Newsletter, Spring 2007
Well, here we are at the end of the 2006-2007 season! Thankfully, Canadian cross-
country skiers had better luck than their European counterparts. While snow cover was
generally good in Canada, although a bit late in coming in some areas, all of central
Europe suffered from either a serious lack of snow or none at all. Is this another
example of global warming at work?
In Québec, the snow was late in coming, especially in the Montreal area, home to many
of our excellent skiers and valiant competitors. Several races had to be cancelled
because of either lack of snow or severe cold. In other instances race distances had to
be changed to account for too much snow or wind. As an example, in the last race of
the Masters’ circuit, the 50k « Tour du Mont Valin », the distance had to be cut to 40k
and the trail modified to avoid exposing skiers to the dangerous windchill on the
exposed mountain tops. In summary, it was a difficult season in Québec with the
weather being either too warm or too cold (including a six-week stretch of extreme
I imagine that a similar situation of fluctuating weather prevailed in several other
provinces. Undoubtedly, however, I am sure that our died-in-the-wool cross-country
skiers and racers were able to make the best of season and enjoy many enjoyable
outings practicing their favourite sport.
Now is the time to plan our summer training program. I feel it is important to start off
with a period of rest. Top level athletes at the junior and senior levels start with a period
of several weeks of almost-complete rest. Because recuperating from an active season
is longer for older athletes, master skiers should take this rule even more seriously. The
range of summer sports that best contribute to maintaining and improving condition for
skiers is broad. Whether a racer or not, the cross-country skier will gain much greater
enjoyment on the trials next season if he or she has trained well over the summer. The
following activities are generally appropriate for maintaining and improving physical
condition if they are practiced according to the individual skier’s personnal objectives
for the coming season: roller-skiing, running, cycling, weight training, hiking in
mountainous terrain, and kayaking are appropriate and interesting activities. It is
strongly recommended to undertake one outing of roller-skiing per week, in both styles,
once the rest period is over.
By-the-way, Ken Godfrey from Toronto will have the pleasure of skiing next winter on
the brand-new pair of Fisher skis that he won in the 2007 draw. Seeing that he has
already taken possession of his prize, perhaps he will be able to try them out before the
last of the current season’s snow has melted.
1) Canadian championships, Rossland 2007
The Canadian championships were held, as planned, in Rossland, British Columbia
from 4 to 11 February 2007. The event drew approximately 60 participants during week
days and more than 100 for the Saturday race. Thanks to the excellent work of the
competent organizing committee led by Katy More and Yan, it was a successful event
and a memorable experience. And the pleasure was even greater thanks to the mild
weather at Rossland at this time when Québec and several other provinces were
experiencing Siberian cold.
The quality of the ski trails was excellent. The profile was perfectly adapted to the
capabilities of master skiers and sufficiently challenging to please the most demanding.
I heard of no negative criticism of the race course, which is unusual at such events. In
addition the region offers tremendous possibilities for most other winter sports.
Following tradition, the annual meeting of the Canadian Masters Cross-Country Ski
Association was held during the championships at Rossland.
To bring you up to date on the discussions at this meeting, the minutes are reproduced
AGM, Canadian Masters
Cross Country Ski Association
9 February 2007 4pm; Rossland Prestige Inn
Minutes of meeting
Executive members present in person
Jean Yves Babin (Chair), Frank Mc Namara (Alta), Emmanuelle Gunter (Ont), Dirk
Executive members present by phone conference
Bruce Legrow (NF), Roger Levesque (NB)
General membership present
Russ Evans, Shirley Pommier, Peter Donitz, Susel Donitz, Dave Rees, Gerhard Schop,
Colin Gray, Joe Kryger, Alena Branda, Laddy Branda, John Reeves.
Present by phone conference for WM bid presentations
1,2. The chair called the meeting to order at 4 pm. Chair asked Tempelman-Kluit to
keep minutes of the meeting. Those present around the table introduced themselves.
3. The proposed agenda (below) was accepted. (Moved Gunter, seconded Kryger)
1- Call to order
3- Acceptance of agenda
4- Minutes of previous meeting
5- Financial report.
6- Provincial reports
7- How to increase membership in each province?
8- New racing suit
9- New website
10- MWC 2011 in Canada (Presentation)
11- Nationals 2008 in Mc call
12- Others items…….
4. Minutes of last year’s AGM were read by Gunter and accepted as read (Moved
Tempelman-Kluit, seconded Donitz)
10. For convenience of presenters the chair modified the agenda order to move bid
presentations for WM 2011 up.
Brad Clemens presented the Sovereign Lake (Vernon) bid to host the WM 2011 over
the phone. His presentation was followed with questions from members for points of
Dave Rees presented the bid for Canmore to host the games. Those present asked
questions of clarification and amplification.
