Banquet Details (Equipment return, potluck and awards)

The banquet and ski rental return will be held Sunday, April 9 at Camp Heidelberg (2001 Kressler Road, Woolwich).

4 to 5pm: Equipment return, set up dining room and socialize
5 to 5:45pm: Potluck dinner – Bring your utensils, china and table cloth. Bring a home cooked dish (soups, salads, main course, desserts – no peanuts please)
5:45 to 6:30pm: Awards – All bunnyrabbit and jackrabbit skiers will receive their skill awards and badges. We will also reveal the winners of the Jackrabbit Johannsen, Adult Learn-to-Ski, Adult Racer, Junior Racer, Kitchener Sports Association and WCSSAA awards.

Cookie Race was a Great Success!

The Cookie Race was held on Sunday, February 5, at Bechtel Park, Waterloo. A total of 67 skiers completed the race. This included 19 bunnies, and 13 Atom skiers.

I would like to thank Dave Paddock who provided the grooming, as well as Stephan, Clay, Bill and Roger, who shovelled snow from places where we did not need it to places where we did. Thanks as well to the numerous parents who worked as the timing crew, and to the parents and a couple of our Magic Rabbit skiers who worked the finish line and handed out cookies and hot chocolate. Special thanks go to Hannah and Cayla Weiler who baked the cookies and turned them into medals.

Full results have been sent to skiers and instructors, but highlights are:
Isabelle Latour was the fastest bunny, followed closely by Clinton Moser and Ivan Bardelcik.
Kaelyn Gawne was the fastest beginner Atom girl, and Leo Schellenberger was the fastest beginner Atom boy.
Natalie Faulkner was the fastest Atom girl, while Michael Kitaev was the fastest Atom boy, closely followed by James Drost and Max Moser. William Dixon was the fastest of the Older Beginners, but Athan Juritsch gave him a real challenge.
Cayla Weiler was the fastest PeeWee girl, and Simon Baer was the fastest PeeWee boy. Marie-Anne Dods was the fastest Midget girl and Damien Jevremovic was our fastest Midget boy.

A good time was had by all. Now all we need is a bit more snow, so we can have more fun and more racing.

Race Notice – The Cookie Race

Date: February 5, 2017

Location: Bechtel Park, 185 Bridge St W, Waterloo, ON  N2K 1K9

Time: Racing starts at 2:30pm. Registration opens at 1:30pm. Note that all youth members of instructional classes with Waterloo Region Nordic (from Bunnies through Jr Outers) are automatically registered for this race.

Fee: Race fee is included in instructional fee for youth members of Waterloo’s instructional programs. Race fee is $2 for WRNSC members and $5 for non-members.

Technique: Free

Format: Individual start

Categories:
1) Bunnies  200m
2) Beginner atom (first-year skier, dob 2008-2010)  600m
3) Atom (dob 2008-2010) 600m
4) Older beginners (first-year skier, dob 2007 and older) 1200m
5) Pee Wee girl (dob 2005-2007)  1200m
6) Pee Wee boy (dob 2004-2007) 1200m
7) Midget Girl (dob 2003-2004) 2400m
8) Midget Boy (dob 2002-2003) 2400m
9) Juvenile and older girl (2002 and older) 2400m
10) Juvenile and older boy (2001 and older) 2400m

Awards: All participants will be awarded a cookie and a hot drink

All Learn-to-Ski Programs are Sold Out for the 2016-2017 Ski Season!

All children and youth instructional programs (Bunny, Jack, Magic, Track Attack and Junior Outers), as well as Adult Learn-to-Ski lessons in classic and skate ski techniques, are now sold out. Thank you for your continued support of these popular instructional ski programs.

General club memberships are available until the end of January. Club membership assists with our programming and events, and supports the club’s ongoing maintenance and grooming of ski trails at Waterloo’s Bechtel Park.

Registration for the next fall and winter seasons begins in mid-September 2017!

Highlands Nordic Ski Trip on January 28, 2017

The 11th annual ski trip to Highlands Nordic (http://www.highlandsnordic.on.ca/), courtesy of the WRNSC and the Grand Valley Trails Association, will be on Saturday, January 28, 2017. Travel will be aboard a very comfortable Ayr’s coach bus.

