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Women on Skis Day - Sunday, February 18, 2018

Registration is now open on Zone4 for this day of fun and fitness for women, and registration is limited to the first 70 who sign up so register now!

Improve your ski technique to enhance your enjoyment in either or both classic and skate techniques (rental equipment is available), enjoy a healthy homemade lunch, have a hot sauna, make new friends, and have a chance to win one of many great draw prizes.

See the poster for pics and more information.

Anyone wishing to volunteer can contact Becky at bpuiras@gmail.com

Fresh Air Race - March 1

This is a team sprint event.  Find a partner and have fun in a relay with each team member skiing 3 legs of a short course.  There are lots of options for team make-up - mixed gender and mixed ages are all possible.  View the Team Make-Up PDF for course and category details.

All racers Atom aged and up are welcome. The plan this year is for five races at a cost of $25 for all five or pay as you go at $8 per race. Lappe members registered in a Lappe ski program race for free. See the race poster for more details. IMPORTANT - onsite race registration closes at 6:30 pm (no exceptions) with race start at 7:00 pm.

Fast and Female Champ Chat -
Monday, March 12 - 2:00 to 5:00 pm

Calling girls aged 8 to 18! Meet inspiring role models from sport, develop physical literacy through a circuit of exercises suitable for all sport backgrounds, and make friends. For more information and to register visit the Fast and Female website, or email Katherine Hall.

2018 Lappe/NTDC 24-12-6 Hour Relay - 11:00 am Saturday, March 24 to 11:00 am Sunday, March 25

Test your metal at this exciting event. How far can you ski in 24, 12, or 6 hours? How much can you raise in support of 2 amazing ski clubs? Would you rather volunteer?

The 24 Hours of Lappe is a fundraiser for the Lappe Nordic Ski Club and NTDC Thunder Bay. Funds raised help both organizations in their efforts to support fantastic ski programs from the Jackrabbit Program through to elite level ski racing.

New! Cash prizes of up-to $1,000 for a new distance record.

Merchandise prize to the top fundraiser!

Awards by category for all 3 relays: 24 hour, 12 hour and 6 hour.

Check out the Race Notice and Pledge Form. Put a team together and register at www.zone4.ca. Registration closes on Thursday, March 22 at Midnight. There is an opportunity to late register until 10:00 am on Saturday, March 24, subject to a late registration penalty of $10. Late registrations make plannning difficult, particularly for this event, so please try to register on time!

NO SNOW CANCELLATION PLAN: In the event that the Lappe Nordic Ski Centre does not have enough snow to safely host the relay, the event will be cancelled.

Notice of cancellation will be by email to registered participants no later than Wednesday, March 21 at noon. Full refunds, less a $5 administrative fee, will be available.

Notice of cancellation will also be posted on the website. 

For more information contact Stephanie at marlersteph@yahoo.ca.

Hannah Shields - 3 Golds at Eastern's

Hannah swept the field at the Canadian Eastern's on the Feb.2-4 weekend.  After placing 6th in the sprint qualifying round on Friday, she went on to win her Quarter Final, Semi Final, and then the A-Final heat as well.  The next day on Saturday in the interval start 10 km free technique event she took top spot winning by 15.1 s.  Day 3 was a pursuit classic technique race so Hannah got to start first, but she really didn't need the head start since she also had the fastest time for that race by 46.5 s.  And all this from a young woman who really wasn't into racing on skinny skis just a couple of years ago.  Wow, what a performance!

Lappe Men - 3 in Top 6 in Craftsbury

In the SuperTour race on Sunday, Jan.28, three of Lappe's senior men racers took 3 of the top 6 spots in the 10K skate event in Craftsbury, VT.  Andy Shields was second and Michael Somppi and Evan Palmer-Charrette were fifth and sixth respectively. Way to go guys!

 

AltaGas Sponsored Ski-At-School Program Takes Off

Through Cross Country Canada's AltaGas sponsored program for which Lappe was successful in its bid to participate, we have greatly expanded our reach into the community to further engage young people in our active lifestyle.  With the $7500 grant and our matching funds, we have purchased skis, boot, and poles to significantly expand our school program.  In addition to the ski equipment, we have acquired a 12' x 56' trailer as a generous donation from Secure Store. This gives us the space to store equipment, dry boots between sessions, and maintain the equipment, all necessary to effectively run our school program.

For more specific detail about this exciting program, read our Head Coach description about the impact we are having.

Youth Leadership Program

Check out our Youth Leadership Program poster to whet your appetite to be involved in this creative program.

There are current leadership opportunities in our Jackrabbit, Try-It XC Ski, Kids Running Wild and Adaptive Programs on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings and afternoons. Additional opportunities are available in our Spring and Fall Kids Running Wild Program.

Just send Coach Kevin an email to find out more or sign up.

Job Posting - Youth Coach/Leader Apprentice Program: 

As an innovative component of the NEW Lappe Nordic Youth Leaders program (see poster here) the Coach/Leader Apprentice Program will be for people who have completed a year of volunteer work with the ski club or have other relevant volunteer experience with a community group. The apprentice coach will need to identify an area of coaching or leadership within the club, make a clear commitment and complete any required training. We are currently accepting applications for this program and are hoping to have 3 or 4 apprentices for this winter. The application deadline is Friday, December 1, 2017. 

Job Posting - Lappe Nordic Ski-at-School Program:

Lappe Nordic is seeking coaches for its Ski-at-School program. Now in its third year the program continues to expand. This year there will be 20 Ski-at-School days at the  Lappe Ski Centre. Participants learn to skate ski over four fun and invigorating  visits to the ski centre. In addition to our experienced coaches, who are returning, we will hire 3 or 4 new coaches for the program this winter. The application deadline is Friday, December 1, 2017. The job posting is here.

2017-2018 Program Registration

Lappe's Club and Program Registration for 2017- 2018 is now available at www.zone4.ca. Past online registrations required Zone4 fees and vendor credit card fees to be added on at the end of the registration transactions. In the interest of simplicity and transparency, Lappe has adjusted its club and program fees so the Zone4 and credit card fees are included in the advertised club and program fees. HST on program fees (club membership fees are exempt) are still added on at the end of each registration transaction.

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 www.zone4.ca. Once at the Zone4 website, type LAPPE Nordic Ski Club in the search box at the top to see all of Lappe's current registrations. (you will have to scroll down a bit since the registration page has been open since May). 

Coach's Notes Spring 2017

Kevin's Spring Coach's Notes are an interesting recap of this past season and a look at what's ahead.

Ski Nationals 2018 at Lappe

The Canadian Ski Nationals will be held at Lappe Nordic Ski Centre once again.  Lakehead Superior Nordic Association (LSNA), a joint venture between Lappe and Big Thunder Ski Clubs will host the event March 10 - 17.  Cross Country Canada's (CCC) announcement can be found here. More detail can be found in the official press release.

You can get a jump on registering to be a volunteer at this exciting National event by registering right now on Zone4. Check out the PDF Volunteer Descriptions or contact the 2018 Ski Nationals Volunteer Coordinator for more information.  And here is the November newsletter

LAPPE'S TOP RACERS' BLOGS
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.

JOIN LAPPE'S RACE TEAM!
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 kevin.shields@uwaterloo.ca or call him at 346-8084.

VOLUNTEER ENGAGEMENT
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.

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.

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