Monthly Archives: March 2016

APJ Family Wind-Up: Sunday April 10

You might have already received an email via the Perfect Potluck website with regard to the upcoming lunch that winds up our fantastic ski season.  If not, consider this post your official invitation!

APJ Wind-Up Potluck – Sunday April 10, 2016 – 1:00-3:30 pm

All APJ families are invited to attend this event, regardless of the number of times you actually made it out this past season.  We won’t judge.

Please visit the PerfectPotluck website (, locate the schedule under “FIND” using my last name (Unger) and the password (APJ2016).  Then write your family’s name under a category.  All details are there, including a map.

Please mark your calendars and decide which of your favourite food item(s) you will bring.  We look forward to seeing you in April!

Annual Awards: please vote!

Since it went back to winter again this week, it should at least put you in the mood to think about skiing, even if we can’t actually do it.

Tomorrow, Sunday March 20, 2016, is the deadline for nominations for the 2015-2016 CCSAM Annual Awards.  It’s very simple.  Just think of people in our ski community to nominate… and let CCSAM know about them!  They deserve some recognition.

Here is the link.  Below is the form.   (NOTE:  You must actually use the link to submit your votes.)


Please fill out this form to nominate any number of deserving members of our ski family.Deadline for nominations is March 20th, 2016.

We hope you will celebrate with us on Saturday April 9th at Rossmere Country Club. Awards to begin at ~7:00 PM right after dinner.

To purchase meal tickets please register on Zone4

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First & Last Name of Nominee *
Please indicate which award you feel this person should receive: *
Choices of Awards as follows:
Volunteer – Awarded to an individual whose volunteerism demonstrated an unsurpassed dedication and commitment to the development and betterment of cross country skiing in Manitoba.
Sport Builder – Awarded to an individual or group with demonstrated success in either creating or expanding an existing cross country ski program in their community.
Family – To recognize the families in the CCSAM ski community who make a difference with their positive attitude, community spirit and volunteerism. Awarded to a family of cross country ski enthusiasts.
Coach – For the coach with outstanding leadership skills, demonstrated commitment to safe and ethical coaching practices and a positive, balanced approach to coaching.
Club – For the CCSAM club demonstrating a commitment to developing quality cross country ski programs in their community.
Senior Skier – For overall performance excellence at the Provincial, National and International competition level.
Junior Skier – For overall performance excellence at the Provincial, National and International competition level. Athletes must be in the Midget, Juvenile or Junior competition category.
Master Skier – For overall performance excellence at the Provincial, National and International competition level.
Most Improved Skier – For the athlete showing a significant improvement from the previous year based on race results or other criteria deemed commendable by the Awards Committee.
Special Recognition (provide detail below). For individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the sport of cross country skiing in Manitoba. These are awarded at the discretion of the Awards Committee based on nominations.
Please explain why you feel this nominee should receive this award. *
Please tell us your name: *
Please leave your email address: *
Today’s date: *
Remember, to answer the questions above, you must submit them online (using the link provided).

APJ wind-up…

Good-bye Winter…welcome Spring!  As far as I can tell, unless you want to don water-skis, our APJ season has come to an abrupt end and we will not meet at the park today.  Enjoy the warm weather!


Anyone feel like water-skiing instead?!  This is the same location as our Cookie Sprint Off race 3 weeks ago! (Assiniboine Park – March 13, 2016)

Windsor Park Nordic Centre also closed its doors last week, saying a sudden good-bye to a great season of skiing.  (Note that there are many lost and found items at Windsor Park and you can still stop by to pick things up if you left them behind.  Please phone ahead as their opening hours are much shorter now.)

APJ will be having our annual WIND-UP POTLUCK LUNCH… Sunday April 10.  Look for upcoming posts with details of this wind-up to officially close our awesome season together.


Record-breaking numbers out for events last week

This past week has been more than exciting for our APJ group with record-breaking numbers out for two different events!

Last Thursday we had ten of our APJ skiers show up for the annual “Dash for Cash” event at Windsor Park.  (see photo page)  What a great night!  Thanks, Coach Jeff and Downtown Nordic leader, Steve Scoles, for heading that up again this year.  Thanks also to the large number of volunteers who made Dash for Cash possible.  It was not only a fun event for the kids to race for loonies (both real and chocolate), but great fun for the spectators to witness such incredible talent in these young skiers!


Coach Jeff McMillan & Steve Scoles – Dash for Cash event organizers

Then, this past Sunday we had another record number of APJ families out for our annual excursion to Falcon Ridge Ski Resort.  With balmy +8℃ temperatures, we were skiing in single layers, tank tops, t-shirts, etc… and eating our lunch outdoors.   (When was the last time you heard a complaint of being too hot during cross-country-skiing in Manitoba?!)  Of course, we had to round out the day with some tubing… and suntanning.  Thanks to everyone who showed up with smiles on for a great time together!

largest APJ group at Falcon - March 6, 2016 (plus 2 more families showed up later!)

largest APJ group at Falcon – March 6, 2016 (plus 2 more families showed up later!)

tubing fun after skiing

tubing fun after skiing

APJ Expedition to Falcon Lake!

Sunday! March 6!

Falcon Trails Resort at the end of the south shore road of Falcon Lake: there will be warm snow and a lot of it!  Google Falcon Trails for a map and great resort stories.

Please set up to arrive  for skiing at 11:00 am.  APJ big group ski will launch then.

There is a very satisfying cafeteria there or bring a lunch and a guitar or mandolin as this is promoted there. After lunch, strap on a helmet and have an absolute scream on a “not a lot of parental supervision required” inner tube slide, or keep skiing!

It’s a provincial park so remember to bring your park pass for the mini van.

Driving time from Assiniboine Park is 1:45,

See you there,

Coach Ihor



Dash for Cash: Thursday March 3

Do you like chocolate?  Do you like money?  Dash for Cash has both!

Tomorrow evening (Thursday March 3, 2016) at Windsor Park Nordic Centre, the annual Dash for Cash event will take place. 

It is a fun-filled evening of sprint races on the grid (straight, flat skiing – out and back).  Extremely viewer-friendly. Fun for all. Each racer receives either a chocolate loonie or the actual coin after each sprint.  A win-win situation!

Registration is the night of… show up between 5:30-6:00 to register.  Cost is $5/skier.  Races begin at 6:30 p.m. and the brief evening concludes with an awards ceremony (medals for winners in each age category).  Ages pre-school to grade 6 welcome.

For more information, please contact the coaches.