Club News Nordic Community News

Callaghan Gold – Early season skiing opportunity club members

Whistler Olympic Park is pleased to announce the return of Callaghan Gold for early season training opportunities!

Callaghan Gold is a pre-season ski trail built using stored snow from the 2016-2017 season. At 1.5 km (approx.) in length, this trail is designed to service high performance athletes and club programs. The trail is scheduled to be open to Club Members on Weekend afternoons from October 28 to November 22, 2017.

Club members must purchase trail ticket(s) at the gate upon arrival – $15 per person.

The gate and main gate house will be open 11:45 – 1:30 on weekends for ticket purchases. ALL participants must adhere to these times.

Open* to Club Members on:
Saturday Oct 28, 12:00 – 3:00 pm
Sunday Oct 29, 12:00 – 3:00 pm
Saturday Nov 4, 12:00 – 3:00 pm
Sunday Nov 5, 12:00 – 3:00 pm
Saturday Nov 11, 12:00 – 3:00 pm
Sunday Nov 12, 12:00 – 3:00 pm
Saturday Nov 18, 12:00 – 3:00 pm
Sunday Nov 19, 12:00 – 3:00 pm

*Whistler Olympic Park also reserves the right to close Callaghan Gold if trail conditions deteriorate and are deemed unfit for training. Notice will be given within 24 hours of all bookings without charge.

A friendly reminder that public washrooms are accessible and located adjacent to the biathlon parking area (below flex space). If wax space is required please contact us directly. Waxing is NOT permitted in flex and meeting spaces.

Nordic Community News

BC Punch Pass… Explore BC on skis this winter!

BC Punch Pass… Explore BC on skis this winter!

With everyone starting to look forward to another wonderful season of XC skiing, Cross Country BC have announced an exciting new initiative, the BC Punch Pass. The goal is to promote Nordic tourism in BC, connect skiers and clubs, share ideas, and also serve as a fundraiser for our clubs and provincial programs.  Note that the BC Punch Pass is transferable, great for sharing with family and friends. You can purchase the BC Punch Pass when you purchase your membership online.


Nordic Community News

Coaches Week – Sept 23-30, 2017

September 23-30 is coaches week! There are numerous workshops and courses hosted in Whistler that will be of interest to local coaches, check out the schedule below. Download the registration form here.

Whistler’s Sport Appreciation Night – Drinks, food, camaraderie and fun!

As part of the Canada-wide celebration of coaches from the grassroots to professional levels, the Resort Municipality of Whistler, Canadian Sport Institute Pacific and Whistler Sport Legacies invite all coaches and support staff to Whistler’s Appreciation Night to celebrate those who are dedicated to making great sport happen in the Sea to Sky!
WHO: For the coaches and support staff dedicated to sport in the Sea to Sky
WHERE: Whistler Athletes’ Centre, Performance Hub, 1090 Legacy Way (Cheakamus Crossing)
WHEN: Friday, September 29th 2017, 7:00-9:00pm
RSVP: Tami Mitchell, 604-964-0031 by September 15th

Coaches Week Course Schedule

Club News Nordic Community News

Scotiabank and Creekbread Fundraiser Thank You!

Thank you everyone for coming to Creekbread to eat pizza in the name of Nordic Skiing! The silent auction was a great success and made possible through the support of many local businesses: Whistler Chocolate, SASS Designs, Four Seasons, Nicklaus North, Nagomi Sushi, Quantum Vitamins, The Adventure Group, Fairmont / Vida Spa, The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge, Rim Rock Cafe, Delta Village Suites Whistler, Hilton Whistler, The Grocery Store, Sushi Village, Slope Slide Supply, RMOW, Sea to Sky Car Wash, Peiffer Family, Sicotte/Wittenberg Family, and Sladen/Doak Family.
Tammy and her team at Creakbread donated a percentage of their pizza sales on the night and the Scotiabank Creekside team (Kimiko, Victoria, Karen, Astin, Nial and Stephanie) helped out and matched all the funds raised on the night enabling us to meet our fundraising goal to bring a second night of youth programming to Lost Lake next winter.

Club News Nordic Community News

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

Nordic Community News Nordic Events

2017 Haywood NorAm Westerns and Teck Coast Cup #2 and #3 January 20-22

There is something for everyone at the upcoming race series at Whistler Olympic Park, the Haywood NorAm Westerns and the Teck Coast Cups #2 and #3, January 20-22.  These races are not just for the Hot Shots!

The NorAm categories start at Midgets (born in 2004 and older), and have races all three days,  the Coast Cups on Saturday Jan 21, and Sunday Jan 22 have categories for Masters, and the younger tykes, Atoms to Bantams!

Friday features free technique sprints, and if you like to classic, Saturday’s interval start is for you!  If you prefer free technique, find your self a team of 3 (same gender, same age and division to make it official, but “unofficial” teams will still have fun!), and register for the team relay on Sunday.

