SNSC News — February 26, 2015

Good work on the snow dances, there’s a moderate snowfall in the forecast for the mountain today! Read on for lots more xc ski community news.

Teck Coast Cup 4 & 5

Our club is scheduled to host the Teck Coast Cup 4 & 5 races on March 7-8. On Monday, March 2, the Race Committee will make the call whether the event will run, be rescheduled, or cancelled.

Look for a bulletin in your inbox on Monday or check back here to the website. If the race is on, you’ll find links to registration and the race notice.

Strathcona Nordics juvenile boys stand ready to rock the classic mass start race at the BC Champs last weekend. Story below! Photo: K. McGrady

Strathcona Nordics juvenile boys stand ready to rock the classic mass start race at the BC Champs last weekend. Story below! Photo: K. McGrady

Standby

Mount Washington is still on standby, hoping for snow, so they can reopen. The Strathcona Nordics are also on standby, hoping for snow, so we can resume our regular programming.

Dryland for Rabbits and Devos

Last Sunday around 25 Bunnies, Rabbits, and Devos enjoyed the spectacular weather for some trail exploring, balance and strength work, and some fun games.

Bunnies, Rabbits, and Devos enjoyed training, fun, and games at last Sunday's dryland session. Photo: M. Hartig

Bunnies, Rabbits, and Devos enjoyed training, fun, and games at last Sunday’s dryland session. Photo: M. Hartig

They report that there were lots of smiles and active kids throughout the session! Contact your Head Hare Marika or Devo Coach Berend for the scoop on this weekend.

Roller ski order

Any club member wishing to purchase skate roller skis — please get in touch with Head Coach Andrea at andrea.stapff@gmail.com ASAP.

Andrea will be placing a group order in the next few weeks, and the roller skis should arrive by May! Note: This will be the only group order for roller skies for the coming season.

Stadium dedication

We have added the Dave Battison Memorial Stadium dedication ceremony to our Dave Battison web page. If you missed the ceremony, you can read Laura Battison’s wonderful speech on the web page. You can share your favourite memories of Dave at the bottom of the page as well.

Canadian Masters Championships

Three Strathcona Nordic Masters Racers competed at the Canadian Masters Championships at Stake Lake near Kamloops February 9-14. There were four races in total – 10k and 20k in both classic and free techniques – with about 75 racers from across the country, BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, PEI, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Rick Morson raced in all four events – four races in six days!! Well done Rick!
Chris Bowlby competed in three of the races, and came away with three silver medals!
Marilyn Atkinson raced in the final two free technique races and got gold in both races!
Yay team!!

20k podium Cdn Masters

Chris Bowlby and Marilyn Atkinson on the podium at the Canadian Masters Championships.

“The Canadian Masters Championships is an excellent annual event held in all regions of the country over the years,” says Marilyn. “Definitely watch out for where it is held in the next few years and consider attending!” Canadian Masters XC Ski Association

BC Champs report

Thirty-six Strathcona Nordics racers travelled to Kelowna this past weekend in search of snow and podium finishes at the BC cross-country ski Championships – and the island racers did not disappoint. Over 500 skiers from 26 clubs from Alberta, Washington, and across BC were there. Mother Nature was kind and provided good snow conditions and very fast skiing.

Our island racers performed extremely well, despite the lack of local snow. The club earned a fifth place finish overall and 10 individual top five podium finishes, including four gold, six silver, and four bronze.

Podium finishes in the classic race: Evertt Wells, Peewee boys (Victoria), Hugo Henckel (Courtenay), Bantam boys, Aiden Noble, Midget boys, Tallon Noble, Juvenile boys (Merville), Gabe Gledhill, Midget boys (Cumberland), Luke Damery, Peewee boys, Stephen Lamon, Midget boys, Ross Lamon, Juvenile boys (Comox), Emmy Stapff, Midget girls, and Alec Stapff , Junior men, (Campbell River).