5. The interim financial report for MCC was read by Babin. For the year March 2006-
May 2007 beginning balance was $8900, revenue is about $6800 and expenditures will
be about $8600 leaving a closing balance near $7000. It was pointed out that at this
rate of revenue generation and spending MCC will soon be broke. The interim report
was accepted following a motion to do so by Gunter seconded by Donitz.
ACTION-Babin to finalize financial report for acceptance by exec.
6. Reports of provincial directors were read and briefly discussed. Alberta report
presented by McNamara, BC report by Tempelman-Kluit, Ontario report by Gunter for
Cook, Newfoundland report by Legrow, New Brunswick report by Levesque and
Quebec report by Babin.
7. The general decline in memberships across the country was decried by each director
and by those present. No concrete suggestions to rectify this were proposed. It was
pointed out that Quebec members now make up two thirds of MCC members.
Membership numbers in Ontario, Alberta and BC are disproportionally low. Average
age of members is rising steadily. Three reasons why Quebec is so successful
compared to other provinces were cited. Quebec offers a fall training camp, they do not
focus on racing only but cater to those who do not want to race and they have a points
system tied to their races in which members earn points for overall ranking over the
Other provinces were urged to emulate some or all of these schemes. The chair closed
this discussion by exhorting provincial directors to work hard on increasing
memberships. ACTION- Provincial Chairs to work on membership numbers.
8. The subject of whether we need a new racing suit was raised. Do we need to have
one now? If we do what type- one piece, two piece, design? It was pointed out that if
we want suits each person who wants one will have to pay up front to the manufacturer
and will have to accept what is produced regardless of fit upon receipt of the suit. After
some discussion it was decided to defer the issue of designing and ordering new suits
to be ready for WM 2011. ACTION-Babin to bring this forward to a meeting in
10. At this point Brad Clemens, Dave Rees and MCC members not on exec retired
from the meeting. A brief discussion was held on the two MWC2011 bids. Both bids are
excellent and fully satisfactory; the concensus is that they are equal. Canmore has lots
of snow making facilities and Sovereign Lake has lots of natural snow. It was pointed
out that travel to Sovereign might be somewhat more difficult than travel to Calgary.
Those present felt a choice between the two competing bids should wait. It was agreed
that Babin will present both bids in Rovaniemi and ask for opinions and preferences.
On his return from Finland he will consult exec by email and a vote can be held to
select the venue. ACTION-Babin to present bids at Rovaniemi, receive opinions
and inform exec to prepare for a deciding vote.
9. The subject of a new website was on the agenda but was not discussed.
11. It was pointed out that WM 2008 at McCall Idaho could double as the Canadian
National Championship. This proposal was accepted.
12. Other items
Canadian National Championship 2009. Central Canada is locus for these
championships. Chair asked Gunter to explore possibilities to host these
championships in Ontario. No candidate club was immediately obvious.
The opportunity of combining the Masters National championship with the
Canadian National Championship was suggested and enthusiastically received. No one
present knew dates and venues planned for the National Championships in 2009. Dave
Rees will investigate and get back. Some members recall that this was a regular
practice about 10 years ago and that it worked well. Perhaps economies of scale could
be realized. ACTION-Dave Rees to check times and places and get back to Babin.
Tempelman-Kluit asked whether members support his plan to donate $1000 from the
BC MCC bank balance to the Rossland club as a gesture of thanks to them for hosting
an excellent Canadian Championship. The aim is to help BlackJack club buy a groomer
to replace their present machine. The opinion is this is fine as long as it is strictly BC
money. ACTION- T-K to send cheque with thank you.
It was decided MCC would give medals to individual age categories women
The meeting adjourned at 5:30 pm.
Documents available before, or tabled at the meeting
Sovereign Lake Bid documents
Canmore Bid documents
Provincial reports from BC, Alberta, Ontario
Interim financial report
Membership numbers table all provinces
2) World Championships (MWC), Rovaniémi, Finland 2007
The 13 Canadians participating in the MWC 2007) stayed at the same hotel, giving us
the opportunity to socialize and to get to know each other better. The hotel lived up to
our expectations and the personnel were always ready to respond to our needs. The
Finns lived up to their reputation as a pleasant and courteous people. The Canadian
delegation was composed of:
Ken Hawthon, Gary Mitchel, Paul Wright,
Gery Morrison, Helen Bouchier,
Jhon Davina, Harry Vanderlught,
Sue Vanderlught, Ray Muller, Sid Fraser,
Scott Fraser, Jean-Yves Babin
And last, but not least, was our invincible 92-year old Georges Girard who participated
in one race.
The team brought back only one medal, that of Hélen Bouchier in the 10k, 70-74 yr
feminine category. Congratulations Helen, and thanks for saving the honour of our
As for the competitions, there were both positive and negative aspects. The shuttle
service between the hotels and race site were excellent. The closing banquet was well
organized and enjoyable. The weather was generally mild, although particularly cold for
the first race (about -15oC). For the rest of the week the temperature fluctuated
between -5 and +2 oC, much warmer than in Québec during the same period even
though Roaniémi is located on the Arctic circle.
