Nordic News: October 24th, 2017

October 24th, 2017

Hello to the Nordic Folk of Revelstoke!

As the snow gathers on our local peaks, there are a few timely Nordic items that we wanted to bring to your attention:

Brushing Party #2: A Call for Volunteers on October 28th

The RNSC is hoping that more volunteers will come out for a second day of trail preparations and brushing.  Volunteers will gather on Saturday, October 28th at 10am.  There will be coffee and treats supplied, but bring a lunch if you plan to stay a little later in the day.  If you have a chainsaw or brush saw, it would be great if you could bring it along, but the club does have equipment you can use.  If you think you can help, please contact Duane Dukart at or you can text him at 250-814-4560.

Youth Programs Update: Blaze a trail with Trailblazers! (Ages 10-15)

For the 2017/18 ski season, the RNSC will be running a Trailblazers program!  This is a program for skiers aged 10 through 15, who want exposure to adventure activities (e.g. avalanche awareness and environmental survival). Skiers will also be learning about technique development for the recreational skier.  Sessions are Saturdays 9:45 am to 12:00 pm. Start date is December 2, 2017. Cost is $125, and registration for this program (and all of our other programs) is still open at Zone4: Registration Form.

It’s time to get your Season’s Pass!

The membership link is now up on Zone 4: Membership so you can get your season’s pass today!  Share this link with your friends:


Membership Night is Monday, November 6th   

Don’t want to go the online route for your Season’s Pass?  Membership night is Monday, November 6th, 2017 from 5pm to 8pm and this is the perfect time to purchase your pass.   Save the online registration fees and enjoy a fun gathering of Nordic folk at Macpherson Lodge.  Cheque and/or cash preferred.

Level 1 Officials Course in Revelstoke: Saturday, October 28th

In association with Cross Country BC (CCBC), the RNSC is offering a one-day Officials Level 1 course on October 28, 2017 in Revelstoke. This course is an introduction to the roles and responsibilities of officials in all types of races, from Loppets to Provincial Championships. It may not be too late to register.  Please let Mike Thomas know this week if you are interested in attending.  Contact:

The RNSC wishes you all the best in the fading days of fall.


-Jeff Wilson

RNSC (Communications)

Nordic News: October 10th, 2017

October 10th, 2017

Hello to the RNSC Community!

We hope that you all had an enjoyable Thanksgiving, and that you are ready for some post-turkey reading.  This ‘quick’ update has grown to include 10 items for you to consider as the Nordic season approaches.  Here is your news:

It’s time to get your Season’s Pass!

The membership link is now up on Zone 4 and you are encouraged to get your membership before December 1st, 2017.  This is the closing date for the membership drive contest held annually by Cross-Country BC (CCBC).  Check out some of the prizes that our club could win.

Share this link with your friends:


Membership Night: Monday, November 6th   

If online transactions are not your thing, membership night is Monday, November 6th, 2017 from 5pm to 8pm.   Save the online registration fees and enjoy a fun gathering of Nordic folk at Macpherson Lodge.  Cheque and/or cash preferred.


The BC Punch Card Pass

This season, Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club is part of a new CCBC initiative called The BC Punch Card Pass.  You may want this optional, transferable pass if you like to travel and will be skiing at other Cross-country ski clubs during the 17/18 season.  See this poster for details.


RNSC Executive: A Call for a Treasurer

The RNSC executive is looking for someone willing to serve on the board as our treasurer.  Please contact if you have experience and expertise in this area.


Job Posting: Club Manager

The RNSC is also looking for a new club manager for the upcoming season.  Job details are posted on our website.


Trail Brushing

There will be a trail brushing party on Saturday, October 21st.  The work that our volunteer crews perform on our trails each year make our trails easier to groom and easier to ski, especially in the early season.  If you’d like to come out and help, please contact Duane Dukart at or you can text him at 250-814-4560.


Intro to Community Coaching Workshop: October 13-14

Our ski league program will be holding an Intro to Community Coaching Workshop on October 13th from 6 – 9pm and October 14th from 8:30am – 5pm at the Nordic Lodge.  The workshop provides the minimum requirement for skiers to coach within our programs. Please contact Matt Smider ( if you are 14 or older and would like to help coach our young skiers.


