SNSC News — March 26, 2015

This is the last weekly newsletter of the season. We’re moving to monthly newsletter for the spring and summer where we’ll keep you updated on club events and other xc ski community news.

Don’t miss the fun events this weekend — such as the banquet and the “No snow for loppet so let’s orienteer!” Read on for these and other stories below.

Rabbits and friends had a great time at the Miracle Beach Rabbit Wind up event! Photo: M. Galik

Rabbits and friends had a great time at the Miracle Beach Rabbit Wind up event! Photo: M. Galik

The Ski season that wasn’t…

Dear Ski Friends and Strathcona Nordic members,

This season has been a disappointment to say the least given the lack of snow and skiing opportunities. Despite this we made the most of it, did our best, had fun, had our programs up and running while we did have snow, trained hard and held our own at provincial and national ski competitions.

There were many achievements to be proud of and I would like to thank all club members, directors, coaches, athletes, program coordinators, and officials, for their support and unfailing participation and enthusiasm. The club Board of Directors are now directing their attention to planning and budgeting for next season and welcome input from members.

Spring and summer training activities will resume in May, and I encourage members to come out to Sunday hikes and activities throughout the summer. Hope to see you at the orienteering event and banquet this Saturday.

Len Apedaile, Club President

 

School Program

Remember to bring in any surplus ski clothing, especially hand and head wear, to the Banquet on Saturday to donate to the CIBC Wood Gundy School Ski Program for use next season.

The School Program is collecting items we can loan out to those students who arrive unprepared for skiing in the changeable Mt. Washington climate!

Please launder your items prior to bringing them if at all possible. Thanks!

Please contact Lynda Magor at magors@shaw.ca if you have items to donate and you won’t be at the banquet.

Banquet

Join us for feasting and fun at the End-of-the-Season Potluck Banquet. All club members are welcome! Admission is free.

Saturday, March 28

Native Sons Hall in downtown Courtenay

Here’s the schedule:
* 5:30pm – arrive
* 6:30pm – eat
* 7pm – awards

This is a Potluck, so please bring enough to feed 10 people, and according to your last name:
* A – H – bring main course
* I – P – bring salad
* Q – Z – bring dessert
(Remember: Bring serving utensils for your potluck dish!)

There will be a cash bar and non-alcoholic beverages for sale too, so bring some cash if you want to buy drinks.

Hope to see you there!

No snow for loppet so let’s orienteer!

Join us for the Orienteering Score-O event in the beautiful Nymph Falls Forest.

Saturday, March 28

Schedule
Check in: bib pickup and last minute registrations: 12:30 – 13:15
New to orienteering info session: 13:00
Mandatory information briefing: 13:20
Map handout just before race: 13:25
Mass start: 13:30
Finish: 14:45 (75 min maximum race time)

Registration
Please register in advance, online using this link.

There will be a donation jar at the registration table to help pay for the costs associated with the race (printing maps, flags etc.).

Start and finish line
The start and finish will be at the picnic tables by the river straight down from the parking lot. The Comox Valley Regional District has asked us to please try to carpool as parking is an issue at this site.

Everyone welcome
This event is suitable for all club members, parents, racers, young children, general members. Go at your own pace and find as many checkpoints as you wish!

Please bring your own water and snacks to carry on the trail with you.

Tips
See this fun graphic comic for some good tips on how to orienteer. (Note that we are using manual punches instead of electronic punches.)

Welcome home to our team members who represented our club at the 2015 Ski Nationals in Thunder Bay. We hear you were all awesome, yay team! Photo: S. Lamon

Welcome home to our team members who represented our club at the 2015 Ski Nationals in Thunder Bay. We hear you were all awesome, yay team! Photo: S. Lamon

Dave Battison Pediatric Sports Medicine Symposium

Hi All,

I would like to invite you to attend this wonderful symposium that we have planned for Saturday, June 13. GoPlayOutside.ca

This pediatric sports medicine symposium is in Dave’s honor. I believe it captures his dedication to his athlete and his persistence for continued education. It is a unique conference as we intend for it to be open to coaches, students, parents and medical professionals. We’ve also tiered the fees with a lower fee for non-medical professionals to reduce the barrier to participation.

