Weekly Newsletter

Avalon Nordic Weekly Newsletter #2

Friday January 15, 2021

While the lack of snow continues to be a bit frustrating, remember that you can ski with the barest cover of snow on the Pippy Park golf course. There is a good amount of snow forecast for tonight and tomorrow morning, so try to get out Friday and Saturday as there will be a warmup again starting Sunday. Here is what is happening at Avalon Nordic this week:

Communications

We now have managed to update and get logged onto all of our various modes of communication. We have a revamped website were information will be continually updated http://www.avalonnordic.ca/

Our Twitter feed will now feature links to weekly announcements. Follow us @AvalonNordic

We also have a Facebook page were you can get updates https://www.facebook.com/Avalon-Nordic-155700184466161

If you have something you would like featured in the newsletter or on the website/social media accounts, please email your communications director, John Sandlos (jsandlos@mun.ca)

Youth Lessons

We will be holding lessons this Saturday, 10 AM at North Bank Lodge (Pippy Park), and we anticipate that we will be on skis. Tuesday lessons are scheduled to go ahead at 6 PM at North Bank Lodge. Check email or social media for further announcements about weather and ski conditions.

We still have room for kids in lessons if you have friends or family who may be interested. You can point them to the registration link on our homepage http://www.avalonnordic.ca/

We could use parent volunteers to help with coaching. If you are interested, please contact Shawn Leroux at shawnleroux@hotmail.com. Volunteer coaches will need to complete the Nordiq Canada Introduction to Community Coaching (ICC) course. The course is completely online and there is a fee waiver in effect until mid-February. To begin the registration process go to https://thelocker.coach.ca/

Tours

 The tour group is planning to put off an event either Sat (16th) or Sun (17th). We will wait until tomorrow’s forecast snowfall before deciding on what we might do. ANSC members, who have indicated an interest in touring, will receive an email from me once we’ve decided on what we can do.  Because of conditions, the first ski or two will be “easy” skis.

To assist Covid compliance, tours are open only to registered members this season. Tourers will have to complete a Covid guideline compliance form (online) to be eligible to participate.

We are off to a slow start this year. In other years we’ve been able to do 2-3 easy skis before New Years Day. Once sufficient snow comes we’ll look for ways to make up for these.

See you on the trails soon, Bill

Challenge Group/Ski Team News

The Challenge Group and Ski team has been continuing training twice a week (Tuesdays/Thursdays) this week and was happy to have some new members joining them! They got out on skis on the golf course for Thursdays’ session and a few folks went out for impromptu sessions through the week to put a few kilometres on their skis!

Snowmaking Saturday 10:30am. Meet at Main Entrance to Pippy Park Trailer Park (just west of North Bank Lodge) I am planning to hook up the water portion of the snow making system on Saturday morning around 10:30am it would be great if I could get a couple of volunteers to help set up some hoses. This would be a great opportunity for those interested in snowmaking to check out the Avalon Nordic snowmaking equipment. The goal for this session is to get familiar with the equipment we will not be making snow. Hopefully this will take around 2 hours. The temperature needs to be a little colder and there is rain forecasted for Sunday. Email avalon.nordic@gmail.com if you are interested. Thanks, Glenn.