SNSC News — March 27, 2014

Join your fellow cross-country skiers for two fun, season-wrap up events! Find those details and more below.

Loppet

The deadline to register is today, Thursday, March 27 at 11:59pm. If you aren’t registered, we could always use a few more volunteers. If you are unable to volunteer this year, come out and cheer the racers on!

32nd Annual Vancouver Island Loppet
Saturday, March 29

Race details
Registration
Course maps
▪ To volunteer – contact Susan Denny Susan dennydreher88@gmail.com

Remember to pick up your race bib before 9:30am and to bring some baking for the feed stations!

Baking can be dropped off by 9am at the table just inside the doors of the Raven Lodge or, after that, brought directly to the Feed Station tent in the Stadium.

Avalon Wasteneys was awarded second place overall at Nationals last week for her performance in four race events. Story below. Photo: DLejaDesigns.com
Avalon Wasteneys was awarded second place overall at Nationals last week for her performance in four race events. Story below. Photo: DLejaDesigns.com

Banquet

Join us for feasting and fun at the Filberg Centre in Courtenay for the End-of-the-Season Potluck Banquet. All club members are welcome! Admission is free.

Saturday, April 5
Filberg 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 according to your last name:

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

Hope to see you there!

National news

Three club members recently returned from cross-country Ski Nationals in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. Alec Stapff, Avalon Wasteneys, and Coach Dave Battison enjoyed a successful trip in spite of very challenging weather conditions and being very far from home. The three took part in Nationals as members of the BC Ski Team, and Avalon brought some hardware home to the Island!

Of the weather and waxing, Coach Dave said, “The weather was some of the hardest conditions I have ever seen in 25 years of nationals. We had every kind of weather – snow, rain, sleet, high winds, ice, freezing temperatures – sometimes all in the same day. As a wax team, we waxed for all of the BC team 38 athletes. On the last day, we waxed over 100 pairs of skis in prep for the long classic day. We had four main waxers and help from the other support coaches and parents.”

Alec Stapff enjoyed some great races at Nationals. He says, “Traveling the with the BC ski team was awesome! We had so much support from everyone who was there. I’d say the highlight for me was probably hiking to to the top of the Steady Brook waterfalls with the team and taking the in view and meeting everyone there and experiencing what the other side of the country was like! I made a bunch of new friends, and I’m extremely happy with how the week went and the racing. My least favorite part was crashing out in the classic 10k because I was taken off course via snowmobile and then transported to the hospital for x-rays.”

Avalon and Alec enjoyed a hike to a waterfall in Newfoundland with some fellow members of the BC Ski Team.
Avalon and Alec enjoyed a hike to a waterfall in Newfoundland with some fellow members of the BC Ski Team.

Avalon Wasteneys says, “Traveling and staying with the BC Team was great! I love being with just our team but it was also a fun experience to be around so many new people. However, it was also really encouraging knowing I had lots of support from so many people on the Strathcona Nordics team while I was racing. A favourite moment for me probably was when I was awarded the silver aggregate for Junior Girls 1. It was such a surprise for me because although I knew I had good points I didn’t think they were that good.”

Congratulations to Avalon Wasteneys on finishing second place overall at Nationals and on a bronze medal on the national podium in the classic technique distance event! We are proud of you three for representing the club well in Newfoundland.

 

Mount Washington

Nordic operations are scheduled to be open daily until April 21, so you can still get in lots of lovely, spring, day skiing. Please respect the “closed” signs on the trails at the end of the day, and remember that dogs are only allowed on the Raven’s Revenge trail.

VIMSS

An invitation from the Vancouver Island Mountain Sport Society (VIMSS),

On Saturday, April 12th please join us for dinner, drinks and a fun evening of Olympic entertainment at the Comox Valley Curling Club. There will be silent auction items, live auction items, and plenty of games.

All proceeds will go toward supporting our local emerging Island athletes and future Olympians & Paralympians! Dress in red and white – prizes for the best dressed.

TIckets are $50 for adults and $25 for children. Doors open at 6 PM.

To reserve your tickets or to make a donation to our silent auction please contact events@vimountaincentre.com.