Under the Rainbow Get your Strathcona Nordic Ski Club Hoody! These are a warm polyester hoody with a fleece lining that are great as a warm layer on


Under the Rainbow

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As if we didn't know how magical cross country skiing is. Coach Brenda Blakely with her Bunny Rabbits group . Check out Facebook and Instagram for more fun photos and news about Strathcona Nordic Ski Club

Get your Strathcona Nordic Ski Club Hoody!

These are a warm polyester hoody with a fleece lining that are great as a warm layer on a cold day or to change into after a long ski. Youth and adult sizes XS - XL are available. Adult sizes are unisex. Cost is $50, taxes included.

Orders will be taken in Raven Lodge this weekend Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 or you can email Marika Galik to place your order. There will be some sample sizes available on the weekend to try.

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Rocking the Easterns


Gabriel Gledhill with his silver medal in the prologue sprint at Eastern Canadians! PC: Tim McGrady


Emmy Stapff - top 2002 female finisher in the prologue at Eastern Canadians. Congratulations Emmy! PC: Tim McGrady

The junior race team is back from their Experience Canada Exchange trip. While there, the team raced at the 2017 Haywood Eastern Canadian Championships. Below is a summary of the top 10 finishes. Look forward to more news about the exchange in upcoming newsletter.

Fri Feb 3 - 3km Classic Prologue (sprint)
Midget Boy (2003)
Theo Lemay - 5th

Juvenile Boy (2002)

Gabe Gledhill - silver
Aiden Noble - 4th
Stephen Lamon - 7th

Junior Boy (2000)
Ross Lamon - 4th

Junior Boy (1999)
Tallon Noble - 8th

Juvenile Girl (2002)
Emmy Stapff - gold
Emma Wong - 4th

Sat Feb 4 - 7.5km Classic Interval (distance)
Midget Boy (2003)
Theo Lemay - 4th

Juvenile Boy (2002)
Stephen Lamon - 5th
Aiden Noble - 6th

Junior Boy (2000)
Ross Lamon - 7th

Junior Boy (1999)
Tallon Noble - 5th

Juvenile Girl (2002)
Emmy Stapff - 7th
Emma Wong - 8th

Sun Feb 5 - Skate Mass (distance)
Midget Boy (2003) - 6km
Theo Lemay - 5th

Juvenile Boy (2002) - 5km
Gabe Gledhill - bronze
Aiden Noble - 4th
Stephen - 10th

Junior Boy (2000) - 10km
Ross Lamon - 7th

Junior Boy (1999) - 10km
Tallon Noble - bronze

Juvenile Girs (2002) - 5km
Emmy Stapff - 6th
Emma Wong - 8th

Back up Rabbit Coaches and Wood Gundy Instructors Needed

With sickness and some coaches going away on race weekends, we find ourselves short of coaches for the Bunny and Jackrabbit programs. Could you please email Marika Galik if you are willing to be a back up coach. Your help is greatly appreciated!

If there are any members who have their ICC or CC coaching certification and would be willing/able to sub for instructors with the Wood Gundy School Program, please emailLynda Magor.

In Biathlon News - Olympic Insight

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The Competitive Youth Race Team were blessed to have Olympic Biathlete Yvonne Visser join them for two training sessions this month. Her insight and knowledge is invaluable, and all racers and coaches greatly benefitted from her instruction. Despite some challenging weather conditions making the targets nearly disappear, the team was able to put into practice their refined skills for successful training. The team looks forward to working with her again upon her return from the World Cup circuit where she is working with the Canadian National team.

VIBC is hosting the 2nd Club Race of the season on Feb 25th for skiers aged 9 & up. If you are interested in competing at this event, registration is available on zone 4 . First time racers will need to attend a mandatory safety briefing prior to the race.

Calling all Strathcona Nordics Coaches!

Join us for our first annual Coaches Appreciation Social at Vancouver Island Mountain Center, right across the parking lot from Raven Lodge, on February 11 at 3pm, directly following the Coaching Refresher. Beverages and snacks will be provided as well as some exciting door prizes! We welcome all club coaches from Bunnies to Masters. Hope to see you there!

The Coach Refresher Course February 11th is for Skate technique, and runs 1-3pm. Meet in the stadium at 1pm, and come to the social right after.

RSVP for the social to Marilyn or Marika.

Cross Country Canada offers SWIX Special for Club Members!

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Input to our International Ski Federation

Dear Ski Friend

As we once again enter into a new year and eagerly look forward to the imminent FIS World Championships in St. Moritz, Lahti and Sierra Nevada over the coming weeks, it is vital that we consider the position of our organisation and our vision for its future. Like many of you, I have a vision of a more ambitious, more prosperous and more influential FIS that will benefit all our members and partners.

As an International Federation, we always believe that we can and should be doing better. To make this vision a reality, we will soon start putting together a strategy to provide guidance to the future of FIS. This strategy will serve as a road map towards this shared success, acting as a tool to help us define what success means for all of our members, as well as guide us through changes that are needed to get there.

It is vital that this new strategy reflects the opinions of our main stakeholders as accurately as possible. Indeed, the input gathered from you will form the foundation upon which this new strategy will be built. We believe your input to be of particular relevance and value to the future of FIS, and therefore would very much appreciate your contribution to this process.

Below, you will find a link to an online survey, providing you with the opportunity to have your input into the overall direction for FIS. The survey process will be managed by TSE Consulting, an external specialist in this area – and this independent management should give you complete faith that your answers will be dealt with complete anonymity and objectivity.

FIS wants to keep developing the sport and the organisation and to do this, we must listen. We would therefore kindly ask you to take 15 minutes to complete the survey linked below:

Complete the survey

We look forward to receiving your feedback and building a stronger FIS, together.


Gian Franco Kasper

International Ski Federation
Blochstrasse 2
CH-3653 Oberhofen/Thunersee

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