Not interested in racing but want to get involved?  We need lots of help, from bib washing, to marshaling on the course, to timing and food preparation.  An event of this magnitude takes a big crew.  Please consider signing up as a volunteer.  For more info go to:

We are also seeking sponsors and donated items for prizing – especially locally produced foodstuffs, consumables, and items young racers and volunteers would appreciate.  Please contact if you or your company would like to participate as a sponsor.

CVXC is an umbrella hosting club, with members representing the five clubs in the Sea to Sky Corridor.  Clubs will receive a percentage of the event profits, based on volunteer participation.  We strongly encourage our member clubs to promote and support this event.

For more information about this event or to register visit our website at:

Thursday, January 19, 2017,  9AM: Official Training
Friday, January 20, 2017, 9AM: Individual Sprints – Free Technique NorAm
Saturday, January 21, 2017, 9AM: Interval Start – Classic Technique NorAm + Teck Coast Cup #2
Sunday, January 22, 2017, 9AM: Relay – Free Technique NorAm + Teck Coast Cup #3

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

Nordic Community News

Updated CCBC Low-fluoro Glide Waxing Protocol

Implementation date: January 1, 2017.

Cross Country BC respectfully requests all coaches, athletes, wax technicians and parents to abide by a self-governed protocol while waxing skis for identified races taking place in British Columbia.  This also applies to coaches, athletes, wax technicians and parents traveling to British Columbia from out-of-province or out-of-country.

This protocol does not extend to national-level events held in British Columbia (e.g., NorAms and Western Canadian Championships).  Waxing restrictions at those events (if any) are determined by the race organizers in consultation with Cross Country Canada.

Low-fluoro glide waxing protocol:

  • Structure tools ARE permitted.
  • Non-Fluoro (NF) or Low Fluoro (LF) glide waxes ARE permitted.
  • Medium Fluoro (MF) or High Fluoro (HF) glide waxes are NOT permitted.
  • Pure Fluoro glide waxes (powders, pucks, blocks and liquids) are NOT permitted.
  • Cold weather powder additives and hardeners are NOT permitted.

The above low-fluoro waxing protocol applies to the following races/age categories:

  • At local races (i.e., club races, loppets, etc.): the low-fluoro protocol applies to Midget and younger age categories.
  • At Regional Cup races (Coast Cup, Okanagan Cup, Kootenay Cup, Northern Cup): the low-fluoro protocol applies to ALL age categories.
  • At BC Midget Championships and BC Winter Games: the low-fluoro protocol applies to ALL age categories.
  • At BC Cup races (including the BC Championships) that are not combined with a NorAm or CCC/Canada Games selection races: the low-fluoro protocol applies to ALL age categories.


1)      If an athlete chooses to “race up” and compete in a different age category, the athlete is governed by the low-fluoro protocol in place for the category into which he/she races up.

2)      For BC Winter Games Trials, whether the race is a stand-alone trials or part of a bigger event, the low-fluoro protocol must as a minimum include athletes in the Juvenile and younger categories.

Adherence to this protocol is self-governed and is the responsibility of coaches, athletes, parents and wax technicians.

Website link:

Club News Nordic Community News

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

Club News Nordic Community News

Annual Season Kick Off Social Nov 26


Club Clothing Order – Try samples and place your order!

Join us at the Club Social on November 26th, 7-9PM at Passiv Haus to try sample sizes of club clothing and place your order. We will have youth and adult sizes. This is your opportunity to order these great quality club jackets for delivery before Christmas!


Club News Nordic Community News

Ski SWAP, Sat 8 Oct

swap-posterThe Whistler Nordics are pleased to present their annual ski SWAP on the Turkey Sale weekend. Purchase used cross country ski gear including classic and skate skis, boots, poles, or sell your used equipment.  Local retailers also attend with great deals.

When: Saturday 8 October
10AM-12PM: Equipment Drop Off
12-2PM: SKI SWAP  **12:00PM Club Member Entry, 12:30PM General Admission**
MEMBERSHIP HAS ITS PERKS! Sign up online now.
2-3PM: Cash/Equipment Pick-Up
Where: Hilton Resort & Spa

Selling gear? Drop off your used XC Ski equipment and clothing between 10-12PM. Sale tags cost $2 each, but if you drop off before 11AM they’ll only cost $1! The club retains 15% of all SWAP Sales. Collect your cash or un-sold items between 2-3PM.

Buying gear? General admission to the Ski SWAP is 12:30-2PM. Whistler Nordics members gain exclusive early entry between 12-12:30PM!!! Sign up online beforehand to give you access to the best deals! Arrive early the best deals go quickly. Leave behind your XC Skis for a $25 hot box wax treatment and pick up the week afterwards!

Note that any unclaimed sales proceeds and equipment after 3pm will be considered donations to the club. The Whistler Nordics will deliver all unclaimed equipment to the Reuse It Centre to support the local community.

Volunteers: Please email if you would like to volunteer.

Whistler Nordics Ski Club