The Cedar Shaker Cyclocross: October 21-22

The Cedar Shaker Cyclocross event will be held on Sunday, October 22nd at RMR. Apparently, the RNSC had a superb showing last year! There will be a free skills event run from 12 – 3pm on the 21st. For more information, visit: , or contact Mike Welch:


Level One Officials Course in Revelstoke

In association with Cross Country BC (CCBC), the RNSC is offering a one-day Officials Level 1 course on October 28, 2017 in Revelstoke. This course is an introduction to the roles and responsibilities of officials in all types of races, from Loppets to Provincial Championships. Please let Mike Thomas know this week if you are interested in attending.  Contact:

Strategic Planning
: A note from the Executive

Last year, the board was successful in receiving a grant for some strategic planning for our club.  This year, we have started a process to review our club operations to help us design a plan that will strengthen and shape the RNSC in the years ahead.  You will hear more about this process in the months ahead, and we look forward to your input.

Thanks for reading!

Nordic News: September 17th, 2017

September 17th, 2017
Greetings to the Revelstoke Nordic Community!
We hope that you have all had an enjoyable summer, and that September is treating you well.  Winter may still be a long way from your thoughts, but there are plenty of things already underway to make this another great season at the Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club.
The RNSC Executive is busy preparing, Ski League registrations have begun, and as I type this letter, Matt Smider (our multi-talented RNSC head coach) is out at Blanket Creek hosting an Okanagan Regional Dryland Camp with over 100 Nordic racers in attendance.
For those of you already looking to the mountaintops for the first signs of winter, here are some timely news items and some other club news:
Get Ready for the Winter with Nordic Yoga
Balu Yoga and Wellness is offering Yoga classes tailored specifically to Nordic skiing this fall.  Classes with Lisa Cyr start on Monday, September 18th (@ 7:30pm) and run for 10 weeks.  Cost is $119.
Level One Officials Course in Revelstoke
In association with Cross Country BC (CCBC), the RNSC offering a one day Officials Level 1 course on October 28, 2017 in Revelstoke. This course is an introduction to all of the roles and responsibilities of officials in all types of races, from Loppets to Provincial Championships.
This is the first time we’ve hosted an officials course here, and with a new generation of parents and volunteers coming through, its a real opportunity to learn more about races, become certified, and help Revelstoke continue to host awesome races. Please let Mike Thomas know this week if you are interested in attending, email Mike at

BC Midget Championships Update

We’ve agreed to host the BC Midgets Championships this coming season. It’s a two day competition for 8-12 year old athletes from across the province, running March 3rd and 4th, 2018. It’s an awesome event, often the first racing experience for the younger athletes, and offers an interval start classic race, a team relay and skate sprints.  This promises to be an exciting few days at the club!
A New BBQ for the RNSC
You can look forward to some tasty smells in the air during club events this winter.  The RNSC bought a new barbecue!  🙂
Looking Ahead…
As winter approaches, we will send you more information about our fall membership drive, a newsletter, and a few more email updates.
Have a great September, and we look forward to seeing you again this winter.

Nordic News: March 29th

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March 29th, 2017
Greetings Nordic Folk!
Can you believe that April is almost here?  As the official season draws to a close, here’s the Nordic News you need to know:
Annual General Meeting: April 11th, 7pm
Our AGM will be held on Tuesday, April 11th, 7pm, at the Revelstoke Nordic Lodge.  Along with our regular business of electing a new board, we will also be looking for member approval of the revised bylaws (so that we are compliant with the new Society Act), as well as changes to day-user fees for next season.  Please refer to the AGM notice for all the details and links to relevant documents.
AGM Pre-Ski
If there is enough snow, the RNSC will host a preAGM ski.  Come to the club at 5:30pm on April 11th for a ski with your fellow members, enjoy some treats, and enjoy the democratic process.
Feedback Form for Members
The RNSC want to hear from you.   Please fill out this google form and share your thoughts about the club, suggest ways we might develop, and tell us how you’d like to be involved!
Trail Grooming Ends on April 2nd
Our trail-grooming crew commits to a season-long schedule of late nights and early mornings to make our trail system great.  It has been a fantastic season on our trails largely due to their efforts, so be sure to thank a groomer near you.
Don’t forget the Lost and Found
Next time you are at the club, check the lost and found for things that may belong to you or your family.  You never know what you could be missing!  Unclaimed items will be sold (by donation) at Member’s Night next year.
RNSC Racing Team Shines at the Nationals!
The RNSC turned in one of the club’s finest performances ever at the Ski Nationals in Canmore last week.  Thanks to the efforts of our athletes and their coach, Matt Smider, we were the top performing club in all of BC!  Read about Beth’s gold, Elizabeth and Alana’s silver, and the other fine results from our racers in The Revelstoke Review or the Revelstoke Mountaineer.
We hope you’ve had a great season with the RNSC and we hope to see on the trails and at the AGM.

