Let's Get That Season Started!
Skiers in action at the 2013 Haywood Lappe Nordic event. More event photos by Martin Kaiser...
Haywood NorAm Races - Sovereign Lake Nordic (Silverstar/Vernon, B.C.)
Update, Dec. 7th, 6 p.m.: Andy Shields, Thunder Bay National Development Centre (NDC) and Lappe Nordic skier was the top Lappe finisher at the Haywood Noram 15 km. skate event on Dec. 7th. NDC and Lappe skier Evan Palmer-Charrette was 39th while Ontario Ski Team and Lappe Team member Gavin Shields was 50th. There were 88 skiers in the event. No Lappe women were competing. Complete results.
Lillehammer World Cup - Norway
Fresh snow has really got us up and going at Lappe for this season. As of December 7th/8th the ski racing season is also getting well underway.
At the Haywood NorAm event on Saturday there will be 10 and 15k skate interval start races, while Sunday will feature classic sprints. These races also serve as the World Junior and U23 team selection races. Members of the Thunder Bay National Development Centre (NDC) will be in attendance. In addition to Lappe Nordic skiers Evan Palmer-Charrette and Andy Shields NDC skiers include:
- Erin Tribe
- Alannah Maclean
- Jack Carlyle
- Nick Monette
- Scott Hill
- Bob Thompson
- Ben Wilkinson-Zan
- Jenn Jackson
World Cup Races in Norway include 10 and 15k classic, interval start races on Saturday and team distance relays on Sunday.
Lappe Invitational Rescheduled
LU's Triathlon (ski, swim, run) and our Lappe Invitational are both scheduled for the weekend of January 18 and 19, 2014. In the interest of serving the ski community and to encourage participation at both events, the Lappe Nordic Ski Club has moved the Lappe Invitational to January 25 and 26, 2014.
ALBERTA CUP: LAPPE'S OWN TAKES 2ND
National Team and Lappe Nordic Team skier Michael Somppi took second in the December 1st 11.25 km. Alberta Cup classic technique race held in Canmore, Alberta. Brian McKeever was first, 20 seconds ahead of Somppi. Graeme Killick was 3rd, approximately 2 seconds behind Somppi. Somppi and Killick skied the relatively flat course on classic skis while McKeever opted for skate skis. Chris Hamilton, a Thunder Bay skier like Somppi, was fourth, about 25 seconds behind Somppi. Full results are accessible here.
In the women's 11.25 km. classic technique event, Emily Nishikawa was first in a time of 34:11, followed by Brittany Webster at 34:49 and Amanda Ammar in 34:52. There were no Lappe or Thunder Bay skiers in the women's event. Full results are accessible here.
You may be a Lappe Jackrabbit parent wondering who Michael Somppi is and why you haven't seem him skiing on the Lappe trails. Like your own kids, Michael skied the Lappe trails for years. He went through the Lappe Jackrabbit program and on to the Lappe Junior Development or Club Team. He was also a Thunder Bay National Development Centre skier before moving to Canmore as part of the Canadian National Team.
Somppi's second place finish in the 11.25 km. classic event moves him up from his 13th placing in the Alberta Cup free technique sprint event on November 30th. Patrick Stewart-Jones, Phil Widmer and Mathew Saurette were 1,2,3 in this 1 km. event. Jimmy Gunka edged out Chris Hamilton placing these two Thunder Bay natives at 15th and 16th respectively. Full results are accessible here.
There were no Thunder Bay skiers in the Women's sprint event. The top three skiers were Alysson Marshall, Andrea Dupont and Heidi Widmer.
On December 7th and 8th, Somppi will be joined by Thunder Bay National Development Centre skiers at the Haywood Noram event. This event will be hosted by the Sovereign Lake Nordic Club in Vernon, B.C. (Silver Star).
FAST AND FEMALE THUNDER BAY
Calling all girls, age 8-19! Lappe Nordic, Big Thunder and LSSD-XC are helping us bring FAST AND FEMALE to Thunder Bay. The event is taking place at Woodcrest Public School on Sunday, November 24th, from 1-4 pm. Fast and Female is an international organization, founded here in Canada, that is all about female empowerment through sport. All girls are invited to join us in an afternoon of inspiration and fun. We will include various activities throughout the event including strength, cardio, balance and dance! We are also fortunate enough to have Erin Cameron-Carter, former Pan-American Road Race Champion, with us to share special presentation. This event is not just for skiers, so please invite all you friends to join you! To Register visit
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New Jackrabbit Season Schedule
The new Jackrabbit season schedule has been completed and is available here.
Autumn 2013 Newsletter
Read about the latest club activities and stories in the Autumn 2013 Newsletter found on the Newsletter page.
NEW Lappe Women's Social Ski Group
Presented by the Lappe Women on Skis Committee, this program is designed for
the beginner as well as the skier who wishes to improve her technique, a
perfect next step from the Women on Skis weekend. Each session will include 30
minutes of skills development with qualified female coaches followed by a group
ski. Held every second Sunday starting on December 1st at 1:30 pm. For more
information visit the Program section of the website or email Triin Hart
Here is the Women's
Social Ski Group poster.
NEW Lappe Citizen Race Team
A keen group of adults has been coming out for sessions with the NEW Citizen Race Team which meets on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. We have been working on endurance, strength and agility with Lappe's Head Coach, Kevin Shields. This is a great way to get ready for the ski season. For more information, visit the Program section at the club's website or email Stephanie Marler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW This Year - Online Club Registration
Lappe Nordic Ski Club offers ski programs for every age and skiing ability. See the Fee Schedule and Program Descriptions to find out what costs are associated with joining the Club and to find out which programs are best for you.
All club registrations will be done online using Zone4 (www.zone4.ca). Simply go to the Zone4 web site and type “Lappe” in the box at the top of the page and look for the “Lappe Club Registration” item.
Please note that the Zone4 online registration does charge a small fee for each registrant ($2 for the first registrant and $1 for each person thereafter). There is also a 3% fee charged by VISA or MASTERCARD for credit card payment.
Lappe to Host 2015 Haywood Ski Nationals
"After an extensive review of three applications, the Cross Country Canada events committee is pleased to announce that Lake Superior Nordic Ski Association will play host to the 2015 Haywood Ski Nationals at the Lappe Nordic Ski Centre." Read more.
National Development Center / National Ski Team Nominations
Great news for Lappe racers! Michael Somppi was named to the National Ski Team Senior Development Team, Andy Shields to NDC TBAY, and new this year Evan Palmer-Charette was named to the Junior National Team! You guys are an inspiration to us all!
Thank You Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF)
OTF provided the grant that allowed Lappe to purchase the photo finish camera that captured the picture below, and Thunder Bay could not have hosted this NorAm race without this high tech equipment. OTF's contribution to our sport provides us the opportunity to become proficient in the use our new timing gear through use in local races and makes it possible for us to bid for more high level races. Thanks Ontario Trillium Foundation!
Men's semi final sprint finish with Lappe's own, Michael Somppi, stretching to get his toe across first.