Nordic News: January 7th, 2018

​January 7th, 2018

Hello Nordic Folk!

Thank-you for being a member of the RNSC and supporting our club! We want to wish you all a very happy new year, and we hope you are enjoying your ski season so far. If you still don’t have your pass yet, purchase your season’s pass on Zone4 and then pick up your membership tag at the lodge office.

There are lots of special events, lessons, and fun things happening this month so here are the details you’ll need for your Nordic 2018:

BC Punch Card Pass Winners

Congratulations to Amanda Thomson and Emily McCleod for winning our BC Punch Card passes. We hope you have a chance to enjoy your seven free days of Nordic skiing at clubs around our province (including ours). Please stop by the lodge office to pick up your passes. The day passes associated with the BC Punch Card are transferable, so you can share Nordic skiing with your friends.

 

Thanks for a great Lantern Ski

It was a cold but oh-so beautiful lantern/moonlight ski this year. Thanks to Brendan MacIntosh and his team of volunteers for doing such a great job preparing the trails, the snacks, the parking, the cabin, the lodge, the fires, and the lights. You warmed us all up for a crisp and wonderful start to 2018. We also want to thank Save-on Foods for the snacks and Brian Gawiuk for the oranges and ice lanterns.

 

Free Rental Gear for Youth in January

This month, we are having a fun promotion for youth aged 16 and under. Free rental gear! We hope this encourages more young people and families to come out and have some fun, Nordic style.

Take a Lesson! Learn to Ski!

Revelstoke Nordic will be offering instructional programs for adults in 2018 and some classes begin next week. To register for our Adult programs, please visit: zone4.ca. For any questions concerning our programming, contact Coach Matt: coach@revelstokenordic.org. To register for Adult programs, please visit zone4.ca: https://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=17110.

Here’s what we have to offer:

Beginner

Introduction to the fundamentals of Nordic skiing.

Mondays 7-8:30pm.

Classic: January 15th, 22nd, 29th and February 5th
Skate: February 12th, 19th, 26th, March 5th

$60/4 sessions.

Intermediate and Advanced

Technique-oriented instruction alternating weekly between classic and skate skiing.

Tuesdays 7:30-9pm.

Classic: January 16th, 30th, February 13th, 27th

Skate: January 23rd, February 6th, 20th, March 6th

$100/8 sessions OR $60/4 sessions.

One-Day Clinics

For intermediate and advanced skiers looking to improve their technique.

Classic: 10 – 12am AND/OR Skate: 1 – 3pm.

Sunday January 14 OR Sunday, February 11th, 2018.

$20/2hrs OR $40/4hrs.

Private, Semi-Private or Groups

Private lessons are also available. Contact manager@revelstokenordic.org to book. Lessons are for 1 hour at a rate of $40 / private; $30 / semi-private (2); $25 for group (3 or more).

Want to help with Nordic School Programs?

We are looking for volunteers to instruct with our elementary or secondary school Nordic programs. Programs run Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9 – 11:30am from January through March. Volunteers will be following the direction of our paid lead instructors. Please contact Coach Matt: coach@revelstokenordic.org if interested.

BC Midgets: We are hosting the Province!

The RNSC is hosting the Midget Championships on March 3 and 4, 2018. This is a provincial level, 2-day race that draws approximately 250 young athletes and their families from all over the BC. Midgets is a race for skiers ages 9-12 with a focus on participation and FUN! In addition to a classic interval race, skate sprints and a dress-up relay race, there will be an athlete lunch and awards banquet. This large-scale event requires tremendous volunteer support, and we will need approximately 70-80 volunteers each day. We would love it if you could lend a hand. Please email Natalie MacLeod at simpsonnatalie1@gmail.com if you are interested in helping with the race.

Don’t forget that all of this information can be found on our website:

www.revelstokenordic.org

Share Nordic with your friends and have a Happy New Year!

Cheers!

Jeff Wilson
RNSC Executive (Communications)

RNSC: Help us plan the future

Here is the text of an email sent out to members past and present:

 

January 1st, 2018

The RNSC wants to wish you a Happy New Year.

If you received this email, you are currently a member of our club or you have been part of the RNSC in the past.

As an RNSC member, you have used (and hopefully enjoyed) our trails, our lodge, and facilities. You also may have some thoughts about why you joined, what your experience was like, what our club priorities should be, and how we might make our club better.

We are asking you to take 15 minutes of your time to fill out a survey that will help us with our strategic planning. This is your chance to help us chart a course for the club in the years ahead.

Please share this survey with other members of your family or your Nordic friends who might like to give their input as well.

Click the red circle or this link to start the survey.

We thank-you for your thoughts and for your time.

