Telemark is hosting the Western Canadian Championships race next weekend. We anticipate welcoming over 500 of the most competitive cross-country skiers along with their coaches and support teams from across Canada and western United States. A small race committee of club members has been working on this event for several months. Now it is time for the big show and we need a whole lot of more people to help us make this a memorable event. Setting up, tearing down, setting up again, stripping bibs… all sorts of fun. If you are able, please sign up for a few jobs and we will put you to work. There will be some perks! No experience necessary — we will train you! Even if you can only offer a couple hours, it all helps.
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Telemark Nordic Club has successfully completed a year-long project to upgrade the club’s cross-country ski race courses and has been awarded Federation International de Ski (FIS) certification. The new certification will begin paying off February 8-10, 2019 when we host the Western Canadian Championships. We anticipate welcoming over 500 of the most competitive cross-country skiers along with their coaches and support teams from across Canada and western United States. Mike Norton, FIS Homologation Inspector for Cross Country Canada, was impressed with the new race courses at Telemark, adding “The 5.0 km race course is one of the best and most challenging courses in the country.” James Williams and Tim Mayer, long-time Telemark Club members and Masters racers themselves, are responsible for most of the work on the project. According to James, “We are really pleased with how everything turned out. The athletes are going to love these courses. It is not just about racing, though. Our day-to-day recreational skiers also benefit from the course upgrades.”
For more information visit http://western2019.ca or contact the Event Chair Barry Allen 250-575-6163. Subscribe to the Westerns 2019 mail list at http://westerns2019.ca/contact-us/ for the latest updates.
Telemark’s own Gareth Williams and Hannah Mehain are currently competing at The World Junior/U23 Championships Jan 19-27, 2019 in Lahti Finland. To represent Telemark and Canada at the World Championships is a big deal and big feather in the cap of the Telemark Nordic Club programs, coaches and athletes. We are all extremely proud of Gareth and the Hannah and their accomplishments. Hannah and Gareth are 2 of only 3 athletes from BC to represent Canada at the Championships. Gareth is a long time Kelowna resident and grew up skiing at Telemark. Hannah lives in Vernon but works with Telemark Head Coach Adam Elliot and represents Telemark when racing. The World Junior/U23 Championships is an annual major competition in all the ‘Nordic’ Sports (Cross Country Skiing, Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined) for the best Juniors age (16-19) and U23 athletes (age 20-22) in the world. These are the next World Cup stars.
Follow Gareth and Hannah and the other 16 Canadians at the Championships – Results on FIS Website
What a great weekend up here at Telemark. It was a busy day on Saturday and everyone was smiling including the “Snowmen”. With 10 cm of snow over the last couple of days conditions are at their best yet.
We are getting excited for the Western Canadian Championships coming up in less than 3 weeks – Feb 8-10. 500 Athletes from Across North America will be competing at Telemark. Volunteers still needed – Contact
Do your skis seem a little slow sometimes? Maybe its not just you. A good glide waxing can help make sure your skis are working their best and you get the most enjoyment out of your skiing. Leave your skis with us. We will glide wax them for you and you can pick them up when you come to ski next. $15 for a classic ski wax and $20 for a Skate ski wax.
Near perfect conditions and a record 248 racers from 3 years old to 80 years old took on the Telemark trails today. And we had a sweep with both the fastest male and fastest female.
Fastest Female, Telemark’s Julia Ransom completed the 30 KM skathlon in 1:29:37. Julia also won the hill climb in 3 minutes 31 seconds and ALSO the downhill challenge in 5 minutes 58 seconds.
Fastest Male, also from the Telemark club, Ian Williams was fastest male with a finish time of 1:16:45. Ian also won the hill climb in 2 minutes 48 seconds and ALSO won the downhill challenge in 5 minutes 21 seconds.
Congratulations Julia and Ian. Complete results are available on Zone 4.
Photo credit Olaf Dijkstra.
The Apple Loppet is set for Sunday Jan 13th! Don’t let that stop you from coming up for a recreational ski or snowshoe The Telemark Nordic Centre is open for public skiing and snowshoeing on Loppet day. To avoid the crowds and have the best skiing available it would be best to plan your ski for mid-day.
The kids races start at 9:30am and the main Loppet starts at 10:10am. The Classic leg of the Loppet – on Telemark Trail – is first to go and most racers will be off that trail by 11:15am. The skate leg of the Loppet – mainly on Fern Trail – is last so it will be better to ski in the afternoon. Most of the competitors will be finished and things will be winding down by about 12:30 with the Loppet course completely cleared by 1:30. Full Schedule
Snowshoers will need to be extra careful crossing the ski trails when racers are coming through.
Saturday was a beautiful and busy day up here. We were in the sunshine above the valley cloud with temperatures hovering just around zero Celsius. Should be more of the same on Sunday and will make for another great day at Telemark for the Loppet and for regular skiing and snowshoeing.
The Telemark Nordic Club Apple Loppet is almost upon us – Sunday January 13th. Registration on Zone 4 closes 5pm (PT) Jan 12, 2019. There are still a few spots left but they are going quickly… Register now!!
Loppet Maps can be found on our Race Notice
The younger kids start at 9:30am with the main Loppet starting just after 10am. Full Loppet Schedule
If you are doing the relay event and need a partner please let us know and we will try to find somone for you.
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Our beloved Apple Loppet XC ski race is on again this year next Sunday, Jan. 13. If you are not racing, please come out and help us make this a memorable event for the more than 100 kids as young as 3 years old and of course all of the older athletes who come to race. We need people for course setup, aid/nutrition stations, timing, course marshallers, food and snack stations, and parking lot. Chose your preference — keep warm inside or be right in the middle of the action with the racers. No experience necessary. Click here for signup form or directly contact our volunteer coordinator Alison by email at email@example.com.
Request for Baking Donations
We are accepting donations of baked items and fresh fruit for the Apple Loppet next Sunday. Cookies, squares, muffins, what have you. Items can be dropped off at the lodge Saturday all day or Sunday morning. Please email Alison at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or if you want someone to pick up your goodies.
Thank you for volunteering.