Caledonia Nordic Club Report

    March 1, 2018

    Can you say snow?!

    What a season so far here in the North! First time in three years that we have been running the Piston Bully’s in Tandem to handle multiple feet of powder. What a present from Mother Nature! With the snow this season has come more northern temperatures…we are getting tougher!

    The BC Cup race series took us on a tour of the province this season. First stop was Whistler where we were greeted with snow, rain, rain and more rain. Luckily it rained on the classic race and snowed about 6” or more through the skate race. The team did very well skiing in the tough conditions with strong finishes and improved technique from last season.

    Team North Vernon

    BC Cup#2 had the province come to us in Prince George. It was a frigid weekend, skiing on a lot of green wax. Unfortunately first year midgets were not able to race due to the cold, but tough courses and northern temps challenged the older categories. Race participation hasn’t been super strong the last few seasons especially because Eastern Championships is on the same weekend, and many teams opt for that event over the BC cup series. Caledonia had a strong showing on the start list and some first time racers were ready to go from Atoms to Masters. It is always exciting to have this opportunity in the north.

    BC Championships had us travel to Kelowna for the largest BC championships ever. Teams from Canmore, Saskatchewan, Methow Valley, and all over BC were there for a great weekend of skiing. Weather was wicked, snow, clear, wind, you name it we had it, except rain. The highlight for our Juveniles was two longer races of the season back to back that really tested their training and pacing. The final day relay is also exciting. CNSC Midget skiers took a 3rd place in the Boys Relay, which made for a very exciting race. This race we brought 6 new racers to the BC Cup series. Most from our track attack program which was really excellent to see. These kids have improved very much due to stronger coaching with our developing athletes.

    Kaia Andal, Gold Westerns

    Western Canadian Championships took me back to my hometown of Red Deer AB. I was the recipient of the AltaGas grant in Red Deer when Red Deer Nordic was established and now they are hosting Canada Winter Games. The upgrade in trails, facilities, officials and knowledge is outstanding. I am so proud of the ski families who have continued to pursue the Canada Games, the ones who have come into coaching roles and working with the current and future crop of racers. The investment that AltaGas made in Red Deer made a difference in that ski community. I may have moved on to another club, but the excitement for skiing in Red Deer is strong and flourishing. Thank you AltaGas!

    This season I am a tech rep for SkiGo wax products with Andy Shields. Andy moved into the lead position in the NorAm series during these races. It has been a great opportunity to learn about SkiGo, wax with other people and learn from those experiences. We were able to make some strong skis for our athletes at this event and that was really fun.

    One of the most exciting ski events in BC is coming very soon. Midget Championships is just a week away and we are taking the largest contingent of skiers in the last 3 seasons. I am very excited to work with new and upcoming athletes and families, feeling their energy and enthusiasm for the sport is such a great part of the weekend. This is a large commitment for families from Prince George and the north. We will travel 8.5hrs each way for this event. For 9-12 yr olds this is a big adventure.

    Great things continue to happen here in Prince George thanks to you AltaGas. More athletes are travelling; better coaching development means better quality athletes, excitement for what is possible. Jackrabbits are flying through the snow bumps, crashing and loving it, club races are well attended and excitement is building around International Para Nordic Championships that Caledonia Nordic is hosting next winter.

    Thanks for your support!