very big thank you to Marc Lyster and all the folks at Nordic Operations for doing an amazing job of keeping the trails open as long as possible. We hope to see you all again soon at the Raven Lodge!

Since the club is unable to offer members programs on the mountain at this time, we are pleased to offer our Recreational members an opportunity to still be active outdoors in a club activity. This Saturday and Sunday, you can join your groups and fellow club members for a hike at Nymph Falls Park. (Saturday groups meet at Nymph Falls on Saturday morning. Sunday groups meet at Nymph Falls on Sunday morning.)

▪ Be ready to find your group at 10am in the Nymph Falls parking lot.
▪ Dress for the weather.
▪ Be prepared to be out on the trails for 2 hours.

Hope to see you there!

Alec Stapff racing in the Junior Boys 10km free style event in Kamloops last weekend. Photo: D. Chamberlain
Alec Stapff racing in the Junior Boys 10km free style event in Kamloops last weekend. Photo: D. Chamberlain

Teck BC Cup #2

Last weekend, Strathcona Nordics racers enjoyed two days of fast races at the Teck BC Cup #2. The team, composed of ski racers, coaches, and support crew, travelled to Kamloops for the event, and they met with fantastic results.

Head Coach Dave Battison says, “BC Cup 2 was one of our best races in the past few years, the athletes were very strong and technically ready. I was very proud of our entire squad. Overall, it was a great weekend of tough racing.”

The team brought a total of nine medals back to the island. In classic technique racing Stephen Lamon – bronze, Tallon Noble – gold, Alec Stapff – silver, Avalon Wasteneys – gold, and Marilyn Atkinson – bronze. In skate technique races, Tallon Noble – gold, Alec Stapff – silver, Lynn Swift – silver, and Marilyn Atkinson – bronze. Many athletes on the squad also enjoyed top 10 finishes and personal bests.

Well done team!!

SNSC News — January 23, 2014

Kudos to Marc Lyster and the staff at Mount Washington Nordic for giving us a second great weekend of skiing! Note: With low snow conditions, ski with care on all downhills. The forecast is warm and sunny this weekend, so remember your sunscreen.

Below, we have a fun ski adventure open to all club members—join your club members for a weekend of ski racing in Kelowna—and more.

This Rabbit group spotted the Yeti last Saturday, and they fed him some of their snacks, but he reportedly declined the hot cocoa and was very polite. Photo: S. Lee
This Rabbit group spotted the Yeti last Saturday, and they fed him some of their snacks, but he reportedly declined the hot cocoa and was very polite. Photo: S. Lee

Hello ALL Strathcona Nordics Ski Club members!

A focus event for our club this year is the BC Cross Country Skiing Championships being held at Telemark Nordic Club, in West Kelowna on February 28 to March 2, 2014. This year in addition to the usual Saturday and Sunday individual and club relay races, there is also a race being held on the Friday.

Our aim is to participate at this event with as many members of our club as possible – individuals, families, participants of all ages, from all programs – young to forever young, recreational to racing. The BC Championships offer a full range of age category events from atoms to masters.

A guaranteed block of 30 rooms have been reserved at the Holiday Inn West Kelowna, 2569 Dobbin Road, West Kelowna under the name of Strathcona Nordic Ski Club. A group room rate of $86 per night plus applicable taxes has been arranged; rooms are standard size, 2 queens/room. This block or rooms is guaranteed on hold for us until January 27th. Reservations can be made after this date at the negotiated rate, but on availability basis only. Rooms can be canceled up until 6pm on the day of arrival with no penalty.

Rooms can be booked for three nights (Feb 27 to March 1) if you plan to participate in the racing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday or for two nights (Feb 28 and March 1) if you plan to participate in the racing on Saturday and Sunday.

Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel directly at the numbers listed below and mentioning the group name – Strathcona Nordics Ski Club.
Holiday Inn West Kelowna Reservations Direct 1.250.768.8879
Holiday Inn West Kelowna Toll Free 1.877.660.8550

Hotel info: http://www.holidayinnwestkelowna.com.

Additional details to follow over the coming days regarding………
……group meals while in Kelowna
……group transport – by charter bus – to/during/from the event

Event info: http://telemarkracers.org/events/2014-teck-bc-championships/
Zone4 registration info: https://zone4.ca/reg.asp?id=6304&lan=1&cartlevel=1

ALL race registrations and hotel bookings are the responsibility of individuals, families, members. Coaches will NOT be registering racers for this event.

