Event / Participant Support
Visitors can fly with Air Canada and Porter Airlines from Toronto to the Timmins/ Vic Powers Airport (YTS) which is located in the north end of town. It is a 15 minute (10km) drive south to the hotels in town. The chalet and ski trails are a 5-10 minute drive from the hotels. Chalet and trailhead is on Highway 101, a first priority – snow plowed paved road.
and Budget ( https://www.budget.com/en/locations/ca/on/timmins/yts) vehicle rental agencies are available on site at the Airport.
Timmins is a three hour car drive north of the City of Sudbury and a 7 hour car drive north of the City of Toronto. Similarly the City of Thunder Bay from the northwest, and City of Ottawa from the southeast, are also a 7 hour drive to Timmins. For car drivers with gps mapping, the chalet civic address is 1875 Highway 101 east, Timmins.
The Timmins District Hospital is a regional general care facility providing all primary and secondary care services to the residents. The hospital is a 10 minute drive from the PSR chalet. Air Evacuation if needed, is 11 kilometers away at the Timmins airport. The championships will have on- site medical staff throughout the competition. Ambulance service is located 5 minutes away from the competition site.
Food Services on Site
PSR Chalet has a full service kitchen for providing food services to the athletes, coaches, volunteers. Light feeds will be provided to athletes during competition days.
There are several halls capable of accommodating the required 100 to 150 athletes for the banquet. The banquet will be after the Saturday race.
The City of Timmins has a wide variety of accommodations to meet the needs of the Masters athletes. There are a total of 1200 + rooms in Timmins, of which about 350 rooms have been newly built in the last 5 years (Holiday Inn, Hampton Inn, and Microtel).
We have verified that there are currently no other major events in town for February 8-10, 2019, that would restrict accommodation availability.
Web Site Services / Social Media
There is open access wifi available at our chalet. There is full cell phone coverage in Timmins and area.
Recent Race Host Events / Technical Facilities and Site Preparations
Our 30km of ski trails at PSR provide a wide variety that are suitable for both classic and skate technique. The list of events below outlines recent hosting activity, with each event having skate and classic events similar to the Canadian Masters requirements. The flexible stadium layout and interconnected courses allow many race configuration options. John Labine was the high school convenor for our successful OFSSA events and returns as our Timing Chief.
2017-OFSSA provincial high school championships, 550 athletes
2015-Ontario Cup race weekend, 150 athletes
2015-Ontario Cup race weekend, 150 athletes
2014-OFSSA provincial high school championships, 500 athletes
2012- Ontario Cup race weekend, 150 athletes
A sample of courses maps, profiles and stadium layouts can be seen in the Appendix A.
The actual courses chosen for the required 10 and 20 km race lengths may vary slightly from the attached samples.
Trails at PSR are groomed using a PistonBully Edge (3.9m tiller), backed up by a Bombardier BR 400(3.6m tiller) with rolling equipment comprising Yellowstone ginzu track setters (108” and 60”), a compacting drag (120” and 60”), a roller compactor (96”). Early season and low snow periods are supported by an Alpina Sherpa double track and several regular snowmobiles. The groomed trails are 7m wide which minimize race track congestion. Grooming and equipment maintenance is done by volunteer members.
Timing and Results
Timing equipment at PSR uses the RFID race timing system. It is a shared resource with the Timmins running club. There are 500 chip timing cuffs available,along with a start clock and timing mat.. We will also utilize backup manual stop watches for the events. Results will be relayed to Zone4 for online reporting.
Ski testing area
Our stadium area has 5 access trails which allow convenient test trails for wax testing, without interfering with the race course start/finish area.
The waxing buildings are also located adjacent the chalet with adequate wax bench space and power supply for the daily ski prep by the athletes. Refer to stadium map.
Onsite Buildings and Parking
The current chalet was newly built in 2010 and comprises 3500sf, with a great room, full kitchen, change rooms and rental shop. The great room window overlooks the stadium.The race announcement will be from the great room. The great room has a doorway leading to a walkout deck. The chalet is adjacent to the wax hut, two equipment garages, parking lot and stadium. The two equipment garages are vacated for ski waxing use during the competition.
The timing building is a single story detached,building next to the stadium area, and overseeing the finish line. Race results are relayed over to the race office in the chalet and published online via Zone 4.
The onsite parking lot provides 150+ parking spaces, with a club attendant to ensure efficient parking during the event. Refer stadium map for parking location adjacent to chalet.
Environment Canada’s 30 year historical data for February at the weather station at the Timmins Airport (located 11km to north), and is similar for our club location.
Average daily (daytime) high: -8c
Average daily (nighttime) low: -21c
Average winter snowfall of 313cm, with 40cm in February.
Aside from the stadium start/ finish,The trails are largely sheltered from the wind.
Historically we have track set trails from late November/early December to early April.
Race Distances and Categories
See registration page for age master age classes.
Recommendation has been to offer a 10km classic on Friday afternoon , a 20km classic (earlier) or skate (later) option on Saturday and a 10km skate on Sunday. All races to be staggered mass starts, with suitable groupings based on age class and gender.
Entry Fees for the competition will include access to trails for race and training days. Entry fees to be In line with past events, in $30/45/60 range, based on time of registration. Included in the fee will be a light feed after competitions, with a Friday night ‘social’at the chalet. Medals will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers in each event.
All registrations and entry fee collection will be done online with www.zone4.ca
Cost of the Saturday night awards banquet to be determined. It was indicated that $35, including tax/tip, with a cash bar would be considered reasonable.