SNSC News — March 25, 2016


Don’t forget to register for the Vancouver Island Loppet! Last day of registration is March 31st, so don’t miss out!

An excellent way to end an excellent season. Check out the race notice here and register here

Special call for all racer families of 4 or more! Eternal fame and glory awaits the first family to cross the finish line. Don’t miss your chance to be mountain royalty.


The Vancouver Island Loppet is Saturday April 2nd.

Please let John Andres know if you could help with any of the following:

Feed Stations:

Station #1 – located below Raven Lodge – 2 volunteers needed
Station #2 – located in the Meadows at the Jackrabbit Cutoff – 2 volunteers needed
Station #3 – at finish line in the Stadium – 3 volunteers needed

Baking Donations:

We also need baking donations (cookies, cakes, squares, etc) for station #3 at the finish line

Please contact John Andres at 250-923-1861 or at


The year end potluck banquet is April 9th at Native Son’s Hall in downtown Courtenay.

Join us for club awards, and help us thank our hardworking coaches and volunteers!


▪ 5:30pm: Arrive
▪ 6:30pm: Banquet
▪ 7pm: Awards

This is a Potluck, so please bring enough to feed 10 people, and according to your last name:

▪ A – H: Salad
▪ I – P: Dessert
▪ Q – Z: Main course

(Remember: Bring serving utensils for your potluck)


The Masters Recreational Program has enjoyed a great season of skiing, learning and fun! Thanks to all our volunteer coaches who make this program so enjoyable and educational.

Special thanks to coaches John Elson, Chris Round, Bob Hauser, Chris Bowlby, Neil Smith, Ron Quilter, Mark DeBruijn, Rick Morson, Cliff Haylock, Marilyn Atkinson and Dave Pinel.

SNSC News — March 19, 2016

Loppet start. Photo by Brent Reid
Loppet start. Photo by Brent Reid


We have updated the Strathcona Nordics website, and it now shows the updated race notice for the 2016 Vancouver Island Loppet! Check it out here, and make sure you register before March 31st!

This year, all registrations will be completed on Webscorer. You can complete your registration here.

Trail maps will be added to the website shortly!

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SNSC & VISAS will be providing a clinic for skiers with disabilities on Sunday April 3rd, 2016 from 10:30 am – 3 pm at the Mount Washington Nordic Centre.

This clinic is for all levels- from complete beginners to advanced skiers who want to improve their technique. Ages 10 years and up are welcome.

Cross-country skiing is a great way to get out and enjoy the outdoors in winter. It can be done either standing or in a sit ski and can be enjoyed by people with many different disabilities including paraplegia, amputations, visual impairments, MS, brain injuries, and more.

Is this suitable for you? These are our minimum mobility requirements:

• Sit skiers must have reasonable upper body strength to be able to push yourself along in a sit ski – there are no lifts! You should be able to transfer with minimum assistance. This clinic is not suitable for people who are reliant on a power chair or someone to push them.
• Standing skiers must have reasonable balance and be able to be on their feet for up to an hour. Non wheelchair users who have poor balance and mobility but good upper body strength may like to try sit skiing.

Cost is $15 and includes trail pass, equipment, and instruction. You may also bring one support person.

For more information and to register, contact Sue Bloxsome. or 250 334 3267

Registration deadline: March 27, 2016

SNSC News — March 9, 2016

This could be a long one, so you might want to grab your caffeine of choice and get comfortable. Have a sit!

Thank You!


The Year End Rabbit Tourney will be held Saturday, March 19 from 10-12 for all Rabbit families.

There will be lunch to follow the tournament and stations will provide hot dogs and hot chocolate for the hungry leporidae (according to Wikipedia, that’s science for “rabbits.”)

There will also be a potluck to round out the meal, in an attempt to provide more than just one main food group. Therefore, all families with last names beginning with A-L are asked to bring a healthier side dish (such as fruit, veggies or cheese and crackers), while families with last names beginning with M-Z are asked to bring a tasty dessert treat to share. We also ask that families bring their own plates, cutlery and cups to cut down on waste!

We are still looking for some volunteers to help with station set-up and food. Please contact Marika Galik ( or Jeff Fretts ( if you have not already signed up.

Thank you to all our Rabbit families for making this such a wonderful season!


Thank you to all club members who stepped up and helped out with instructing or assisting in other capacities (VISAS) for the Wood Gundy Ski Program this season! It has been another great winter, with 17 schools joining the program and sampling our great sport!

If any of you are interested in becoming an instructor for next season, please consider taking a CANSI Level 1 Course being offered by Karla Wikjord on March 19 & 20.  Taking this course will give you the required certification, and the basics for instruction in the Wood Gundy Ski Program.