Questions – please contact andrea@strathconanordics.com.

School Program

CIBC Wood Gundy School XC Ski Program will be in full swing in one week and is still looking for people who can commit to instructing for a full day or just a 1/2 day on a regular basis. Instructors need to be club members to be covered by insurance, and it is desirable if they have taken the NCCP coaching courses or CANSI Level 1. This program is often the first contact with cross country skiing many children have and the target audience for potentially bringing new junior racers into the club.

We are also looking for anyone who could volunteer 45min. of their time to visit the schools registered in the program for an orientation season. Full training would be given for this short power point presentation and the valuable first contact club members make with the schools.

Please contact Lynda Magor (magors@shaw.ca) as soon as possible if you might be able to help with either of these areas of need.

Congratulations to Anna and Gavin! Photo: P. Chatterton
Congratulations to Anna and Gavin! Photo: P. Chatterton

Teck Coast Cup 2 & 3

Last weekend, the Teck Coast Cup 2 & 3 were held at the Whistler Olympic Park. While the races were not attended by the SNSC Devos as a group, one of their young racers did attend, along with her younger brother. Anna (9) and Gavin (6) competed in both classic and skate events over the weekend and took home medals in each event.

In Saturday’s Pee Wee Girls 1.8km Classic, Anna raced to a second place finish behind a skier from Spud Valley (Pemberton) and ahead of Squamish Nordics. In the Atom Boys 0.8km Classic, Gavin came in third behind two skiers from Whistler Nordics.

Sunday featured the Team Relay and Gavin moved up to race with his sister in the Pee Wee 100m event. They skated to second in their first heat and moved on to the finals. Gavin looked small on the start line next to kids up to three years older than him but he was undaunted and determined to give everything he had. Anna worked hard to make up some time each lap and managed to land them on the podium for a bronze medal behind two teams from Spud Valley.

Fun races at the club level and participating in the Coast Cup at Mount Washington last year helped to spark their interest to compete in this event. They are very proud of their achievements and both more confident and eager to participate in upcoming races. A huge “thank you” to all of the Rabbit coaches who introduce our kids to skiing and to the Devo coaches who work so hard to prepare our young skiers who choose to go on to compete.

Adaptive skiing

On Sunday, February 23, VISAS and the Strathcona Nordics are hosting a Learn to Ski Day. The aim of this clinic is to teach people with physical disabilities to cross-country ski – either standing up or using a sit ski.

Nordic or cross-country skiing can be enjoyed by people with many different disabilities including paraplegia, amputations, visual impairments, cerebral palsy, MS, brain injuries, and more.

Here is your chance to try this activity at little cost in a supportive environment with volunteer instructors. Complete beginners and those with some experience are welcome. Ages 8 to adult.

Who can sign up?

▪ Sit skiers must have reasonable upper body strength to be able to push yourself along in a sit ski .
▪ Wheelchair users must be able to transfer with minimal assistance.
▪ Sit skiing may also be appropriate for people who are not wheelchair dependant but whose mobility is limited by lower limb problems or balance.
▪ Standing skiers must be able to stand and walk at least 400m with or without walking aids but without assistance from another person.

Cost is $20 and includes trail pass, equipment, and instruction.

For more information and to register, contact Sue Bloxsome sbloxsome@gmail.com or 250 334 3267. Registration deadline is February 16.

Marilyn, Rick, and some Saturday Masters enjoy the view at the top of The Grind. Photo: L. Grant
Marilyn, Rick, and some Saturday Masters enjoy the view at the top of The Grind. Photo: L. Grant

Best wishes

Best wishes this weekend to the Junior and Masters racers, coaches, and support crew as they head to Kamloops for BC Cup #2 races. Go team!!


Cross Country BC (CCBC) is looking for ski photos for the 2014-15 issue of SKI CROSS COUNTRY! If you have photographs that would be suitable for the annual BC ski community publication, “Ski Cross Country,” you are welcome to submit them. Photos using good quality film or high resolution digital images are both acceptable. The preferred format for digital photos is tif or esp, although jpg will be accepted. Minimum 300 dpi resolution. Note: unless you indicate otherwise, all photos will go on file for possible use in future publications.
For more information, visit the CCBC website.



