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.

2007 Legacy team off to PyeongChang

A group of cross country and biathlon officials from Mount Washington, Vancouver Island will be off to Pyeongchang in March to support the 2018 edition of the Paralympic Winter Games. The group were all involved in organising the two IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup finals events held at Mount Washington in 2007 and 2009, and went on to be involved in varying degrees with the 2010 and 2014 Winter Games, world cups, and world championships events around the world. They are a living breathing part of the legacy of hosting the Games in 2010 and represent not only Mount Washington and Vancouver Island at this high level but Canada as a whole. The team includes:
· Len Apedaile (Strathcona Nordic Ski Club): International Paralympic Committee (IPC) / World Para Nordic Ski Federation (WPNS) - Race Director and head of technical control and officiating.
· Joe Bajan (Vancouver Island Biathlon Club): IPC Assistant Technical Delegate / Jury Member - Biathlon
· Francoise Ducret (Vancouver Island Biathlon Club): IPC International Technical Official - responsible for equipment control and commercial marking inspections
· Marc Lyster (Mount Washington Nordic Manager): International Expert - groomer - responsible for course preparation and grooming
· Tom Kennedy: International Expert - groomer - responsible for course preparation and grooming
Marc and Tom will head over in late February at the conclusion of the Olympic Winter Games to help prepare the field of play. Len and the rest of the team will head over in early March.

The Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang run from March 9 to 18, and the cross country and biathlon events will encompass almost half of the medal events at the Games. Watch for them on TV and cheer on not only our athletes but also our officials who work behind the scenes to deliver this historic event.

Coaching Refresher and Social


Did someone say swag?

This weekend saw a coaching refresher on classic skis on Saturday from Head Coach Andrea Stapff. The club is thankful we have the level of expertise of our head coach to pass onto our volunteer coaches. We have an incredibly dedicated volunteer coaching staff that loves to share this knowledge with skiing participants from bunnies to masters.

Check out the swag in the picture to the right! If you are a coach this year, be sure to collect your swag from Marilyn Atkinson! Don't forget to thank a coach!

Due to inclement weather the Coach Appreciation Social had to be relocated to downtown Courtenay. Unfortunately this change meant several coaches weren’t able to come.

To all our wonderful Club coaches, please know your contributions to the success of the Strathcona Nordic Ski Club are very much appreciated!! Thank you to Berend and Sarah for hosting the Social on short notice.

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Coaching refresher!

Nordic Racers Bring Home Medals

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Sprint Race: Stephen Lamon gets gold and Gabe Gledhill brings home a bronze.

The Junior Racers of the Strathcona Nordics made their club extremely proud by achieving several top ten results and earning a number of medals at the Western Canadian Cross Country Skiing Championships in Red Deer, Alberta mid-January. Our athletes skied hard and represented Vancouver Island very well in a field of close to 500 racers from across western Canada and Ontario.

In the day one skate sprint race junior mens category, Tallon Noble’s victory earned him a gold medal. Emma Wong, juvenile girl, placed 6th. In the juvenile boys group, Stephen Lamon blasted ahead of the field to earn a gold medal, his teammates close behind with Gabe Gledhill taking home a bronze and Aiden Noble a 9th place finish.

In the classic mass start event on day two, Tallon Noble took home a bronze medal for junior men. Juvenile boys Gabe Gledhill earned his second medal, a bronze and Stephen Lamon came in 5th.

On the final day of competition, the skate relay ,Tallon Noble’s open mens team brought in a bronze medal. Amelia Wells and Emma Wong placed 6th for juvenile girls. The juvenile boys team with Gabe Gledhill and Stephen Lamon skied hard for a bronze medal.

“Wow, what a weekend!” commented head coach Andrea Stapff. “This is the first time any of us have skied the race courses in Red Deer, site of the 2019 Canada Winter Games. The host club did an amazing job of preparing this facility and the trails – and our athletes loved them! While the surrounding area is pretty flat, the River Bend courses were fun, fast and - hilly, making for a roller coaster like course with steep ups and technical downs. I was incredibly proud of how they performed, how they worked together and how they represented our club and our province at these Championships, a test event for the games.”

Next, the racers are off to Prince George for BC Cup Race #2 in early February. For more information about Strathcona Nordics please go to or check us out on Facebook and Instagram.


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Emma Wong and Amelia Wells


On Sunday March 11th at 2:00 p.m. SNSC will be drawing the winning raffle tickets for the following prizes:

• Vernon, BC “Super Camp” (to be used by end of December 2018): $1200 value
• Fisher RCS Carbon Lite Skate 187 cm (stiff) skis: $850 value
• Salomon 9 Skin Classic 202 cm skis: $500 value
• Halti Ski Jacket: $200 value
• Salomon Ski Jacket: $200 value

Tickets will be $5 each and will be sale starting the weekend of the Teck Coast Cup & Loppet on the weekend (February 10-11) until 1:30 p.m. on March 11th.

Please support our club by offering to sell tickets and purchasing your own!

CCBC Fundraising Challenge

We only have a few days left (until Wednesday January 31st) to take advantage of CCBC’s Club Fundraising Challenge. Unlike other challenges this is NOT a winner takes all. In fact, all of us can win. Details:
• $100 to every club that raises at least $200
• a further $200 to every club that raises at least $600
• Donations to clubs will be matched dollar-for-dollar from this moment onward up to $1,000 per club. This match excludes the first $900 raised per club, i.e. no double-dipping with the anonymous top-ups already offered.

1. Giving makes us happier people
2. You get a tax receipt for your donation
3. There are matching funds given by some anonymous donors at the provincial level
4. The club can use your support
1. Giving makes us happier people
2. You get a tax receipt for your donation
3. There are matching funds given by some anonymous donors at the provincial level
4. The club can use your support

Here is thelink.

To make a donation to Strathcona Nordics, you must first navigate to our club page. The “Donate Now” button on the main homepage will not allow you to select a club.

Please consider supporting this and reciprocating their generosity.

Snowmobile Form

We are seeking your help in reporting any illegal or unauthorised use of motorised recreational vehicles on trails (whether on Mount Washington property or in Strathcona Provincial Park).

Paper copies of a form to fill out will be hanging in an envelope on our club’s bulletin board at Mount Washington and placed in a second envelope beside it for completed forms.. Forms can also be downloaded from ourwebsite and can be emailed to Strathcona Nordicswith a copy to Mount Washington Nordic.

Thanks for your assistance in tracking the information and helping us ensure compliance and safety for skiers and hikers.

Timing Hut Updates

A thank you is in order to Bill Noble in regards to the update to the timing hut. The hut was raised and new stair were added.

One Sweet Race!


Programs started for the Vancouver Island Biathlon Club on January 6th and we are please to have a growing number of participants. Biathlon Bears for kids aged 8-12yrs, led by coach Kai Sonnenburg enjoyed a Gingerbread Relay Race and had a delightful time firing their shots into Gingerbread houses. It was difficult to definitively determine a winning team due to the destruction of the houses, but it was clear that these Bears had a shooting accuracy of at least 50% on just their second session of biathlon! If you would like to learn more about the club happenings, please email VIBC. for a copy of their newsletter.

Sunshine Coast Loppet

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