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Spring skiing is almost over here in BC but many members are still skiing the incredible conditions at local areas in Whistler, Sovereign lake, Silverstar and Penticton. What a great year for snow and mild weather and great growth in our membership thanks to Sovereign Lake Nordic clubs Masters program. Ninety eight members from one club! Largest masters club in Canadian Masters. Congrats to the volunteer leaders club manager, Troy Hudson and all their new members who helped make this unique program a great success. Hope they all decide to come back and help grow our BC Masters Division for next year!

Not only the skiing was great but so were the BC results at World Masters. The BC women brought home the only BC medals of all forty four Canadians that made the trip to VuoKatti, Finland for the Masters World Cup 2016. Pat Pearce of Sovereign Lake club won two golds in classics events and a silver in relays! Jane Rossworn, Kamloops won three bronze medals in freestyle events at here first World Masters! Great work ladies in very challenging conditions as VouKatti experienced their warmest weather in fifty years. BC also had largest number of skiers from Canada with twenty four competitors.

BC Masters is working hard to provide members with membership services such as continuing to work on improving communication, skiing camps for Dryland and on snow conditioning and supporting local clubs with their masters program. We are working on getting more services to you for next year.

If you club requires some assistance offering a fresh start to get Masters on the snow at your club please contact me and I will be happy to work with you to organize and get you started with dryland and snow sessions.

First Dryland camp is set for September 2016 so check out the website. Snow camps will be offered as part of Silverstar resort and Sovereign Lake Nordic Supercamps. Information available on their web sites.

Hope you had a great winter season and a lll the best getting out your running, biking and hiking gear for the summer.

I will send out a report from our Canadian Masters AGM meeting to current members after April meetings.

Have a great spring and summer!

Mike Bell
Canadian Masters – BC Division

First Masters Dryland Training Camp Fall 2016!

Get ready for the first ever Masters fall dry land camp in the beautiful Columbia valley at spectacular Nipika wilderness resort! You wannna get technique help and fitter on roller skis, bikes, run or hike with ski poles in a amazing mountain region! Relax in natural hot springs, hike in world famous alpine or ride on new pavement through high passes and river valleys all in full fall colours! Cannot miss this one!!

September 21st through to September 25th you will be coached by excellent coaches, sleep in an quiet alpine meadow in beautiful log cabins and eat nutritious breakfasts, lunches and dinners. This is the first ever fall Dryland offered to the 30 plus crowd by one of the top xc ski coaches in Canada.
Lyle Wilson, owner and manger of Nipika resort has teamed up with Canadian Masters- BC Division to invite skiers from all regions across Canada.

In fact we are waiting to hear if this will be our first ever National Fall Dryland for Canadian Masters all across Canada! What a great chance to get folks together with so much in common!

More information to come but get ready to put down a deposit of $200.00 by July 1st as space is very limited. I have had the pleasure to train, hike, bike and relax in this area and you cannot find a better place to improve your nordic fitness. Hey remember it is for first timers and big timers so not matter what you are focused on for your fitness you will be provided with options to meet your personal goals. Oh you will also have a hell of a lot of fun with Lyle and his staff and meet folks from all over our country.

More news in next few weeks.

Vuokatti Finland 2106 Masters World Cup

It has been a while since I have had a chance to post any new information. I have just returned from Vuokatti Finland where 42 Canadians competed with one thousand skiers from 26 countries!

The Finnish organizing committee did an amazing job of hosting the event considering it was the warmest and wettest weather they had for the last fifty years! The Vuokatti Sports Institute was the main host facility which is located in North Central Finland at 63 degrees latitude just 300 hundred kms from the Arctic circle. The ski courses were combinations of great rolling terrain and gradual long climbs with a portion of the trail crossing a frozen lake! I have to say the classic courses were designed for good diagonal striders and double pollers typical of a nordic nation. Skaters enjoyed fast course conditions with some incredible times for 30 km and 50 km. Raced hard conditions and slushy courses but all competitors made BC proud! Lots of great social time with everyone and the “almost” high point were the peanuts at the Canadian Social. Thanks to Bruce at National for blowing the budget on peanuts:)

Results are available at Vuokatti World masters web site for those interested. Also Sovereign Lake Nordic club has a great Facebook page set up with lots of great pictures and videos.Check out the Sovereign Lake Nordic club site!

BC skiers were well represented with twenty six skiers competing in the week long event! Pat Pearce of Sovereign Lake Nordic’s won 2 individual gold medals followed by Jane Rossworn from Kamloops with three individual bronze medals. Lois Johnson from Whitehorse won a bronze medal. Our BC women, Lois Johnston, Maureen Clements and Pat Pearce also won a silver medal as part of a relay team missing out the gold by a short margin. While the BC women won hardware there were some impressive results for BC Men.

John Wilkie of Penticton skied a fast 45 km freestyle race finishing in 6th place and Murray Rossworn skied a great 30 km race and finished 20th. Congrats to the new skiers who raced in their first Masters World Cup against the fastest field I have seen in the last 5 years! Finland and Russia dominated the medals.

Check out the World masters site for next years event! It is going to be an incredible event with Klosters, Switzerland hosting in one of the most spectacular Swiss locations!