SNSC Update — Friday, January 17

We have good news for you again — Mount Washington Nordic Operations will remain open this weekend! However, we also have a couple of advisories for you:

  • This weekend, there is a weather alert for a strong weather inversion – which means you need to remember your sunscreen and hydrating fluids because it’s going to be very warm and sunny on the mountain this weekend! Additionally, drive with caution as the fog at lower elevations may be quite thick.
  • The Raven Lodge will be very busy this Saturday because the popular Yeti Snowshoe Race is taking place.
Junior Racers enjoyed beautiful weather on Mount Washington at Thursday afternoon training. Photo: Sheridan Meckert
Junior Racers enjoyed beautiful weather on Mount Washington at Thursday afternoon training. Photo: Sheridan Meckert


Many of you may have noticed that our website has been the victim of hacks and viruses over the past couple months. We have been taking steps to remedy this, and you can finally expect to view our content (and not drug promotions!) without triggering virus alerts from your browser. Thanks to Scott Prager for all his hard work on this!


Here is a great opportunity to get some official (or non-official) volunteer experience. The BC Winter Games are looking for volunteers for the games, which take place in Whistler Olympic Park on Friday, February 21st and Saturday, February 22nd.

This volunteer experience at a provincial event is especially valuable as we are hoping to host the BC Midget Championships in 2015. Use this link to sign up to volunteer.

Note: On February 22nd and 23rd, Sigge’s Payak Loppet events are also taking place at Whistler Olympic Park, so volunteering for the BC Winter Games may fit nicely into the weekend for many people.

Thank you

The Strathcona Nordics would like to thank the Investors Group Community Coaching Conferences for their $500 coaching grant to our club!


The Junior Racers enjoyed clear skies at Thursday training. Photo: Sheridan Meckert
The Junior Racers enjoyed clear skies at Thursday training. Photo: Sheridan Meckert

SNSC News — January 16, 2014

It was lovely to ski again last weekend! We are all still watching the forecast and hoping that we can run programs this weekend.

Check the back here on Friday afternoon to make sure that Mount Washington Nordic operations are open this weekend and that club programs are running.

After their ski, Andre, Noah, and Yana found the snow was perfect for making snowmen and snowwomen.


The beginning of the season was a real nail biter for all Rabbit families — first wondering if there would be snow to ski on, and then wondering if a blizzard was going to stall Saturday’s plans! Luckily, all Rabbit programs took off without a hitch! It was great to see all the smiling faces on the weekend and to get our ski legs back. Stay tuned to hear if we’re on this weekend, and keep your fingers crossed.

Snow goal award
If you are fortunate enough to ski outside of Rabbit time, please remember to keep track of those sessions that are at least an hour long. Each extra ski is a point towards your child’s Snow Goal Award. Coaches will ask you for this information close to the end of the season. For more information about the Snow Goal Award, click here.

Each year Cross Country Canada sends lovely gifts for all Rabbits, and this year’s Rabbit toques and Buffs (for skiers born in 2004 or earlier) have arrived. Coaches will hand out the swag at the next session.


These Rabbits were spotted heading out to far Jutland on Sunday.

Time to give back
Thank you to all the parents who have signed up for a volunteer opportunity! However, we are still in need of help.

? We still need  24 Saturday Rabbits (39%) parents to sign up for a volunteer position.
? Sunday is more dire – there are still 38 (57%!)Rabbits parents who need to sign up to volunteer.

Please go to the website, and click the Volunteer button to find a volunteer opportunity that works for you. We are in need of:

? Playground Liasons and helpers
? Becky Scott Sprint race helpers for February 15 and 16

Congratulations to Neil Swift who is the only coach who’s entire group has parents signed up to help with our season!

We caught up with some Sunday Masters performing drills and refining their skills.

School program orientation

We are looking for people to help with the School Orientations for the CIBC Wood Gundy School XC Ski Program. It takes about 45 minutes to do a presentation at one of the schools in town, and orientations take place a week before the school participates in the program.

The bulk of the orientation information is presented in a prepared, computer-generated slide show, but we need people to go to the school and talk to students about clothing and proper layering for XC skiing. You would receive an honorarium on a per session basis.

Training is provided, but we need people to commit ASAP to doing some orientations and to training with Lynda, the program coordinator, during the final week of January.

Contact Lynda for more information magors@shaw.ca


The Vancouver Island Biathlon Club invites you to take part in a fun biathlon race on January 19. They say, “No experience? No problem!” Their instructors are available on Sunday during the posted practice times to help familiarise you with the biathlon rifle and shooting protocol.

