Regular Program Pricing Deadline Approaching

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Come and learn to ski or improve your technique and stamina!

Regular program fees apply until midnight January 5th, so register now! A late registration fee of 25% applies to all recreational program fees from January 6th until the registration deadline of January 12th.

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Come and join us for this excellent view. I'm sure we see more sun than down in the valley! PC: Barb Matson

Want to add a program to your existing 2017/18 registration?

A reminder that if you have already registered with the club for the 2017/18 season and want to add a program to your registration, please contact our Membership Director, Mia Sonnenburg, to arrange for this.

Last season’s members who have yet to renew their membership for this season can register for membership and programs online via the Register button found at this link.

Early Bird Membership Draw

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The club saw two winners of our Early Bird Membership Draw which took place December 30th. Club member Chris Bowlby wo the pants shown on the left and Mason Boyd won the jacket. Congratulations! Another draw will take place later this month, this time for all registered members, so stay tuned for your chance to win.

Strathcona Nordics Going to BC Winter Games

Vancouver Island and Strathcona Nordic Ski Club will be well represented at the upcoming BC Winter Games, being held in Kamloops, February 23 – 25, based on the selection trials that took place December 30. Cross country skiers born in 2003 and 2004 are eligible for the 2018 BC Games, and trial performances of our athletes did not disappoint.

Excellent results and qualification for the games were posted by Anna Chatterton of Campbell River, Naomi Swift and Finn Manktelow of Comox and Theo Lemay and Hugo Henckel of Courtenay.

In conjunction with the trials, the Strathcona Nordics also hosted its first club race of the season, on a beautiful busy day with fantastic snow conditions. The event saw 45 local racers ranging in age from 7 to 67 test themselves on a fun and challenging classic course.

Category top three winners were Ben Galik, Cameron Meldrum, Gillian Galik, Talia MacPhail-McGrady, Natasha Filanovsky, Gavin Chatterton, Sam Schum, Joaquim MacPhail-McGrady, Carly Ram, Madelaine Galik, Nikita Filanovsky, Hugo Henckel, Fynn Collins-Mann, Rory Bratrud, Vivianne Lemay, Gabe Gledhill, Stephen Lamon, Aiden Noble, Emma Wong, Annelies Henckel, Avalon Wasteneys, Odette Lemay, Dana Pereira, Ross Lamon, Joe Winkelaar, Neil Holm, Phil Schum and Grant Hihn.

The next club and Regional Cup races will be held the Feb. 10-11 weekend and include the Vancouver Island Loppet in the schedule of events for the Family Day weekend. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Soaking up the sun and the view of Mount Albert Edward. PC Barb Matson

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Determined Devos! PC Kurt Galik

Annual Christmas Camp Fun

What better way to enjoy the time between Christmas and New Year than a regional camp, island style! Sixty skiers, including Jackrabbits, Track Attack racers, Junior racers and a keen group of Masters racers, all enjoyed three great, fun filled days of skill development, camp camaraderie and the traditional camp relay and skiathlon events. The islanders were joined by a group of keen mainlanders who ventured over for the fun, making it a truly regional camp.

Skill development sessions were planned in both mixed groups, where younger athletes were able to benefit from skiing with and watching older athletes, and age/skill groups, where competitive camaraderie became the focus. Uphill climbing and downhill cornering were the focus of the main skills sessions, with time enough to enjoy the fantastic snow conditions over the course of the camp with some easy zone 1 volume skiing.

Camp highlights were once again the team sprint relay where smallest and biggest, and so on down the line, are paired up, making for a high energy, high fun event and the ever popular modified skiathlon event with 45 skiers, across all age groups, heading in and out of the stadium for 4 alternating laps of classic, skate, classic and skate skiing on a variety of short loops through the sprint trails above the stadium.

A hearty thank you goes out to all the coaches, helpers and volunteers who made the camp great, as well as Mount Washington Alpine Resort and Teck Resources

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Ben Galik supports Alec Stapff after tough relay race! PC Kurt Galik

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How to get excellent balance - Devo style. PC: Kurt Galik

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The whole gang. PC: Kurt Galik

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