Sincerely,

Jeff Wilson
RNSC Executive (Communications)

PS. You can also find a link on our website (www.revelstokenordic.org) or you can copy and paste this link in any browser: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RNSC-Survey

Nordic News: December 26th, 2017

December 26th, 2017

With January approaching, the RNSC wants to wish you all the best in 2018.  The lodge has been busy, and the upper level trails are in great shape.  If you’ve come out for a ski –day or night– we hope that you have enjoyed your time on the trails.

If you still don’t have your season’s pass, the membership registration link is available on Zone4.  Click here to purchase your pass online: Zone 4: Membership.  The RNSC will be giving away two BC Nordic Punch Passes on January 1st to two lucky members.  If you have purchased your season’s pass already, your name will be automatically entered in the draw.  If you don’t have a membership yet, you have until December 31st at 5:00pm to join the club and have a chance at winning some free Nordic skiing at clubs around BC.  Here is more information about the BC Punch Pass.

There are a few upcoming events to remind you about, two of them are tomorrow: the first ‘Headlamp Heros’ fun race, and a Salomon Ski demo day.  Read on for information these events, jour club, and the Lantern Ski on New Year’s Day.

Headlamp Heroes

Once again, we will be running our Headlamp Heroes Wednesday Night Race Series! These fun events are great opportunities to suit up with others in a laid-back, supportive environment. What you lose in dignity, you’ll make up for in chili and draw prizes! Thanks to our generous event sponsors: Village Idiot, The Modern, Skookum and Flowt.

Events will be held on the following Wednesday evenings: December 27th, January 24th, February 7th, February 28th . Be sure to write these dates in your calendar.

Our first event this Wednesday December 27th will be a Classic Interval Start w/ distances of 2.5km, 5km and 10km. The Village Idiot will be providing delicious chili to snack on! Cost is $2. Registration is from 6-6:30pm and racing gets underway at 7pm.

Please note: With the early-season conditions, the classic tracks on the lower trails are a bit rough for racing.  For our first race on the 27th, we may choose an alternate route so if you’re a hero bring a good headlamp.  🙂

 


Lantern Ski: January 1st, 2018

The annual Lantern Ski will be on January 1st, 2018 from 5pm-8pm. Over 100 kerosene lanterns will be lit along Main Loop, as well as the lights turned on around Mickey’s Loop. There will be snacks and drinks in both the Ole Sandberg Cabin and the Day Lodge.The event is free for members. Non-members are welcome as well, and only pay the day use rate. Rentals are available but please reserve ahead of time as they go fast.  If you would like more information, please contact Brendan at 2brentosh@gmail.com

 


Adult Programs

Revelstoke Nordic will be offering instructional programs for adults in 2018. To register for our Adult programs, please visit: zone4.ca. For any questions concerning our programming, contact Coach Matt: coach@revelstokenordic.org. To register for Adult programs, please visit zone4.ca:  https://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=17110.

Here’s what we have to offer:

Beginner

Introduction to the fundamentals of Nordic skiing.

Mondays 7-8:30pm.

Classic: January 15th, 22nd, 29th and February 5th
Skate: February 12th, 19th, 26th, March 5th

$60/4 sessions.

 

Intermediate and Advanced

Technique-oriented instruction alternating weekly between classic and skate skiing.

Tuesdays 7:30-9pm.

Classic: January 16th, 30th, February 13th, 27th

Skate: January 23rd, February 6th, 20th, March 6th

$100/8 sessions OR $60/4 sessions.

 

One-Day Clinics

For intermediate and advanced skiers looking to improve their technique.

Classic: 10 – 12am AND/OR Skate: 1 – 3pm.

Sunday January 14 OR Sunday, February 11th, 2018.

$20/2hrs OR $40/4hrs.

 

Private, Semi-Private or Groups

Private lessons are also available. Contact manager@revelstokenordic.org to book. Lessons are for 1 hour at a rate of $40 / private; $30 / semi-private (2); $25 for group (3 or more).

 


RNSC: Treasurer Wanted

Money!!  It’s important!  The Revelstoke Nordic Ski club Board of Directors is seeking a treasurer to take care of the club’s money.  It is is a lot of work, but being the treasurer provides a real opportunity to meaningfully contribute to the club.  If you think you can help us out, please contact manager@revelstokenordic.org

 


Looking Ahead with the RNSC

With a growing membership and infrastructure, we are at a crossroads.  Should the club invest money in more lighting for night skiing?  Do we want to upgrade our trails so we can host races at a provincial level?  Do we want more social events at the lodge?  How about high-elevation trails?  Or do we want to broaden our membership demographic?  It would be nice to be able to do all of these things and more, but the reality is resources are limited, and we have to set priorities.

To help us establish our priorities, the board has initiated a strategic planning process and we are going to want to hear what you think.  We want to know where, in your opinion, should the club should be putting its energy and money.  Start thinking!  In the New Year we will be distributing a questionnaire to the membership, and the more thoughtful input we receive, the better the plan should be.  We look forward to hearing about what you think!