Everyone will receive an armband once they have gone through safety training and will not be able to start the race without one. The race will be conducted in a safe manner, and everyone is welcome. They aim to have FUN!

? Minimum age 10, no maximum!
? Three loops of 1.5 km and 2 shooting bouts per person.
? Mass start with penalty loops for shots missed.
? Deadline for entry is noon on January 17.

For more information visit their website.

Yeti Race

Our Yeti friends would love to see you at the Yeti Snowshoe Series race at Mount Washington on January 18. They’re giving you a 10% registration discount: YETI1819. Use the link to register.

If you know anyone who would like to volunteer for the Yeti race, they can contact the race director Solana Klassen at solana@5peaks.com.

SNSC Update – January 9, 2014

Good news everyone! We received word today that Mount Washington Nordic will be open this weekend. Raven Lodge will reopen their doors at 9am on Saturday.

Remember to give yourself extra time to get up the mountain and to get organized to ski this weekend. Remember your season pass or get a trail pass. Meet your ski group shortly before 10am.

See you on the snow!


We learned today that you can make your season rental go more smoothly if you set it up online before you go up the mountain:
1. Go the the Mount Washington rental page.
2. Click the Nordic tab to rent for one day, or click the Seasonal tab to set up rental for the season.
3. Click the shopping cart that corresponds to the rental you want.
4. Set up a MyMW account.
5. Reserve and pay for your rental.


The road will be snowy and busy this weekend, so drive with caution and give yourself extra travel time to get up the mountain!
* Check the Drive BC website for road conditions before you leave home.
* You can also call Drive BC at 1-800-550-4997 to check conditions.


Remember to bring layers for a variety of winter weather because the weather can change quickly on the mountain.
* View the Mount Washington nordic snow report.
* You can also check the weather forecast on the Snow Forecast website.


You can check the trail status online (scroll down the page) before you leave home. In the Raven Lodge, you can also view the board that lists which trails will be open.

Club Race

This is another reminder that the race (that had been rescheduled for tomorrow) is postponed until a date in February. Look for more news soon!

SNSC News — January 8, 2014

Happy New Year everyone! I think we have all been watching the weather forecast with bated breath, hoping for snow and hoping for nordic operations to reopen on Mount Washington… Look for news below about program start up, racing, and more.

Program start up

We will learn for certain on Friday, but the snow forecast looks very promising for Mount Washington Nordic to reopen this Saturday. Here are some reminders:

Check the club website on Friday afternoon to make sure that our club programs are running this weekend.
? Give yourself lots of travel time on Saturday morning and/or Sunday morning. The roads may be snowy and the traffic will surely be busy!
? If you don’t have your season’s pass, be prepared to wait in the season’s pass or trail pass line up.
? Gear rentals may also require extra waiting time this weekend.
? Eat a good breakfast and dress for the weather. Layers are always a good idea as the weather can change.
? Try your best to be ready to go out with your group from the Raven Lodge at 10am sharp.
? Have fun! We have been hoping and praying for snow for weeks 🙂

Race rescheduled

The club race that had been rescheduled for this weekend is now postponed until February. We should have a new date for you soon!

Coach Tim McGrady and Junior Racers in Prince George on January 3.


BC Cup 1 in Prince George

In spite of minimal time on snow this season, our race team brought hardware home from the BC Cup 1 race in Prince George last weekend. 13 racers made the long trek from the Island to Prince George along with club coaches and support crew. Head Coach Dave Battison says,

“It was fantastic! I was very proud of all of our racers. They haven’t had any training time on snow yet this year, and everyone performed well. The other teams have been training on snow for many weeks at this point. Our team did really well, which is due to all of the hard work that everyone has put into dryland training this year.”

In the skate technique races, the following athletes won medals: Ross Lamon – silver, Tallon Noble – silver, Avalon Wasteneys – silver, Alec Stapff – bronze, Marilyn Atkinson – bronze.

In classic technique races, Tallon Noble brought home a silver medal and Marilyn Atkinson a bronze medal.

The racers look forward to the BC Cup 2 races in Kamloops later this month and hope to train on snow before this next race!


Team Canada

Canada’s Alex Harvey won several medals in the recent Tour de Ski!  You can follow Team Canada on the Cross Country Canada website.