SNSC News — March 6, 2014

We are in the last weeks of our ski season, and we have something for everyone below. The weather forecast looks mild and snowy on the mountain this weekend–let’s enjoy winter before it’s gone.

Mado and Maya took time out from racing to make a new friend at the BC Winter Games. Photo: D.Chamberlain
Mado and Maya took time out from racing to make a new friend at the BC Winter Games. Photo: D.Chamberlain

Teck Coast Cup

This weekend, our club is hosting the Teck Coast Cup #4 and #5 races! Three cheers for our race organizers who have been working hard to pull it all together.

▪ Bib pick up in the Raven Lodge from 9am-10am on both days.
▪ Course maps will be on display at the bib pick up table.
▪ Start lists will posted on Zone 4 and in the Raven Lodge.
▪ Race start is 10:30am on both Saturday, March 8 and on Sunday, March 9.
▪ See the race notice for more details.

If you are not racing or volunteering, come cheer the racers on; it should be quite exciting.

Coast Cup – food

Everyone loves to have a little boost to the blood sugar level after the race, so we need some food donations for the race finish on both Saturday and Sunday.

Items can include baking and fresh fruit & veggies. Consider making a big batch of cookies and bringing ¼ on Saturday, ¼ on Sunday and freezing the remaining ½ for the Loppet! We also need 4 volunteers to help out at the food/refreshment table: 2 volunteers on Saturday, and 2 volunteers on Sunday.

Please contact Chris ASAP if you are able to help out at the food table this weekend.



It’s only three weeks until the 32nd Annual Vancouver Island Loppet on Saturday, March 29A loppet is a great way to end your ski season – challenge yourself to a good, long ski with your ski community.

▪ Mass start at 10am
▪ Free technique
▪ 30km loppet, 15km loppet, 3x10km team loppet, 5km youth loppet, 2km cookie loppet for children 6 and under.
▪ Register before Wednesday, March 26 at 11:59pm.
▪ Email to volunteer.

Save the date! We’ll have the race notice and registration links for you soon.

Loppet food & volunteers

Replenishment of food and fluids is important after the longer distances in the Loppet. We need a Loppet Food Station Coordinator and another 6 volunteers to run the 3 different stations.

If you are not racing, this is a great opportunity to have a very fun and social time at the Loppet. Everyone loves the food stations! Coordinating the Food Stations is simple, as there is now an “instruction manual” for putting it all together.

Please contact Laura Johnston at for these fun volunteer jobs.

This Rabbit group enjoyed a snack time snow bench last Saturday. Photo: A.Wilson
This Rabbit group enjoyed a snack time snow bench last Saturday. Photo: A.Wilson


The Teck Coast Cup races are on this weekend, and we are looking forward to having lots of fun!

▪ All Rabbits should plan to arrive early to pick up their bibs between 9 and 10 inside Raven Lodge.
▪ Then, meet your coach at 10 o’clock as usual.

We hope that as having the races included in the Rabbit program that skiers will realize how fun and exciting the experience can be – both while skiing the course as well as while cheering from the sidelines!

Next Saturday, March 15th is our season finale – the Rabbit Tournament. Get ready for fun games and silly challenges for both Saturday and Sunday skiers! In addition to all the active festivities, we will also enjoy lunch together with hotdogs and hot chocolate from Thrifty’s, as well as yummy food brought by all our Rabbit families!

When preparing potluck dishes, please remember – NO NUTS! Families with last names beginning with A-M should bring healthy foods, fruits or veggies, and families with last names beginning with N-Z should bring healthy dessert type foods. Please don’t forget plates, cups and utensils for your family!

At this point in time, we are in danger of not being able to run the Bunny Stations for lack of volunteers, and have only 3 people signed up to help with lunch – setting up, cooking, feeding and cleaning up after 150 people is a big job! Please let Alix Wilson ( know right away if you are able to help!


Best wishes to Avalon Wasteneys, Alec Stapff, and Coach Dave as they head off to Corner Brook Newfoundland for the Canadian XC Ski Nationals on Monday with the BC Ski Team. Go team!