If interested, please contact Lynda Magor as soon as possible to ensure there are enough people to run the course ( / 250-792-5330).

Thanks again for your support!


During the last few weeks of the Strathcona Nordic Adventure Program (SNAP), the group of 10-14 year olds was very busy practicing their skiing, orienteering and biathlon skills.

The group enjoyed trying their hand-eye coordination on the biathlon range, under the expert tutelage of Chris Wilson and the Vancouver Island Biathlon Club’s very own Pat Douglas.

Orienteering was also given a challenging twist when guest coach and long-time orienteer, Stewart Lamon, blindfolded the crew in a new sport which he has deemed “dis-orienteering.” Needless to say, the crew had fun, but found orienteering much more satisfying. Thanks Stewart for setting up such a fun course!

And last but not least, thanks to Leanne Webster and coach Dan Lemay for their tireless enthusiasm and organization. It’s been a great season!

Athletes practice proper "dis-orienteering" technique. Photo provided by Lynn Swift
Athletes practice proper “dis-orienteering” technique. Photo provided by Lynn Swift

Upcoming Races


The last biathlon race of the season is coming up on Mar 13th at Mount Washington!

Come and join us at the biathlon range for a fun day of racing! As it is close to St Patrick’s Day why not dress in green…

Please see the attached race notice, and don’t forget to get your registration form in by Mar 10th (that’s today)!

If you are able to help out at the race, please let Pat Douglas know as soon as possible. We need lots of volunteers!

 Race Results


Gritty racing by a bold Strathcona Nordics crew! Despite warm conditions, Masters and Seniors raced hard and enjoyed their well-earned chili at the finish line.

In the 30 km event, Chris Bowlby placed 2nd in her category, Lynda Magor was 5th, and Susan Denny won her age category! In the men’s 30 km, Neil Holm placed first within a competitive category, and even beat a certain famous hockey player who go unnamed (ahem: his name rhymes with “Tindon”).

Marilyn Atkinson also raced, but took on the 50 km loppet. She braved deteriorating snow, won her category, and came 9th overall!

Congrats to all the Masters (and Senior) racers — way to represent!


More excellent results from our tireless racing team! The crew went once more to the Whistler trails, where they raced in the BC Championships and placed 4th in the Club Aggregate.

Athletes worked hard, and several Strathcona Nordics athletes even came home with coveted aggregate awards within their categories. In the 2002 Boys, Aiden Noble came first, and Stephen Lamon took a close second place. In the 1999 Boys, Tallon Noble also took first, as did Rupert Wong in the Master’s Men 50-59 category.

Meanwhile, more hardware was gleaned from the weekend, starting with Friday’s skate sprints. In the Pee Wee Boys, Luke Damery took first, while in Midget Boys, Stephen Lamon and Aiden Noble took first and second respectively. In the Midget Girls category, Emmy Stapff was second, with Emma Wong coming third. The two girls were very close, with both girls only milliseconds apart in the qualifier. In Juvenille Boys, Ross Lamon was in second and Matthew Salmon came fifth in the competitive A Final. In Junior Boys, Tallon Noble fought hard in his A Final and came in fourth.

Saturday’s distance classic race brought more victories, with Pee Wee Boys’ Luke Damery taking home another gold medal. Aiden Noble and Stephen Lamon were, once more, inseparable, earning a second and third respectively in the Midget Boys, while Tallon Noble brought home a bronze. In Masters Women, Marilyn Atkinson won her category by an admirable margin.

Sunday, the final day of racing, saw the athletes compete in skate technique relay races. In Midget Boys, Aiden Noble, Stephen Lamon and Zander Swift teamed up to form what proved to be an unbeatable team. Within the same category, Carson Damery, Hugo Henckel and Taz Oldaker also joined forces and brought home a well-earned bronze! In Midget Girls, Emmy Stapff, Annelies Henckel and Emma Wong all posted ripping fast times, and came away with a shiny silver medal. Emmy Stapff also managed to post the fastest time within the Midget Girls category, completing her 2.5 km lap in 7:29.7. Yowza!

And of course, the weekend would not have been complete without the ever-keen Gabe Gledhill! A shout out to Gabe, who broke his foot the day before the departure to the Western Canadians, and who, according to his coach Andrea Stapff, was out training in the sit-ski almost before his cast was in place. Gabe took home two silver medals! Go Gabe!

According to Andrea Stapff, it was “a great weekend to round out an incredible season — rain, rain and more rain notwithstanding.”

Gabe Gledhill on the podium. Photo by Barb Matson
Gabe Gledhill on the podium. Photo by Barb Matson