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!

Children and Youth Rental Ski Equipment Pick-up on October 2, 2016

If the young skiers (ages 18 and under) in your family need Nordic ski equipment this winter, please join us on Sunday October 2nd, 2016 for the club’s children and youth ski equipment rental day.

The location is the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex, 101 Father David Bauer Drive, in Room 101. The time will be from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm.

Rental costs are as follows: skis $25; boots $25; poles $10. A General membership ($55) is required for all skiers. The club has a large selection of ski equipment, and we are continually upgrading our inventory.

It is highly recommended that you register and pay online before arriving at the rental session. Payment is by credit card, using the club’s Zone 4 online registration system. There will be a $10 surcharge if payment is made by cash or cheque.

To access online registration, go to Programs and Membership on the horizontal menu, then click on Online Registration.

2016-2017 Online Registration is Now Open!

Registration is now open for the 2016-2017 ski season. Go online and become a general member. You can then choose from fall training programs and/or winter ski lessons for children, youth and adults. Further details on club programs are available under the Programs and Membership header.

To register, move your cursor to Programs and Membership, then click on Online Registration. This takes you to the club’s safe and secure Zone 4 registration site.

WRNSC Annual Banquet on Sunday April 3

The Waterloo Region Nordic Sports Club cordially invites club members and their families to the 2016 Banquet & Season Celebration. The event will be held on Sunday April 3rd. The location is Camp Heidelberg, 2001 Kressler Road, Woolwich.

The schedule is as follows:
4:00-5:00 Equipment Return, Socializing and Dining Room Set-Up
*Return all rental equipment*

5:00-5:45: Potluck Dinner
Bring your utensils, china and table cloth
Bring a home cooked dish (soups, salads, main course, desserts) (no peanuts!)

5:45-6:30: Awards
All Bunnyrabbit and Jackrabbit skiers will receive their skill awards and badges.

We’ll also reveal the winners of the Jackrabbit Johannsen, Adult Learn-to-Ski, Adult Racer, Junior Racer, Kitchener Sports Association and WCSSAA awards.

Join us for End-of-Season Ski Competition on Sunday, March 6 @ Bechtel Park

Waterloo Region Nordic is pleased to announce that we have snow again on our field loops, and that we will be holding a year-end ski competition on Sunday, March 6 at Bechtel Park, Bridge Street, Waterloo.

Registration runs from noon until 12:30, and then from 1:15 until 1:45. All registered members of Waterloo Region’s youth instructional programs are pre-registered since this is part of our program.

The event will start with a skier-and-parent relay race on a 500m loop. This race starts at 12:30.

This will be followed by a 500m IS race for our bunnies. This age category for non-club-members is year-of-birth of 2010 or later. This race will start around 1:30.

We will be holding a Kings Court-format sprint for jackrabbits and older age categories. Jackrabbits will race on a 500m loop, while older categories race on a 750m loop. This race will start around 1:45. The race is expected to last around 2 hours, but this is dependent upon registration numbers.

Registration categories for the Kings Court sprint are:

A) registered jackrabbits. For non-club-members, this category is open to skiers with a date of birth between 2007 and 2009;

B) registered Magic Rabbits. For non-club-members this category is open to skiers with a date of birth between 2003 and 2006, and

C) older skiers (i.e. With a birth date earlier than 2003)

Depending upon numbers we may combine the ‘older skiers’ with Magic Rabbits for racing purposes. Older skiers will be seeded in faster heats.

The entry fee is free for members of WRNSC youth programs, $2 for WRNSC general members and $5 for non-members.