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.
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
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
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
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
Early Snow Camp
November 12-14, 2004
Camp starts 9:00 am Friday morning and finishes after lunch
Camp Fee: $200
This camp is
an open provincial camp for Midget through Junior Boy/Girl
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 X-C.com Racing Team
Registration dead-line is November 5, 2004…or sooner! For
more information, head to the
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
information: download the
and Job Application
opportunity in Edmonton to buy and sell used cross-country
NEW THIS YEAR.
* 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.
remains with the seller. (We will have tents set up outside
if needed, so dress for the weather!)
* For those buying equipment..cash 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
DON'T MISS IT
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
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
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
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
Remember, there are less than 2,000 days until the 2010
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
Canmore Nordic Centre, Canmore
Contact: Mike Mappin [email protected]
Date: December 3-5, 2004
CCC Level 1 and 2 Officials Certification Course and
(Recertification for existing Level 2 and higher officials)
Fort Saskatchewan Nordic Ski Centre - River Road (Fort
Saskatchewan Nordic Ski Club)
Contact: Vaughn McGrath
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.
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.
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
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