Run/Hike Update

Here are some run/hike details for the next two Sundays.

All club members are welcome to join us! Join the running group or form a hiking group. Meet at the trail head, ready to go, at 9:30am. Be prepared for a few hours on the trails. Dress for the weather and bring your own hydration and snack.

  • Sunday, August 31 – Forbidden Plateau –  meet at old ski area parking lot, bring striding poles if you have them, 2-2.5hrs
  • Sunday, September 7Mount Washington – meet at Raven Lodge parking lot for ‘Round the back to the Boomerang Chair and/or Eagle Chair, 3-3.5hrs

Racers, see camp details below for September 12-14.


Camp News — August 23, 1014

We have the camp notice ready for the Teck Regional Dryland Camp that we are hosting on September 12-14, 2014.

Happy campers at the Teck Regional dryland training camp that we hosted at Miracle Beach  Provincial Park.
Happy campers at the Teck Regional dryland training camp that we hosted at Miracle Beach Provincial Park, September 2013.

All nordic ski racers are welcome to attend this regional dryland camp!

  1. See the camp notice.
  2. Print the medical form, fill it in, and remember to bring it to camp with you.
  3. Register on

Hope to see you there!

Note: Camp fees are $55 for JRs, $47 for Devos and Masters and payable on Zone4 registration.

SNSC News — August 20, 2014

As we move into the last month of summer, we are are getting closer to the start up for the new season. Look for news and opportunities below, and best wishes to you all for the final weeks for August.

Linda Haylock

It is with profound sadness that we report the passing of Linda Haylock, well-loved ski family member.

Linda Haylock on Mount Washington in winter 2014
Linda Haylock on Mount Washington in winter 2014

Linda was an active member of the Strathcona Nordics for many years and a keen skier. She regularly enjoyed skiing on the trails, socializing in the Raven Lodge, and volunteering in the school program and other events. Linda’s warm presence in the nordic area will be missed. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Linda’s husband Cliff Haylock. A memorial service for Linda will be held likely in the spring.


The next run/hike takes place on Saturday, August 23. Club members are welcome to join us on Elk River Trail in Strathcona Provincial Park. Note: This trail is considered difficult, but beautiful.

Meet at the trail head at 9:30am and be ready for 5 – 6 hours (running time) on the trail. To find the trail head, follow hwy 28 west from Campbell River towards Gold River, and look for the trail sign past Strathcona Park Lodge. You can email for more information.

Check the website for updates before you leave in case of updates — and look for the more run/hike dates and locations on the website in the coming week.

Junior and Devo+ racers ski stride up Jutland trail hill last week during a training session.
Junior and Devo+ racers ski stride up Jutland trail hill last week during a training session.

Head coach

The Strathcona Nordic Ski Club board of directors is very pleased and excited to announce that Andrea Stapff will assume the position of Head Coach beginning this fall.

Andrea Stapff, Head Coach of the Strathcona Nordics
Andrea Stapff, Head Coach of the Strathcona Nordics

Andrea is no stranger to club and athlete development and coaching with her many years of experience in rowing as both an athlete, representing Canada twice at the Olympic Winter Games in 1980 and 1984 and at the Commonwealth Games in 1986 where she won gold in women’s pair, and as a coach.

Andrea has been working closely with Dave Battison over the past three years as an assistant volunteer coach, and, in the past year, as a part time assistant coach and club coordinator. Andrea is T2T certified and is working on her L2C certification in cross-country skiing and has been running workshops for CCBC as a learning facilitator. In the wake of Dave Battison’s untimely death on June 15, Andrea stepped in as interim head coach to ensure that summer training programs kept running.

Stepping into the Head Coach position is a natural step for Andrea and for the club and means continuity in our programming and for the entire athlete development team consisting of athletes, volunteer club coaches, wax technicians, and parents.

Andrea Stapff Bio
Master’s Degree, Exercise Physiology, University of Victoria, 1989
Physiologist, Western Australian Institute of Sport, Perth, Australia, 1990-1997
Physiologist, Australian Women’s National Basketball Team, 1993-1997

NCCP Level 3, Rowing
Head Coach, Shawnigan Lake School, Rowing, 1997-2003
Canada Summer Games, BC Provincial Team Coach, Rowing, 1989
Western Canada Summer Games, BC Provincial Team Coach, Rowing, 1999

NCCP T2T, Cross Country Skiing
NCCP ICC/CC Learning Facilitator, Cross Country Skiing
BC Winter Games, Zone 6 Head Coach, Cross Country Skiing, 2011, 2013

Two- time Olympian, 1980, 1984, Rowing, 4th place, Woman’s Single, 1984
Commonwealth Games, 1986, Rowing, Gold, Women’s Pair
Six- time World Championship Finalist, Rowing
Lucerne International Regatta, 1980, Rowing, Gold & Bronze, Women’s Single

Welcome to winter at Mount Washington

Early bird priced Seasons Passes for 14/15 are now on sale. If you had a pass last year you are eligible for an 18% discount (using last year’s totals) towards your individual pass for this winter. If you have not recieved an email from the Resort with your total amount that you are eligible for, please call the pass office at 250 334 5759 and provide them with your current email so they can send you the information.

FMI on passes this winter, see the Mount Washington season passes page and scroll down to the “Nordic” section. If you plan on buying season’s passes, purchase them before September 30 to cash in on early bird pricing.


We are still updating web pages on this website, but we have put up the new Events page for most of the big dates in the 2014-15 season. It’s going to be an exciting season!

Note: Some dates are approaching quickly. Look for more details coming soon.
* Teck Regional Race Camp – September 12-14
* Officials Level 1 Course – Courtenay – November – September 20
* Earlybird Deadline Mt Washington Season Passes – September 30
* Program Registration opens for SNSC programs for 2014/2015 – October 1
* NSC AGM & Ski Swap – Comox Valley – October 26
* In early September, you’ll find the club website fully updated.

Biathlon race

Here’s an invitation from the Vancouver Island Biathlon Club,

The Vancouver Island Biathlon Club invites you to take part in a one day biathlon race at on September 13th at our range at Mt Washington Nordic area 600 metres past Raven Lodge.

No experience? No problem! Our instructors are available to familiarize you with the biathlon rifle and shooting protocol. Everyone will receive a wristband band once they have completed 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.

We aim to have FUN!

For more info, see their website.
Register on Zone 4.
Please note the deadline for entry is 12 noon on September 10.