Monthly Archives: October 2016

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

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

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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

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 if interested or you want to know more.

Keep on trakkin!

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