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Whistler Nordics athletes excel at Nationals

Nationals Round Up

March 16 Whistler Nordics took to the road to venture to Canmore, Alberta to participate in the final event of this years racing schedule, Canadian National Championships. The team consisted of Michael Murdoch, Benita Peiffer, Mads Grodholt, Joe Davies and Mila Wittenberg. These athletes have trained since the Fall in the hopes of making their mark on the National Stage.

Day Two

Since we didn’t field a team for the relay cross, our competitions started day two. This day was the Short Interval Free Skate. Distances for the athletes ranged between 5km – 10km. Whistler Nordics Athletes came out of the gate strong with Benita Peiffer taking 1st in the Junior Girl 5km Sprint. Mads Groeholdt doubled down with another gold in the Juvenile boy Category. Michael Murdoch was 28th and Joe Davies 26th in their respective categories, but they were just getting warmed up. Unfortunately Mila Wittenberg was ill and had to sit out this race.

Benita on the podium

Mads on the podium

Day Three

This days competitions consisted of Medium Interval Classic Races. Not to be outdone by Mads, Joe Davies mounted an impressive race, finishing 6th and on the podium in the 7.5km race. This field was one of the largest with over 100 competitors. A great start to the day. Mads fought hard to an 11th place. Mila Wittenberg tried to mount a recover but illness won out. She came 91st. Next up was Michael Murdoch, spurred on by Joe’s success. Michael battled with the best to finish tied for 3rd in the Junior Boy Category. Benita Peiffer finished 5th in the Junior Girl 10km Sprint. A strong showing for the club put us in 10th place out of 60 clubs for the aggregate award.

Joe Davies on the podium

Day Five

Mila Wittenberg, will still under the weather participated in the Short Classic Sprints. Her qualifying time put her in 64th spot. Next up was Benita Peiffer, despite her strong qualifying time, waxing conditions did not help her advance in the heats, she ended up 21st overall. Next up was Mads. Mads fought it out to the very end, taking 8th place overall. Joe Davies ended up 18th overall. Michael Murdoch missed the final heat by seconds, ultimately winning the B final and taking 7th place overall. This was a challenging day for wax techs with conditions changing every 10 mins.

Day Eight Races

After a few rest days, the team was ready to show its colours in the Mass Start events. Unfortunately Mila had to bow out due to illness. Conditions were very warm and soft which made the courses that much more difficult. Benita Peiffer mounted the first challenge, finishing 4th overall, 3rd Canadian. Next up was Michael Murdoch in the 15km Mass start. By now conditions were slush at best. Michael gutted out a strong showing, finishing 5th in his category. Lastly Mads and Joe finished up in the Juvenile Boy Category 10km Mass Start. Mads ended up 5th with Joe a respectable 17th.

Benita on the podium

Michael on the podium

Mads on the podium

That ended the Nationals for the Whistler Nordics. As a club, Michael and Benita ended up 2nd overall Nationally in their respective categories. Joe Davies was 6th best athlete in his group. Unfortunately, since it was a National Championships, Mads’ accomplishments were not recognized in the aggregate score. Overall as a club we ended up 18th our of 62 clubs. An awesome showing given we had only 5 Athletes. This kids worked very hard since September and should be proud of what they accomplished. Well done!

The full results from the Haywood Nationals can be found on Zone 4:

Day 2 Results
Day 3 Results
Day 5 Results
Day 8 Results

Individual aggregate points Female
Individual aggregate points Male
Division aggregate points
Club aggregate points

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Whistler Nordics Creekbread Fundraiser – Reminder

We hope you will join us for pizza at the Club’s Creekbread tomorrow, Tuesday March 14, at Creekbread, 5pm onward. Here’s 4 great reasons why you should attend:

  1. Funds raised help us to keep our programs accessible to everyone ensuring as many people as possible can benefit from this family friendly sport.
  2. Creekbread will donate a percentage of all eat-in AND take-out pizza sales between 5-8:30PM to the club!
  3. Soctiabank will match funds raised so your pizza dinner and silent auction bids will go TWICE as far!
  4. There will be a silent auction to check out while you wait for your pizza to cook, it closes at 7:30PM and you DO NOT need to be present at the end but be sure to leave your phone number or email on the bid sheet.  The silent auction includes donations from:
  • Whistler Chocolate
  • SASS Designs Jewelry
  • Nicklaus North Round of Golf
  • Nagomi Gift Certificates
  • Quantum Vitamins Gift Basket
  • The Adventure Group Superfly Tickets
  • Fairmont / Vida Spa 60 minute spa treatment
  • The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge Swedish Massage
  • Rim Rock Cafe Gift Card
  • Delta Gift Card
  • The Grocery Store Gift Card
  • Slope Slide Supply
  • RMOW One Month Meadow Park Pass

