Daily Archives: 2015-01-07

“Sunday Session (8)” [Change of Day or Cancel!]

Hello Jackrabbit Managers,

The information in this post will be confirmed via another post to this website no later than 09:30 this upcoming Saturday morning.  Don’t show up for skiing without seeing the Saturday morning post!

Yep.  We call them our “Sunday Sessions” because we hold them, uh, on Sunday.  Except this weekend coming up.  Possibly.

“Sunday Session (8)”, scheduled quite clearly on our official schedule as to be held on Sunday, 11 January 2015, from 13:30 to 15:00, now likely/possibly needs to be moved to Saturday, 10 January 2015, also from 13:30 to 15:00 (or cancelled).

There are two reasons for this day of the week change:

  • Latest long-range weather forecast is indicating that we will possibly have to cancel any outdoor session on Sunday, 11 January 2015 due to the windchill being colder than our -27 degree cutoff (-23 degree Celsius air temperature).  See https://spotwx.com/products/grib_index.php?model=meteocode&zone=r1.15&tz=-6&title=FPWG51&lat=49.89975&lon=-97.13749.
  • Our official schedule also indicates that we were tentatively to be at “Fort Whyte Alive” for “Snow Trek”.  Except that this year Snow Trek at Fort Whyte Alive is not on a Sunday (like previous years), but rather on Saturday, 10 January 2015.  This change of day was published well after our official schedule was made (http://www.ccsam.ca/snow-trek-2015).   Oh, by the way, the latest forecast is indicating a warmer -18 degree Celsius air temperature (but still with a -27 degree windchill) on Saturday at skiing time.

So, the latest plan (weather dependent) is that we will be skiing at Fort Whyte Alive.  Meet at the Fort Whyte Alive Interpretive Centre at 13:30 on Saturday, 10 January 2015.

Admission for everyone will be free on Saturday only because Fort Whyte Alive is hosting the “6th Annual Snow Trek:  Winter in Motion”.   Fort Whyte Alive indicates:

“Get in motion for Snow Trek! Try x-country skiing with free equipment rentals and instruction all afternoon. Join a guided showshoe hike through our forests, and bring along your skates for a spin on the rink. Cap off your day with a cup of hot chocolate and marshmallows by the fire.  FREE admission all day!” https://www.fortwhyte.org/event/snow-trek/

“Fast Rabbits Thursday 3″, 8 January 2015 [Change of Venue and Indoors!]

Hello Jackrabbit Managers,

Tomorrow’s (2015-01-08) scheduled session of “Fast Rabbits Thursday 3″ will indeed run:

  • Just not at Windsor Park Nordic Centre.
  • Nor will it be outdoors.

Latest weather forecast sees Mother Nature giving us a -21 degree Celsius air temperature with a -33 degree windchill at what would be skiing time (https://spotwx.com/products/grib_index.php?model=meteocode&zone=r1.15&tz=-6&title=FPWG11&lat=49.89975&lon=-97.13749).

So, the revised plan is that Coach Ihor’s older kids group and Coach Rob’s not quite as old kids group will meet at 18:30 inside (not outside!) the likely-to-be-deserted Assiniboine Park Duck Pond Shelter ready to:

  • Exercise indoors (need long pants and top that can be removed when kids get warm).
  • Stretch indoors (need to put long pants and top back on).
  • Ski wax each kid’s skis (Coach Ihor supplies everything except skis).

Besides leading the exercising and stretching session, Coach Ihor indicates:  “We are going to wax like crazy.  It will be the best waxing sticker that has ever been generated.   No fewer than 3 irons will be running, I hope we don’t pop a breaker! We will even do a klister ski!”.

Session to be finished about 19:45.