 

Avalon Wasteneys races to a silver medal finish at the BC Champs last weekend. Photo: K. McGrady

Avalon Wasteneys races to a silver medal finish at the BC Champs last weekend. Photo: K. McGrady

In the Skate race podium: Everett Wells, Hugo Henckel, Berend Henckel, Masters men, Aiden Noble, Tallon Noble, Naomi Swift, Bantam girls (Courtenay), Matthew Salmon, Juvenile boys (Merville), Luke Damery, Carson Damery, Bantam boys, Stephen Lamon, Ross Lamon (Comox), Marilyn Atkinson, Masters women (Royston), Emmy Stapff, Alec Stapff, Avalon Wasteneys, Junior girls, and John Andres, Masters men (Campbell River).

The final event of the championships was the much anticipated, hotly contested, fun, and fast Classic Sprint Club Relay. With 148 relay teams entered, in eight categories, Strathcona had twelve entries including two podium finishes: a bronze medal from the Midget boys team of Stephen Lamon, Aiden Noble ,and Gabe Gledhill and a fifth place finish from the Masters women’s team of Marilyn Atkinson, Patty Johnson, and Lynn Swift.

Head Coach Andrea Stapff says, “Every single racer came away with a goal accomplished and/or a best result!” The Junior Racing team now looks forward to the Ski Nationals in Thunder Bay, March 14 -21.

SNSC News — February 20, 2015

As we continue to anticipate more snow and the resumption of our ski programs on the mountain — we have some news for you below about alternate activities and more.

t is not often that you can say, "I went to ski training, and I saw a snake and some sea lions." Photo: B. Henckel

It is not often that you can say, “I went to ski training, and I saw a snake and some sea lions.” Photo: B. Henckel

Persevering Rabbits and Devos

Despite the fact that the snow has temporarily disappeared, Devos and Jackrabbits are staying active in anticipation for more snow to come. If this doesn’t happen, then we are embracing the motto “fitness for life!”

This past weekend, the Devos and Rabbits got together at Miracle Beach Provincial Park. On Saturday and Sunday, we had a good turnout and we were able to take in the sun and the scenery. It is not often that you can say, “I went to ski training, and I saw a snake and some sea lions.”

We are planning to keep these sessions going until we are back on snow. Snow dances are a good way to stay in shape. Dance for a minimum of twenty minutes.

This weekend

Calling all Rabbit families! We will be having our fun dryland activities on Sunday only this weekend as a lot of Devo families are on the mainland racing.

All families from both Saturday and Sunday Rabbits are more than welcome to come out and stay active. We will be using the fields and trails around Puntledge Park school in Courtenay, so please meet in the parking lot at 10am.

Please don’t forget to bring some water and a snack with you. See you there!

Go team!

A contingent of Strathcona Nordics Devos, Junior Racers, Masters, coaches, waxers, and supporters are in Kelowna for the Teck BC Championships. This 3-day event includes a classic race, free technique race, relay, and banquet and is the final race in the BC Cup series.

Best wishes to whole team for fast skis, good times, and safe travels!

 

 

SNSC News — February 12, 2015

Cross-country skiers tend to be hardy and tenacious–which was quite evident in the volunteers, racers, and visiting teams at last weekend’s Teck Midget Championships.

Caillie Nagle tags Luncinda Gullison in the transition zone next to the biathlon hut in the Saturday relay. Midgets story below.

Caillie Nagle tags Lucinda Gullison in the transition zone next to the biathlon hut in the Saturday relay. Midgets story below.

Together with Mount Washington and the high-spirited athletes and their families who came from all over the province, our club was able to put on a truly fantastic event in very difficult weather conditions. Three cheers for the event organizers, race committee, 100 volunteers, Mount Washington, the sponsors, all the young athletes, and their supportive families!!!

Read on for mountain and program news.

Mount Washington

It is with regret that we announce that we are unable to continue with our current winter operations. The warm, wet weather that hit the whole West Coast of North America, and every other coastal resort during the week of February 7, has finally got the best of us. Effective as of Monday, February 9 at 3:30 pm, we will put our Winter 14/15 operations on hold until further notice. We have every belief and hope that we will reopen sometime soon. While we wait for more snow to arrive, we will not be issuing any refunds for passes.

Dozens and dozens of volunteers turned out last Friday to move snow onto the race course for the Teck Midget Championships. Story below.

