SNSC News – November 26, 2016

CIBC Wood Gundy sponsors School Program!

For 15 years and counting, Rick Morson, from CIBC Wood Gundy, long time skier, member of Strathcona Nordics and Master’s Racing has donated monies to help students who  may otherwise find it difficult to find the funds to attend our School Program. Our program exposes elementary-aged students, often for the first time, to the many benefits of cross-country skiing!  Thank you, Rick.


 Early Bird Pricing Ends November 30th!

The deadline for Early Bird pricing is November 30 so if you haven’t yet registered for programs, there’s no time like the present!

Both club and program registration can be completed here.

Children’s Fitness Tax Credit Receipts 

A reminder to parents to hang on to your Zone 4 registration receipt as you will find the link for the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit receipt located at the bottom of the email. This credit receipt will have been emailed to you immediately after registration so look for the email from Zone 4 System, with the subject line reading ‘ Registration #######: Strathcona Nordic Ski Club 2016/2017’.

Only 10 days left in the Club Membership Contest

…and it’s going to be a nail biter! …Looks like there will be many extremely close finishes!

Here are our updated standings for our Group:

Group C: Strathcona has made a big surge to move past Vancouver Skiers and is now closing in on Hollyburn, who is still in the lead. Both Morice Mountain and Snow Valley have made massive gains to leapfrog ahead of Cariboo and are closing in on 3rd. Can Toby Creek, Omineca, and Williams Lake make a late-stage rally?

Full details on prize giveaway on Cross Country BC website

BC Club Fundraising Challenge Update!

Our club is currently at $450 raised. The next $50 takes us to $600 as an anonymous donor will add to our pot once we get to 500.  Deadline for donations extended until December 15!  Donations accepted on-line.  Thanks to those who have already donated to support the club and our programs!  Benefits: Money goes directly to our club, tax credits available, and the more we raise, the more anonymous donors add to our total.

Masters Recreational Ski Program

Are you a keen skier between the ages of 16 and 96? Then you may be interested in the Masters Recreational Nordic Ski program offered by the Strathcona Nordics. This is a ten session program running from January 7-8 to March 18-19 , and includes an equal number of classic and skate sessions. There are separate classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers on Saturdays and Sundays, 10 am to Noon. We have excellent coaches to help you improve your skiing and have a lot of fun!

To register go to Zone 4 to do your club registration and then select the Masters Recreational section that interests you.

For more information contact Marilyn.



SNSC New – November 9, 2016

BC Club Challenge – Fundraising Opportunity

Hello Friends of Strathcona Nordics,

There is matching money up for grabs to help our ski club – please help us get it! We have already received an extra $50 from an anonymous BC donor for our contributions so far! If we donate another $150 we get another $100 from the pot

Background: A number of passionate XC skiers across BC are generously donating to a Community Pot. The majority of this pot will be allocated equally among any BC clubs that want to participate, to match up to 25% of what each club raises themselves in this fundraiser. If a club leaves any of its Community Pot allocation on the table, there will be more to go around for the other clubs.

So, the Community Pot has got the ball rolling, but now it’s up to us to step up to the challenge!

We can use the funds for sport development, such as skier development programs, trails & facilities, and grooming equipment. Although funds may not be earmarked for an individual athlete, funds can be used towards a coach or coordinator’s stipend or wage. (Note that a donor cannot receive special consideration in return for their donation, such as a discounted/free membership, a program/trip discount for their child, etc.)

Donations are tax deductible and you will receive a tax receipt.

This campaign ends on Nov 30 at midnight, at which time the Community Pot will also be divvied up… just in time for ski season!

Thank you for your interest and generosity. Let’s see what our club can do!

DONATE and also find our more information in this link and to see how we are competing with other clubs across BC.

Butcher Block Fundraiser

In the month of November, meat sales from Comox Valley local store, Butcher Block, are another fundraising initiative being carried out by members of the Junior and Devo team to raise funds for the Dave Battison Athlete Development Fund. Some examples of how funds from this program have been used to support athletes: travel to Nationals, communal roller skis for our Devo athletes, and a ski ergometer. The profits we make from this fundraiser will also be included in the above BC Club Challenge to maximize our fundraising and access to the community pot.

Contact a Junior or Devo athlete for your order form or through Berend Henckel. You can also download the Butcher Block Order Form here. Forms need to be returned to Berend by November 27. Meat pick-up is Dec 3rd from 12-2pm

SNSC News – October 28, 2016

Early Bird Program Registration


Check out the Strathcona Nordic website for more program information and note that we have two new programs available. Youth Learn to Ski, ages 10-13 and Jackrabbit Plus, for those keen Jackrabbits who want to ski on Saturday and Sunday.
Early bird fees for programs are in effect until November 30, 2016

Provincial Club Membership Drive Continues

….and right now our club is in 2nd place behind Hollyburn Cross Country Ski Club.  Keep spreading the news and encouraging family and friends to join our amazing sport. 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).

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

Coaching Courses and You

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!

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.

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.

Click here for more information on each of the courses above.

 Annual Nordic Ski 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!

Job Opportunities – Nordic Groomer and Ski Instructors

Position: Nordic Groomer Operator
Department: Mount Washington Nordic Operations
Status: Seasonal Winter (December – March)
Posting Date: October-20- 2016


Mount Washington Alpine Resort is currently seeking a Nordic Groomer Operator for the 2016-17 season. This position would start in December and run until the end of March. The employee will work 4-5 days a week, shifts are from 10:00pm to 6:00am. Duties would include preparing the ski trails, daily equipment maintenance and daily ski trail reports.

All applicants should have:
• Knowledge of cross country skiing.
• Experience operating a variety of equipment.
• Ability to work alone and make good safety decisions.
• Understanding of snow and snow properties.

Staff Benefits include:
• Winter seasons pass for our Alpine and Nordic areas.
• Food and retail discounts.
• Free staff transportation.
• Free use of rental equipment.

Contact: Nordic Operations Manager]

Position: Cross Country Ski Instructors FULL TIME and PART TION
Department: Mount Washington Nordic Operations / Strathcona Nordics Ski Club
Status: Seasonal Winter FT (December – March)
Posting Date: October-17- 2016


Mount Washington Alpine Resort in partnership with the Strathcona Nordic Ski Club is currently seeking up to four (4) full time as well as several part time cross-country ski instructors for the 2016-17 season. This position would start mid-December and run until the end of March. Full time employees will work 5 days a week during the Christmas break with Mount Washington Nordic operations teaching group lessons, private lessons and assisting with guests in our rental areas. Then, starting in January will work midweek with the Strathcona Nordic – Wood Gundy School Program and weekends for Mount Washington.

All applicants should be active cross-country skiers, hold a minimum of a level 1 CANSI or NCCP Community Coaching certification and be Strathcona Nordic Ski Club members.
Full time CANSI Level 1 or NCCP CC instructors can expect to earn $12.00-$13.00 per hour.
Full time CANSI Level 2 or NCCP L2T instructors can expect to earn $14.00-$15.00 per hour.
Full time CANSI Level 3 or NCCP T2T-L2C instructors can expect to earn $15.50-$17.00 per hour.

Staff Benefits include: • A winter seasons pass for our Alpine and Nordic areas • Food and retail discounts • Free staff transportation • Free use of rental equipment • Additional training and coaching from senior staff. Certification courses are available for cross country skiing starting in December 2016. Please visit [Mount Washington Alpine Resort]( [Strathcona Nordic Ski Club]( for dates and pricing. School program instructors may be eligible for free participation in certification courses. Please submit resumes by email to the attention of the [Manager Nordic Operations for more information contact [Strathcona Nordic Ski Club.