Member Info: Revision of by-laws

Attention RNSC Members: By-Law Revisions in Process

This update to members is from our “Transition Committee” made up of Gary Graf (Club President), Lori Milmine (Club Secretary), Josie Woodman (Director at Large) and Kelsey Knoll (Club Manager).  The purpose of this committee is to guide our club through the transition process that is required of all non-profit clubs in BC since the legislative change to the Societies Act in November 2016. The club has two years to complete the process, but there are advantages to our club if we complete the new bylaw adoption at our AGM in April.  This is the first step in updating and aligning all our governing documents to current standards.

The following information contains:

  1. Background Information, links to the relevant legislation, and a review of our intentions.
  2. The proposed process and an invitation to you, our members, about any revisions to the draft by-laws that you think are needed.

Background Information:

In developing these by-laws we have tried to:

  1. a) Comply with the new Societies Act
  2. b) Clarify and simplify
  3. c) Change the by-laws to reflect current club practice and what we believe the club members want.

Note:   As part of the process we need to remove everything from the constitution except the name of the club and its purposes.  We cannot change the purposes or the name of the club as part of this process.  Everything else that was in the constitution now must go in the bylaws word-for-word.  The club can change these items later if it chooses.

Proposed Process:

  1. We invite comments from you, our members, about any revisions to the draft by-laws you think are needed.  The current constitution and bylaws can be found here. The revised ones can be found here
  2. Please email your comments and suggestions to in to  manager.revelstokenordic@gmail.comby MARCH 27th, 2017.
  3. We will consider comments and incorporate them as needed into a new draft.
  4. We plan to ask the membership to adopt the revised bylaws by “Special Resolution” at the AGM on April 11, 2017.
  5. If bylaws are adopted, we will submita “Transition Application” to the government to formalise the updates.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

The Transition Committee (Gary Graf, Kelsey Knoll, Lori Milmine, Josie Woodman)

-on behalf of the Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club Board of Directors

Nordic News: March 2nd, 2017

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March 2nd, 2017
Greetings Nordic Folk!
Here’s some Nordic news to get March off to a great start!
Team Scream – Saturday, March 4th
Get your costumes ready!  Revelstoke Nordic’s very own Team Scream race is this Saturday.
You can race solo and complete the skiathalon course (one classic lap, one skate lap), or you can make a team and race one lap each as a “Dynamic Duo”.  Here are the details:
  • The race consists of two laps of Mickey Olsen (3.75km) and can be done in teams of two as a relay OR as a single skier (skiathlon).
  • There will be prizes for best costume*, tough cookie and random draw prizes.
  • *The costume theme is “Dynamic Duos“.  E.g. Sonny and Cher, salt and pepper, Batman and Robin, Sugar and Spice, Day and Night….
  • Main race starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Bunnies start time is 10:15 a.m. (warm-up at 10:00 a.m.) Bunnies can choose to ski Titan or laps around the Stadium.
  • Free Chilli lunch!
Please register online BEFORE March 4th if you can!  It really helps the volunteers who are organizing the event.
Here’s the link for the online registration:
Last minute registrations will be taken the morning of the race between 9:30-10:00 a.m. in the lodge.  Contact Eleanor Wilson ( or Sarah Newton ( for details about this fun race.
Wondering about Wax?
There is now a white board on the wax room door on the lower level of the lodge.  It’s a place to share information about what wax worked well for the present conditions.  So if your wax was great for your ski, please share with other skiers who might need some advice about how to wax.  Sharing is caring!
‘Nordic Norm’ represents Revelstoke at Gatineau Loppet
Congratulations to Norm Tennant for racing the 51km Gatineau Loppet, a race that is part of the Worldloppet Tour.  With a time of 4:20:22.2, Norm secured a top ten result in the M60-64 category.  Be sure to ask him about it if you can catch him on our trails!
RNSC Takes 2nd Place at the BC Midget Championships
It was a fantastic weekend for all of our young racers at the Midgets.  Congratulations team!  Be sure to read Matt Smider’s article in the Revelstoke Mountaineer.
“The Last Headlamp Hero”
No, that is not a movie about to play at the Roxy.  It is a reminder that next Wednesday (March 8th) is the final race of the Headlamp Hero Series.  Come on out and join the fun!  Here are the details:
  • Wednesday, March 8th: Skate Mass Start
  • 2.5km, 5km and 10km
  • Registration from 6-6:30pm; Racing at 7pm
  • $2 for members
  • Draw prizes donated by Skookum!
See you on the trails!