We’ve worked extremely hard at getting speakers with world class experience and believe that this will be a fantastic event for all of those who attend.

Please let me know if you have any additional questions regarding this conference. We would love it if you could spread the word.

Registration is open and we have separate rates for medical professionals and general public. Our intention is to create a forum to allow an interaction between the diverse participants.

This is a non-profit event and proceeds will be donated to Dave’s scholarship funds.

Kindly,
Eddy

You can see the poster on the club website.

Condolences

If you have not already heard, there was a fatality at Whistler this past weekend involving one of the Alpine Ski Club athletes. The Strathcona Nordics offer their deepest condolences to the family of Cole Anderson and the Mount Washington Ski Club. The loss of such a talented athlete is a blow to the entire ski community.

VIMSS event – Postponed
Cole Anderson was also a recently funded VIMSS athlete. Out of respect for his family and the ski community, the VIMSS Board has decided to postpone the VIMSS event scheduled for April 4. They have not determined a new date yet. They will let everyone know of the new date as soon as it is decided.

Teck Regional Camp

Calling all racers, join us May 1-4 (for Jr team athletes) and May 1-3 (for Devo and Masters team athletes) at Strathcona Park Lodge for training, camaraderie, and fun.

Anyone interested in the camp (who was not a club race team member this past season), please contact Andrea or Berend so we can add you to the distribution list! More camp details coming soon. Head Coach Andrea Stapff andrea.stapff@gmail.com

L2T Dryland

Contact Andrea ASAP if you would are interested in attending the L2T Dryland coaching workshop on June 5 (evening only), 6, and 7. You can read about this excellent coaching course, which is free to members who will be coaching in our club programs, in the Coaching pages.

Contact Head Coach Andrea Stapff andrea.stapff@gmail.com

SNSC News — March 19, 2015

As we prepare to wrap up the season, we have more exciting news and opportunities for you below, such as the upcoming “Dave Battison Pediatric Sports Medicine Symposium.” Read on!

Avalon races in the Day 4 classic event at Haywood Nationals in Thunder Bay. See more Nationals new below. Photo: Lois Nuttall

Avalon races in the Day 4 classic event at Haywood Nationals in Thunder Bay. See more Nationals new below. Photo: Lois Nuttall

Rabbits

This is a reminder to all Rabbit families about the “Miracle Jackrabbit Windup” this weekend!
Sunday, March 22 from 10-12 at Miracle Beach. Don’t forget your potluck item to share.

They are forecasting some sunshine for us, but there is often a breeze off the water — so please dress in layers and bring mitts to keep all those fingers warm. We will have some toasty hot chocolate with our hot dogs.

Thank you to those who have agreed to help out with the stations and/or food! If you could please plan to meet at 9:30 on Sunday we can get you organized with your roles. Heading in to Miracle Beach, park in the parking lot to the right.

Orienteering Event at Nymph Falls

Saturday, March 28
Interval start: 1pm
Everyone welcome!
Registration information coming soon.

Never orienteered before?
Join us for the information session at 12:45 before the race — and check out this awesome graphic/comic from Yes Magazine that shows how to orienteer. Good for young and old. (Note that we are using manual punches instead of electronic punches.)

There is no charge for this event, but donations are welcome and will be put towards future orienteering equipment and races for summer training.

Participate as an individual, team or family. You can choose to run or walk the course. Invite family and friends to participate.

If you would like to help with the race start, finish area, registration, or if you know how to orienteer and would like help others get started, please email, races@strathconanordics.com

This race may be the first of a series of orienteering races over the summer, so in the spirit of friendly competition, we will collect points for participation and placings for this race and over the series.

Compasses are useful, but not essential. If you have a whistle please bring it.

Banquet

Join us for feasting and fun at the End-of-the-Season Potluck Banquet. All club members are welcome! Admission is free.

Saturday, March 28

Native Sons Hall in downtown Courtenay

Here’s the schedule:
* 5:30pm – arrive
* 6:30pm – eat
* 7pm – awards

This is a Potluck, so please bring enough to feed 10 people, and according to your last name:
* A – H – bring main course
* I – P – bring salad
* Q – Z – bring dessert
(Remember: Bring serving utensils for your potluck dish!)