To help reduce wait time for a table on busy nights Creekbread has a Call Ahead Seating (CAS) Policy. A guest can call 20 minutes before he/she arrives to Creekbread and they will be put on the wait list, this is NOT a reservation but will minimize the time they would actually have to wait in the restaurant and Creekbread will seat the guests ASAP once they arrive.

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Whistler Nordics’ Annual Fundraiser at Creekbread, March 14


We are excited to announce the date of our annual fundraiser on March 14 at Creekbread, 5-9pm. Join us for pizza to wrap up the XC ski season. Creekbread donate a percentage of pizza sales on the night to the club which includes take-out pizza! There will be a silent auction on the night and if you can’t stay until the end be sure to leave your contact details so we can contact you if you’re a winner 🙂

How you can help:
1. Save the date
2. Help us promote the night by sharing this event with and inviting your network of friends on Facebook.
3. Source a silent auction item from your contacts/colleagues/friends/family, no item is too big or small. Email with the details.
4. Join us on March 14 for a pizza dinner or order take out pizza

Our annual Creekbread Fundraiser aims to raise funds for the Whistler Nordics Ski Club. Funds raised help us to keep our programs accessible to everyone ensuring as many people as possible can benefit from this family friendly sport.


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The Nordic Toonie races return Jan 19!

The Whistler Nordics host the Nordic Toonie Races on Thursday nights at Lost Lake in Whistler during the winter ski season. Each night comprises a fun ‘race’ lit by headlamp then a social afterwards. The races are open to everyone, young and old, and of all abilities. While there are a few racers who like to compete there are many recreational skiers and families who are out for a fun night, to exercise, to get to know the local ski trails, and socialize with other skiers. Each race costs $2 (Toonie) and every participant must be a Whistler Nordics member, if you’d like to ‘try before you buy’ we offer a one-off ‘Try a Toonie’ for $5 for non-members (not available for the last race of the season). Sign up online as a member to save time at registration.

NEXT Toonie Race of the season:

Date: Thursday January 19
Sponsors: Avalanche Pizza, Brewhouse, Ryders Eyewear
Location & Course: Lost Lake Trails, Map
: 5:45-6:15pm, Passiv Haus, Lost Lake
Race start: 6:15pm
Race fee: $2.00 (*$5.00 non-members one-off Try a Toonie)
Après: Passiv Haus Upstairs, Lost Lake


  • Be a Whistler Nordics Ski Club member* (sign up online beforehand to take part)
  • Have a valid trail pass: $5 Thursdays
  • Wear a HEAD LAMP

*If you’d like to ‘try before you buy’ we offer a one-off ‘Try a Toonie’ for $5 for non-members (not available for the last race of the season).

the Whistler Nordics Ski Club page on Facebook for race information and sponsor updates!

2017 Race dates & Sponsors

We had a great season of skiing with everyone and await the return of the snow in 2017.

January 19: Avalanche Pizza, Brewhouse, Ryders Eyewear
January 26: Cross Country Connection & Whistler Brewing & Rainbow Electric
February 2:  Table Nineteen Lakeside Eatery, Nicklaus North Golf Course
February 16:  TBC
February 23:  Scandinave Spa

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BC Highlights from the Canadian 2017 World Jr/U23 Championship Trials/US National Championships

Park City, Utah, USA
January 7-10th, 2017

Long line of girls heading up the hill at the US Nationals, Soldier Hollow. Peiffer of the Whistler Nordics fights thru to 1st U18, 6th Overall! Full results here.

