Cross Country Alberta Nordic News Archive

October 29, 2004
(bold items denote recently updated information)




October 29

It takes 650 volunteers to make the Canadian Birkebeiner festival happen in February. Many enthusiastic skiers look forward to this great event every winter! There is much preparation behind the scenes ahead of time to make this festival successful. Immediately, the Birkie needs chiefs and directors for the following areas.

Loppet Committee:

Chief of Equipment & Logistics: coordinate equipment requirements for stadium, starts and food stations; arrange logistics of delivery of goods to the appropriate sites.

Chief of Stadium: Set Up/Take Down: lay-out, set-up and take-down of stadium (finish line and food tent/trailers/clothing tents/transport area). On race day, responsible for heating/equipment relocations, clothing tents, environmental crew supervision.

Chief of Stadium Finish Line:
oversee Finish line zone, finish stewards, traffic flow through the finish line(s) and work with the set-up crew, and various crews in the area (timing, medical, awards, announcing). Official should have Level II certification.

Chief of Timing:
recruit, train, oversee manual and electronic timing crew at the finish line; record manual times, bib finish order for results team.

Assistant Chief of Loppet: Chief of Loppet's "chief in training" assists and assumes duties as Chief of Loppet next year.

Food Tent Chief: organize all food and refreshments for skiers after they finish. Last year's Chief wants to prepare some of the food this year, but not coordinate the tent.

Most chiefs are looking for assistants or shadows who are willing to learn the ropes of the position, to help the chief out and to eventually take on the chief's role on the loppet organizing committee.

Board positions available:

Sponsorship Director: confirm returning sponsors, generate new sponsorships. Main liaison with sponsors re: agreements, benefits, involvement in events.

Human Resources Director: direct and assist chiefs in recruitment of key officials, certification, training, mentoring. Work with loppet committee's volunteer coordinator.

For more information, please call the Birkie office at 430-7153.

The order form for the Jackrabbit Program materials is posted on the website for those of you who wish to get a jump on the season with an early order. To download the order form, head to the Youth Development page.

The CCA Membership Database has had some improvements and changes again this year. If you have not received your Registration Packages in the mail, please contact the CCA office. When updating your membership for this year, please check to make sure that all invoices have been paid from last season. If there is a discrepancy please call Lee at 780-415-1738.

Lake Louise Early Snow Camp
November 12-14, 2004

Camp starts 9:00 am Friday morning and finishes after lunch on Sunday
Camp Fee: $200

This camp is an open provincial camp for Midget through Junior Boy/Girl ages categories.
A great opportunity to get a jump on skiing!
Activities include on-snow technique, video analysis, etc!

Head Coach: Michael Neary
Guest Coach Sessions with the Racing Team

Registration dead-line is November 5, 2004…or sooner! For more information, head to the Camp Page!

  • Wax Technician / Coach Wanted for Special Olympics World Games in Nagano, Japan (back to top)


The primary responsibility of the Wax Technician is to plan, prepare and deliver a comprehensive wax and ski service support to the 2005 Team Canada cross country skiing athletes. The Technician may be asked to assist in some coaching and chaperoning duties, dependant on the selected candidate's experience.

For more information: download the Information Package and Job Application Form

The best opportunity in Edmonton to buy and sell used cross-country equipment!!!


* Change in venue. Goldstick Pavilion (off Baseline Road headed toward Sherwood Park)

* For those selling equipment ...sellers will monitor the sales of their own equipment, as well as barter on prices. All revue
remains with the seller. (We will have tents set up outside if needed, so dress for the weather!)

* For those buying and cheques only !!! As you will be dealing directly with the seller we ask that you bring cash or a cheque for items you wish to purchase.

* Hot drinks will be provided.after all winter has come!

Same as other YEARs.

* Register to become a member of the ENSC and sign up for this year's programs

* Get information on what the Nordic Community has to offer

* Meet and greet your ski buddies !

Sunday, November 7th 1:00 - 4:00 pm

  • First call for volunteers for Calgary-Canmore FIS World Cup! (back to top)

First Notice & Call for Volunteers
FIS World Cup of Nordic Skiing

December 15-18, 2005

Yes Folks! Mark your calendars! For the first time in nearly a decade Canada will be hosting Senior Level Cross Country World Cup races! In early December of 2005, races will be held at Sovereign Lake (Vernon, B.C.) and Calgary-Can-more featuring the world's best male and female athletes -including our own Beckie Scott, Sara Renner and Milaine Theriault!

The Calgary-Canmore World Cup Committee - in conjunction with Cross Country Alberta - is in the process of updating it's database of volunteers who would be interested in working these races, either as Race Officials or with other aspects of the event, such as hosting, media and security. Volunteers are needed both now (to plan and prepare) and during the World Cup competitions. We hope to be able to host another World Cup in 2007, and maybe more! For more information, download the Information Package.

Project Podium is back for 2005, with an amazing selection of photos ranging from World Cup through to youth racing and back-country skiing! The 2005 calendar will feature the same attractive characteristics as the 2004 version:

* 14 months (November 2004 to December 2005)
* Large size (reduced a few cms in one dimension to accommodate Canada Post mailing rates)
* $15 retail price (plus GST)
* A coaching tip for each month
* World Cup and Canadian race calendar dates incorporated
* A "Countdown to 2010" - with salient landmark days annotated on the calendar

This means that a club can raise $1,400 by selling just 200 calendars as a fundraiser.

