SNSC News, October 7, 2016

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Nordic Ski Gear Swap and AGM

Saturday, November 5
Queneesh Elementary
2345 Mission Road, Courtenay
(by Home Depot)


• 9:30-11:30am – Drop off gently-used skate ski and classic ski gear for tagging
• 11:30-12pm – Buy a delicious chili lunch
• 12-1pm – Join us for the AGM
• 1-3pm – Buy gently-used xc ski gear!
• 3-3:30pm – Pick up your unsold gear

Please note:
All gear must be in reasonably good condition.
No alpine gear. Cross-country ski gear & accessories only.
People attending the **AGM** get in first to the ski swap. Everyone welcome!

ski Swap

Calling all Chili Makers and Ski Swap Volunteers!

Please let Patti Johnson know if you are able to make a pot of chili and/or help out at the swap at

 Club Membership Contest

Early birds do get the worm or at least a chance to win ski gear…

Cross Country BC has initiated a province wide contest and they are giving away huge prizes. For example, Rossignol is donating a fleet of kids ski gear (skis, boots, poles). Either 10 combi packages or 20 classic packages, whichever the winning club chooses. See picture below for sponsors.

To win, a club has to have the highest percentage of members registered*, as of midnight Dec 1 2016, as compared to its previous winter’s total membership. For example, a club with 200 members last year and 140 members by Dec 1 would be at 70%, and a club with 160 members last year and 120 members by Dec 1 would be at 75%.

To make things fair as well as have more winners, clubs have been divided into 6 groups across the province and a winner will be selected from each group, for a total of 6 winners.

Full details on the CCBC website: Prize Giveaway

Club Membership contest

Program Registration is Open

…so with that contest in mind, register early for your Strathcona Nordics Membership and Programs at the following link, Zone 4. Talk it up with family and friends and get them to join in the winter fun too!

The Rabbits brought winter back to the mountain with a fun beach party! See "Rabbits" story below. Photo: C. Wilson

Photo: C. Wilson

Roller Ski Derby

Who needs snow? Devo and Junior Ski Team Members hone their ski skills on pavement and grass getting ready for the snow season.

Roller Ski Derby PC: Don Chamberlain
Roller Ski Derby
PC: Don Chamberlain
Roller Ski Derby PC: Don Chamberlain
Roller Ski Derby
PC: Don Chamberlain


SNSC News — September 28, 2016



Registration for club membership and programs opens on October 1 at Zone 4! The deadline for early bird pricing this year is November 30th.

Strathcona Nordics is a membership-driven organization and we depend on you to support our club and the cross-country skiing community as a whole! As a club member you’re entitled to the following: club newsletters, a copy of the annual ‘Ski Cross Country’ magazine, a 10% discount towards purchases at Ski Tak Hut, and voting rights at the AGM.

Membership options have been restructured for the 2016/17 season and the website will be updated by October 1. We look forward to seeing you on the trails again this winter, and please extend a warm welcome to new members of our fantastic club.

A reminder that parents/guardians who register children for programs will receive the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit receipt via email from Zone4. Check the bottom of your Zone4 Online Registration receipt for the link and keep it handy for tax season!



Calling all Bunnies and Jackrabbits! The one good thing about the days getting shorter; is that the snow will soon start flying. Registration is opening on October 1st so make sure you sign up early to secure your spot.

Please note some exciting changes to our programs this year:

For those keen skiers, you can now sign up for Jackrabbit Plus and ski both Saturday and Sunday.

Youth Learn to ski: it is never too late to start! For those skiers 10-13 who are novices or have only a little skiing experience this is the program for you. This will be a fun, older group who will improve their skills exploring our many miles of gorgeous trails together.

If you are in the market for some new gear for your Rabbits, don’t forget to come check our annual Ski Swap on November 5, 2016 at Queneesh School. More details to follow.

We are always looking to expand our coaching staff and encourage parents to get involved. This is a great way to improve your own skiing skills and have a lot of fun in the process. The club is happy to be able to host a whole range of coaching courses throughout the fall to get you that training you need. Don’t hesitate to get involved; you won’t regret it!

For further information you can email our SDP Coordinator, Marika Galik or Coaching Coordinator, Marilyn Atkinson.