Highlands is a great family destination, with 25 km of impeccably groomed trails for classic and skate skiing. Novice to expert skiers will find a trail to match their abilities. For a different pace, there’s also 7 km of snowshoe trails and a toboggan hill (bring your own toboggan, but no GT Racers or stand-on sleds). The ski centre also provides ski equipment rentals (both classic and skate), pro and service shops (they’ll even wax your skis), change rooms, waxing facilities and a full service cafeteria that offers hot soup and sandwiches, hot and cold drinks and fresh baked goods.

Trip cost includes bus fare and ski trail fee. The fee is non-refundable, unless the trip is cancelled. Advance registration is required. Registration and payment deadline is Friday, January 13th.

Fee for WRNSC members: Adults – $40; Junior (from ages 8 to 17) – $25; Children 7 and under – $12. Non-member Fees: Adult and junior – $48; children 7 and under – $32.

Make your cheque payable to the Waterloo Region Nordic Sports Club, and mail it to: WRNSC, P.O. Box 40031, Waterloo, ON N2J 4V1. Please include the number of participants, with their names, age group, contact phone # and e-mail address.

Skiers will be picked up in Waterloo, at Conestoga Mall. ­Please arrive before 8:00 am. Park vehicles at the south-west corner of the mall, south of The Bay. Please park as far away from the building as possible.

The approximate arrival time back to K-W is 5-6 pm (dependent on road/weather conditions).

To reserve your seats, contact Edith at rogerb@golden.net

Volunteers needed to put up snow fencing

The club puts up snow fencing at Bechtel Park to catch snow on the wind blown upper field. We need volunteers next week to help with this task. Skiing the upper loop would not have been possible over the last two years without the fencing.

When: Saturday, November 19 from 9am until 12-noon

What: Release frustration by pounding stakes into the ground and help to attach fencing to those stakes

Where: Bechtel Park, the upper field next to the soccer complex

What to bring/wear: Weather appropriate outdoor work clothing and work gloves

Final Ski Equipment Rental Pick-up for Registered Children/Youth Skiers on December 11

For children and youth skiers who are currently registered in club ski programs (i.e. Bunny Rabbit, Jackrabbit, Magic Rabbit & Track Attack, Junior Outers) the WRNSC will hold a final ski equipment rental pick-up on Sunday December 11th, from 2 to 3 p.m. The location is Room 101 at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex, at 101 Father David Bauer Drive, Waterloo.

If you have not prepaid online for rental equipment, please bring a cheque for payment. Rental costs for the ski season: skis $25; boots $25; poles $10.

Registration for Youth Instructional Programs is Closed for 2016-2017 Ski Season

Thanks everyone for making youth registration a huge success this year. Registration for youth instructional programs is now closed. We have accepted as many skiers as possible, based on the number of instructors we have available. If we recruit more instructors, we will reopen registration for youth instructional programs. If you would like to put your skier’s name on a waiting list, please email Ken Campbell at kccampbell@golden.net, and let him know your skier’s name and date of birth. If you would like to volunteer as an instructor, Ken would also be very pleased to hear from you.

Adult Dryland Training starts 6:30 pm Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Worried about being able to make it up those first dreaded hills once the snow falls? Looking to get some early conditioning in with some fun fellow club-members? Searching for an excuse to eat more stuffing this weekend?

Come on out to Adult Dryland Training! All fitness levels are welcome. If you are interested, please email Jackie Day (jackie.day10@gmail.com) – I will be putting together a custom email list for weather and other updates.

Membership

Since this is a WRNSC-run activity, you must be a member in good standing to participate with the group – please update your registration if you have not already done so at http://wrnsc.ca/.

When

Training starts 6:30 pm Tuesday, October 11, 2016, and will continue on a weekly basis thereafter until there is snow.

Where

We will meet at McLennan Park in Kitchener. For those who are unfamiliar with this area, it is on the south side of Ottawa Street, east of Westmount, across the road from Sheridan Nurseries Garden Centre. We usually park in the lot with the Ottawa Street entrance just below the toboggan hill. https://www.google.ca/maps/place/McLennan+Park/@43.420789,-80.492053,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0xee709724ad9f5350

What to bring

Dress for the weather and wear runners. Please bring ski/walking poles, and head lamps for when it gets dark.

The Programme

We’ll do a variety of activities, including walking and bounding with the poles and if people are interested, some circuits of squats, lunges, push-ups etc. – similar to last year, for those who attended. The programme will not “build on itself”, i.e. if you miss a week or two you won’t be lost. The goal is to practice some sport-specific conditioning exercises. We’ll change it up regularly to keep it interesting.

See you there!