DAY #3 – Mass Start, Classic Technique

1st     Jr Men  (1st Jr Boy)        Remi Drolet (Black Jack Cross Country Ski Club)
1st     Jr Women                      Annika Richardson (Hollyburn Cross Country Ski Club)
2nd    U23 Men                        Thomas Hardy (Telemark Nordic Club)
3rd     Jr Men                           Gareth Williams (Telemark Nordic Club)
3rd     Jr Women (1st Jr Girl)     Benita Peiffer (Whistler Nordic Ski Club)
5th     Jr Women (2nd Jr Girl)    Kate Granstrom (Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club)
6th     Jr Women                      Hannah Mehain (Sovereign Lake Nordic Club)

DAY #2 – Individual Sprint, Classic Technique  

1st     Jr Women                      Annika Richardson (Hollyburn Cross Country Ski Club)
4-5th  Jr Women                     Hannah Mehain (Sovereign Lake Nordic Club)
4-5th  Jr Women                     Katie Weaver (Hollyburn Cross Country Ski Club)
5th     Jr Men                           Gareth Williams (Telemark Nordic Club)

Qualification Round:

2nd    Jr Women                 Benita Peiffer (Whistler Nordic Ski Club)
4th     Jr Women                      Hannah Mehain (Sovereign Lake Nordic Club)

DAY #1 – Interval Start, Free Technique

1st    Jr Men                               Gareth Williams (Telemark Nordic Club)
2nd   Jr Women                        Annika Richardson (Hollyburn Cross Country Ski Club)
3rd    Sr Men                              David Palmer (Black Jack Cross Country Ski Club)
4th    Jr Men  (1st Jr Boy)        Remi Drolet (Black Jack Cross Country Ski Club)
6th    Jr Women (2nd Jr Girl) Benita Peiffer (Whistler Nordic Ski Club)



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Medals for club athletes at the Teck BC Cup #1

This was a good weekend for the Whistler Wrecking Crew. Benita Peiffer single handedly took down all of the BC Girls / Women in Utah, not to mention most of the Canadian Girls and Women too ….. stay tuned for her last race on Tuesday…

Meanwhile the remainder of the race team were in Salmon Arm at the Teck BC Cup #1, Jan 7-8, 2017.





Saturday Skate Sprints

Mila Wittenberg 5th in Qualifier / and 3rd place in the A Final
Joe Davies 6th in Qualifier / and 6th in the A Final
Mads Groenhodt 11th in Qualifier ( broken pole ) / and 2nd in the A Final
Michael Murdoch 2nd in Qualifier / 3rd in A Final

Sunday Classic Interval Start

Mila Wittenberg 1st in Juvenile Girls (and beat all the Junior girls ) 5km
Joe Davies 2nd in Juvenile Boys 7.5 km
Mads Groenhodt 2nd in Junior Boys 7.5 km
Mike Murdoch 1 st in Junior Boys 7.5 km


Great weather both days and super good course conditions.  Well organized races.

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2016 Strategic Plan

In the summer of 2016 Board members and key members from the club worked with a representative from the Whistler Center of Sustainability to create a Strategic Plan for the next few years. Click on the link below to view the 2016 Strategic Plan.

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December club Clothing order


The Club will be submitting it’s Club Clothing order on Tuesday Dec 13th. We know it’s good to ‘try before you buy’ so we have some youth and adult sample sizes available to try at the following times/locations:

  • Saturday Dec 10, 12-12:30PM, Whistler Olympic Park (at the Skill Development Program apres in the tech building)
  • Monday Dec 12, 5:45-6:15PM, Passiv Haus, Lost Lake

We will have youth and adult sizes of the Arctic jackets (adult sizes only of the Odin jacket) to try, both will feature the design above.

  • Arctic: All-level warm up jacket for pre-race, training, or leisure skiing in colder weather. This jacket offers 3 layers of weatherproof protection combined with a back that’s soft and breathable to keep your temperature regulated.
  • Odin: Casual jacket, transitioning effortlessly from coaching to leisure, this jacket offers a modern design with the functionality of our breathable, two-way stretch fabric.

Arctic Junior jacket, $123.50 plus 5% tax = $129.67
Arctic Adult jackets, $135 plus 12% tax = $151.20
Odin Adult jacket $123.50 plus 12% tax = $138.32

Orders will be placed by the Whistler Nordics on Dec 13th for delivery within 2-3 weeks – place your order whe you try on the jacket or email. Jackets will be delivered to Source for Sports. The Club will notify members when they are ready to pick up. Payment to be collected by Source for Sports at pick up.

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2017 Haywood NorAm Western Championship comes to Whistler!