Sunday coaches (L-R): (Back) Paul Chatterton, Caroline Fisher, Charlie Stone, Bill Boham; (Front) Sarah Henckel, Maya De Vos, Liz Girard
Sunday coaches (L-R): (Back) Paul Chatterton, Caroline Fisher, Charlie Stone, Bill Boham; (Front) Sarah Henckel, Maya De Vos, Liz Girard

Interested in getting involved? The Club is offering two coaching courses this fall, and YOU could benefit! Improve your own skiing, and help the club out with some coaching support!

The Short Version…for more information about each course see below!

Check out these two courses running before the Rabbit Program begins (detailed info below).

  • December 2-3 – ICC –INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNITY COACHING – 10 hours – For coaching children 6 and under. * January 13-15 – CC – COMMUNITY COACHING – 16 hours – For coaching children age 6-9 (includes 2-3 hours on Friday night)

You can attend one or both courses, but you must take ICC before you take CC course.


Already taken the ICC and CC courses? You are eligible to get to the next level by taking Learning to Train (L2T) courses.
These courses are for working with children 9-12 years old. See detailed information below.

* October 28-30 – L2T- Dryland Component – – Friday night, Saturday and Sunday
* December 9-11 – L2T On-Snow Component – Friday night, Saturday and Sunday

To confirm which courses you would like to attend email Marilyn:

Note: the Club pays the course registration fee, in return for your commitment to do some coaching for one of the programs


More detailed information…

The ICC Workshop is designed for parents and other beginning coaches. This workshop focuses on building individuals confidence in their coaching role, and teaches basic strategies including how to deliver a series of age-appropriate skill development sessions under the guidance/supervision of more experienced coaches.

The ICC focuses on fundamentals of technique, growth and development considerations in the athlete model, and also provides strategies for creating a fun learning environment, including instruction on how to set up a ski playground. The course is oriented towards working with skiers of all age groups, but with an emphasis on working with children under six years of age (the “Active Start” stage of athlete development).

There are no prerequisites except enthusiasm and the minimum age requirement of 14 years.
10 hrs / workshop. The workshop fee for CCC/CCBC members is $80.00. The workshop fee for non-CCC/CCBC members is $160.00. NOTE Club pays your course fee


The CC Workshop is the second step in the NCCP coach education program. It provides essential training for coaches by delivering an effective skill development program to children six to nine years of age (the “FUNdamentals” stage of athlete development).

This program is designed to train coaches to teach children skills through select games specifically designed to reinforce techniques being taught. In addition, new coaches are taught how to design and lead on-snow sessions, select and prepare equipment for young children and most importantly, how to make learning FUN. Successful completion of the ICC Workshop, enthusiasm and a minimum age of 14 years are the only prerequisites.

16 hrs / workshop. The workshop fee for CCC/CCBC members is $100.00. The workshop fee for non-CCC/CCBC members is $200.00. NOTE Club pays your course fee


The CCI program develops skills and provides tools that a coach can use to (1) create a fun, team oriented environment that will motivate children to achieve their personal goals in sport and develop a lifelong interest in the fitness and health benefits of cross country skiing, and (2) deliver a well-rounded sport program with an emphasis on skill development to children nine to 12 years of age (the Learning to Train (L2T) stage of athlete development).

The NCCP L2T (Dryland) Workshop is the third step in the NCCP progression. Coaches are taught about developmental age, physical literacy, team building, athletic components (aerobic fitness, speed, etc.), nutrition, how to design their own sport program, adventure-based activities (year-round), roller-skiing and planning a practice.

Prerequisite: Community Coaching Workshop. 18.25 hrs / workshop. The workshop fee is $100.00. NOTE Club pays your course fee

The NCCP L2T (On-Snow) Workshop is the second half of the CCI program and the fourth step in the NCCP progression. This workshop is designed to train coaches on team management, supporting athletes at a competition, teaching and learning, equipment selection, ski preparation and how to teach ski technique effectively.

Prerequisite: L2T (Dryland) Workshop. 16.5 hrs / workshop. The workshop fee for CCC/CCBC members is $100.00. The workshop fee for non-CCC/CCBC members is $200.00. NOTE Club pays your course fee.