There will be a cash bar and non-alcoholic beverages for sale too, so bring some cash if you want to buy drinks.

Hope to see you there!

Nationals

The SNSC News was misinformed last week. The Strathcona Nordics have eight members competing at the Canadian Ski Nationals. Junior Team alumni and club members Andrea Lee and Alec Stapff join six current Junior Team racers in Thunder Bay. You can follow the races and see more photos on the website.

In highlights from this week, the relay team of Andrea Lee and Avalon Wasteneys finished 6th overall in the Open Women category, where they competed against the fastest women in Canada (such as Perianne Jones!) Also in highlights, Tallon Noble enjoyed two top ten finishes, 7th place in 7.5km classic and in the 5km free technique. Congratulations to all our racers, Coach Andrea, and wax tech Stewart for doing such a fabulous job out there! One more day, one more race — go team!

May camp

Racers, mark it on your calendar. The Teck Regional Camp is fast approaching! This year, the camp will take place May 1, 2, 3, and 4 at Strathcona Park Lodge.

This is a camp for Devo’s, Juniors, and Masters. Monday, May 4 will be for older juniors only. More information to follow in the weeks ahead!

Dave Battison Pediatric Sports Medicine Symposium

The first annual Dave Battison Pediatric Sports Medicine Symposium takes place June 13-14 on Mount Washington. This inclusive symposium is intended for everyone who may be working with youth and children in sports.

Hosted on the beautiful Mount Washington Alpine Resort, this unique conference has been created as a resource for physicians, physical therapists, health care professionals, coaches and parents.

Symposium Highlights

• Dr. Jim Bovard, Team Physician, Vancouver White Caps

• Dr. Shelina Babul, Associate Director, Sports Injury Specialist, BC Injury Research & Prevention Unit

• Chris Miller, Sport Physical Therapist, Canada Snowboard National Freestyle Team

• Ashley Armstrong, Sport Dietitian, Canadian Sport Institute Pacific

• Matt Fisher, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Golf Canada National Development Teams, Canada Snowboard National Freestyle Teams

Earlybird registration ends May 18th. Visit the website or facebook page for more details!

 

SNSC News — March 12, 2015

We have news for you below about upcoming fun events. Read on, don’t miss out!

After weeks of dryland training, six Junior Racers, Coach Andrea, and wax guru Stewart are off to the Ski Nationals in snowy Thunder Bay, Ontario. Photo: B. Matson

After weeks of dryland training, six Junior Racers, Coach Andrea, and wax guru Stewart are off to the Ski Nationals in snowy Thunder Bay, Ontario. Photo: B. Matson

Loppet — alternate club event

Due to the lack of snow, we have prepared an alternate event for our loppet:

Orienteering Event at Nymph Falls
Saturday, March 28
Interval start
Time (TBA next week!)

Challenge by choice: There will be 2 or 3 course maps to choose from depending on the degree of difficulty and length of course. We anticipate the longest course to be about 45 minutes to an hour.

Participate as an individual, team or family. You can choose to run or walk the course.

Additionally, you can bring your family and friends to join in the event, and join in the family picnic by the river afterwards.

This race may be the first of a series of orienteering races over the summer, so in the spirit of friendly competition, we will collect points for participation and placings for this race and over the series.

More details next week!

Rabbits

This weekend, we will have our dryland activities at Miracle Beach from 10-12 on Sunday, March 15.

The Miracle Jackrabbit Windup is coming!!

When: Sunday, March 22 starting at 10am
Where: Miracle Beach group picnic area

What: There will be fun organized races/activities for the Bunnies and older Jackrabbits followed by a potluck BBQ for everyone.

To bring: Everyone should have running shoes and a water bottle. For the older Jackrabbits we will have an intro to Roller Skiing so parents please bring along a helmet, pair of gloves and ski boots for your child. Contact your coach if you are not sure if you fall into this group.
We will provide hotdogs and drinks for everyone. Families with a last name beginning with the letters A-M are asked to bring along a “healthy” side dish to share (veggies/fruit/cheese crackers) and families from L-Z could please bring a tasty treat to share (muffins, cookies, brownies…we aren’t picky!)

