Saturday, October 13, 2018

October 2018 update

Timmins, Ontario will be the site of the 2019 Canadian Masters. Timmins is know for great snow conditions, has excellent trails, and warm hospitality. They have had a number of ‘big’ events at their Porcupine Ski Runners club, and we’re sure the weekend will run seamlessly.. This event will take place February 8 - 10, 2018 which is three weeks before the MWC 2019 so it should provide an excellent tune up for Norway. You can checkout the details on the Timmins bid here:
Registration information will be forwarded in the November newsletter.
Also, since the Canadian Masters is in Ontario for 2019, this will also serve as our Ontario Championships. We will have awards for the Ontario skiers in the event as well.

Approximately 100 Canadians have accommodations booked for the MWC in Norway. If anyone is still planning on going but do not have accommodations, please contact the MWC2019 organizing committee asap. You can find the information here:
This will be the largest Canadian contingents to participate in Europe. We have a number of Ontario skiers that have booked accommodation and are planning to attend. If you are planning to attend, and have not booked your accommodation through Bruce LeGrow and the Canadian Team, please contact Wendy Grater with your name and where you are staying, so we can add you to the Canadian Team list, and know where to contact you while in Beitostolen.
There is also the option of staying on and skiing in the famous Birkebeiner Ski Loppet, which takes place the Saturday following the MWC event. It should be a great time of skiing!

Our Ontario Masters website is still there for skiing information. Thanks to Glenn Meeuwisse, who is the tech savy behind it, we can post interesting news items, articles or any other things of interest to Ontario Masters skiers. Check out If you have any information that you would like posted, please contact Glenn at <> .

We will be continuing with our Loppet Points Series for 2019. Maureen Bretz will have further details in our November issue of the newsletter. Preliminary date for some of the key loppets for 2018/19 are: 
Yuletide Blast (Highlands Nordic) December 15, 2018
Muskoka Loppet (Arrowhead Nordic) January 27, 2019
Sounder Ski Tour (Georgian Nordic) TBA
Canadian and Ontario Masters (Timmins) Feb 8 – 10, 2019 
Gatineau Loppet (Ottawa) February 15 - 17, 2019 
Fischer/Swix Loppet March 3, 2019
We will have a more complete listing of the 2019 Ontario Loppets in the November newsletter. Please send any ideas or comments to Maureen Bretz at

To take part in the Ontario Masters Loppet Series, the Ontario Masters Championships, Canadian Championships and Masters World Cup events, you must be a member of the Ontario Masters XC Ski Association. This membership automatically makes you a member of the Canadian Masters. As well as these events, the Masters has fairly regular newsletters, and other ‘perks’. The cost is only $20 for the year, which is a real steal!
Please find attached the membership form for Ontario/Canadian Masters for 2015. You can also register online at
Please send any snail mail registration to: Deborah DePass, 2 Pine Spring, Barrie ON L4M 4Y8
Please make sure to have any cheques made out to Canadian Masters X-C Ski Association.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

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Monday, May 28, 2018

2019 Canadian and Ontario Masters Championships


In 2019, Ontario will be host for the Canadian Masters Championships. This will mean that this is a ‘double’ event, with races counting as both the Canadian and Ontario Championships. We are very pleased to announce that the combined Canadian and Ontario Masters XC Ski Championships will take place at the Porcupine Ski Runners Club in Timmins. They excited to host this event, and will work hard to ensure that their excellent trails and facilities are ready for us. The weekend is Fri. Feb 8 – Sun. Feb 10, 2019.

The format will be the same as our usual Ontario Masters:
Friday afternoon 10 km classic
Friday evening Pizza and Social 
Saturday 9 am 20 km classic*
Saturday 11 am 20 km skate*
Saturday evening Banquet and Social
Sunday10 am 10 km skate

 Please make every effort to come to this event, and support your Masters skiing association!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Ontario Masters Championships CANCELLED

We are sorry to announce that Ontario Master Championships at Highlands Nordic has been cancelled due to extremely poor snow conditions.
Refunds will be processed by Highlands Nordic. AGM notice will follow soon.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Ontario Masters Championships and Fischer Loppet have been moved to Highlands Nordic for 2018.

