Saturday, October 13, 2018

October 2018 update

CANADIAN MASTERS 2019
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:http://www.canadian-masters-xc-ski.ca/documents/2019%20Masters%20Championship%20Bid.pdf
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.

MWC 2019 – BEITOSTOLEN, NORWAY
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: https://www.beitoworldcup.com/masters-world-cup-2019/
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!

ONTARIO MASTERS WEBSITE
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 www.onmastersxcski.ca. If you have any information that you would like posted, please contact Glenn at <glenn@pulseracing.ca> .

ONTARIO LOPPETS 2019
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 maureen.bretz@sympatico.ca

MEMBERSHIP
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 https://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=18227&lan=1&cartlevel=1
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.