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 wendy@blackfeather.com .

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 revans@cogeco.ca.

You can register online at www.zone4.ca.