Due to the fire at Hardwood on Christmas Day, we could not ensure sufficient indoor facilities/washrooms etc. Highlands has graciously agreed to host the event, and we are excited to have this professional group organize some great racing!
Some details and scheduling have changed. See updated schedule and info below.


Schedule of races are:
Friday March 2
3:30 pm - 10 km Skate
4:45 pm - Awards
5:30 pm - Ontario Masters AGM and social
Saturday March 3
9:00 am - 20 km Classic
11:00 am - 20 km Skate
1:00 pm - Awards
5:30 pm - Ontario Masters Banquet and awards
Sunday March 4
9:30 am - 10 km Classic
11:00 am - Awards

The AGM/Social on Friday evening, and the Ontario Masters Banquet on Saturday, will take place at Highlands Nordic.
There are numerous accommodation options in the Collingwood area. With all events at Highlands, we do not have a specific accommodation partner, but allow you to make your own personal choice.
We encourage you all to attend! It should be a very fun event, varied courses, and great time of year for ski conditions.
We also welcome any volunteers for any or all part of the event.
Information and Registration is open at
Please feel free to contact Kelly at Highlands with questions or if interested in helping

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Ontario Masters January update


Our sincere condolences to the staff and members of Hardwood Ski and Bike, on the fire which took place in their lodge on Christmas Day. We appreciate the hardships that this has caused them, and wish them the best as they move ahead with plans to re-open. The update as of January 2nd is that the trails will be open starting Saturday, January 6, and the wax room will be available as a warming hut. There will be temporary washrooms on site. I understand that the trails are in great shape!


Canadian Masters Toques have arrived! These are available to any member of the Ontario Masters organization. They are great toques by Sauce Headwear. Please see attached the design. They have 2 sizes, S/M and M/L. The cost is $30.00 including tax. Please contact Wendy Grater if you would like to purchase one. While supplies last!

Please note: These will also be available for purchase at the MWC in Minneapolis, from National Director, Bruce LeGrow.


The MWC for 2018 is coming soon … January 19 – 26, 2018. You can register and find out information on the website

The link below will take you to a tutorial prepared by John Downing (US Director) to help guide people through the online registration process for MWC 2018.

This link will also allow skiers who competed in MWC in 2016 or 2017 to get your FIS point and WMA number.

We wish good luck and great skiing to the following Ontario Masters who have registered:

Men:                                                                            Women:

Mike Jones                                                                  Susan Fabius

Jim Keyes                                                                    Chris Huet

Joseph Kryger                                                              Sheila Kealey

John Lewis                                                                  Sian Leyshon

John E. Lewis                                                              Sarah Peters

Ivan Mackenzie                                                           Christa Ramonet

Todd Randall                                                               Diane Scocchia

Werner Schwar

Mark Thomas

Richard Thomas

Tim Wehner


The winter 2017-18 loppet series has started with lots of snow and some cold conditions!

There was great participation by Masters skiers in the first event, the Yuletide Blast held Sat Dec 17 at Highlands, with plenty of new snow.  Sixteen Masters men lined up on the start line for a 5.5 Free race , with Richard Thomas skating across the finish line in 1st  position.  Women’s Masters skiers did a 5 km course with 8 masters in a field of 17 women of all ages. The fastest master woman in the class was Jillian Flower.

You can view results on Zone 4.  Just note, the age group adjustment has not been applied to these results for the points series as yet.

Upcoming  2018 Loppet dates  for Jan/mid  Feb (changed dates highlighted)

 Jan 7/18  Midland Loppet

 Jan 13/18 Mono Nordic Invitational

Jan 19-26/18 World Masters/Canadian Championships

Jan 20-21/18  Ontario Cup #2

Jan 27/18  Silver Spoon Classic

Jan 28/18  Opeongo Classic

Jan 28/18  Muskoka Loppet

 Feb 3/18 Tour de Kamview:  Classic

 Feb 4/18 Tour de Kamview: Free

 Feb 11/18  Suntrail special

 Feb 11/18  Tay Valley Classic

Feb 16-17/18 Gatineau Loppet

See attached a revised  Ontario Masters Loppet Series reflecting these date changes, and all the races, in both Word and spreadsheet format.