2017 Haywood NorAm Western Championship/Teck Coast Cup

January 20-22, 2017

Callaghan Valley Cross Country Ski Club will host an exciting weekend for Cross Country Skiing up at Whistler Olympic Park   Sanctioned by the International Ski Federation, this event will attract some of the best athletes from Western Canada and beyond. High calibre athletes from across Western Canada and the USA will meet at Whistler Olympic Park to compete for significant prize money and divisional champion points.

The hosting club, CVXC, is thrilled there will be great fast paced events, with sprints and team relays. From a spectator perspective, the team relays and sprints will be very exciting to watch and the organisers are hoping to attract a good crowd. This is the first time that the Haywood Western Championships will be hosted in the Sea to Sky region. The event is consistent with the 2010 legacy intentions of utilizing the Olympic venue to support amateur sport.

“Hosting events like this supports young athletes and raises awareness of our sport. There will be racers aspiring to make the National team and World Cup circuit giving it their all. We have a talented pool of athletes right here in the Sea to Sky Corridor so it will be very exciting to watch these racers ski on their home trails,” says Sherryl Yeager, Chief of Competition.

“The team relay is a new event for us, and we’ve designed the courses to loop the athletes through the stadium several times, so spectators will be able to follow the excitement and cheer them on,” Yeager said.

The Teck Coast Cup will also be taking place on this weekend. This series attracts athletes of all ages and abilities and has a very ‘grassroots feel’ that encourages life long passion for cross-country skiing. In order to make the event a success, volunteers for various jobs are required. No previous experience is necessary- just a good attitude. Contact Margo Murdoch at if you can lend a hand. There will be a lot of fun buzz surrounding the event. For all media enquires contact Jeneen Sutherland, or 604 561 4135.


January 19 – Official training
January 20 – Individual – Sprints – (Midget to Open)
January 21 – Interval – all age groups
January 22 – Team Relays – all age groups

Event information: Callaghan XC Ski Website
Race Notice: 2017 Haywood Westerns – Teck Coast Cup Race Notice
Race Registration
: Online only on
Registration Deadline
: Friday, January 13th, 2017 AT 23:59 PST
Late deadline is: Monday, January 16th, 2017 AT 23:59 PST.**LATE REGISTRATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO A $10 fee increase per race**
Course maps:
Callaghan XC Ski Website
Volunteer Registration
: Online only on
Volunteers: Learn about volunteering here
Westerns Technical Guidelines: Download from the CCC website
Coast Cup Technical Guidelines: Download from the CCBC website

CVXC is looking for Volunteers to host this event.  A percentage of the profits will go towards your Club as a thank you for your support.  Jobs range in skills required but everything matters, from bib washers to chief of timing!!

Please sign up on our volunteer webpage:

We still need:

  • Wax trailer coordinator
  • Chief of Comp Control

We are looking to train new chiefs for future races.  Please consider mentoring with a chief at this even.

  • Sponsorship coordinator (with Sherryl Yeager)
  • Awards (with Helle Wilburn)
  • Volunteer coordinator (with Helen Cook)
  • Stadium (with Delores Los)
  • Course (Theresa Oswald)
  • Timing (Lawrence Taylor)

Officials Certification

Although it is absolutely not necessary to have any kind of certification, you will have more options for roles if you are certified. A CCC Level 1 Officials course only takes a day and gives you a great introduction to what is involved in hosting a cross country ski race. The following courses are being offered in the Coast region this winter (click on links to register):

We really need all the clubs to pitch in and make this a great event.  If you want any more info contact Event Chair Margot Murdoch at

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Membership Drive WAXING WINNERS

Congratulations to the following members who signed up for their membership during our membership drive and have won a hot box wax! Please contact Tony Peiffer to arrange to drop off your skis the week commencing Dec 5th.  If there are any other members who would like to get their skis hot boxed, please make a donation of $40 to our club (you will receive a tax receipt) via this online form. All funds collected go towards athlete development.

Membership Drive Waxing Winners:

  • Boyd McTavish
  • Lorraine Vollmer
  • Duane Jackson
  • Tom Laviollette
  • Cheeying Ho
  • Evan Carmichael
  • Mireille Turcotte
  • Mika Smart
  • Craig Mackenzie
  • Theresa Oswald
  • Jeanette Callahan
  • David Greenfield
  • Anne Parent
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