We still need lots of help from parents to make this a fun day for everyone.
We will need at least 6 parents for the Bunny stations and 6 parents for the Jackrabbits.
We also need some people to man the BBQ’s and help with food, ideally 4 or more.

Please email Marika to let her know which job you would like. mgalik23@gmail.com

JR dryland training

This Saturday, the Junior Racing team, members who are at home, are cycling to Tribune Bay for a day of outdoor training activities. This sounds like fun trip! Bring us some photos!

Nationals

We have seven Strathcona Nordics racers competing at the 2015 Haywood Ski Nationals in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Maya Swift, Madeleine Guimond, Avalon Wasteneys, Ross Lamon, Tallon Noble, Connor McGrady–and club member & JR team alumni Alec Stapff will be going toe-to-toe with the best racers from across the country from March 14 to 21. Best wishes to all the racers, Coach Andrea, and waxing guru Stewart Lamon!

Say “Hello!” to Sarah Peters for us!

You can learn more about the cross-country ski nationals on the website.

Banquet

Join us for feasting and fun at the End-of-the-Season Potluck Banquet. All club members are welcome! Admission is free.

Saturday, March 28

Native Sons Hall in downtown Courtenay

Here’s the schedule:
* 5:30pm – arrive
* 6:30pm – eat
* 7pm – awards
(We’ll need helpers for set up from 5-5:30, for the bar, and for clean up. Watch for a sign up sheet next week!)

This is a Potluck, so please bring enough to feed 10 people, and according to your last name:
* A – H – bring main course
* I – P – bring salad
* Q – Z – bring dessert
(Remember: Bring serving utensils for your potluck dish!)

There will be a cash bar and non-alcoholic beverages for sale too, so bring some cash if you want to buy drinks.

Hope to see you there!

VIMSS_Poster_2015_sm

Don’t miss the VIMSS Hawaiian Evening on April 4 at the Raven Lodge!

VIMSS grants

Congratulations to the following Strathcona Nordics Junior Racers who received grants from the Vancouver Island Mountain Sport Society (VIMSS): Ross Lamon, Alec Stapff, Connor McGrady, Madeleine Guimond, and Tallon Noble!

VIMSS provides yearly grants to athletes from Vancouver Island (and neighbouring Gulf Islands) who compete in mountain sports on Vancouver Island. These grants are meant to offset the costs associated with regional and national competitions and acquisition of suitable material and educational resources to augment their training. In this way, VIMSS seeks to nurture emerging athletes on the Island and help prepare them for elite national and international competition.

You can read more about VIMSS on their website.

Coaching

NCCP Learn to Train (L2T) Dry-land Workshop – the course originally offered in November last year has been rescheduled to June 5-7, 2015 in Courtenay. Maria Lundgren has confirmed that we can go ahead and the date is being added to the CCBC workshop list. Anyone interested should contact Andrea. andrea.stapff@gmail.com

SNSC News — March 5, 2015

We still have a month left in the ski season, so read on for the scoop on news and events!

Loppet

On Saturday, March 28, we are scheduled to host the the Vancouver Island Loppet. In the event that we don’t have enough snow, we are looking at a fun, alternate, wind-up event for our ski community, such as an orienteering race in the afternoon. Stay tuned for more details!

Len Apedaile enjoyed meeting young ski racers while in Japan for an IPC World Cup event. Story below. Photo: L. Apedaile

Len Apedaile enjoyed meeting young ski racers while in Japan for an IPC World Cup event. Story below. Photo: L. Apedaile

Rabbits

Although our snow dances have not been successful, here is the schedule for the remainder of the season for the Rabbit program:

This weekend there will be no Rabbit session as it was meant to be the Coast Cup races.

Sunday, March 15 - Dryland activities from 10-12 at Miracle Beach

Sunday, March 22 – Year-End Rabbit Ski Tourney at the Beach!!
We will have fun relay races and activities for all of the bunnies in the spirit of our usual year end tournament. For the Jackrabbits, we are organizing a fun and friendly competitive activity along with an opportunity to try their hand at roller skiing.