Nordic News: Jan 14th, 2017

Greetings Nordic Folk!

It’s Saturday morning and the trails are busy with the bustle of our ski programs, the lodge is cozy and warm, and the wood stove is warming fingers and toes.
Here’s the news from our club as we roll into January 2017:


Lantern Ski Success

The new year started with a beautiful lantern ski on January 1st.  Lanterns lit the trails on Main Loop and a fire ring warmed skiers at the end the journey.  Many thanks to Brendan MacIntosh and his team of volunteers for the setup, the serving, and sweep-up of this fine event!  The RNSC would also like to thank Save-On Foods for donating the supplies and snacks and Brian Gawiuk for the ice lanterns and oranges.

OK Cup Nordic Race – February 11th & 12th

The Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club is hosting the Teck Okanagan Cup on February 11th and 12th.  This is a two-day competition with a classic mass-start race and an interval skate race.  We are expecting 250 racers and their families.  It will be a busy time at the lodge!
We still need volunteers for this race!  To ensure a successful race we require 65 volunteers for each day.  It is a lot of fun to come out and be part of the action.  There are many jobs required including standing on course making sure the racers are going the right way, serving up food, timing, parking and many others.  There is a job for everyone, and you don’t require any racing experience at all, just the desire to lend a hand.
If you would like to help out, please contact Penny Brittin at

Bottle Depot:  “Nordic” Ski Club

If you would like to make a donation to the RNSC, you can donate your bottle depot refunds to our club.  Please specify that your returns go to benefit the Nordic Ski Club.  We thank-you for your support.

Headlamp Heroes

The Headlamp Heroes Race Series is an ongoing, casual, fun, evening race series that happens each month on our trails.  Come out and join the fun!
Thank-you to Flowt Bikes & Skis for sponsoring our season-opening race.  Forty-two racers made their way around Mickey’s in an exciting Interval-Start Classic event.
The remaining Headlamp Heroes events will be run on the following dates:
  • Wednesday, January 25th: Kings Court Skate Sprints
  • Wednesday, February 22nd: Mixed Technique Team Sprint (two skiers / per team)
  • Wednesday, March 8th: Skate Mass Start
All events begin at 7pm, with registration running from 6 – 6:30pm. Cost per event is $2 / member.

Adult Programs

Our adult programming began this week with our Adult Intermediate / Advanced session on Thursday and our One-Day Clinic on Sunday. Our Beginner Skate lessons begin next Monday, January 15th.
It’s not too late to sign up because there are 5-session or 10-session options available.  Visit for more information and use to register.

Ski League and Race Programs

Ski League is up and running and our racers have travelled near and far to attend races in the BC Cup Series in Salmon Arm and the US Nationals in Utah.  Read about the BC Cup race in the Revelstoke Mountaineer or The Times Review,

The RNSC is Dog-Friendly

The RNSC wants to thank our dog-owning members for using our trails responsibly.  We believe that our members respect and follow our policies for dogs.  If you see a person (member or non-member) that is unaware of our policies, please remind them of the club’s expectations.  It is also helpful if you bring any problem to the attention of our lodge manager, so the RNSC can deal with any reoccurring problems.  We want to ensure the best possible experience for everyone and their dog!
That’s all from the lodge.  The trails are in great shape so we hope that you are enjoying skiing with the RNSC.