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


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

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, . 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 (  The Grand Resort Tappattoo is offering Ontario Masters skiers a 10% discount on room or cabin rates.  Please contact them at, 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.

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


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
I have attached the Invitation from the Charlo club. For more information check out
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.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

2017 Season Preview

Greetings Master skiers.  The Ontario Masters XC Ski Championships will be held at the GEORGIAN NORDIC SKI CLUB in Parry  Sound, Ontario, on Feb 3, 4 5, 2017.  Please note that this is a change from the previously announced event which was to be at North Bay Nordic.  Due to a change in North Bay’s personnel, they did not feel comfortable with hosting the race this year, and notified us at the end of the summer. We are thankful that Georgian Nordic has stepped up to the plate, and has agreed to host the 2017 event.
The courses will revert to the ‘old’ system:
Friday, February 3      Short (10 km) classic, starting 2 pm
Saturday, February 4  Long (20 km) classic or skate (one choice), starting 9 am or 11 am
Sunday, February 5     Short (10 km) skate, starting 9 am.

There will be a dinner/social on Friday evening at Georgian Nordic and Banquet on Saturday evening (location TBA).  Further details wlll be in the November newsletter.

Registration for the Masters can be done through Zone4 or by submitting the race form attached with the next newsletter. Questions about the event or race information can be forwarded to Wendy Grater .

Charlo, New Brunswick will be the site of the 2017 Canadian Masters. Charlo is know for great snow conditions, and has excellent trails. This event will take place February 12-18, 2017 which is two weeks before the MWC 2017 so it should provide an excellent tune up.   You can checkout the details on the Charlo bid here:

Approximately 70 Canadians have accommodations booked for Klosters. If anyone is still planning on going but do not have accommodations, please contact me ASAP. With the exception of Asiago, this will be the largest Canadian contingent to participate in Europe. As in previous years we will still be using the results of the short races to pick our relay teams. You will note that the relays will be held on the last day instead of in the middle of the event. While the deadline for registration is in January if you are only registering for MWC 2017, it is November 15, 2016 if you are doing the Engadin as well. In order to get the reduced rate for the Engadin you must be registered for both events by November 15.
The following Ontario Masters members have already booked accommodation in Klosters:
Joseph Kryger                         Wendy Grater
Peter Remek                            Marcus Boyle

We will be continuing with our Loppet Points Series for 2017.  Russ Evans will have further details in our November issue of the newsletter.  Preliminary date for some of the key loppets for 2017 are:
Yuletide Blast             December 17, 2017    
Arrowhead Loppet     January 22, 2017
Sounder Ski Tour        January 29, 2017
Ontario Masters          Feb 3 – 5, 2017
Gatineau Loppet         February 18, 19, 2017
Canadian Masters       February 12 – 18, 2017
Fischer/Swix Loppet   March 4, 2017

We will have a more complete listing of the 2017 Ontario Loppets in the November newsletter.  Please send any ideas or comments to Russ Evans

You can register online at  

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Ontario Masters Spring News

MWC 2017 – Klosters, Switzerland
Kosters, Switzerland will host the 2017 MWC from March 2 - 11. Interest is very high to date with quite a few skiers already committed. Our National Director, Bruce LeGrow, has a had over 45 double rooms booked at 2 different hotels in Klosters, which is a super showing for this time of the year!  If you are keen to go, you should make sure to arrange your accommodation details very soon.

Skiers who participate in the MWC will be eligible to enter the Engadine Ski Marathon, which takes place the weekend directly following the MWC events. Transportation to and from Klosters will be arranged by the Organizing Committee.  Further details and registration for this will be available in Octoer, 2016.

CANADIAN MASTERS 2017 – Charlo, New Brunswick 
The 2017 Canadian Masters Races will be from February 12 – 18, 2017 . This will be hosted by the Les Aventuriers Ski Club in Charlo. They already have much planning done, and the location is blessed with excellent snow conditions and an amazing trail network. You can get all the information on the event by going to our the Canadian Master’s web site at: and click on the ‘Championships” link where you will see the complete Bid Document.

It is very likely that the  2017 Ontario Masters Championships will be at North Bay Nordic. We are presently determining the exact weekend, and schedule of events.  We will ensure that this event does not conflict with the Nationals in Charlo, or the MWC in Switzerland.  We will keep you updated on the exact date so you can mark it on your schedule.

Only 2 loppets, Fischer & Scenic Caves, have been added to the standings which were attached to the March newsletter. Jane Ravenshaw with 500 points finished with a narrow margin over Chris Huet with 497.21 points.
Richard Thomas maintained his lead, also with 500 points. Harry vanderLugt was 2nd with 479.68 points and David White was 3rd with 477.75 points. Ed deLaplante placed 6th with 398.66 points with only 4 races on his schedule. The iron man was Rob Cheskey skiing in 10 events (4th place with 475.16 points). David White skied in 9 events. Given the number of cancelled events during the season due to poor snow conditions, 9 and 10 events attended is very impressive.
The final point standings are attached. Congratulations to everyone who took part.
Please report any errors to 
This 5 day XC Ski Dryland program at Nipika Mountain Resort is for masters skiers who are interested in learning to train specifically for XC ski racing or loppet skiing. Skills of roller skiing, ski striding, strength training, building annual plans, yoga, trail running and mountain biking will all be presented.  Current Canadian/Ontario Masters Ski Association memberships [$20.00] are required.
Included:  4 nights accommodation at Nipika Mountain Resort, 4 days training, meals, group equipment
Date:   Wed. Sept 21 – Sun. Sept 25, 2016-03-13
Cost:    $950.00 per person, plus tax  / optional transportation from Calgary Airport @ $125 each way.
To Register:     Nipika or Wendy Grater

We are planning a 2 day XC Ski Dryland Training weekend.  It is to be a fun weekend get together with activities to  train  for XC ski racing or loppets . The weekend will be held at Parry Sound’s Georgian Nordic Ski Club and include ski striding, interval training, roller skiing and/or biking, yoga and trail running.  Current Ontario Masters Ski Association memberships [$20.00] are required.
Included:  2 days at GNSCC, dinner Saturday night at GNSCC
Date:                           Oct 1 and 2, 2016
Anticipated Cost:        $40.00 per person*
* may alter slightly depending on prices from GNSCC, etc.
To Register:   Wendy Grater