We will have a BBQ hotdog lunch and a potluck. An email will be sent out with details of what each family can provide for the potluck. This is going to be fun for the whole family!

Jackrabbit toque design contest

Cross Country Canada has news for you. they say, “Congratulations & Good Luck to the 2016 Jackrabbit Toque Design Contest Finalists! It is now time to VOTE for your favorite design that will be worn by all 11,000 Jackrabbit boys & girls next season! You have until March 15th, 2015 to ‘LIKE’ your favorite drawing on facebook.”

You can visit the CCC Facebook page and vote for your favourite design.

Tax receipts

Watch out for your receipt for the child fitness tax credit — coming soon to an inbox near you.

Banquet

Calling all club members — Don’t miss our annual End-of-Season Banquet on Saturday, March 28 at the Native Sons Hall in downtown Courtenay from 5:30 – 8:30pm! It’s potluck, and we’ll have more details for you in the next newsletter.

The Junior Racers are working hard to prepare for the Canadian Ski Nationals in Thunder Bay, Ontario later this month. Go team! Photo: L. Apedaile

The Junior Racers are working hard to prepare for the Canadian Ski Nationals in Thunder Bay, Ontario later this month. Go team! Photo: L. Apedaile

VIMSS dinner

On Saturday, April 4 at the Raven Lodge, our VIMSS friends are hosting a fun event!

All club members are invited join our fellow mountain clubs for dinner, drinks, and a fun Hawaiian themed evening! There will be silent auction items, live auction items, and plenty of games. Dress in your best summer wear—PRIZE FOR BEST DRESSED!

The event is a fundraiser to support emerging island athletes in a variety of mountain sports. For tickets and auction donations, please email events@vimountaincentre.com Tickets: Adults – $50, Children under 10 – $25

This is guaranteed to be a fun evening!

School program

Video
The CIBC Wood Gundy School XC Ski Program is looking for someone with videographer skills to help us film a 10-15min. video for the program’s orientation. Please contact Lynda directly if this is something you would be willing to help us with.

We are asking for Junior racers and Devos to help us out by being IN the video, demonstrating technique as well as doing a segment on proper clothing layers for “general population” cross country skiing (i.e., not for racing or training). All willing participants will be rewarded with an EPIC experience that will be tons of fun! Not to mention the notoriety!

Clothing donations
Please purge your unused or unwanted but still good hats, mitts, gloves and ski wear such as wind pants and jackets and bring them to the Awards Banquet at the end of the season!

The School Program is collecting items we can loan out to those students who arrive unprepared for skiing in the changeable Mt. Washington climate!

Please launder your items prior to bringing them if at all possible. Thanks!

Please contact Lynda Magor at magors@shaw.ca for further details regarding either of these news items.

Len Apedaile, second from the right, with the two chiefs of course preparation and Russian TD in Hokkaido, Japan at the IPC World Cup. Photo: L. Apedaile

Len Apedaile, second from the right, with the two chiefs of course preparation and Russian TD in Hokkaido, Japan at the IPC World Cup. Photo: L. Apedaile

Japan

Strathcona Nordics President Len Apedaile recently returned from Hokkaido, Japan where he was involved in an IPC Cross Country Skiing World Cup held in Asahikawa.

Len says, “It was a wonderful event, organizationally, culturally, gastronomically, and most of all snowy!

2015 BC Midget Championships Appreciation

Well, three weeks have passed since our tournament, and it is time to reflect and thank all the people who helped out on this day who we have not yet already thanked in a previous newsletter.

Rupert Wong, our volunteer coordinator, said that we had around one hundred club volunteers for this event, from snow shovelers, groomers, course marshals and food organizers, to timers, coaches and many more jobs.

All parents were out helping their children get ready for their races, as well as having one or two or more other jobs over the weekend. Another amazing fact was the number of people who helped who didn’t even have children in the race. That to me is the sign of a true and healthy club member. We had many compliments from other clubs on the number of volunteers and on how well the event was run.

Without the following venue support, we could not have had the quality of race that we did have:

Mount Washington Alpine Resort: Marc Lyster and all of his staff at the nordic site, as well as staff from the Alpine site went above and beyond in helping us to have a successful race. Marc did a stellar job grooming and helping us, too, by lending and organizing equipment and building space. We had free use of the boot dryers, tables and floor space. The food made by the caterers for the lunch and banquet was excellent and plentiful.

