SNSC News — October 30, 2014

Avalon Wasteneys skied at the Frozen Thunder Super Camp in Canmore in October. Story below.

Avalon Wasteneys skied at the Frozen Thunder Super Camp in Canmore in October. Story below.

Coaching courses

Note, we still require more participants for both the L2T Dryland and the ICC otherwise they are in danger of being cancelled.

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  - Cancelled
* 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

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

Alec and Andrea Stapff also enjoyed participating in the Frozen Thunder Super Camp in Canmore. Photo: A.Stapff

Alec and Andrea Stapff also enjoyed participating in the Frozen Thunder Super Camp in Canmore. Photo: A.Stapff

Super camp

Canmore, Alberta was the site for the first ski race of the season combined with a national “super camp”. Top level athletes from across North America – including the Canadian and US national teams, Canadian national para-nordic team, national and provincial development centres, training academies, and provincial ski teams from BC, AB, Yukon and Ontario – spent last week on Frozen Thunder, a 2.4km figure 8 loop classic and skate track of harvested snow, stock piled last spring, stored over the summer and shovelled onto the trail this fall.

Avalon Wasteneys, named to this year’s National Talent Squad (NTS), joined other NTS skiers for a week of on-snow training and informal racing in the spirit of developing individual skills and ski community growth. Alec Stapff also participated in the supercamp with the WinSport Academy in Canmore. Andrea Stapff enjoyed the super camp as it provided an opportunity for coaches from across the country, club to national level, to work together, learn from each other, share their expertise and passion for the sport. Way to go Strathcona Nordics!

School program

We are hiring 4 full time instructors for the School Program this season at a rate of pay similar to Mount Washington Nordic’s pay scale.

We are working with Mount Washington to hire those individuals who would be able to work for the program Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, along with possible Mondays if there is demand, and then also work for Mount Washington as a Nordic Instructor for at least one day of the weekend or more. Instructors need to have CANSI Level 1 or NCCP Community Coaching as a minimum qualification.

Contact Lynda for more information magors@shaw.ca

Refreshing

On December 28, ALL new and returning Bunny Rabbit and Jack Rabbit coaches, co-coaches, and substitute coaches are welcome & encouraged to attend a fun-filled planning and skiing day with Coach Andrea and Headhare Marika. Please mark it on your calendar.

Swap news

Thanks to everyone for their help with the ski swap last Saturday! Special thanks to the people on the front lines of equipment intake and equipment sales. Those were busy stations! Final tallies coming soon.

21 racing team members participated in the Perseverance Trail Run. Missing from photo: Callum Barry. Photo: A. Stapff

21 racing team members participated in the Perseverance Trail Run. Missing from photo: Callum Barry. Photo: A. Stapff

Perservering

Congratulations to all club members who participated in the Perseverance Trail Run! We only have the results here for the racing teams — so please email us if you have more club results to report!

The club racing teams had 21 members participate from Devos, JRs, Masters, and coaches. (we missed Callam in the photo), and they hauled in some hardware too: 3km event – Gabe was fastest boy, Naomi was fastest girl (and 3rd overall), 7 of top 10 runners were our athletes – jrs and devos. 10km – Mado 2nd in under 19 category, Tallon 2nd and Connor 3rd in under 19 category. Yay team!

Biathlon coaching course

Vancouver Island Biathlon Club are offering a Community Coaching course to those interested in helping out with our Biathlon Bears course, adult programs, and programs offered through Vancouver Island Mountain Centre to groups. This will take place all day on Dec 6 and 7.
No experience needed just a desire to have fun, help others, and develop a new skill and interest.

Call Pat at 250-338-6247 or email vibiathlonclu@gmail.com for more information.

SNSC News — October 13, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! October is flying by and we have some timely news for you below.

Hurray for CC Coaches!

Hurray for CC Coaches! Coaching helps you improve your ski technique, adds to your skills, builds our ski community, and gets us all outdoors in the winter! Look for coaching clinics and opportunities below.

Early bird fee deadline

Don’t delay — the last day for early bird prices on Strathcona Nordics programs is October 31! You can read about programs on the Programs page and find the “Register” button on the left sidebar.

Swap & AGM

It’s just 12 days until the annual AGM and Gear Swap. If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to take inventory. What cross-country gear do you want to sell? What do you want to buy for the new season?

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

▪ 9:30 – 11:30am * Drop off your gently-used xc ski ski gear & accessories
▪ 11:30am – 12pm * Buy a delicious chill lunch
▪ 12 – 1pm * AGM
▪ 1 – 3pm * Buy skate ski and classic ski gear & accessories
▪ 
3 – 3:30pm * Pick up your unsold gear

All gear must be in reasonably good condition.
No alpine gear. Cross-country ski gear & accessories only.
People attending the AGM get in first to the ski swap. Everyone welcome!

Don’t miss the AGM, where you can learn the latest club business and news — and get in first to the gear sale!

Don't miss the annual Gear Swap and AGM!

Don’t miss the annual Gear Swap and AGM!

Post it

You can help us advertise the swap and AGM by printing and putting up a poster at work and/or school! Here’s the link to the poster. AGM & Swap Poster

Volunteer at the Swap

We need more people to sign up for shifts. Please call or email Sue Bloxsome and let her know if you can help with set up, gear intake, sales, food and beverages, or clean up. info@StrathconaNordics.com

Pick up truck?

We need someone with a pick up truck to help us get the ski racks down from Mount Washington to the swap and back again after swap. Please call/email Sue if you can help out here.  info@StrathconaNordics.com

VIMSS fundraiser

Enjoy dinner out on Thursday and support VIMSS at the same time!

Thursday, October 16, 2014
5pm – 7pm
Prime Chophouse on 1089 Braidwood Rd., Courtenay

You can enjoy a nice dinner and drink for $20 – and 25% of your purchase will go directly to the Vancouver Island Mountain Sport Society!

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 webpages for course descriptions. Contact info@StrathconaNordics.com to register and learn more.

Go Alec!

If you’re wondering about ski life in Canmore and what Alec is up, you can catch up with Alec Stapff is his blog posts. For example, How much fun is the ski treadmill? We can’t wait to hear about Frozen Thunder later this month. Read Alec’s Blog .

Inside track

Cross Country Canada has a fun promo on right now. If you donate $20.18 to the InsideTrack program to support athletes, you get some cool swag, your name is entered for some awesome prizes, and $5 is donated back to the club. Check it out!

Persevering

On Sunday, October 26, you can join many fellow club members in the Perseverance Trail Run! Click the link to learn more about the event and to register.

Biathlon coaches

Vancouver Island Biathlon Club will be hosting a Community Coaching course before the Winter season. They hope to have the date confirmed in the next few days.

They say, there would be no set commitment to coaching but they need help from time to time on Saturdays for our Biathlon Bears course for 10 – 14 year olds and various programs for groups of all ages through the Vancouver Island Mountain Centre.

No previous experience necessary. PAL an asset and eventually required for Gold certification. Add a new twist to skate skiing!

Contact Pat Douglas at 250-338-6247 or vibiathlonclub@gmail.com for more information.

Registration Update!

Registration was temporarily closed this morning due to a necessary adjustment in the membership price. Cross Country BC has raised their rates this year from $10 per member to $18 per member; therefore, the SNSC membership rates have been increased by $8 per member this year.

The new membership rates will be:
Family $112
Adult  $45
Child $35
Senior $35

We expect registration to open again later today, and we apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused.