SNSC News — September 18, 2014

The new ski season is approaching quickly, and we have timely information and opportunities below to help you prepare. Don’t miss out, read on.

Done with that gear? Take it to the swap! Story below. Photo: Andy Brown

Done with that gear? Take it to the swap! Story below. Photo: Andy Brown

Program registration opening

Registration opens for club membership and programs on October 1 on Zone4.ca! NOTE: This year, the deadline for early bird prices is October 31, so don’t delay!

We will have the website fully updated by September 30, so stay tuned as we make minorchanges to the program pages.

Mount Washington

The deadline for early bird prices on Mount Washington Season Passes is September 30. If you plan to buy a nordic season’s pass, do it soon to save on fees. Remember, to participate in SNSC programs, you need to have either a seasons pass or trail passes for winter 2015.

Gear Swap & AGM

It’s time to dust off your nordic ski gear and decide which gear you want to sell at the swap and which gear you hope to find! Mark it on your calendar:

Saturday, October 25
Elks Hall in downtown Courtenay
(231 6th Street, Courtenay – near Ski Tak Hut))

The program for the day will be similar to last year with
* morning Cross-country ski gear drop off
* 12 – 1pm AGM
* 
1 – 3pm Cross-country ski gear sales
* 
3 – 3:30pm Gear (unsold) pick up

Contact info@StrathconaNordics.com to volunteer at the swap! We need people to help with set up, gear intake, food and beverages, gear sales, and clean up.

Don’t miss the AGM, where you can learn the latest club business and news — and get in first to the gear sale! More details on the morning schedule to come.

55 racers had a blast at the Teck Regional Dryland Camp that we hosted last weekend. Story below! Photo: K. McGrady

55 racers had a blast at the Teck Regional Dryland Camp that we hosted last weekend. Story below! Photo: K. McGrady

All aboard!

With the AGM approaching, the club is looking for members to join our dynamic Board of Directors or to get involved as a program coordinator! You can contribute to the growth, development, and management of this excellent club.

There are several vacancies and opportunities on the board, which we will highlight during upcoming newsletters and on the website. Please visit the club website and/or get in touch with one of the existing board members for more information about opportunities on the Board. info@StrathconaNordics.com

Vacancy of the week
VIMSS Board rep – The is SNSC looking for a member to represent the nordic community on the VIMSS board.

One of Dave Battison’s many hats was to represent our nordic ski community on the board of the Vancouver Island Mountain Sport Society. Both VIMSS and the SNSC are looking for a replacement for Dave on this Board.

Please contact Len Apedaile for more information. apedaile@uniserve.com

Enjoy the excitement of racing as a trained Level 1 race official. Photo: B. Kelly

Enjoy the excitement of racing as a trained Level 1 race official. Photo: B. Kelly

Make it Official!

Learn new skills and become a certified race official! We are holding a level 1 officials course scheduled for October 11 in the Comox Valley! (Note that the 11th is part of the Thanksgiving weekend – if this is impractical for too many people we will consider another date.)

This course is for:

▪ Anyone who helps with club races (Coast Cup and Loppet).
▪ Anyone who plans to help with the exciting BC Midgets Championships, which we’re hosting on February 7-8!!
▪ Anyone who has not taken an officials course in the past.

Contact Len with your availability on October 11! apedaile@uniserve.com

LEVEL 1 Officials certification course 
An 8 hour course that provides an overview of what a cross-country ski competition is all about. The focus is on the duties of minor officials for both “Olympic’ style (interval start, pursuit start, mass start, relays and sprints) and “Loppet” style (mass participation) competitions.
This course will be held all day Saturday (totalling 8 hours).
Registration fees ( $80 for CCBC members, $95 for non-members) will be covered by the club for club officials who volunteer to help at Midgets and at club events.

Calling all rabbit coaches!

Please contact Alix to let her know your intentions for the upcoming season! headharewilson@gmail.com

Coaching courses

Begin or continue your development as a coach with coaching courses this season. Coaching helps you improve your ski technique, adds to your skills, builds our ski community, and gets us all outdoors in the winter!

▪ Learn to Train Dryland (L2T dryland) – Courtenay – November 14-16
▪ Intro to Community Coaching (ICC) – Courtenay – November – 21-22
▪ Community Coaching (CC) – Courtenay – December 12-14
▪ Learn to Train On-snow (L2T on-snow) – Mount Washington – January 2-4

Stayed tuned for coaching refresher dates, when new and returning coaches can work on skills and learn new tricks!

Visit the Coaching webpage for course descriptions. Contact info@StrathconaNordics.com to register and learn more.

 

Busy kids and coaches took time out from camp training activities for a group photo. Photo: K. McGrady

Busy kids and coaches took time out from camp training activities for a group photo. Photo: K. McGrady

Happy campers

The Strathcona Nordics recently hosted the Teck Regional Dryland Camp at Miracle Beach Provincial Park in Black Creek. It was a truly regional camp with participants from all over Vancouver Island and other coastal areas such as Vancouver and Whistler.

55 racers enjoyed 2.5 days of dryland training, goal setting, planning, games, and fun under the direction of Andrea Stapff – SNSC Head Coach, Maria Lundgren – CVTC National Development Centre Assistant Coach, Dave Damery – SNSC Devo Coach, Dave Morris – Hollyburn Coach, and Gavin McPhail and Sebastien Marcoux – SNSC Devo Assistant Coaches.

Many, many thanks to all the coaches and to the 12 support volunteers who kept everyone fed and kept the camp running smoothly!

Sponsors

We love our sponsors! Another way to help the club continue to deliver great programs is by joining the sponsorship team. Contact us today if you are interested in becoming a sponsor or working on the sponsorship committee. Contact us! info@StrathconaNordics.com