November President’s Broadcast

Hello Trakkers!

It’s Open House month, CANSI dates for prospective ski instructors have just been announced — and we’re still looking for a few good volunteers!

Great Turn-Out for MEC Snowfest!

The Trakkers table at MEC Snowfest on November 5 was a big success! We had lots of shoppers swing by to learn more about the club and we hope to see some new faces out with us at the start of the season. Thanks to all the Trakkers members — Sam, Han, Michelle, Heather, Marianne, and Judy — who came out to help staff the table!

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CANSI Ski Instructor Prep and Level 1 Course Dates Announced

Trakkers is looking to recruit and certify at least 2 new ski instructors this season in order to keep pace with demand for lessons. All Trakkers instructors are trained and certified by the Canadian Alliance of Nordic Ski Instructors (CANSI).

If you’re interested in taking your skiing technique to the next level and giving something back to the club, this can be a great way to do both — plus, there’s perks! You don’t need to know how to do both skate and classic ski techniques as CANSI offers certification for classic instruction only as well. For anyone who completes the Level I training and commits to teach with Trakkers for a period of time, the club reimburses the costs of the CANSI training and certification, and covers trail/bus fees while teaching as an incentive. Our instructors teach for approx. 90 mins on the morning of each of our Sunday trips, and then are free to get their own ski in through the afternoon.

Dates for the Level 1 preparatory and Level 1 certification courses have just been announced:

Level 1 Preparation Course — December 17 — Highlands Nordic

  • This 1-day preparation course is designed to assess your cross-country ski technique and to provide you with feedback and fine tuning to ensure that you can ski at the required level before you attend the CANSI Level I certification course.

Level 1 Instructor Certification (February 25 & 26), Highlands Nordic

  • This 2-day (16 hours) course will introduce you to the fundamentals of cross-country (classic and/or skate) and the teaching technique. You will improve your demonstration skills and learn how to introduce new people to the sport.

If you’re interested, please email Anita Elash, our Ski School Coordinator.

Calling All Bus Captains! — Training Session is December 10 

Trakkers is holding our annual Bus Captain training boot camp for all returning and potential new captains on Saturday, December 10 — and we’re still hoping for 3-4 more members to join us, in order to round out our roster of volunteers this season.

Being a bus captain is a great way to meet more people in the club and to give something back at the same time. Our bus captains are responsible for registering all skiers as they board the bus, purchasing and distributing the club’s trail passes when we arrive at the resort, and acting as all-around ambassadors on each Sunday trip. It’s a ton of fun, the club provides full training, and as an extra incentive, if you volunteer as a captain the cost of your Sunday bus fare is covered by the club. We require two bus captains per bus for each of our Sunday trips.

If you are interested in volunteering as a bus captain please contact Sam Tosaria, the club’s Lead Bus Captain, for more details.

See You at the Open House on Friday!

Finally, a reminder that our annual Open House will be this coming Friday, November 18.

Location: Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Avenue
Date and Time: Friday, November 18, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

At the Open House you can meet all our ski instructors, members of the board, and other ski club members, as well as learn about the resorts we visit on each Sunday Trip. We’ve also got some fab door prizes lined up!

Reminder to all members that registration for our Weekend Trips will start at the Open House on a first-come, first-served basis, so bring payment to reserve your spot! See the Weekend Trips page on our web site for full details.

Keep on trakkin!

Jen Liptrot
Volunteer President
Trakkers Cross-Country Ski Club — LOVE Winter!

Strong Body. Strong Trakker. | Pre-Season Conditioning

As temperatures drop, it’s time to think about getting your body ready for the ski season.

XC Ski Indiana gives great tips on:

  1. Stretching to improve flexibility
  2. Improving your balance and stability
  3. Toning your muscles for increased endurance

http://www.xcskiindiana.com/articles/condition1.html

Blitz Conditioning also offers a great strength training routine for those wishing to improve their performance:

blitzconditioning.com/strength-training-for-cross-country-skiing/

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October President’s Broadcast

Hello Trakkers!

With the cooler weather comes ski swap season! We’ve got details of all the swap events and our upcoming Open House and pub night — and we’re still looking for a few volunteers to help out with our table at MEC Snowfest, and throughout the season as bus captains, and to support our Facebook page and blog!

