Monthly Archives: February 2017

What’s up this week?

Well done, APJ coaches!  Yesterday, our usual ski session had to be reconfigured and moved to the Formal Gardens due to the melt/freeze that’s been happening. We have some pretty flexible coaches who can make anything work!  Happy skiers played games, worked an obstacle course, hunted down rubber chickens, and skied the loop, all the while smiling for photos with Stafford Studios.

Photos will most likely be complete in two weeks’ time.  If you didn’t submit an order form, but would like to do so after viewing your photos, give Stafford Studios a call to arrange for that.

Tomorrow evening is the annual DASH FOR CASH… a very fun, short, ski event where every child wins chocolate loonies and/or real loonies!  WIN-WIN!  It’s for any skier from Nursery to Grade 6.  Coach Jeff McMillan and Coach Steve Scoles are the hosts who make this event a blast… (read below for details)

Next Sunday March 5 is intended to be APJ’s annual Falcon excursion – an all day event.  Due to the melt/freeze thing making it icy, some trails are closed.  So please stand by and await a final decision on this club event as the coaches find out more about trail conditions.

The DASH FOR CASH is back!

Brought to you by:

Assiniboine Park Jackrabbits and Downtown Nordic

Sponsored by:

YES Ski wax!

TUESDAY, February 28TH 6:45PM


Training grid area


Classic technique. Grades N-2 approx. 50 m.   Grades 3-6 approx. 100 m.  Races will go in order of grades starting with Nursery.

For categories with less than 8 entrants: the first heat is against one other person. The person who finishes first in this heat receives a loonie and goes to the A side final, the person who finishes in second place gets a ‘chocolate loonie’ and goes to the B-Side Final.

For categories with 8 or more entrants: we will run heats of 4, with top two going to the A Final and the bottom two going to the B Final. Loonies for top two, chocolate loonies for bottom two.

Finals will be mass start. 1st ,2nd, and 3rd place medals will be awarded to the winners of the A-side group for each grade.

This is an entry level, fun oriented, participation event.


$2.00 per child.  Thank you to our sponsor YES Ski Wax for making this event more affordable!


The event is open to students from Nursery up to and including Grade 6.


Registration will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 PM at Windsor Park Nordic Center. No registrations will be accepted after 6:30 PM. (to allow time to make the race schedule)


ALL racers MUST complete the Entry Form and have the waver signed by a parent or guardian before being allowed to race.  Waiver posted on


Skiing Sunday but at the Formal Gardens, and it’s Photo Day!

Hi ,

We will be skiing Sunday the 26th, but at a different location in the park as our usual area has water on it.

Please enter the park from Corydon and Park Blvd and we will be staging in the Formal Gardens instead (where all the statues/head busts are along the bike path).

We will be doing a big group photo first, get into our routine, and then we can break out individually for individual photos.

Remember to bring a mug for hot chocolate!

Coach Ihor

Special Sunday Session

It’s APJ’s annual Stafford Studios photo shoot this Sunday February 26.

Photos are a wonderful way to remember the year of skiing with APJ, and Stafford Studios are very reasonably priced with a variety of options available.  They take any form of payment.

Even if not purchasing, please do make an effort to show up so there can be as many skiers as possible in our group photos.  Thank you.

Double Check our website on Sunday for possible location changes, but right now the plan is to meet at our usual time of 1:30pm in the Formal Gardens (where the head statues are).  Entrance is at Corydon and Park Blvd.


Good news… and Good news!

Apparently there was a huge shoveling party happening at Windsor Park last night… and thus…

Track Attack skiing will be a “GO” for APJ tonight!  Please be ready to skate-ski.  Same time.  Same place.  (6:30 p.m. at Windsor Park)

ALSO, in the good news stories…  one of our members had lost their orange APJ club jacket.  However, a wonderful person found the jacket, took initiative to seek out our club’s website, located our contact page, and submitted a comment indicating he had found it, giving us his contact info!  There are some really awesome people in this world!  The jacket and its owner are now happily reunited.  🙂

Website Schedule/Calendar will be updated as follows (snow dependent for some):
– February 26: photos with Stafford Studios
– March 5: Falcon excursion
– March 12: Cookie sprints (and wind-up???)
– March 19: ???
– March 26 & April 2: Spring Break – no skiing

Check it out!

Kevin’s father, Peter Sim, has once more put together a short film of one of our Sunday afternoon ski sessions.  THANK YOU, PETER!

Check it out:


Note:  All short films that Peter has made for our club over the years can be viewed on the LINKS page.


Reminder! No session this Sunday

Hi, just a reminder that we won’t have a session this Sunday, Feb. 19. Have a fun weekend!

Next weekend we’ll be back in the Park, and on the Saturday a few of us will be participating in the Boundary Trails Ski Club Distance Challenge, details to follow!

Coach Ihor

Headlamp Ski at Beaudry Park-Thursday

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Hope you’re feelin’ the love today.

This Thursday, February 16, is APJ’s special ski outing to Beaudry Park for those families who want an extra challenge/adventure.

Beaudry Park is groomed with 16k of classic trails.  We won’t be skiing all 16 of them on Thursday.  Perhaps 5k…give or take.  (There are 2 smaller loops off the parking lot side.)

Directions here and park info here.
Temperature predicted to be a balmy 0℃ during the day with a low of -1℃ at night.
For those interested, meet in the Beaudry parking lot at 6:30pm.
Items to bring:
  • Headlamps
  • Hot chocolate mugs
  • Provincial Park pass


Sunday February 12: meet at Park as usual

Our Sunday session today will be on as usual.

Coach Ihor is away as his son James is racing this weekend.  But the other coaches will be at the park to lead the session.  Should be great weather!

Meet at the Duck Pond at 1:30.

Bring those hot chocolate mugs!

APJ spotted at park

While I was out for a walk at Assiniboine Park this afternoon, I was surprised to spot two extremely familiar, orange jackets skiing rapidly toward me.  I wondered if I’d gotten my days mixed up – was it already Sunday afternoon with APJ?

Nope.  Still Friday.  It was none other than the McManus brothers who were out with their mom getting some fresh air at Assiniboine Park on a day off school.

Mom, Simona, informed me, “After a few hours of tackling math homework and practicing piano, we desperately needed to take a break!  So we decided to come here for a ski.”

There’s nothing like exercise to clear the mind.  Way to go, setting a great example, boys!


PJ (10) and Sebastian (9) McManus

Thursday Night at Windsor will work!


Windsor Park Nordic Centre,  Thursday night skiing at 6:30 (ski racks).  Let’s go skate skiing, as we attacked classic last week. It will still not be super warm (darn) so put on that extra layer.

See you then,

Coach Ihor