There is very little risk in the project as CCC undertakes to replace any unsold 2005 calendars with 2006 calendars when they become available. Just return the covers of unsold calendars to us and we will credit your account for next year.

If you have any questions feel free to call or email Dave Dyer or the National Office (1-877-609-3215 or [email protected]). Let's get out there and raise some money. The "Countdown to 2010" has begun. Please encourage the members of your club to stand up and be counted.

To view the calendar cover and for more information click here.

Remember, there are less than 2,000 days until the 2010 Games!

Date: November 26-28, 2004
Host/Location: Hinton (Hinton Nordic Ski Club)
Contact: Cross Country Alberta [email protected]

Date: December 3-5, 2004
Host/Location: Cross Country Alberta & Canmore Nordic Ski Club
Canmore Nordic Centre, Canmore
Contact: Mike Mappin [email protected]

Date: December 3-5, 2004
CCC Level 1 and 2 Officials Certification Course and Recertification
(Recertification for existing Level 2 and higher officials)
Fort Saskatchewan Nordic Ski Centre - River Road (Fort Saskatchewan Nordic Ski Club)
Contact: Vaughn McGrath [email protected]


  • Cross Country Skiing and Canadian Interuniversity Sport in Co-operation (back to top)

Cross Country Canada is optimistic more universities from coast-to-coast will be committed to developing cross-country ski athletes as a result of a partnership established with the Canadian Interuniversity Sport.

The Canadian College and University Nordic Championships that will be held in conjunction with the Canadian Cross-Country Ski Championships in Prince George, B.C., February 27 to March 6, 2005, will now be held in cooperation with the CIS.

Another step in ensuring some of the nation's developing cross-country ski racers aren't forced to choose between education and sport, this is a major stride forward in Cross Country Canada's objective for cross-country skiing to grow at the university level. In addition to Cross Country Canada's logo, the CIS logo may also be used on championship banners, medals and promotional materials.

"University skiing presents tremendous potential for enabling athletes to pursue their post-secondary education while continuing to ski at an elite level," said Bruce Jeffries, executive director, Cross Country Canada. "Working with the CIS is a critical step towards increasing the critical mass of racers in our country, and ultimately, achieving our goal of making cross-country skiing Canada's winter sport of choice."

Cross-country skiing becomes the second sport, joining golf, to hold a championship in cooperation with CIS. The distinction is part of an effort taken by CIS to provide additional competitive opportunities for student-athletes to continue their competitive careers while pursuing their education.

"CIS is pleased that Cross Country Canada recognizes the value in providing competitive opportunities for student-athletes," said Drew Love, president, Canadian Interuniversity Sport. "It is our goal that supporting these additional competitive sports outside the university or college program will help increase their visibility and encourage more Canadian youth to continue
their education while pursuing their athletic goals."

CIS offers a core sport program of varsity sports. In January of 2004 CIS recognized a category of championships called "championships hosted in cooperation with CIS". These championships are typically organized by the National Sports organization and serve as qualifying events for FISU and /or events that deliver a significant marketing or program benefit to CIS members.

Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) is the national governing body university sport in Canada. Fifty members schools, over 10,000
student-athletes and 550 coaches vie for 19 National Championships in 11 different sports. CIS also provides high-performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, and 27 World University Championships. No other sport organization in the country can match the breadth and scope of such a program.

Cross Country Canada is the governing body of cross-country skiing in Canada. Its 45,000 members are athletes, coaches and officials, including members of the Canadian Cross-Country Ski Team and Canadian Disabled Cross-Country Ski Team. Cross-country skiing is Canada's optimal winter sport and recreational activity with more than one million Canadians participating annually.

With the launching of the new CBET/NCCP course this year comes a new development in the Jackrabbit Leader courses. The new CBET course is developed around the Jackrabbit Program and consequently the need for separate Leader courses is not necessary. CCA is in the process of training CBET Learning Facilitators and course dates and locations will be posted on the CCA website in the coming weeks.

The Barriere Outdoor Club is a young cross-country ski club located at Barriere, BC. The club coaches have been giving ski lessons to the children in their community and are now at the point where they would like to teach them skating technique. To do this properly they need to groom their trails for skating, but they don't have the equipment to do that.

The club is therefore looking for equipment that can prepare their trails for skating, but can be pulled behind a snowmobile. They are looking for second hand equipment to keep their costs down.

If you have suitable equipment for sale, or suggestions/recommendations that would help the club, please contact Mary MacLennan at 250-672-5802 or the email address above.

Official Launch: Community Sport

Cross Country Skiing is one of the first sports in Canada to have their NCCP Community Coach Program approved.

To our NCCP partners,

As a follow up to our announcement at Council in May, we will be officially launching the Community Sport - Initiation context this Friday at a news conference in Winnipeg. The news conference kicks off Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif, CAC's annual conference that brings sport leaders from across the country together to discuss the future of sport in Canada.

The announcement on Friday is part of our ongoing efforts to continue to promote the changes to the NCCP and is a continuation of our communications strategy pertaining to the launch of Competition - Introduction in March 2004. We will be promoting the following seven sports that have completed (or are in the process of possibly completing by Friday) their conditional approval for the delivery of Community Sport - Initiation:

Cross Country Skiing