Monday, March 13, 2017

Porcupine Loppet

Porcupine Loppet postponed until Sunday March 19 - see info here http://www.porcupineskirunners.com/loppet

Thursday, January 5, 2017

January News



ONTARIO MASTERS 2017

The 2017 Masters are from February 3 – 5 in Parry Sound at the Georgian Nordic Ski Club. A registration form is attached, and the on-line registration is available on Zone4.ca.

Schedule of Events:
Friday, Feb 3   2 pm    10 km Classic (wave starts)
                        6 pm    Evening Social with Pizza
Sat. Feb 4         9 am    20 km Classic (wave starts)
                        11 am  20 km Skate(wave starts)
                        6:30     Banquet at Tappattoo
Sun. Feb 5       9 am    10 km Skate (wave starts)

There will be a Social, Pizza/Salad dinner and AGM on Friday night at the Georgian Nordic Club lodge, starting at 6 pm.  The cost per person will be $10.00, and this price is subsidized by approximately $10.00 per person by the Ontario Masters XC Association.  Included in your $10 fee:
-          pre-dinner appetizers
-          deluxe Pizza
-          2 types of salads
-          dessert
-          tea, coffee, wine, soft drinks, mineral water
-          social and AGM
Please confirm on your registration for this, so that we will know numbers.

There will be a buffet banquet and awards on Saturday night at the Grand Tappattoo Resort, http://grandtappattoo.com/ . The price is $35 per person, including tax and gratuities. The menu is attached. Also, please confirm on your registration!

There is also accommodation at the Grand Tappattoo.  There are a 4 ‘housekeeping’ cabins available during the winter, sleeping 2 – 6 people, as well as regular and deluxe rooms (http://grandtappattoo.com/rates.php).  The Grand Resort Tappattoo is offering Ontario Masters skiers a 10% discount on room or cabin rates.  Please contact them at info@grandtappattoo.com, and put Ontario Masters in the subject line.  You can also phone:  705-378-2210.

The Grand Tappattoo is located approximately 20 minutes from the ski trails, and has hot tub, sauna and swimming pool.

VOLUNTEERS
We are looking for any volunteers to help with the Ontario Masters races at Georgian Nordic on the weekend of Feb. 3 – 5. You do not need any skill … some of the areas that we need to ‘staff’ include:
-          registration table (handing out of bibs)
-          finish line (taking in bibs, juice and oranges)
-          assistance in the Burrow with food options
If you can volunteer for part of the event, or have a friend or partner who is willing, please contact Wendy Grater at wendy@blackfeather.com.

Thanks!
SOD PARAFIN SERIES

Many of our Loppet Points series are part of the SOD Parafin Series. There is a specific waxing protocol for this SOD Race Series. In order to increase accessibility to the sport, focus on athlete development, and reduce costs, no glide waxes with fluorocarbons are permitted.  No Low Fluoro wax, High Fluoro wax, powders, hardeners, or gels or other "voodoo" are permitted. This restriction applies to all categories, including Open and Masters.  This restriction does not apply to grip waxes.

Please check this link to see all the races affected: http://xcontario.com/race-schedule-for-the-2016-2017-season/

MEMBERSHIP
Since our last newsletter, our membership has grown to 60 with the following 12 members having rejoined.
Daniel Bertini                          Les Humphreys                       Glenn Meeuwisse                    Ed deLaplante                                 Linda & Perry Kirkey              Ruth & Fred Scheel                 Michelle & Michael Gordon    Bronwen Lash                          Richard Thomas

Members are reminded that in order to have points calculated for a loppet, one must be a member for the current season at the time of the race. The purpose of this rule is to preventive the necessity of recalculating the points. However, the points for the Yuletide Blast have not been calculated yet. If you skied the event and have not joined the association for this season, send your membership today and you will be included.

2018 ONTARIO CHAMPIONSHIPS
We are looking for a host club for the 2018 Ontario Masters Championships. Any club or facility that is willing to host the event is welcome to contact us, preferably before the 2017 Ontario Masters in Parry Sound. In 2018, the Canadian and World Masters will be combined and take place in late January in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Therefore, a preferable date for the Ontario Masters would be in the second half of February or early March.
Any interested club or organization should contact either Russ Evans revans@cogeco.ca or Wendy Grater wendy@blackfeather.com.
MWC 2022
The year 2022 is the next time that Canada is eligible to host the World Masters XC Ski races. The event attracts approximately 1,200 master athletes who compete over an approximate 8 day schedule. Bruce LeGrow, our National Director, is looking for any venues that may be keen to host this. In the past, Canada has hosted MWC events in Canmore, Alberta, Quebec City, and Silver Star/Sovereign Lake, BC.
If you know of an organization or ski facility who would be keen to host this event, please contact Bruce LeGrow at bruce.legrow@nf.sympatico.ca. Preferably before the Canadian Masters in Charlo in mid February.
Thanks!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Paraffin Races Wax Restrictions