Vancouver Island Biathlon Society: Pat Douglas and her crew of people lent us the Biathlon Hut, which made timing and announcing a dream and a possiblilty considering the weather. The well drained biathlon stadium had the best snow around and made for a great stage for beginning and end of our races.

Vancouver Island Mountain Sports Center: Andrew was an integral and behind the scenes helper for our race. Andrew has always welcomed our club over at the center for potluck lunches, meetings, athlete gatherings and our May Camp weekend. For the race, we used their washing facilities to keep the bibs fresh and the back room for organizing bibs, prizes, swag bags and much more!

If you see any one of these people, please make sure to give them a big ‘Thank You’ from our club. We are hoping to see them up at the mountain, but if not, they may make an appearance at our year-end banquet.

In addition to the above, we also had an incredible amount of event sponsors that made this event possible:

• Teck Resources – our title sponsor, supplies all the awards and bibs, not only for this race, but for many of the races across the province. They are a true supporter of cross country skiing in BC.
• Cross Country BC – our host sponsor, and provincial sport organization. Without their organizing skills and expertise in running a race like this, it would not be such a quality event.
• Comox Valley Economic Development Society – provided a $1500 grant that allowed us to have the tent and other items.
• Ski Tak Hut – also our loyal club sponsor, provided many great draw prizes.

The following sponsors donated cash, product or in-kind contributions:
Silver Sponsor ($1000 or more)
• Timberwest Forest Corporation (cash)
• Hornby Island Energy Balls (post-race athlete food and energy bars for the swag bags)
• Coast Environmental (6 porta potties)
• Skin Care West (cash and skin care products)
• Muscle Milk (product)
Bronze Sponsor ($500 or more)
• Marine Harvest (cash)
• Rice Toyota (cash)
• Ryan Williams – Remax (cash)
• Ski Tak Hut (cash)
• Ridgeline Excavating (services)
• Strathcona Gardens (product )
• Strathcona Park Lodge (cash, equipment and draw prizes)
• Brian Stamp (cookies and use of his condo for our technical delegate)
Tin Sponsors ($250 or more)
• Superstore (food for volunteers)
• Subway (food for volunteers)
• Starbucks (coffee for volunteers)
• Dr. Wade Luksay, Riverway Dental (purchased medals and prizes from Hot Chocolates)
• Squamish Nordic Shop (draw prizes)
• Quality Foods (food for volunteers)
Copper Sponsors ($100 or more)
• Chateau Cona (Karla Wijkord, cash)
• Swift-Datoo (Chris Kelsey, cash)
• BC Ferries (grants for travellers)
• ViaSport (grants for travellers)
• Subway
• Quality Foods

Other sponsors who helped with draw prizes, unless otherwise noted:
• Long & McQuade (wireless microphone)
• Costco (food)
• Engrave it! (engraving on awards)
• Hot Chocolates (discount on chocolate awards)
• Otter Co-Op
• Alberni Outpost
• Sigge’s Sport Villa
• Wild Play – Nanaimo
• McKenzie Financial
• Mudsharks
• ELM (Equilibrium Lifestyle Management)
• Extreme Runners
• Frontrunners
• White Spot Restaurant
• Horne Lake Caves
• Spirit Bear Lodge
• Canadian Tire
• Vancouver Island Brewery
• Pepsi
• Horne Lake Caves

SNSC Update — March 2, 2015

Teck Coast Cup 4 & 5

With Mount Washington Resort remaining closed and no new snow in the forecast, the Strathcona Nordic Ski Club regrets to announce that the Teck Coast Cup 4 and 5 (scheduled for the weekend of March 7-8) are cancelled.

Should we get snow in March, the club will consider the feasibility of re-scheduling. We are also looking into the possibility of hosting an invitational roller skiing race in the spring. Stay tuned!

V. I. Loppet

You can also stay tuned for the Vancouver Island Loppet news! Anything is possible in the springtime in the mountains — if there is enough snow, we will run the loppet as scheduled on Saturday, March 28.