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Special Report from 2017 Ski Nationals

See further down the page for earlier days of Lappe in Canmore.

Day 7 It's an official training day in preparation for the last race day. Tomorrow is the long distance mass start free technique day with distances from 15 to 50 km.

Here are some pics from last night's awards ceremony:
Jenn Jackson - Day 4 Interval Start Classic - Senior Women
Evan & Michael - Day 5 Classic Sprints A-Final - Senior Men
Jenn Jackson - Day 5 Classic Sprints A-Final - CCUNC Women

And all week Coach Kevin has been working with Rocky Mountain coach and wax tech staff, Like Mcgurk and Jennifer Jones, sharing a wax cabin and making athletes skis glide fast  and grip strong when they need to. Have a look at their happy faces.

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Fresh Air Race #6 - Thursday Evening March 30

The 6th and last in our series of Thursday evening races sponsored by Fresh Air is planned for March 30 and will be a hill climb event done in two parts: a time trial followed by a pursuit start.

Courses are suitable for Atom (aged 6) and older categories. New this year are 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.

24-12-6 Hour Lappe/NTDC Relay - April 1 & 2

Here it is, the 20th annual epic 24-12-6 Hour Relay.  How far can you or your team ski in 24 or 12 or 6 hours?  This is a distance event and a fund raiser for the National Team Development Centre, Thunder Bay (NTDC-TBay) and Lappe Nordic Ski Club. It is definitely an annual favourite with solo, pair, and team categories.  View the race notice for all the details and print the pledge form to document the pledges you will gather to support the important contributions NTDC and Lappe Nordic make to the ski community locally, provincially, and nationally.  Registration is at And check out our relay poster just because its so awesome!

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.

Lappe @ Ski Nationals 2017 in Canmore AB

Day 1 of the Ski Nationals is always a "Club" race in which athletes form teams but must be from the same club.  In Canmore, this year the race was a Nordic Cross Relay - two athletes per team each skiing one of two different legs (2.2 km each) with a variety of elements (uphill and downhill slalom, jumps, uphill double poling only zones).  Lappe Lasses (Jenn Jackson & Hannah Shields) placed 2nd in the Open Women.  Lappe Lads (Mike Somppi & Gavin Shields) placed 3rd in the Open Men category.  Jenn and Gavin's teams, each with other partners, placed 2nd respectively in the University Women and Men categories earlier in the day.

Here are some pics from the events: Mike & Gavin at the relay exchange, Jenn & Hannah at the exchange, Jenn in the downhill slalom element.

Day 2 was an interval start free technique event and Lappe scored two podiums. Jenn Jackson grabbed 2nd place as a Senior Women in the Open Women category and 1st place as in the CCUNC category.  Michael Somppi finished 5th overall in the Open Men category but will receive the 3rd place medal as he was the 3rd Canadian to cross the finish line. Hannah Shields didn't make podium but had a very good race finishing 10th as a Junior Woman. Day 1 and 2 were tough days for all athletes who do not live and train at altitude. We shall see how things change by week's end.

So here are some great pics from Day 2. Gavin Shields, Michael Somppi, Niklas Harkonen, Hannah Shields, Jenn Jackson, Hannah again

Andy Shields and Evan Palmer-Charrette should be joining us (back from Quebec World Cup) when racing resumes on Day 4. 

Day 3 of the Ski Nationals was an Official Training Day so there were no results to report.  However, awards for the previous two days were presented and here are a couple of pics of our athletes with their medals: Gavin & Michael, Jenn & Hannah.

Day 4 saw athletes competing in an interval start classic race. With so many athletes at this Ski Nationals (about 750 racing each day), it takes all day to run the races.  Morning temperatures were just below zero; by afternoon the sun was shining and athletes were racing in short sleeve shirts.

Notable results are as follows: Senior Men (15 km) - Michael Somppi 8th (5th Canadian), Evan Palmer-Charrette 10th; Senior Women (10 km) - Jenn Jackson 10th; Junior Women (10 km) - Hannah Shields 11th; CCUNC Women (10km) - Jenn Jackson 2nd; CCUNC Men (15 km) - Gavin Shields 12th.

Pictures from Day 4: Michael Somppi, Michael Somppi (finish), Niklas Harkonen, Niklas Harkonen (finish), Hannah Shields, Jenn Jackson, Evan Palmer-Charrette, Andy Shields, Gavin Shields

Day 5 was the day of the "Long Sprints" and saw Junior and Senior Men & Women compete in classic sprints on a 1.3 km course. The day started off warm (+2C) and then mid-day increased to very warm (+10C) so you can imagine how the classic track disintegrated on uphills. A major downhill corner under a bridge just before a long gradual climb to the finish corridor Turned into mush. It was definitely challenging for the athletes. Lappe was well represented in the Senior Men category with Evan Palmer-Charrette 3rd in the A-Final (but 1st Canadian) and Michael Somppi 6th in the A-Final (4th Canadian). Jennifer Jackson made it through the Senior Women time trial into the heats finishing 6th in the B-Final. And Junior Woman, Hannah Shields, also got through the time trial into the heats but was knocked out in the quarter finals. And Hannah's oldest brother, Andy, recently back from the World Cup races in Quebec, made it into the heats as well but didn't get past the quarter finals. Gavin Shields did not make top 30 in the time trial and thus not into the heats. Tomorrow brings the "Short Sprints" where Juvenile and Junior Boys & Girls compete on a 1.1 km course.

Here are a couple of pics from Day 5: Evan Palmer-Charrette; Michael Somppi, Jenn Jackson, Gavin Shields, Andy Shields, Hannah Shields.

Day 6 was "Short Sprint" day in which Juvenile and Junior Boys & Girls compete on a 1.1 km course. Much like the previous day the weather started out warm(+2C); but during the Junior Boys race, a blizzard of snow significantly reduced visibility and slowed athletes' skis. Lappe had only one entry, Niklas Harkonen, who skied his heart out and missed the cut to make it into the heats by less than 1/2 second - he placed 31st, one spot off the cut. See the video of Nik battling through the blizzard or view a pic of Nik making the turn before the downhill before the finish.

Ski Nationals 2018 Announcement

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 contacting the 2018 Ski Nationals Volunteer Coordinator.

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.


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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