Murphy’s Law Strikes Again

If you’re anything like me, you saw the fresh snow and thought “Wow, I bet we’ll be able to groom Bechtel soon!”  Us trail groomers definitely thought that, but when we went to test out the (freshly serviced) snowmobile, it decided to quit.  Back to the shop it goes, and we look forward to starting grooming once the snowmobile is working again.

Winter is here!

I groomed the field loop for skating and rolled the trail in the woods.  We’ll need a bit more snow before we groom in the woods and put in a classic track.  Conditions are suitable for rock skiing, but there’s lots of fun to be had!

Spring Skiing

I renovated the whole network and put in fresh tracks.  The highway hill has bare spots at the top and bottom, so I groomed the hill before that.  We’re definitely into spring skiing now, but conditions are still quite good, especially for skating.  Snow speed will vary considerably with temperature and time of day.

Orion #3: Classic Team Sprint – Thurs Feb 26

WRSC invites you to our final Orion racing series event of the season.

Update Wed Feb 25, 11am
The temperatures are looking promising for Thursday night — it looks like we’ll be at or above the temperature cut-off for all age groups.  Stay tuned to confirm temperatures for the Atom & Pee Wee age groups.

Update Sat Feb 22
We’re keeping an eye on the temperature forecast.  The cut-off is -15ºC for Atom & Pee Wee age groups, and -20ºC for everyone else.


Thurs Feb 26, 2015
registration: race day, 6:15-6:45pm
race start 7:00pm (100m qualifier & race, then 400m, then 900m)
– exact times TBA on race day.  900m qualifier should start around 8:00-8:15pm

Cost:   (cash only, bring exact change)
WRNSC youth program participants         included in program fee
WRNSC members                                    $2 ea.
Non-members                                          $5 ea.

The team sprint format has two athletes completing alternating laps of a sprint course, with a tag-off exchange between each lap.  Each athlete completes the course 3 times.  This race is classic technique only (no skating).  We will run a mass-start qualifying race beforehand to make the teams.

100m: atom, beginner pee-wee boys & girls (2003 & younger)
400m: experienced pee-wee, midget, juvenile boys & girls (1999-2004)
900m: open (1998 & older)

Categories and distances subject to change based on registration numbers.

We survived the heat!

I thoroughly renovated the field loop and the sprint courses for next weekend, so they are in excellent condition for skating.  I did a light pass through the woods, so those trails are ok for skilled skiers, but they’re skill icy.  There is still an old classic track in many places.  We’ll need a dump of fresh snow before we can put in a new classic track.

Waterloo King’s Court Sprints – Sat Jan 24

Update Thurs Jan 22
After a bit more shoveling last night, the course is in excellent condition.  There should only be one spot with a bit of grass showing through, but other than that, we have full coverage.

Update Wed Jan 21
Thanks to the shoveling efforts of volunteers, the race is on!  The 1300m race will use the 900m course instead.  Our warmup loop is not suitable for race skis.  Bring both training and race skis so that you can make the call which to use for racing.
Also new: we added a “Beginner Pee Wee” category with a shorter distance.

Update Sun Jan 18
We took a hit from the warm weather, so we have some thin spots.  We did some shoveling today, so things look promising for holding the race.  Depending on what mother nature decides, we may be eliminating the 1300m course and using the 900m course instead.


WRNSC is proud to host the Waterloo King’s Court Sprints on Sat Jan 24, a part of the SOD Paraffin Race Series.

Registration: — closes Thus Jan 22 8pm
Late Registration: $10 extra per racer

If cancellation is required due to poor trail conditions, the decision will be announced by Thurs Jan 22 5pm on

Schedule:  Sat Jan 24
Race Office Opens:                          8:30am
Bib Pickup:                                       8:30am
Qualification (500m & 900m):          10:00am
Heats (100m):                                 11:00am
Heats (500m & 900m):                    11:30pm
Detailed heat schedule TBD based on registrations

Heats for each group will run to completion before starting the next group. Races will run from shortest distance to longest distance.

Atom category: $10
All other categories: $15
late registration: $10 extra
Competitors who do not return their bib at the end of the race will be charged $100 for replacement of each bib.

Races will be free technique.  Athletes will first compete in the individual-start qualifiers, and will then be seeded into mass-start heats with four skiers. All athletes racing the same distance will be combined for heats. The first two athletes in each heat will move up to the next fastest heat, and the remaining two athletes will move down. We will run 2-4 heats per category depending on the number of registered athletes.

There will be no qualification round the 100m distance; these skiers will only compete in heats.

This race is a part of the Southern Ontario District Paraffin Series. We ask that no fluoro-based waxes and toppers are used on any athlete’s skis. Let’s make this a fun and accessible race for everyone.

Category Age Dec 31, 2014 Year of Birth Distance
Atom Girls / Boys 0-8 2006 & younger 100 m
Beginner Pee-wee Girls / Boys 9-11 2003 – 2005 100 m
Pee-wee Girls / Boys 9-11 2003 – 2005 500 m
Midget Girls / Boys 12-13 2001 – 2002 500 m
Juvenile Girls / Boys 14-15 1999 – 2000 900 m
Junior Girls / Boys 16-17 1997 – 1998 900 m
Open Women / Men 18+ 1996 & older 1300 m 900 m
Paranordic Standing 900 m
Paranordic Sitski 900 m*

Washrooms will be available, but there is no indoor resting space for athletes.  Be prepared to spend the day outside.
Drinks and fruit will be provided at the finish line. There is no canteen on site, however, there is a Tim Hortons nearby.
Please let us know if you are bringing sitski athletes so that we can discuss appropriate courses.

Given current snow conditions, bring both rock skis and race skis so that you can make the decision as to which pair you want to race on.

Please contact Colin Rhodes for more information.

Getting there…

I did a pass with the roller this morning. The fields have decent coverage with a bit of grass showing through. A keen skier would have a great time with rock skis.

The woods are icy and rutted from people walking in the slush from a few days ago. They will need a bit more snow to be skiable.

Orion #3: Skate Sprints – Thurs Feb 13

Waterloo Region Nordic Sports Club presents the third and marquee event of our 2014 Orion Series – skate sprints.  This race will follow the typical sprint race with individual interval start qualifications, followed by knockout heats.  The sprinting will be followed by a three-legged ski race.

Stay tuned to and for updates, including changes due to weather.

Schedule:  Thurs Feb 13
Advance Registration:    preferred for teams by Tues Feb 11 (
Race-day Registration:   6:00pm – 6:40pm               (inside soccer building)
Qualification:                   7:00pm interval start, youngest first
Heats:                             7:45pm

WRNSC youth program participants         included in program fee
WRNSC members                                    $2 ea  (cash only, bring exact change)
Non-members                                            $5 ea

Races will be free technique.  Athletes will first compete in the qualifiers, and will then be seeded into mass-start heats.

Category Age Dec 31, 2013 Year of Birth Distance
Atom Girls / Boys 8- 2005 & younger 100 m
Pee-wee Girls / Boys 9-11 2002 – 2004 400 m
Midget Girls / Boys 12-13 2000 – 2001 400 m
Juvenile Girls / Boys 14-15 1998 – 1999 900 m
Junior Girls / Boys 16-17 1996 – 1997 900 m
Open Recreational 18+ – 1995 900 m
Open Women / Men 18+ – 1995 1300 m

Please contact Colin Rhodes to volunteer or for more information.

Look under Events at for details on the other two races in the 2014 Orion Series