Wednesday, March 11, 2015

March 1 Bulletin

Bulletin March 1, 2015

The 2015 Ontario Masters Championships in Parry Sound went without a hitch.  A good group of skiers turned up to race … in excellent conditions.  The weather was perfect … not too cold, and trail conditions were super.  Close to 90 skiers took part, and enjoyed the warm hospitality of Georgian Nordic.
Thanks to the whole organizing committee for a great event!

At the Annual General Meeting held on Friday, February 27, a consensus was reached that the format for 2015’s Ontario Masters will remain ‘similar’ for one more year (at least).  The outline will be as follows:
Friday              2 pm    10 km race skate
Friday              eve       Social and AGM
Saturday          10 am  20 km Skate
Saturday          eve       Banquet
Sunday            10 am  20 km Classic
The Bruce Ski Club, in Hepworth/Owen Sound has volunteered to be hosts and the date will be in January, exact date TBA. We hope to have this finalized for the April newsletter.

The Leprechaun Loppet will be on Sat. Mar.21 at Highlands Nordic not Sat. Mar. 15 (sic) as stated on our fixture list posted in the Dec. newsletter. The Porcupine Ski Runners Loppet, scheduled on Sun. Feb. 22, was postponed due to extreme cold and has been rescheduled for Sun. Mar. 22.
Leprechaun Loppet
Porcupine Ski Runners Loppet

The current standings for the Loppet Points Series, up to March 8 (Scenic Caves Loppet) is attached. Only skiers who had at least 2 results from the recent Ontario Masters Championships in Parry Sound are listed, as 2 races from the Ontario’s must be included in the 5 race total. Please report any errors or omissions to Russ Evans:  The final point standings will be posted on the new Ontario Masters website (see below) shortly after March 22nd.

We finished the season with 103 members including our 3 honorary members. Thank you for the purchase of 58 ski draw tickets and donations totalling $383. The draw will take place in late March after Bruce LeGrow, our national president, has returned from the Masters World Cup in Russia. We had several new members attend the Ontario Masters Championships in Parry Sound. We hope that you enjoyed the weekend and we will see you next year. Thank you to the Georgian Nordic Ski & Canoe Club for a great weekend of skiing and socializing with our fellow members.

Monday, March 9, 2015


Welcome to the new Canadian Masters XC Ski – Ontario Division website!
The Ontario Master XC Ski Association is an affiliate of the Canadian Masters XC Ski Ass’n.  We represent cross country skiers, aged 30 and up, who enjoy recreational and competitive cross country skiing.
Our goals are:
-          to promote Masters XC skiing and events in Ontario and beyond
-          to create a welcoming environment for Masters skiers to enjoy their sport
-          to facilitate an Ontario Masters Championship event annually
-          to facilitate a ‘Loppet Points Series’ annually
-          to assist planning to go to more events locally, nationally or internationally
Our annual membership is between 100 and 200 skiers, and we are keen to increase this number. Membership allows you to
a)       enter Ontario, Canadian and World Masters Championships
b)       be part of the Loppet Point Series
c)       receive informative electronic newsletters
d)       take part in Ontario Masters dryland and/or snow training sessions
Our new website will include training tips, gear recommendations, local ski event updates and photos from recent events.
Be an active member by providing your feedback to improve our division and website, and to make the Ontario Masters a vibrant and active association!