Dozens and dozens of volunteers turned out last Friday to move snow onto the race course for the Teck Midget Championships. Story below.

Program updates

Rabbits
With the mountain closure, we are re-locating our Rabbit activities to Miracle Beach this weekend. There will be some fun activities planned for all the Rabbits to keep them enjoying time outside together during this Pineapple Express. We are hopeful that in the next few weeks we will get some more snow flying and the Mountain will re-open, but until then we will have to enjoy the great outdoors in another venue! We hope to see as many of you as we can this weekend (Saturday and Sunday) at Miracle Beach from 10-12. Please dress for the weather as we will be outside.

Masters Rec
The Masters Recreational skiers had a great time getting through all their classic ski sessions! Huge Thanks to the coaches for this wonderful program: John Elson, Chris Round, Neil Smith, Mark DeBruijn, Chris Bowlby, Bob Hauser, Rick Morson, Ron Quilter, Cliff Haylock, Marilyn Atkinson. We will look forward to starting our skate ski sessions as soon as Mt Washington is up and running!

School program
The School Program will be halted until there is more snow. When Mount Washington resumes operations, the school program will be starting up as soon as it is possible. If any club members would be available to help out with instructing on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday during the hours of 9am-2pm, should some of the regular instructors not be immediately available, please contact Lynda Magor (magors@shaw.ca).

Racing program
Devo, Juniors, and Masters racers, your coaches are contacting you with training schedules, which will be updated as we monitor snow conditions.

Over 350 people attended the Teck Midget Championships at Mount Washington Nordic last weekend with teams coming from all over BC.

Over 350 people attended the Teck Midget Championships at Mount Washington Nordic last weekend with teams coming from all over BC.

Teck Midget Championships

Despite the weather’s attempt to thwart our plans last weekend, the Teck Midget Championships went ahead and were a great success. There were smiles all-round from the competitors, and we had many thank yous and appreciation from all the clubs and parents for pulling off this event in the ever-changing conditions of a true west coast weather system.

A Pemberton coach said, “the obvious thing would have been to cancel, but cross-country skiers wouldn’t do that.” Way to be tough everyone!

Racers line up for the start of the Saturday classic race.

Racers line up for the start of the Saturday classic race.

Over 350 people came to our event, 125 young racers aged 9-13 years old and their supporters. We had over a hundred volunteers, not counting all the coaches who were busy waxing and looking after our athletes.

The race committee did an excellent job with the timing, course, and stadium–and without their expertise, we would not have had an event! Snow shovelers were busy from Friday to Sunday keeping the race courses alive. We lost count of how many times the courses had to change. A huge thank you to Marc Lyster and the Mount Washington staff for their expertise and help! They truly went above and beyond in helping the club!

Despite the rain, there were smiles all around for athletes and race officials.

Despite the rain, there were smiles all around for athletes and race officials.

In classic racing actionall the kids raced like champions in the rain with a few spots of sun, and for the 2km classic race on Saturday morning, awards were given to the following club members: Gabe Gledhill (2nd), Stephen Lamon (3rd), Amelia Wells (4th), and Emmy Stapff (5th) for 2002 boys and girls; Hugo Henckel (3rd), Anna Chatterton (4th), and Naomi Swift (5th) for 2004 boys and girls.

For the team relays on Saturday afternoon, in our club results, the boys had a strong showing with 3 teams in the top 5: the Strathcona Nukes with Stephen Lamon, Gabe Gledhill, Aiden Noble and Alexander Swift (2nd); the Strathcona KitKats with Kai McGrady, Carson Damery, Calder Guimond and Tax Oldakker (4th); and the Westcoast Warriors with Evan Luksay, Hugo Henckel, theo Lemay, Gavin Johnston (5th). The girls had the Funstopables team of Emmy Stapff, Annelies Henckel, Emma Wong, and Amelia Wells (2nd). The Tireless Tigers, Breannah Bugslag, Kayley Morch, Alexandra Apedaile and Naomi Swift, took one of the Best Dressed Awards and received a large box of chocolates from Hot Chocolates as their reward!

Strathcona Nordics Tireless Tigers enjoyed best dressed awards among many fine costumes in the relay teams.

