SNSC News — December 24, 2014

Thank you to everyone who asked Santa for snow for Mount Washington for Christmas. You must have been good this past year! We have a variety of exciting news below to help you get ready for the new ski season. Happy holidays!

Coaches, learn some new tricks at the fun, coaching refresher on December 28! photo: E. Rahn

Coaches, learn some new tricks at the fun, coaching refresher on December 28! photo: E. Rahn

Refreshing

On December 28, we have a fun day planned for all recreational program coaches, new and returning! If you are coaching this season, please plan to attend!

Coaches, this is your day:

▪ Get a repertoire of skills and games ready
▪ Have some fun on snow with Head Coach Andrea
▪ Meet your fellow coaches for this season
▪ Meet Head Hare Marika

Don’t miss this day of fun and valuable information!

Meet at the VIMSS Centre, opposite the Raven Lodge, at 9:30am. Bring your classic skis and — if you have a favourite on-snow game or activity — bring that too and we’ll add it to the games file that we will work to develop over the day.

The day will include two sessions – 9:30am to noon and 1:00 to 2:30pm. Questions please contact Andrea andrea.stapff@gmail.com or Marika mgalik23@gmail.com

Madeleine Guimond and Tallon Noble brought home medals from the Haywood NorAm in Vernon last weekend! Story below. photo: D. Chamberlain

Madeleine Guimond and Tallon Noble brought home medals from the Haywood NorAm in Vernon last weekend! Story below. photo: D. Chamberlain

January 4

On January 4, we’re having an “all-club” race and everyone is welcome to join in the racing fun. The race is a test event for our race officials as they prepare for the Teck BC Midget Championships, which our club will be hosting on February 7-8. Mark it on your calendar as a fun event – and participate as a racer or as a volunteer.

Race volunteer

Volunteering at a race at great way to join in a fun event with your ski community! No experience is necessary–we have experienced advisors guide you.

Pick an volunteer area from the list below and contact us today to be a part of the team for the exciting Teck Midget Championships on February 7-8!

Course Marshals and Controllers
We need volunteers on the course for bib counting, technical observation and/or directing ski ‘traffic’. You will have experienced advisors along the way. Contact Susan Denny at dennydreher88@gmail.com

This is a fun job as you see the action on the race course as well as interact with the skiers, coaches, public and race committee!

Course Marking

Help needed to set up the course. The work consists of setting up signs and v-boards to define the race course before the race and helping with the clean up at the end of the day. Since most of the work takes place before and after the race you will be able to watch the races.

Please respond as soon as possible to Bob Hauser by phone or email at 250-339-1070 or rlhf31@yahoo.ca.

More!
There are many race day tasks to choose from! If you would like to help out with timing, race office duties, or stadium set up–contact us at info@StrathconaNordics.com!

Mount Washington

Here are a few things to remember as you head up the mountain to ski:

▪ You need a season pass or a trail pass to ski in Mount Washington’s Nordic Area. You can purchase these in the Raven Lodge.
▪ You can check the nordic area snow conditions and trail report on the Mount Washington website.
▪ The Drive BC website shows road conditions for the highway and the Strathcona Parkway.
▪ You can view the weather forecast for Mount Washington on the Snow-Forecast website.

See you on the mountain!

New sign

A sign is being erected in the stadium to commemorate Dave Battison and his lasting contribution to our club, our community, our athletes, and our children. Mount Washington has generously offered to name the stadium after Dave; however, without some sort of lasting sign to indicate this; the dedication may largely go unrecognized.

Dave Battison

Dave Battison

Members of our club and ski community have already generously donated to this initiative, but we are still in need of some funds to help cover the cost of the sign.

If you can make a contribution to the Dave Battison stadium sign, your support would be greatly appreciated. No amount is too small. Contact Rob rdtrainor@gmail.com

 

Tallon Noble came away with a first place medal in Juvenile Boys and was second overall in the combined Junior/Juvenile boys race. Madeleine Guimond also had an excellent sprint performance taking home a bronze medal in Juvenile Girls and placing fourth overall in the combined Junior/Juvenile race. Photo: D. Chamberlain

Tallon Noble came away with a first place medal in Juvenile Boys and was second overall in the combined Junior/Juvenile boys race. Madeleine Guimond also had an excellent sprint performance taking home a bronze medal in Juvenile Girls and placing fourth overall in the combined Junior/Juvenile race. Photo: D. Chamberlain

NorAm!

14 racers represented the club at the Haywood NorAm race in Vernon this past weekend; eight Jr team veterans, including Alec Staff, in Vernon with his WinSport team, and six new Jr team racers soaking up the experience of a NorAm.

The classic sprint race on Friday challenged racers and wax technicians alike with changing conditions and a good amount of fresh snow throughout the morning but athletes showed they were prepared and rose to the challenge.

Notable results included two medals for our club: Tallon Noble came away with a first place medal in Juvenile Boys and was second overall in the combined Junior/Juvenile boys race. Madeleine Guimond also had an excellent sprint performance taking home a bronze medal in Juvenile Girls and placing fourth overall in the combined Junior/Juvenile race.

Saturday’s conditions were excellent with another accumulation of snow on the Sovereign Lake trails. Our racers performed well once again with Tallon continuing his winning streak, taking gold in the Juvenile free 5km event. Solid performances from Ross Lamon, Connor McGrady and Matthew Salmon resulted in 4 racers finishing top 9 in the Juvenile event. On the girls side Madeleine Guimond also continued her solid weekend performance with a credible seventh place and Emmy Stapff, racing up in the Juvenile category, had an excellent race finishing top 9 in the Juvenile event.

Overall, it was an excellent weekend for all racers especially in light of the limited amount of snow time we have had. Kudos to the group of newer Juniors who took on the challenge of racing up, thinner air and double their normal race distance on a difficult course – well done!

Attention shoppers

If you shop at Thrifty Foods, contact Patty to pick up an SNSC smile card. At no extra cost to you, Thrifty’s will donate 5% of your purchase to our ski club wax program and help our racers as they represent our club and island across the province and nation.

You can still collect air miles with every purchase and use your smile card at any Thrifty Foods store. Contact Patty pjstew@shaw.ca

Suit up

If you are looking for some new ski wear for the season, we have black, Strathcona Nordics “race” suits from Helly Hansen. The suits are not just for racers! The jerseys and pants are nice, functional cross-country ski wear, and they have the club name and logo on them! Contact Andrea for information. andrea.stapff@gmail.com

Biathlon

Vancouver Island Biathlon Club is hosting a chance to try biathlon — .22 calibre shooting and skate skiing — on Dec 27th from 10am to 2pm.

Sign up on Zone 4.

Additionally, they say there is still time to register for their Biathlon Bears program for 10-14 yr olds, which runs from 12:30 to 2:00 pm on Saturdays for 8 sessions starting Jan 10th. vibiathlonclub@gmail.com