We hope all the Sunday skiers made it down the mountain safely last weekend. The snow-forecast website shows more favourable conditions this weekend. The temperatures will be cool with -6 to -14 in the forecast, so bring some warm mitts and extra layers.
It’s just four weeks until the first day of spring, and the calendar is full of fun, winter activities. Read on to learn how to make the most of the last weeks of winter.
A big thank you to everyone who helped out with the sprint races last weekend! See “Rabbits” below. Photo: A.Wilson
Calling all club members – be a champ and come race with us at the BC Champs in West Kelowna on February 28 – March 2! If you are coming, please read on.
You must 1. register, and 2. fill in the form by Sunday night!
For members racing in the event, there is a transportation subsidy. However, you must cover all your other costs: registration, wax, accommodation, and meals. (Race support, race coaches and waxers, is shared by many racers and will receive full subsidies. All subsidies come from the race enhancement fundraisers.) Find more details below!
When you go to Zone 4 to register, don’t forget to also register for the relay event. We can make up the teams later, in Kelowna, but you must register before the deadline this Sunday, February 23 at 11:59pm.
See the race details
You are welcome to wax your own skis for each race, or you are welcome to hand in your skis to our club waxers for race wax. Please note: You will receive a bill after the event for race wax.
Most of our club members are staying at the Holiday Inn West Kelowna, where we are organizing nightly club dinners and meetings. If you are not staying at the Holiday Inn, you can still have dinner with us at the hotel and/or come by for the evening meetings! Dinner details below. Remember, you need to organize your own accommodation for this trip.
Breakfast and lunch
You will need to provide for your own breakfasts and lunches. There are some grocery stores near the hotel where you can buy food for breakfast and to bring to the ski area for lunch. There are also restaurants nearby. You may want to bring your own plates, utensils, and coolers. The hotel rooms do not have kitchens.
You are welcome to make your own plans for dinner, or you are welcome to join us for nightly club dinners, catered by the Holiday Inn West Kelowna. The food is apparently quite good.
Dinners cost $16.72/person per night (tax and gratuity included), and children 8 and under are half price. Here are the menus and serving times.
Thursday, February 27 at 6pm
Beef Lasagna (Vegetarian Lasagna)
Assorted mini cupcakes/petit fours
Friday, February 28 at 6pm
Asian Chicken Stir-fry with rice (Asian Veg Stir-fry)
Assorted mini cupcakes/petit fours
Saturday, March 1 at 5:30pm
Butter Chicken with egg noodle (Lentil Dahl Curry)
Assorted mini cupcakes/petit fours
Please fill in the form to assist with meal ordering and transportation.
After feedback from many club members, we have amended the travel subsidy to
$80/club member who is racing in one or more events at the BC Champs.
The club will process your subsidy after the race, and you will receive the subsidy either as a cheque in the mail or (if you have a club account) as a credit on your racing account.
If you are carpooling, we recommend that you pay the driver your share of the gas and ferry costs (for example, 1/4 or 1/3, depending on how many people are in the car) – and look to your travel bursary as a reimbursement.
To assist us in organizing travel subsides, carpooling, and meal ordering – please use the link and fill in the form by Sunday night. The Form
School groups enjoy learning to cross-country with their classmates. Can you help us instruct groups over the next three weeks? Photo: L. Magor
We have 3 very full weeks of ski instruction in the CIBC Wood Gundy School XC Ski Program! We need instructors for 1/2 days for next 3 Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
▪ Tuesdays – the vacancy is for 2 instructors from 12:00-2:00pm.
▪ Thursdays – we need 2 instructors from 9:30-11:30am.
▪ Fridays – we need 3 instructors from 9:30-11:30am.
Contact Lynda if you can help us introduce XC skiing to school kids. firstname.lastname@example.org
A big thank you to all the parents who helped out with the sprint races last weekend – we can’t run these events without you! Extra thanks to the volunteers that stood in the 20 km winds and horizontal snow on Saturday – that’s dedication.
Of course, thanks also go out to the coaches and all the Rabbits who had fun racing the sprints in any weather – you guys rock.
Congratulations to all the rabbits and volunteers who braved the weather and completed the Becky Scott Sprints! Photo: A. Wilson
The next big Rabbit event is the end of season Tourney, when both Saturday and Sunday Rabbits join together for a final day of fun and games. This year the event is on Saturday March 15th - this is less than a month away, which means planning needs to start very soon.
Parent volunteers make the Rabbit Tourney a great wind up for the ski season!
We still need volunteers to help coordinate the Tourney; we need:
* a Bunny Rabbit Station Coordinator
* a Jack Rabbit Station Coordinator
* a Food Coordinator
We also need a lot of bodies to run the stations, to help with food, and to help with set up and tear down of the event.
Use the link to the Rabbit volunteer form and choose a Rabbit Tourney position! The Tourney alone requires 45 parent volunteers! Rabbit Volunteer form link Head Hare Alix Wilson will be contacting those who haven’t signed up for a position by end of day Sunday.
The Masters Race group has been training hard and is now ready to put all that training to work at three back to back race weekends.
A strong Masters contingent is heading over to the Payak Loppet at the Callaghan to compete in 15k, 30k and 50k events – Good Luck to Neil Swift, Lynn Swift, Andy Brown, Patty Johnson, Tanya Austin, Rick Morson, Graeme Magor, Chris Bowlby, Marilyn Atkinson.
The following weekend, we will join other club members at BC Championships at Telemark Ski Club.
We are then looking forward to racing at home at the Coast Cup races at Mt Washington.
Go Team!! Thanks to Coach Dave for all the great training!
These groups have been showing huge improvements in technique and having a lot of fun at, first, classic technique and, now, skate technique sessions. All Masters Rec members are strongly encouraged to participate in the Coast Cup races March 8+9 to challenge yourselves with your new skills!
HUGE THANKS to Masters Rec Coaches who make this program work: Neil Smith, John Elson, Chris Round, Bob Hauser, Don Irvine, Dave Pinel, Chris Bowlby, Susan Denny, Rick Morson, Mark DeBruijn, Ron Quilter, Marilyn Atkinson.
Best wishes to the BC Winter Games team of Maya Swift, Madeleine Guimond, Connor McGrady, Tallon Noble, Ross Lamon, Matthew Salmon, Eva Salmon, Rachel Beech, coach Tim McGrady, and coach Andrea Stapff. The BC Winter Games nordic events will take place in Whistler Olympic Park on February 20 – 23. Bring us back some stories and photos. Go team!
Congratulations to the team for great performances at the Western Canadian Championships in Prince George last weekend! In race result highlights, Avalon Wasteneys won silver in classic sprints and Alec Stapff came fourth in mass start free skate. Way to go!
Club members are encouraged to join the fun and take part in Coast Cup races! Photo: Oak Hill Images
Teck Coast Cup 4 & 5
It’s on! Thanks to a big dump of snow, we will be able to run the Teck Coast Cup 4 & 5 races onMarch 8 and 9.
▪ See the race details here.
▪ Register before March 5 on Zone 4.
All members are encouraged to join in these fun, home races! If you are a Rabbit, you don’t even need to register – it’s included as your session for that day.
Strathcona Nordics club president Len Apedaile leaves next week for a big event in Sochi, Russia – the 2014 Sochi Paralympics. Len will be there as the Technical Delegate for all Paralympic cross-country ski events, including biathlon. The Technical Delegate supervises the event, the work of the jury, signs off on the official results, and guarantees that the rules are upheld throughout the competition.
Club president Len Apedaile (far right) is off to Sochi next week. He’ll play a leading role at the Sochi 2014 Paralympics.
Len is no stranger to taking on big roles at big events. At the Vancouver 2010 Games, he was the Sport Manager for both Olympic and Paralympic cross-country ski events; he regularly works the IPC World Cup and World Championship circuit, and, in December, he was the FIS-appointed Technical Delegate at the Winter Universiade in Italy. Len began his officiating career doing ski club races at Mount Washington and has worked through the five levels of Officials certification.
“Once you become a certified Level 3 Race Official, you can take it in two directions,” says Len, “You can become a Chief of Competition who is an organizer at a sanctioned event, and you can become a Technical Delegate who guarantees things are run according to the official rules.”
Of the Paralympics, Len says he finds the games exciting and interesting. He points out that the competitors are elite athletes and racing on courses of the same level of difficulty as the Olympics, despite their physical impairments.
In preparation for the Paralympics, Len has been to Sochi five times in the past four years and has been working closely with the organizers. He says he is confident in the Russian organizers and their ability to put on an inspiring, exciting Paralympic Games and adds, “providing the weather cools down a bit in Sochi!”
Best wishes to Len!!
You can learn more about the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games on the website.