Snowfencing volunteers needed – Saturday, December 7

We had 12 wonderful volunteers last week who put up much of the required snowfencing but we require a second session to complete the finishing touches.

What: The club needs your help make this a successful ski season at the Rockway Golf Course by helping to install strategically placed snowfencing this Saturday.

Date: Saturday, December 7

Time: 1pm

Where: Main parking lot, Rockway Golf Course (625 Rockway Dr, Kitchener, ON N2G 3B5)

New offering: Drop-in weekday afternoon skiing

The club is considering offering drop-in weekday afternoon skiing at the Rockway Golf Club during the snow season.  The activity would start at 2:30pm and continue until dusk. It would be offered one or two days a week. Skiers can join us at the beginning, or can meet us on the trails. This is not an alternative to ski lessons but technical assistance will be available. The activity will be available at no additional cost to club members.

Sessions could potentially be offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. If you are interested in joining this activity, please email Ken Campbell at kccampbell@golden.net and indicate which days work best for you.

Second equipment pick-up

In the interest of kids having ski equipment before the snow flies, we are proposing having the second equipment pickup (for the four families who weren’t able to make the original event) the evening of Wednesday, December 4 beginning at 6:30pm.

Where: The club’s storage facility, located on Goudies Lane, between Queen and Ontario Streets.

Please email info@wrnsc.ca to make arrangements.

14th annual ski trip to Highlands Nordic – Jan 25, 2020

Destination: Highlands Nordic, in Duntroon, south of Collingwood

Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020

Registration deadline: Friday, January 3, 2020

Cost: WRNSC membersAdults – $40; Children over 6 and Youths (18 and under) – $25; Children 6 and under – $12.
Non-membersAdult and junior -$48; children 6 and under – $32.

Please note – we have reserved a 33-passenger mini coach, but we will be able to upgrade to a 54-passenger coach if we know early enough that we have more participants. So, please, register early! Also, in case you found last year’s activity coach uncomfortable, know that the mini coach’s interior is similar to the big motor coach and includes a washroom.

The 14th annual ski trip to Highlands Nordic (https://www.highlandsnordic.ca/), courtesy of the WRNSC, will be on Saturday, January 25, 2020. Travel will be aboard a comfortable Ayr’s mini coach, which offers the same amenities as the big coaches.

Highlands is a great family destination, with 24 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.

The 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 3d.

To reserve your seats, contact Edith at rogerb@golden.net , indicating the number of participants, with their names, age group, contact phone # and e-mail address.

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 for departure at 8:15. 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).

Equipment Pick-up Day

Our 2019 youth rental equipment pick-up day will be this Sunday, November 17.

Location: Margaret Ave School (325 Louisa St, Kitchener, ON)

Schedule: Track Attack skiers – 1 to 2:20pm
Jackrabbits and Bunnyrabbits – 2:30 to 3:30pm

Track Attack skiers will be separated into four timeslots (1pm, 1:20pm, 1:40pm and 2pm). A separate email will be sent in the coming days with a list of timeslots attendees. It is our intention to accommodate families who have both older and younger skiers in the final timeslot.

Tips:
1. Bring cash/cheque – we have noticed some errors in the registrations that will require reconciliation. It will be easiest if that can be done on Sunday.
2. Bring/wear the type of socks skiers typically wear while skiing to help with boot sizing.

Final reminder: Ski equipment is rented on a seasonal basis and must be returned no later than the club’s Annual General Meeting (held in early spring).

Adult Dryland Training starts Monday, October 21, 2019 at 6:30pm

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 Thanksgiving? Come on out to Adult Dryland Training! All fitness levels are welcome.

If you are interested, please email Heidi Langenberg (heidi.langenberg@yahoo.de) – She 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.

When: Training starts 6:30 pm Monday, October 21, 2019, 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

We might move to Bechtel Park for a few sessions.

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

Program: 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 program 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.

Registration for WRNSC’s 2019/2020 season is now open!

How to access: Click Online Registration under Programs & Membership in the black bar. This will redirect you to the club’s online membership registration page on Zone4.

Note that Rowan’s Law (Concussion Safety) came into effect on July 1, 2019. It requires coaches, athletes under the of 26 and parents of athletes under 18 to review and confirm that they have read Ontario’s concussion awareness resources.

On the WRNSC’s online membership registration page, there is a link to the club’s Concussion Review of Resources. Please click on the link (Rowan’s Law Concussion Resources) – you will be redirected to another Zone 4 site, to read the concussion awareness resources & code of conduct, and confirm your review of them.

You must return to the club’s membership registration page to complete your registration and for payment/check out. To do so, click on the tab for the club’s Zone 4 Registration page in the top left corner of your screen.

Looking for volunteers

WRNSC is looking for volunteers to fill a few roles with the club.

Snow Fencing Coordinator

Over the past few years at Bechtel, we have confirmed that snow fencing helps capture snow and extends our ski season. This role has been filled in the past by individuals who wear lots of other hats with the club, so we’d like to spread the work out to more people. We’re looking for someone who will manage the entire process.

Responsibilities include:
– Ensure that we have sufficient fencing, stakes, zip ties, wood slats, etc in stock
– Coordinate installation and removal days with city staff
– Coordinate with the club’s Communication Director to recruit volunteers to assist with installation and removal of fencing
– Keep an eye on the condition of the fencing throughout the season and coordinate repairs as needed

Note that as our club continues to grow and our winter weather becomes more varied, the board has been reviewing venues for the past few years. We are working with the City of Kitchener to finalize plans to relocate the ski club to Rockway Golf Course prior to the upcoming ski season. We’ll follow up with an official announcement as soon we have a formal agreement signed.

If you are interested in being the club’s Snow Fencing Coordinator, please email info@wrnsc.ca

Youth Program Coaches

Want to contribute to the club in the most direct way possible? Why not give coaching a try! WRNSC is currently recruiting coaches to help lead our Youth Programs for the upcoming season. Full training is provided in the form of coaching courses and workshops as well as mentoring and the support of experienced club members to help you find your feet as a coach in the most stress-free way possible. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch at info@wrnsc.ca if you want more information or have any questions.