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.


PLEASE NOTE THAT THE RACE SECRETARY AT HIGHLANDS IS COMMITTED TO THE ONTARIO WINTER GAMES FROM FEBRUARY 28 - MARCH 2 (YES, THE DAY OF YOUR FIRST RACE) SO THE PRE-REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS EARLIER THAN NORMAL - MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26 AT MIDNIGHT - SO THAT THE START LIST AND BIBS ARE READY FOR FRIDAY AFTERNOON.  THE START LIST WILL BE POSTED TO ZONE 4 ON FEBRUARY 27TH.

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 https://zone4.ca/reg.asp?id=17425
Please feel free to contact Kelly at Highlands with questions or if interested in helping skiinfo@highlandsnordic.ca

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Ontario Masters January update



BEST WISHES TO HARDWOOD SKI AND BIKE



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



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 wendy@blackfeather.com 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.



MWC 2018 – MINNEAPOLIS, USA



The MWC for 2018 is coming soon … January 19 – 26, 2018. You can register and find out information on the website http://www.loppet.org/mwc2018/



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



LOPPET POINT SERIES UPDATE



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!



MEMBERSHIP



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 athttps://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=16320&lan=1&cartlevel=1 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!



ONTARIO MASTERS DIRECTORS



Our Directors and special volunteers for 2017-18.



Director – communication & promotions       Wendy Grater wendy@blackfeather.com

Director – finance & membership                   Deb de Pass    deb.depass@gmail.com

Volunteer - Loppet PointsSeries                     Maureen Bretz Maureen.bretz@sympatico.ca

Volunteer – website/social media                   Glenn Meeuwisse glenn@pulseracing.ca