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Registration for Foothills Nordic Bunnies, Jackrabbits, Jackrabbits Plus, Marmots and Teen ski will be opening May 13 at 9 am. Please visit the Foothills Nordic website to register.
Registration for T1, T1-B, T2, T2-B, LC and LC-B will be opening April 28 at 7 pm. Please visit the Foothills Nordic website to register. All programs will start in the first week of May as described in the program descriptions.
This past weekend, Foothills Nordic Ski Club and the Rocky Mountain Racers co-hosted the Alberta Provincial Championships and last Alberta Cup races for this season. On Friday and Saturday, over 170 racers enjoyed sunny skies for a free technique mass start race and a classic technique individual start race.. Many Foothills athletes were on the podium both days and congratulations to all racers, young and older.
On Sunday, 44 teams from Atoms to Masters competed on 3-person team relays. Despite soft snow conditions, good racing was still enjoyed by all. Strong efforts and great participation by the many Foothills teams enabled our club to capture the Alberta Cup Team Relay Aggregate award. Plus, based on cumulative points for all the 2015/2016 Alberta Cup events, Foothills was also awarded the 2016 Aggregate Club Champion banner and accompanying trophy on Sunday!
The Canadian Biathlon Championships were held at the Valcartier Biathlon Centre in Québec from March 14 to 20, 2016. Foothills Nordic athletes won an amazing total of 30 medals, including 17 gold, 9 silver and 4 bronze! Results are available here. In addition, Assistant coach Matt Neumann won two bronzes medals in the senior men category, and head coach Tyson Smith came away with the Biathon Canada Male Coach of the Year Award.
The Annual General Meeting for the Foothills Nordic Ski Club is fast approaching. As such, nominations are being sought for positions on the Executive for the upcoming year. Below is a summary of the club’s Executive positions. Some positions have incumbents that are willing to run again while some positions are vacant. Anyone interested in any of these positions should contact Masten Brolsma (Past President) to discuss the various roles and determine where their services would be most useful.
Tyson Smith. Biathlon Canada’s 2016 male coach of the year is Foothills Nordic coach Tyson Smith. Congratulations Tyson!
The Foothills Nordic Casino will be held on Sat. April 30 and Sun. May 1st, 2016. The Casino is an important fundraiser for the Club and helps keep program costs down. There are 38 shifts to fill in a variety of positions, so please consider volunteering your time. Please indicate which position you are interested in using the Volunteer signup page.
Ivan Babikov, Foothills Nordic member and long-time National Ski Team athlete, raced to two top 10 finishes at the Ski Tour Canada. On March 9th Ivan raced with the top group all day in a grueling 30 km Skiathlon (15 km each of classic and skate) in Canmore. The pace picked up a lot the last kilometre and Ivan ended up 10th place less than 17 seconds behind winner from Norway.
Today, in the 15 km skate ski race, Babikov finished an impressive 10th again. Alex Harvey finished with an amazing 4th place and three Canadian men finished in the top 20.
A small group of Marion Wooden’s Foothills friends and the current loppet organizing crew, met last Friday to dedicate the Cookie Race soup & cookie tent station as “Marion’s Place” with a large banner with her name and picture. Valerie Setz, who with her late husband, started the Kananaskis Ski Marathon (more affectionately known as the Cookie Race!) in 1978, spoke about Marion’s great contributions to the KSM. Valerie recalled how Marion initiated the first soup tent and the legacy of homemade cookies. Many will recall Marion volunteering at every Cookie Race through to 2014. She will be missed, but all future volunteers and participants will be reminded of Marion as they get their soup and cookies at “Marion’s Place”.
The 39th Annual Cookie Race was held on February 27, 2016 in beautiful Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. Skiers as young as 3 to 4 years old skied 500 m while an 83 year old (and former Olympian) skied 24 km. 173 children and youth participated and all were awarded with medals that looked suspiciously like candy! Brian McKeever, also an Olympian, won the 42 km. The home-baked cookies were delicious and consumed in copious amounts. A big thanks goes out to the many volunteers and to the course groomers. Read more about the race and view results and photos here.