Have fun, and plan your upcoming ski events for 2018. See you at the races!


Hi Everyone

So far it has been a great ski season with lots of snow.  Hope you are getting on the trails preparing for the upcoming race season.

We currently have 85 registered members as listed below.  If you have not already joined, please register at or fill in the attached registration form and send to the address indicated on the form, with your payment.

Here are our current members to date:

Alan Butler                 Mike Campbell            Marcel Crete               Ed DeLaplante            Deb de Pass

Bryan Dubeau             Susan Fabius               Michael Gordon          Michelle Gordon         Wendy Grater

Bob Heyes                  Peter Hoffman              Chris Huet                   Mike Huet                   Dale Irwin      

Paul Kadziora             Beau Kent                   Linda Kirkey               Perry Kirkey                Joseph Kryger

John Lewis                  Tom Lobsinger            Ivan MacKenzie          Rauno Makinen           Sara McIlraith

George Milne              Mark Orzel                  Hilary Petrus               Kit Pizzey                   Len Pizzey

Becky Puiras               Christa Ramonet         Todd Randall              Peter Remek                Fred Scheel

Ruth Scheel                 Werner Schwar           John Sexton                Norm Spinks               Mark Thomas

Dave Wright               Bruce Alexander         Regan Bolduc             Marcus Boyle              Rob Cheskey

Jennifer Findlay          Dale Foley                   Nianne Foley               Harry Regu                 Ann Marie Rogers

Brian Rogers               Risto Santala               Cobi Sauder                Steve Sauder               Diane Scocchia

Brenda Smith              Richard Thomas          Harry Vanderlugt        Susanne Vanderlugt    Tim Wehner

Woody Woods            Claude Marchand       Bill Gairdner               Ruthann Gairdner       Dan Gallant

Sian Leyshon              Susan Kazmarek         Stan Kazmarek            Karl Mika                    Jana Mika

Brendan Mulroy          Barbara Gray               Les Humphries            Nick Kayna-Forstner  Alan Magi

Glenn Orton                Matt Nelson                Brian Rogers               Ann Marie Rogers       John E. Lewis

Sheila Kealey              Tom Kemp                  Glenn Meeuwisse        Greg Lutick                 Trevor Humphries

Mike Jones

Thanks to all of you who have already registered. For the rest of you … its winter – do it NOW!!  For those who have not registered before the next newsletter, your name will be removed from the newsletter mailing list!


Our Directors and special volunteers for 2017-18.

Director – communication & promotions       Wendy Grater

Director – finance & membership                   Deb de Pass

Volunteer - Loppet PointsSeries                     Maureen Bretz

Volunteer – website/social media                   Glenn Meeuwisse

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

October Pre-Season updates


This event is a partnership between Hardwood Ski & Bike, Team Hardwood Masters and Pulse Racing.
The event will be held in conjunction with the Fischer Loppet and Nordikids races to allow for families to take part and encourage new members.  With the large network of trails at Hardwood, we plan to change courses each day, being tailored to the technique and distance.

Schedule of races are:
Friday March 2
2:30 pm - 10 km Classic
5:30 pm - Ontario Masters AGM and social
Saturday March 3
9:00 am - 20 km Skate
9:30 am - 20 km Classic
5:30 pm - Ontario Masters Banquet and awards
Sunday March 4
10:00 am - 10 km Skate

The AGM/Social on Friday evening, and the Ontario Masters Banquet on Saturday, will take place at Hardwood.
There are numerous accommodation options in Barrie, Orillia, Oro-Medonte B&B’s, as well as condos at Horseshoe Resort. With all events at Hardwood, we do not have a specific accommodation partner, but allow you to make your own personal choice.
We encourage you all to attend! It should be a very fun event, varied courses, and great time of year for ski conditions.
We also welcome any volunteers for any or all part of the event.
Information and Registration now open at
Please feel free to contact myself with questions or if interested in helping


The Canadian Master Championships will be held in conjunction with the World Masters in Minneapolis, Jan 19 – 26, 2018. There will be further information from our National Director in the National Fall newsletter.


