Monthly Archives: November 2016

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!








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!