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3rd Fresh Air Series Race - Thursday, January 19

Even though Wednesday, January 18 will see a CBC special race at Lappe, our regular Thursday night Fresh Air race will continue.  We know there a Lappe members who plan to attend our Fresh Air races and some who cannot attend a Wednesday race.  The current plan is for a classic technique team sprint (2 racers, 3 laps each).  So plan ahead, find a partner or we will pair you up on race night.  We have a 350m course for Atoms, a 600m course for Peewees and Midgets, and a 1000m course for older aged categories.

2nd Fresh Air Series Race - Rescheduled to Feb. 9

The 2nd in our series of Thursday evening races sponsored by Fresh Air was planned to take place Thursday evening Jan. 5 but was cancelled due to cold weather. It is now rescheduled to Thursday, Feb. 9 and, as planned, will be a free technique sprint time trial followed by a single heat in King's Court format.  Kings Court Format puts skiers of similar abilities in heats together regardless of gender or age, great for fun & friendly competition. New this year will be prizes from Fresh Air awarded at each race.  See the Fresh Air Race Poster for details. Registration at Lappe is from 5:30 - 6:30. No registrations will be accepted after 6:30 so we can start the race on time.

Salt & Pepper Dinner - February 10

Coming to you on Friday, February 10th.   Throw yourself a dinner party and support the Lappe Nordic Ski Club Friday Spaghetti Fundraiser featuring real ski food from Salt & Pepper Catering.  Pick up your hot food and salad at La Verendrye High School from 5-7 pm. Forms and details will be available soon.

Wintergarten Ceilidh Dance - Friday, February 24

Don't miss this one - it's a fun night for the whole family and it's happening again. Lappe Nordic Ski Club is hosting a Family Wintergarten Ceilidh Dance with music by Pierre Schryer & Friends and caller, Merrie Klazek. Join us at the Royal Canadian Polish Legion, 209 Cumberland St. N., Thunder Bay. Doors open at 7 pm.  See the Ceilidh poster for more details. 

Women on Skis Nordic day - Sunday, February 26

Our annual sellout event is back.  Women on Skis Nordic Day will run from 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday, February 26.  It's a day of fun and fitness with opportunities to improve ski technique and make new friends plus a lunch, sauna, and great prizes.  Ski rentals will be available too. View the Women on Skis Poster and the schedule for the day for more details.  Register early on Zone4 - participation is capped at 70 women so don't miss out.

Awesome Raffle

Win a stand-up paddle board and paddle ($1400 value) or $1000 gift certificate from Fresh Air  or $500 cash.  Just grab a ticket or three from one of the Lappe Directors or participating ski parents or from Fresh Air.  Checkout the raffle poster for more details.

LSSD Ontario Cup Race #1

The first Ontario Cup race of the season is done but lots of memories remain. Go to the LSSD Ontario Cups 2016-2017 Page to access links to terrific selection of pics - memories forever!

Coaching Innovation Award - Kevin Shields

At a recent team practice, Mark Thomas presented our head coach, Kevin Shields, with the Bioped Thunder Bay sponsored "Coaching Innovation Award".  This confirms what we at Lappe already know - Kevin is doing a terrific job, one we recognize and appreciate.

Thank You "Shaw Cable" & "Brian Berry"

Shaw Cable donated electrical conduit and Brian Berry (with his "Ditch Witch") buried the conduit for 65 metres down the side of the finish corridor at Lappe. This allowed us to pull wire through the conduit and terminate the ends with headset connectors. No longer must we run brittle wire over the snow - now we just plug the headsets in at the two locations on the finish corridor and voila! we have communications for race timing volunteers.

Wanted - Publicity & Promotions Volunteer

We've got a good thing going at Lappe with excellent programs and great race hosting, but we need help telling the world what a good thing we are. The Club has been on a strategic path to grow the Club, to get more people active and on skis.  Our current media volunteer has just left town so we are looking for a replacement. Check out this short PDF describing the role for further information. 

Sawdust Run - New Women's Record

Jenn Jackson shattered the Open Women's record on the hilly 5.4 km course at Lappe on October 8.  Jenn, a Lappe Club member, finished in a time of 21:36.5 shattering the previous record of 22:10 held by Brittany Webster, a record that stood for 10 years.

Jenn Jackson


Club & Program REGISTRATION for 2016/2017

Lappe's online registration is up and running for the 2016/2017 season. This year the registration is separated into two separate registrations: MEMBERSHIP & PROGRAM.

All persons wishing to register in regular Lappe ski programs must first become Club members.  With the separate Club Membership registration process, folks can now register first as club members, perhaps as a family, and then use the Program registration multiple times.

For Program Descriptions, visit the Program section of the website. For Trail pass information visit the Trail Pass Fees section of the website.

Register online at Once at the Zone4 website, type LAPPE in the search box at the top to see all of Lappe's current registrations.

Lappe Nordic Ski Club is a "club", not a business, that operates primarily through the efforts of its members who volunteer time and effort.  This allows the club to operate its many excellent programs with very low fees for its member participants.  To ensure this continues, the Lappe Board has introduced a formal Volunteer Engagement plan.  This plan details volunteer opportunities as well as exemptions for new members and members in the younger Jackrabbit programs.

Catch up on how Lappe's top racers are doing on the circuit by visiting the blog for Michael Somppi, the blog for Andy Shields, and the blog for Evan Palmer-Charrette.

Be part of the team!

Individualized and group training plans, one-on-one instructions and great team spirit. Check out our programs section for more information or...

Contact Head Coach Kevin Shields at or call him at 346-8084.

Volunteer Opportunities
Are you ready to join a dynamic group of volunteers? Read on....

The operation of the Lappe Nordic Ski Club and the programs and services we provide depend upon the volunteer efforts of our members. With the exception of one paid coach, the ski club is run entirely by the efforts of tireless volunteers. Volunteering for our club is a great way to learn new skills, meet new people and have fun!

You can help by volunteering in different ways:

Here are a list of the key positions that need to be filled, in addition to those mentioned above.

Click here for Volunteer Job Descriptions

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