As mentioned above, the MWC for 2018 will be January 19 – 26, 2018. You can register and find out information on the website
Please find attached an update regarding registration and accommodation from Bruce!


We will be continuing with our Loppet Points Series for 2018.  We will have further details in our November issue of the newsletter.  Preliminary date for some of the key loppets for 2018 are:
Yuletide Blast                         December 16, 2017
Canadian/World Masters        Jan 19 – 26, 2018       
Muskoka Loppet                     January 28, 2018
Gatineau Loppet                     February 17, 18, 2018
Sounder Ski Tour                    February 25, 2018
Ontario Masters                      March 2 - 4, 2018
Leprechaun Loppet                 March 17, 2018

We will have a more complete listing of the 2018 Ontario Loppets in the November newsletter.  Please send any ideas or comments to Russ Evans


Please find attached the membership form for Ontario/Canadian Masters for 2017-18.  You can also register online at .  Please send any snail mail registration to:
Russ Evans, 24 Cortina Cres, Hamilton, ON L8K 4K4.  Please make sure to have any cheques made out to Canadian Masters Cross Country Ski Association..
As indicated at our 2017 AGM, Russ Evans would like to step down as Ontario Director. Russ’ role has involved 2 parts, Membership and Loppet Point Series. This could be taken over by one person, or split into 2 jobs. Russ is happy to help with any training and transition. Please contact Russ I if you are interested in one or both of the positions.

I’d like to thank and recognize the years of dedicated work that Russ has given the organization. Thank you.


We are saddened to announce the passing of a great skiing buddy and Ontario Master, Ian McQueen. Here is a moving tribute from his friend, Carmel Smyth.

RIP    Ian McQueen - Lifelong fitness buff and generous friend gone mid-stride

(He died doing what he loved, competing in a triathlon –Guelph Lake Tri 11,  on Saturday, Sept 2)
Ian was a gregarious, charming Scot, who after years in Canada never lost his distinctive brogue.
He worked for the provincial ministry of transport, but he was a man defined by his passions not his position.
 A gifted athlete he started as a competitive motocross racer, something he always blamed for his joint and hip trouble later in life.
When he came to Canada he dropped the motorized bikes and took up running. He joined Toronto’s Longboat running club.  He fit right in, as devoted as any compulsive runner, and was thrilled to make his marathon goal, a PB of under 3 hours.
Next came  X-country skiing.  He delighted in fighting the frostbite and pain through 50km ski races, including the famed, and feared Gatineau Loppet, and internationally respected course.
Skiing mastered, Ian turned to perhaps his greatest challenge.  Overcoming his natural aversion to water, he struggled to learn to swim.  This opened the door to triathlons, the endurance and the sprint versions, culminating in a grueling Ironman, a 3.8 km swim, 180 km bike, then a 42 km run. Predictably even in this multi-skill sport he excelled, regularly making the top 3 in his age group.
When he wasn’t “tri-ing”, he  dabbled in mountain bike and cyclecross racing. And by dabble I mean monitored diets, scheduled daily training sessions, racing research,  the latest gadgets and the same intense focus he attacked everything else with.
Through it all Ian earned a reputation as a compassionate competitor, willing to gift, loan or share a pump, tire or wetsuit to anyone in need. He gave generously of his time too, volunteering for many races so others could enjoy his sports. He never complained. He never whined. He was a positive presence who brought laughter and smiles to all of us he rolled or ran by.
Ian didn’t waste energy savouring successes.  He was always in motion.  Always planning the next challenge.  
And often persuading his good friend Brian Eley to compete with him, as he did on his last race ever. 

He was in fine form on Saturday, Sept 2 at the Guelph Lake Tri 11. Grinning and geared up as always. 
He did better than expected in the 750 m swim, tore through the 30 km bike, and was on pace in his 
distinctive power-march through the 7 km run when he collapsed. Doctors say his heart gave out instantly. He was dead before he hit the ground.
He would have approved. Not a moment of life wasted. Not a second of stillness.
He leaves behind his partner Deborah dePass, younger brother Colin , nephew Craig , and too many friends to name.