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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 (email@example.com) 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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.