Coast Cup 5 & 6 and Loppet

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Enthusiastic Devo skiers at Coast Cup # 2 and 3 in Callaghn Valley. PC: Zita Doeschner

...are coming up on February 10 and 11th. This is an excellent opportunity to participate in fun club event.

On Saturday is the Teck Coast Cup #5 is a Team Sprint (relay) –free technique (ski crosscourse) event.

Sunday, February 11th is Teck Coast Cup #6 and the Vancouver Island Loppet. This is a free technique event, which means you can skate or classic ski. Don’t want the “pressure” of racing,but still want to participate in the Loppet? New this year, is a Participation Category. Results will show that you completed the event, but no time or place will be given.

For more information see our event page. Or to register go to Zone 4.

Rabbit Programs Begin

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The first weekend of Rabbit Programming began Saturday and Sunday with many happy faces and enthusiastic skiers. Coaches Emmy Stapff and Alexandra Apedaile settle in for snack time with level 1 Jackrabbits.

CIBC Wood Gundy Ski School Program

The Ski School Program, sponsored by Rick Morson from CIBC Wood Gundy for many years has had a fantastic start to the season! A lot of very happy children have been enjoying learning how to ski on the beautiful trails. In our first two days of the program, we have had perfect weather, great ski conditions and 187 students with smiling faces - many of whom have been asking if they can go out and ski after their lunch, or how soon they can come back to ski again. That is the best feedback our instructors can have – students who want to get back out and ski as soon as possible!

There are 17 schools (979 students) registered to participate from Comox, Courtenay, Campbell River, Cumberland and Royston in our eleven week program. We have a group of wonderful, enthusiastic instructors who facilitate the development of the students’ XC ski skills. Fun and enjoyment of Nordic skiing is the biggest goal of the program!

So, if you happen to be out skiing on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday and see a large group of children, it is likely a school group with the CIBC Wood Gundy XC Ski School Program.

Feel free to share some words of encouragement to the group! We are sure the students (and teachers and parents that are helping with the groups) would appreciate your positive support.

Devo Video

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A blast from the past.

If you have been a Devo in the last few years, check out this video coach Jim Batrud put togeher.

Devo Video Link


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Coach Refresher sessions are coming up:

Saturday January 27, 1-3pm - Classic Technique
Sunday January 28, 1-3pm - Skate Technique
Saturday February 24, 1-3pm - Skate Technique

All sessions meet in the stadium by the Dave Battison Stadium sign at 1pm.

Sessions are led by our Head Coach Andrea Stapff. Come to review some drills and coaching ideas, and bring your questions!


All active Club Coaches are warmly invited to a social gathering Sunday January 28th, 3:30- 5:30pm , right after the Coach Refresher session.

Come have a drink and snacks and meet up with other coaches, at the Vancouver Island Mountain Center.

Please note the date change to the Sunday.

Appreciation from VISAS


VAncouver Island Society Adaptive Snowsports, another organization on Mount Washington dedicated to getting people on skis and enjoying the winter environment, has a message to Strathcona Nordics:

Thank you so much for helping us get the word out about our 2018 Winter Snowsports Festival. It ran between January 8th and 11th and we enjoyed the company of 27 students on the mountain and in the meadows this year. Some skied, some boarded, some Nordic skied and all of us got to achieve some of our personal goals. We had a great deal of fun along the way.

If you hear about anyone else who would like to try one of our Snowsports, please direct them to our Have-A-Go program, described on our website:. Our big fund raiser, The Herb Bradley Challenge is on the calendar for March 4th, 2018, details of which can be found here.

We all thank you so much for your contribution and we’ll be sure to let you know about our 2019 festival (which is currently being planned).

Mount Washington Weekly Video Update

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Kudos to Gabe Gledhill and Fynn Mann who represented cross country skiing and Strathcona Nordics for the Mount Washington Weekly Video Update on January 4th. In case you missed it, check out the video on this link.

Strathcona Nordics Shine at Whistler Olympic Park

A large contingent of athletes, coaches, and supporting parents and travelled to Callahagn Valley near Whistler last weekend, to compete in the Teck BC Cup #1 and Coast Cups #2 & 3. This dedicated group of cross country ski racers have been training hard, and their efforts paid off with dozens of top-ten finishes in a highly competitive field of racers from all over BC.

“There’s nothing like a road trip to really bring a group together,’ commented head coach Andrea Stapff of Campbell River. “It was great to see our Devos, Juniors and Masters racers all skiing so well, supporting each other, showing wonderful team spirit and camaraderie. Athletes dealt extremely well with the challenging weather and variable trail conditions."

Top ten results in the classic technique race, are as follows: Atom boys – Ben Galik - 3rd. Peewee boys – Everett Wells - 4th. Peewee girls – Gillian Galik - 1st, Natasha Filanovsky -5th, Talia MacPhail-McGrady -7th. Bantam boys – Gavin Chatterton - 4th, Nate Holyome -7th, Joa MacPhail McGrady -9th. Bantam girls – Carly Ram – 5th, Madelaine Galik – 7th, Nikita Filanovsky – 9th. Midget boys – Hugo Henckel – 3rd, Rory Bratrud – 8th, Fynn Collins-Mann – 10th. Midget girls – Anna Chatterton – 10th. Juvenile boys – Aiden Noble – 2nd, Stephen Lamon – 3rd, Gabe Gledhill – 5th, Theo Lemay -10th. Juvenile girls – Emma Wong – 6th, Amelia Wells – 7th. Junior boys – Ross Lamon – 3rd. Masters men – Rupert Wong – 6th, Berend Henckel – 7th. Masters women – Marika Galik – 1st, Odette Lemay – 7th.

In the freestyle, or skate technique race, here are the top ten finishers: Atom boys – Ben Galik – 1st. Peewee boys – Everett Wells – 4th. Peewee girls – Gillian Galik – 1st, Talia MacPhail-McGrady – 4th, Natasha Filanovsky – 8th. Bantam boys – Gavin Chatterton – 3rd, Nate Holyome – 6th. Bantam girls – Carly Ram – 2nd, Madelaine Galik – 6th, Nikita Filanovsky – 6th. Midget boys – Hugo Henckel – 1st, Fynn Collins-Mann – 7th, Rory Bratrud – 9th. Midget girls – Naomi Swift – 8th, Anna Chatterton – 10th. Juvenile boys – Gabe Gledhill – 2nd, Stephen Lamon – 2nd, Aiden Noble – 5th, Theo Lemay – 9th, Finn Manktelow – 10th. Juvenile girls – Amelia Wells – 6th, Emma Wong – 7th. Junior boys – Ross Lamon – 4th. Masters Men – Rupert Wong – 7th, Gavin MacPhail – 9th. Masters women – Lynn Swift – 9th.

Coach Stapff was impressed with the club’s performance. “A huge thank you to all the parents and especially the well-oiled support team of waxers and volunteer coaches that ensured athletes were best prepared to give it their all.”

This was the first race in the BC Cup series and 2nd race in the Coast Cup series. Next on the race calendar are the Western Canadian Championships in Red Deer, Alberta, Jan. 19-21 and BC Cup #2 in Prince George, Feb. 3-4.

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Have you thanked a waxer? We are so lucky to have this team of waxers who remain calm under pressure!

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Waxers in training!

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