Upcoming Gear Swaps

Retire and recycle your old equipment – or upcycle with new gear! Most swap events require donations or consignments to be brought in up to a week in advance, so be sure to check each location’s requirements well in advance of the swap date:

Hardwood Hills Ski Swap (north of Barrie)
Saturday – Sunday, October 22-23, 2016

Highlands Trailblazers Dust ‘Em Off Nordic Ski Swap (south of Collingwood)
Saturday, October 29, 2016

MEC Fall Gear Swap (Toronto)
Saturday, November 5, 2016

Georgian Nordic Ski Swap and Waxing Fundraiser (Parry Sound)
Saturday, December 3, 2016

Come Visit Trakkers at MEC’s Snowfest (& Ski Swap)

Trakkers will be on site again this year for MEC Snowfest on November 5. This year our table will be upstairs so swing by to check us out!

We’re also looking for a few other volunteers to help staff our table. It’ll be a fun day where you can hang out with other Trakkers skiers, share your experience with the public and get exclusive discount for MEC‘s products. If you’re interested in helping out, please contact Han Zhang, Trakkers Publicity Coordinator, at publicity@trakkers.ca.

Reminder — Pub Night and Open House

“Winter’s Not Far Off” Pub Night – can’t come to our Open House and have questions about the club? Want to reconnect with members and share a toast to the start of the season? Our upcoming pub night will be held on:

Thursday, October 20, starting at 7:00 p.m.
Whelan’s Gate, 1663 Bloor St W
(right across from the Sunday Trips bus pick-up location)
No need to reserve with us in advance, just show up to join us!

Trakkers’ Annual Open House

Hold the date to come out and reconnect with members in anticipation of the upcoming season, sign up for weekend trips, or just find out more about the club!

Location: Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Avenue
Date and Time: Friday, November 18, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

At the Open House you can meet all our ski instructors, members of the board, and other ski club members, as well as learn about the resorts we visit on each Sunday Trip. We’ve also got some fab door prizes lined up! Reminder to all members that registration for our Weekend Trips will start at the Open House on a first-come, first-served basis, so bring payment to reserve your spot! See the Weekend Trips page on our web site for full details.

Call Out for Volunteers — We Need a few Bus Captains, Ski Instructors, and a Social Media Assistant!

Trakkers is 100% run by a volunteer Board of Directors and a dedicated group of members who love to ski — and who want to give the gift of skiing to others! We rely on some of our members giving back a bit to the club to make the club vibrant and ensure each ski season is a success! As we ramp up to the coming ski season, we are looking for a number of volunteers for some key positions in supporting the club’s operations:

Calling All Bus Captains! — Training Session is December 10 

Want to meet more people in the club and get a free Sunday bus fare? Why not consider becoming a Trakkers bus captain?

Our bus captains are responsible for registering all skiers as they board the bus, purchasing and distributing the club’s trail passes when we arrive at the resort, and acting as all-around ambassadors on each Sunday trip. It’s a lot of fun, the club provides full training, and as an extra incentive, if you volunteer as a captain the cost of your Sunday bus fare is covered by the club. We require two bus captains per bus for each of our Sunday trips.

The club is holding our annual Bus Captain training boot camp for all returning and potential new captains on Saturday, December 10. If you are interested in volunteering as a bus captain please contact Sam Tosaria, the club’s Lead Bus Captain, for more details.

Think You Could Be An Instructor?

Trakkers members consistently tell us that free lessons by instructors certified by the Canadian Alliance of Nordic Ski Instructors (CANSI) are a big drawing card for new and returning members and we continue to do active promotion to expand the number of our instructors. This year the club is looking to recruit and certify 2 new instructors in order to keep pace with the demand for lessons.

If you’re interested in improving your skiing and giving something back to the club, this can be a great way to do both! Dates for CANSI’s prep and certification courses have yet to be announced (they will likely take place in December or January). You don’t need to know how to do both skate and classic ski techniques as CANSI offers certification for classic instruction only as well. For anyone who completes the Level I training and commits to teach with Trakkers for a period of time, the club reimburses the costs of the CANSI training and certification, and covers trail/bus fees while teaching as an incentive.

If you’re interested, please email Anita Elash, our Ski School Coordinator.

Social Media Content Coordinator Volunteer Opportunity

Do you enjoy reading skiing, snowshoeing and outdoorsy articles online through Facebook, Twitter and the larger blogosphere? Have any experience with writing articles or social media content? Why not consider volunteering as our Social Media Content Coordinator?

Most of the job simply entails identifying relevant online content that would be of interest to Trakkers members and supporting the club’s Communications Director to cross-promote relevant online content through Trakkers’ social media presence (Facebook, Twitter). If there’s interest, this person could also act as the club’s “roving reporter” to develop brief original content for the Trakkers blog — this could include anything from writing articles about the club’s social events, developing profiles of Trakkers members, recipe ideas, book reviews — we’re open to ideas and this is a great way to meet other members in the club!