SOD Paraffin Wax Restrictions for 2017 apply to Master categories:
  • In order to increase accessibility of the sport, focus on athlete development and reduce costs, no glide waxes with fluorocarbons are permitted.  No Low-Fluoro wax, High-Fluoro wax, powders, hardeners, or gels are permitted.  This restriction applies to all categories including Open and Masters. This restriction does not apply to grip waxes.
The rules apply to the following races only
Sat Dec 17: Yuletide Blast @ Highlands Nordic (freestyle) – Paraffin Series
Jan 8: Midland Loppet (classic) – Paraffin Series
Jan 21: Mono Invitational @ Mono Nordic (freestyle) – Paraffin Series
Jan 22: Muskoka Loppet @ Arrowhead Nordic (classic) – Paraffin Series
Jan 27: Hardwood night race (classic) – Paraffin Series
Jan 29: Ski Sounder @ Georgian Nordic (classic) – Paraffin Series
Feb 12: Suntrail Special @ Sawmill Trails, Hepworth (freestyle) – Paraffin Series


Also see some interesting info from Cross Country Ontario website regarding classic events. Just an FYI to keep you in the loop of where the sport is going.
Classic Technique Rule Clarifications for 2016 - 2017
Below are three significant documents clarifying classic ski event rules for the coming season:
Length of Poles in Classic Technique Races
Classic Technique Clarifications
Cross Country Ontario Statement on No Double Pole Zones

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Mid December Update



ONTARIO MASTERS 2017

The 2017 Masters are from February 3 – 5 in Parry Sound at the Georgian Nordic Ski Club. A registration form is attached, and the on-line registration is available on Zone4.ca.

There will be a Social, Pizza/Salad dinner and AGM on Friday night at the Georgian Nordic Club lodge, starting at 6 pm.  The cost per person will be $10.00, and this price is subsidized by approximately $10.00 per person by the Ontario Masters XC Association.  Included in your $10 fee:
-          pre-dinner appetizers
-          deluxe Pizza
-          2 types of salads
-          dessert
-          tea, coffee, wine, soft drinks, mineral water
-          social and AGM
Please confirm on your registration for this, so that we will know numbers.

There will be a buffet banquet and awards on Saturday night at the Grand Tappattoo Resort, http://grandtappattoo.com/ . The price is $35 per person, including tax and gratuities. The menu is attached. Also, please confirm on your registration!

There is also accommodation at the Grand Tappattoo.  There are a 4 ‘housekeeping’ cabins available during the winter, sleeping 2 – 6 people, as well as regular and deluxe rooms (http://grandtappattoo.com/rates.php).  The Grand Resort Tappattoo is offering Ontario Masters skiers a 10% discount on room or cabin rates.  Please contact them at info@grandtappattoo.com, and put Ontario Masters in the subject line.  You can also phone:  705-378-2210.

The Grand Tappattoo is located approximately 20 minutes from the ski trails, and has hot tub, sauna and swimming pool.

VOLUNTEERS
We are looking for any volunteers to help with the Ontario Masters races at Georgian Nordic on the weekend of Feb. 3 – 5. You do not need any skill … some of the areas that we need to ‘staff’ include:
-          registration table (handing out of bibs)
-          finish line (taking in bibs, juice and oranges)
-          assistance in the Burrow with food options
If you can volunteer for part of the event, or have a friend or partner who is willing, please contact Wendy Grater at wendy@blackfeather.com.


CANADIAN MASTERS 2017

The 2017 Canadian Masters is in Charlo, New Brunswick from February 12 - 18. The event promises to be good fun, great skiing and with excellent snow conditions. The early bird registration is until January 29, 2017. Fees increase after. Registration is available on Zone4.ca.
I have attached the Invitation from the Charlo club. For more information check out http://charloaventuriers.ca/
                     
If you are planning on attending the 2017 Canadian Masters in Charlo, NB which is scheduled for Feb.12-18 2017, you are advised to book your accommodations ASAP if you have not already done so. There are other events planned for the area around the same time so accommodations may be limited if you wait.