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.