Masters rec

There is no masters recreational session this weekend, March 8-9, due to the Coast Cup races. There are two more sessions, finishing on March 22-23.

Intrepid skiers from Ecole Coeur de L'ile enjoyed their session last week. Photo: E.Rahn
Intrepid skiers from Ecole Coeur de L’ile enjoyed their session last week. Photo: E.Rahn

School program

The CIBC Wood Gundy School XC Ski Program has managed to fill in the gaps this week for instructors; however, next week we need instructors for Monday,Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday! Contact Lynda if you have time to help us introduce school kids to cross-country skiing.

Child fitness tax credit

A receipt for the child fitness tax credit have been emailed out to the youth eligible for the tax credit. Information on the tax credit can be found at the CRA website.

These receipts were sent to the email address supplied at the time of registration. Please check your emails and save this important receipt for your taxes this year. If you have a child who is eligible and have not received a receipt, please contact the membership director:

Athlete bursaries

The athlete enhancement fund will be providing a number of bursaries this year. They will be presented during the awards banquet on April 5 in Courtenay. Devo and Junior Athletes are eligible for these bursaries. There are 3 bursaries for $ 500, 3 bursaries for 250, and 3 bursaries for $ 150.

Athletes will have to fill in an application to be considered for these bursaries and their coaches will review the applications. The application will be available online next week.

BC Winter Games

Our team had a great time at the BC Winter Games in Whistler Olympic Park last month. All racers skied well and enjoyed top 10 finishes and personal bests. In racing highlights, in the free style sprints – Ross Lamon won silver and Tallon Noble won gold; in the classic technique race – Tallon Noble won bronze. Way to go, team!

60 Strathcona Nordics racers plus coaches and support crew enjoyed racing and camaraderie at the BC Champs in Kelowna last weekend. Photo: L. Johnston
60 Strathcona Nordics racers plus coaches and support crew enjoyed racing and camaraderie at the BC Champs in Kelowna last weekend. Photo: L. Johnston

BC Champs

We sent a record number of racers to the BC Championships in Kelowna last weekend. 60 racers from the small, Island club competed in three days of cross-country ski events, and the club placed 5th overall in a competitive field of 34 clubs from across BC, Canada, and the U.S.

This race was one of the last stops before the Canadian and US championships and so drew from a wide, competitive field. Strathcona Nordics racers, aged 5 through 59 years young, enjoyed many top 10 finishes in stiff competition, and the following racers brought medals back to the Island in their age categories.

In the free style mass start event: Gavin Chatterton – first; Luke Damery – second; Hugo Henckel – second; Tallon Noble – first; Avalon Wasteneys – first; Chris Bowlby – second.

In the Individual Classic event: Gavin Chatterton – first; Everett Wells – first; Luke Damery – second; Emmy Stapff – first; Laura Johnston – second; Chris Bowlby – second; Tallon Noble – first; Brian Scott – second.

In the aggregate awards, based on performances throughout the season in BC Cup races: Alec Stapff – third; Avalon Wasteneys – second; Tallon Noble – first; Lynn Swift – second; Marilyn Atkinson – third.

“The Strathcona Nordics put in a great showing at the BC Champs! They were successful by all accounts — great representatives for the Island, great sportsmen and sportswomen, and great racers — and they all made it home safely through a long, slow drive though very snowy roads in the interior and Lower Mainland!”

Paralympic Games

Best wishes to Len Apedaile, the Technical Delegate for the cross-country ski events, on the opening of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games on March 7! Len, we hope you find a moment to snap a selfie for us. We can follow the cross-country ski events on the Paralympic website.


The VI Biathlon Club are having a Spring Biathlon Race on March 16. Cost is $15 for members of Biathlon BC, $20 for non members, which covers insurance and use of rifle, ammunition supplied. Refreshments included. Prizes! Trail pass required.

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No experience? No problem!” Their instructors are available on Sunday during posted practice times to help familiarize you with the biathlon rifle and shooting protocol. The race will be conducted in a safe manner, and everyone is welcome. They aim to have FUN!

Minimum age 10, no maximum!. Five loops of 1 km and 4 shooting bouts per person. Please note, the deadline for entry is 12 noon on March 14. Email to register.