Surprisingly, there was little snow. The original track circuit had to be changed during
the week, which created a bit of confusion. Despite considerable efforts by the
organizers and volunteers, certain parts of the trail suffered from the lack of snow.
That’s life! One has to accept what Nature offers. Another disappointment was the lack
of a warm-up area. Nevertheless, I believe that members of the Canadian delegation
were pleased to participate in these championships.
3) Annual meeting of the World Association (MWA)
The annual meeting of the MWA was held in association with the world championships
at Rovaniémi Finland. Several subjects were opened for discussion, including the
standardization of the pamphlet prepared by the organizing committee for distribution to
competitors. I see this as an excellent initiative because this pamphlet contains all the
information needed by all competitors.
A sub-committee was established at the September meeting in McCall USA with the
mandate to examine ways of improving future racing events. This sub-committee
described the various aspects they were examining: race distances for various age
groups, duration of championship events, modification of various activities to reduce
costs for host municipalities and organizers. A report will probably be tabled at the next
annual meeting in Autrans, France, 29-30 September 2007.
The organizing committee of the MWC 2009 in Autrans reported on their progress in
organizing the 2009 event; everything seems to be evolving normally. They reported,
however, that this past winter, at the site chosen for the event, no snow at all had fallen
a very unusual situation for this region that normally receives considerable snow each
winter. However, they advised us that they were taking measures to ensure that
artificial snow making machinery would be available if history repeated itself in 2009.
As agreed, I tabled the two Canadian submissions for the world championships 2011,
Canmore Alberta and Sovereign Lake BC. These submissions were well received, and
the additional information requested has already been sent to the president of the world
association. He will provide us with comments and will advise us of the most
appropriate time to submit the candidature of the site chosen by the Canadian
provincial directors for official approval at the international level.
4) MWC 2008 in McCall, Idaho USA, 28 Februaury to 8 March, 2008
The representants from McCall presented an update on the organization of the 2008
championships. Everything seems to be well structured, in line with the Americans’
reputation as organizers of major events. We can expect an exceptional championship
event. I had the occasion to visit McCall in September 2007 and can assure you that
they have chosen an exceptional site with race tracks with ideal profile and width.
On the other hand, we were advised that lodging reservations should be made
immediately. I realized the truth of this when I tried to make my own reservations.
Several units are already booked up, and finding interesting lodging will become
Here is the info regarding accommodation for McCall. The first competition is on 1
March and the last on 8 March 2008.
You will find below 2 email addresses that I received from those responsible for the
accommodations in McCall. The prices for these are for the low season. The first email
is for the condos and the second one for motels. All condos are located on the same
site a mile from the gate of the Ponderosa Park were the stadium is located. These are
the closest condos to the stadium and also very close to down town. You can also
choose among other condos at Aspen village on the web site if they are available. I am
trying to locate as many Canadians as possible at Aspen village.
You have to make your own reservation. Pay attention to the cancelling
Thank you for the contacting InIdaho.com. I have put some notes and
information together on a quote page based on your email.
Your Quote includes information on the following items:
1. Aspen Village #41
2. Aspen Village #100
3. Aspen Village #109
4. Aspen Village #126
5. Aspen Village #128
6. Aspen Village #150
7. Aspen Village #153
8. Aspen Village #42
9. Aspen Village #146
10. Aspen Village #118
11. Aspen Village #70
12. The fallowing condos at Aspen village are also available: 153, 38 40 46 67 78 82 96
98 103 105 120 125 152.
From your Quote Service page you will be able to view information on the items listed
above as well as make reservations directly from this page. To view your InIdaho
QuoteService Page you can: 1. Click or paste the following link into your browser's
To make your reservation:
2. *OR* Visit the Customer Lounge (there is a link located on our
home page at www.inidaho.com).Or call 800 844 3246
The e mail below regarding motels for those who are not interested in condos. My
suggestion for Canadians is Bundage In which is not too expensive, and the Super 8
Lodge which is more luxurious. You also have to make your own reservation
Your Quote includes information on the following items:
1. Super 8 Lodge McCall - 1 Queen
2. Super 8 Lodge McCall - 2 Queen
3. Holiday Inn Express McCall (The Hunt Lodge)- 1 King
4. Holiday Inn Express McCall (The Hunt Lodge) - 2 Queen
5. Brundage Inn
6. Scandia Inn
7. Western Mountain Lodge (formerly Best Western)- 1King
8. Western Mountain Lodge (formerly Best Western)-2 Queen
To make your reservation:
2. *OR* Visit the Customer Lounge (there is a link located on our
home page at www.inidaho.com).or call 800 844 3246
For information concerning the event, consult the site: www.mwc2008.com/
I am pleased to announce that a new website is being developed. The English version
is almost finished and the French version underway. You are encouraged to visit the
site and to pass on to me any comments you might wish to make.
Wishing you a great summer season and lots of pleasure practicing your favourite