February President’s Broadcast

Dear Trakkers,

Every year seems to be bring some ups and downs with the weather and our ski conditions — and this season is shaping up to be no different! Rest assured, we will still get in many Sunday trips before the end of the season!

Cudos to Laurel on Level 1 Certification!

Congratulations go out to Laurel Christie, who completed her Level 1 CANSI ski instructor certification earlier this month! Laurel had been assisting with some of our Ski School lessons thus far this season — and she worked hard on her training for the instructor program — so please join me in welcoming her as a fully certified instructor to our Ski School! Well done!

Reminder — Wine and Cheese — February 25, 2018

This year’s annual wine and cheese will be held on Sunday, February 25th at Scenic Caves. This is a great mid-season opportunity to socialize with other members in the club and we will have the very cozy log cabin at Scenic Caves booked for our exclusive use again this year.

Festivities will begin at approximately 3:00 p.m., giving us lots of time to socialize before we board the bus back to the city at 4:30.

Photo Contest Now Underway!

Our annual photo contest is off to a great start, with each of our weekly themes giving you the opportunity to win a $50 MEC gift card! Winner of our first week’s theme — “Show Us Your Style” — was Niki Müller:


“Longgggg me skiing”

Upcoming themes include:

  • Wild Life — closes noon, Saturday, February 17
  • Spectacular Wipeouts — closes noon, Saturday, February 24
  • Winter Patterns in Nature — closes noon, Saturday, March 3

Check out the Photo Contest page on our web site for full details and watch our Facebook page for further updates on winners!

Blue Spruce Weekend Trip a Snowy Success!

It was a winter wonderland for the club’s recent weekend trip to Blue Spruce Resort in Dwight, near Huntsville this past weekend. With tons of fresh snow, members had the option of choosing between the wilderness trails in Algonquin Park or at Arrowhead Park in Huntsville. A few photos to share, courtesy of Hanna:

Fen Lake Cabin - Algonquin Park

With Gwen at Fen Lake Cabin

Heron Nests

Heron Nests on the Rockery Trail at the Blue Spruce Resort

Tell Us Your Thoughts re: Year-End Event

While there is still lots of skiing left this year, the club is thinking about the Trakkers Year-End Party and Annual General Meeting (AGM).

We welcome membership input and would appreciate if you could take few minutes to complete this short survey to help us in organizing and understanding what the membership prefers with respect to a year-end event. Thank you for your input!

Keep on trakkin’!

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


Running from Putin after helping him cheat

Grigory Rodchenkov was once the mind behind Russia’s elaborate doping program that helped them cheat in the Olympics. Now he’s talking about it and he fears for his life.


If you’re interested in this topic, watch this amazing documentary ICARUS on Netflix.



Canada at previous cross-country ski Olympic events


Alex Harvey is poised to become the first Canadian male to medal in cross-country skiing at the Olympics.

Canada’s previous cross-country ski medals at the Oympics have been won by 3 females: Beckie Scott who initially was awarded bronze, then silver and eventually gold in Salt Lake City 2002 after Russian doping was discovered and after a long court battle,  followed by silver with team mate Sara Renner at Torino 2006, and Chandra Crawford who surprised everyone by taking gold in the sprint as a rookie in Torino 2006.

At the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, the Canadian men’s cross-country ski team just missed medalling for the team sprint team, placing forth. Here’s how the Canadian men’s team did overall in 2010.

The Canadian cross-country ski men’s and women’s team didn’t do so well at Sochi 2014 where the best place finish was 11th.

But you know, there’s winning and then there are these amazing acts of sportsmanship like Sara Renner being helped by Norway’s coach in 2006 and Canada showing the same at Sochi.