Time commitment is approximately 1-2 hours per week. Optimally we’re looking for someone who is online/social media savvy, and training will be provided on the specific social media tools used by the club (WordPress, Tweetdeck, etc.). Email info@trakkers.ca if interested or you want to know more.

Keep on trakkin!

Jen Liptrot
Volunteer President
Trakkers Cross-Country Ski Club — LOVE Winter!

Strong Body. Strong Trakker. | Cross-training

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Are you a runner? A cyclist?  Read about the benefits of cross training with cross-country skiing and snowshoeing during the winter months.

Cross-Training 101: Cross-Country Skiing (Competitor.com)

For runners:

Cross-country skiing: The ultimate winter cross-training (Canadian Running)

Cross-training Options for Runners (Runner’s World)

For cyclists:

Cross Training and Cross-Country Skiing (Hunter Allen Power Blog)


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September President’s Broadcast

Hello Trakkers!

The club is officially out of summer hibernation and we are gearing up for a wonderful ski season! Preliminary seasonal forecasts are looking like we could have a colder winter and more precipitation than last season, so fingers crossed we are going to blessed with lots of snow!

Some updates for membership below re: membership renewals, fall social events, and a call out for a few volunteers:

Early Bird Membership Rate is $70 Until Sept 30

Take advantage of some savings and renew your membership before the end of the month! Returning members can simply log on to their member account and renew online with debit or credit card payment. Membership rate goes up to $75 after Sept 30.

Reminder that renewing your membership is a two-step process: 1) renewal and providing payment details; and, 2) providing your consent for our insurance purposes — both can be done from your Member Account page on the web site.

Fall Social Events — Oct 1 Bruce Trail Hike and Oct 20 Pub Night

Thinking of getting your legs ready for the ski season or just in the mood for a good hike and the company of fellow Trakkers? On Saturday, October 1 we will be going on a hike in the beautiful Dufferin section of the Bruce Trail. It’s a 22-km hike from Kilgorie to Primrose.

Hike leaders are Florence de Lannoy and Katja Lutte. To register please contact Katja at: katja.lutte@rogers.com. Full details are on our web site.

We are also holding a “Winter’s Not Far Off” pub night on Thursday, October 20, at Whelan’s Gate, 1663 Bloor Street West — all returning and prospective members welcome to join! We’ll be upstairs in the pub, any time after 6:00 p.m. No need to RSVP — just come out and join us!

Hold the Date: Trakkers Annual Open House — Nov 18

Come out and reconnect with members in anticipation of the upcoming season, sign up for weekend trips, or just find out more about the club. New and prospective members welcome. Light refreshments will be served and we’ll have some wonderful door prizes!

Friday, November 18, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Avenue

Registration for the club’s three weekend trips will also begin at the Open House (bring your chequebook or credit card for payment). Destinations this year are as follows:

Social Media Content Coordinator Volunteer Opportunity

Do you enjoy reading skiing, snowshoeing and outdoorsy articles online through Facebook, Twitter and the larger blogosphere? Have any experience with writing articles or social media content? Why not consider volunteering as our Social Media Content Coordinator?

Key duties for this non-board volunteer position include:

  • identifying relevant online content that would be of interest to Trakkers members;
  • acting as the club’s “roving reporter” to develop brief original content for the Trakkers blog— this could include anything from writing articles about the club’s social events, developing profiles of Trakkers members, recipe ideas, book reviews — we’re open to ideas and this is a great way to meet other members in the club!; and,
  • supporting the club’s Communications Director to cross-promote relevant online content through Trakkers’ social media presence (Facebook, Twitter)

Time commitment is approximately 1-2 hours per week. Optimally we’re looking for someone who is online/social media savvy, and training will be provided on the specific social media tools used by the club (WordPress, Tweetdeck, etc.).

Email info@trakkers.ca if interested or you want to know more.

Early Call Out for Bus Captains!

Want to meet more people in the club and get a free Sunday bus fare? Why not consider becoming a Trakkers bus captain?

Our bus captains are responsible for registering all skiers as they board the bus, purchasing and distributing the club’s trail passes when we arrive at the resort, and acting as all-around ambassadors on each Sunday trip. It’s a lot of fun, the club provides full training, and as an extra incentive, if you volunteer as a captain the cost of your Sunday bus fare is covered by the club. We require two bus captains per bus for each of our Sunday trips.

We’re putting an early call-out for any returning or prospective bus captains. If you are interested in volunteering as a bus captain please contact Sam Tosaria, the club’s Lead Bus Captain, for more details.

Keep on trakkin’!

Jen Liptrot
Volunteer President
Trakkers Cross-Country Ski Club — LOVE Winter!