Strathcona Nordics Tireless Tigers enjoyed best dressed awards among many fine costumes in the relay teams.

The Saturday night banquet was a lot of fun with Tim McGrady as our awesome MC and The Big Mess duo from Nanaimo as our entertainment. Many of our athletes were awarded prizes over the weekend for their excellent skiing and enthusiasm.

Hugo Henckel and Anders Schwartz race for medals in the Sunday 2004 boys sprint final.

Hugo Henckel and Anders Schwartz race for medals in the Sunday 2004 boys sprint final.

On Sunday, the 300m skate sprint provided exciting racing for all the spectators and athletes. In our club results, for the 2002 boys: Stephen Lamon (1st), Aiden Noble (3rd), and Gabe Gledhill (5th); for the 2002 girls, Amelia Wells (1st), Emmy Stapff (2nd), and Annelies Henckel (4th); for the 2003 boys Carson Damery (4th) and Gavin Johnston (5th); for 2004 boys, Hugo Henckel (2nd) and Anders Schwarz (4th); for 2004 girls, Naomi Swift (3rd) and Anna Chatterton (5th).

Strathcona Nordics Amelia, Emmy, Annelies, and Larch Hills Keeya race for the gold in the 2002 girls sprint final.

Strathcona Nordics Amelia, Emmy, Annelies, and Larch Hills Keeya race for the gold in the 2002 girls sprint final.

The coveted technique awards were awarded to two members of our club: Naomi Swift for classic technique and Alexandra Apedaile for skate technique, which also carried 5 points each for the club toward the aggregrate awards.

Our club came second in points for the club aggregate award, close behind the ever-strong Larch Hills team from Salmon Arm. You can find links to complete race results on the CCBC website.

We would like to thank our Event Committee who has been meeting since March 2014 to plan this event, Leanne Webster, Sarah Lee, Rupert Wong, Bill Noble, Katherine Brandt, Sarah Henckel, Cherise Luksay, Lynn Swift and Emma Gledhill–and the Race Committee who worked tirelessly to ensure a good, safe race course and fair & accurate timing results, Chiefs Len Apedaile, Patty johnson, Chris Stapff, Bob Hauser, Val Wootten and everyone on their crews! Thank you to all our sponsors who helped us make it happen.

Also a big thank you to all the people who worked hard to get the Midgets to our “Island in the Pacific” in the first place. We actually did get some winds from Hawaii for this event!

SNSC News — February 4, 2015

We have an exciting weekend ahead – We are hosting the 2015 Teck Midget Championships! The organizing and race committees have been working overtime to ensure a fabulous weekend for all young racers and their families.

See the Midget webpage for the latest updates.

Read on for more club news!

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On Saturday, January 31, friends, family, athletes, colleagues, and admirers of Dave Battison gathered for the ceremony to officially name the Mount Washington nordic stadium the “Dave Battison Memorial Stadium”. Photo: B.Kelly

Midgets

Hello athletes and families,
We have enough snow for the race courses on the weekend and are looking forward to your arrival. We have contingency course plans in place as well.  We do have a true west  coast system forecasted for the weekend, so please come prepared for wet conditions.  Extra rain gear and garbage bags will be important.

Lynn Swift on behalf of the
Midget Organizing Committee

This weekend!
All club members are encouraged to come out and cheer on the young racers (9-13 years old) participating the Teck Midget Championships this weekend. Here’s the schedule:

Saturday, February 7
10am — 2.0 km Interval Start Classic races
1pm — 4 x 1.5 km Relay Team races

Sunday, February 8
9am Free Technique Sprint Qualifier
10:30am Free Technique Sprint Heats

Look to the Midgets webpage for frequent updates. Go racers!!

Thank you to Rice Toyota for their sponsorship of the Teck Midget Championships. Photo: B. Henckel

Thank you to Rice Toyota for their sponsorship of the Teck Midget Championships. Photo: B. Henckel

XC ski at the movies

Here’s a fun, short, cross-country ski movie for the Banff Film Festival that was produced by the awesome folks at xczonetv. (You may remember them from the lovely film they produced in our ski area a few years ago, when we had record snowfalls.)