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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have items to donate and you won’t be at the 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
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)
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.
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.
See this fun graphic comic for some good tips on how to orienteer. (Note that we are using manual punches instead of electronic punches.)
Dave Battison Pediatric Sports Medicine Symposium
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.
You can see the poster on the club website.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org