 


We hope that you have an enjoyable holiday season and we hope to see you on the trails.

Thanks for supporting the RNSC in 2018!

-Jeff Wilson
RNSC Executive (Communications)

Nordic News: December 16th, 2017

December 16th, 2017


Hello to the Nordic Folk of Revelstoke!

 
The RNSC’s new weather station got the forecast right.  It snowed on Friday!  As we get closer and closer to opening officially, we know you’ll want to check conditions before you head out, so be sure to call the snow phone at 250-837-7303.  You can also check the grooming report on our website.

 

It’s time to get your Season’s Pass!

The membership registration link is available on Zone4.  Click here – Zone 4: Membership – and get your season’s pass today!  You can also copy, paste, and share this link with your friends:  https://zone4.ca/reg.asp?id=16071

 


New!!  Draw Prize for Members: Win a BC Nordic Punch Pass!

The RNSC will be giving away two BC Nordic Punch Passes on January 1st to two lucky members.  If you have purchased your season’s pass already, your name will be automatically entered in the draw.  If you don’t have a membership yet, you have until December 31st to join the club and have a chance at winning some free Nordic skiing at clubs around BC.  Here is more information about the BC Punch Pass.

 

Job Opening! Office Staff Needed on Saturdays and Sundays

Do you want to work at the Nordic lodge this winter? The RNSC is looking for the right person to fill the job of weekend office administration. For more information please visit the job posting page on our website.

 

Lantern Ski: January 1st, 2018

The annual Lantern Ski will be on January 1st, 2018 from 5pm-8pm. Over 100 kerosene lanterns will be lit along Main Loop, as well as the lights turned on around Mickey’s Loop. There will be snacks and drinks in both the Ole Sandberg Cabin and the Day Lodge.The event is free for members. Non-members are welcome as well, and only pay the day use rate. Rentals are available but please reserve ahead of time as they go fast.  If you are interested in volunteering please contact Brendan at 2brentosh@gmail.com

 

BC Midgets: Save the dates!

The RNSC is hosting the Midget Championships on March 3 and 4, 2018.  This is a provincial level, 2-day race that draws approximately 250 young athletes and their families from all over the BC.  Midgets is a race for skiers ages 9-12 with a focus on participation and FUN!  In addition to a classic interval race, skate sprints and a dress-up relay race, there will be an athlete lunch and awards banquet.  This large-scale event requires tremendous volunteer support, and we will need approximately 70-80 volunteers each day.  We would love it if you could lend a hand.   Please email Natalie MacLeod at simpsonnatalie1@gmail.com if you are interested in helping with the race.

 

Keep your fingers crossed for some more snow, and I hope to see you on the trails soon!

 

Sincerely,

 

Jeff Wilson

RNSC Executive (Communications) 

Nordic News: November 30th, 2017

November 30th, 2017

Hello to the Nordic Folk of Revelstoke!

Let’s hope that this little patch of warmer weather gives way to some snow on our trails.  Until we open officially, here some of the news you need to be ready for when the snow flies:

It’s time to get your Season’s Pass!

The membership registration link is available on Zone4.  Click here – Zone 4: Membership – and get your season’s pass today!  You can also copy, paste, and share this link with your friends:  https://zone4.ca/reg.asp?id=16071

A New Weather Station at the RNSC 

Looking at some of the data coming out of the RNSC renegade weather station, there is snow in the forecast!  Thanks to Mike Thomas for setting up a weather station that provides weather data for us to share on the RNSC website: www.revelstokenordic.org  It’s a work in progress, but you can look for weather updates on our homepage and on trail reports.

 

Membership Tags

Membership tags will be available in the lodge during our regular lodge hours.  We encourage members to wear their tags in a visible location at all times.  This year, we’ve switched to a smaller keytag for our membership passes and we hope the size and style of these new passes will make them easier and more stylish for you to wear.  🙂

Ski Programs are Starting!

December 2nd is the start date for some of our ski programs (Bunnies start January 6th, 2018) and the fun begins even if the trails are not open.  There is a pancake breakfast that starts at 9am and kids should be with their coaches at 9:45am.  For more information about ski programs, check the program page on our website.  Yes, it is still possible to register and get in on the fun.

Keep your fingers crossed for snow and we will see you on the trails!

-Jeff Wilson

RNSC (Communications)

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 operations@revelstokenordic.org 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:  https://zone4.ca/reg.asp?id=16071

 

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:  mike@urbanworkbench.com.

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

Cheers!

-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:  https://zone4.ca/reg.asp?id=16071

 

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 info@revelstokenordic.org 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 operations@revelstokenordic.org 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 (coach@revelstokenordic.org) 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: http://www.cedarshaker.com/ , or contact Mike Welch: mhwelch9@telus.net

 

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:  mike@urbanworkbench.com.


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 mike@urbanworkbench.com.
 

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.