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Exciting News!! Lappe Hires New Head Coach & Program Manager

We are excited to announce that we have hired the team of Eric Bailey as Club Head Coach, and Rena Viehbek as Club Program Manager to deliver quality family oriented programming to club members, as well as to provide exceptional coaching to the athletes on Lappe Nordic’s race teams.

Rena, a former Lakehead U ski team athlete who raced for Canada at the FISU games, as Program Manager, will provide administrative support and coordination for Lappe’s programs: Bunny/Jackrabbit program, Track Attack program, Midget Ski Team, Kids Running Wild, Junior and Adult Race Teams, Masters programs, and Recreational Technique programs. She will also liaise with our school program.

Eric, one of Canada’s most accomplished ski coaches, brings 20 years of experience at all levels from club to NTDC to the National Team. He holds his Level 3 CCC coach qualification, as well as Master Coach Developer and Evaluator. His coaching philosophy, to provide a fun and energic environment rooted in sports science, will lead our club race teams to the next level. Eric has also been a key volunteer as Chief of Course at the last two Canadian Ski Nationals hosted in Thunder Bay.

Both Rena and Eric grew up in Thunder Bay’s ski community starting at the Jackrabbit level, racing and coaching at LU and beyond. Both are parents of young families and are excited to join our team of great volunteers, families and athletes.


Kevin Shields - Going to Nakkertok 

Kevin Shields, Lappe’s Head Coach and Program Developer, has resigned to take on a coaching position at Nakkertok Nordic in the Ottawa Region. He will continue his current position at Lappe until August 31, 2018. 

Kevin has been integral to the Lappe Nordic Ski Club’s efforts at rebuilding its race team, broadening the club’s program options, including favourites Kids Running Wild and Super Saturdays, starting the ski-at-school program, and developing the adaptive program. Kevin’s passion for learning sport through play has changed the environment at Lappe in profound ways. As a club, we look forward to growing the base that Kevin has helped us to build over the past 6 years. 

We wish to extend our heartfelt thank you to Kevin, and his family: Susan, Hannah, Gavin and Andy. The dedication and hard work that the whole family gave to Lappe, and to Thunder Bay and its ski community will be missed by all.

Spring Kids Running Wild

Our popular Kids Running Wild program returns for 6 weeks in May and June. Registration will open soon (no later than May 1st). This program is for children 6 to 13 years old (6 and 7 year olds must be accompanied by a parent). Program dates are: May 17, 24 and 31; June 7, 14 and 21. There will be some other activities included in the program as well. For more information contact coach Kevin at [email protected] 

2018-2019 Program Registration

Lappe's Club and Program Registration for 2018- 2019 is available beginning May 1 at For quick reference, view our All Programs Information PDF (with prices, duration, start dates).

For Program Descriptions, visit the Program section of the website. For Trail pass information visit the Trail Pass Fees section of the website.

Register online at Once at the Zone4 website, type LAPPE Nordic Ski Club in the search box at the top to see all of Lappe's current registrations. (you will have to scroll down a bit since the registration page has been open since May).  


Catch up on how Lappe's top racers are doing on the circuit by visiting the blog for Michael Somppi, the blog for Andy Shields, and the blog for Evan Palmer-Charrette.

JOIN LAPPE'S RACE TEAM! Be part of the team!

Individualized and group training plans, one-on-one instructions and great team spirit. Check out our programs section for more information or...

Contact Head Coach Kevin Shields at [email protected] or call him at 346-8084.


Lappe Nordic Ski Club is a "club", not a business, that operates primarily through the efforts of its members who volunteer time and effort.  This allows the club to operate its many excellent programs with very low fees for its member participants.  To ensure this continues, the Lappe Board has introduced a formal Volunteer Engagement plan.  This plan details volunteer opportunities as well as exemptions for new members and members in the younger Jackrabbit programs.

Volunteer Opportunities

Are you ready to join a dynamic group of volunteers? Read on....

The operation of the Lappe Nordic Ski Club and the programs and services we provide depend upon the volunteer efforts of our members. With the exception of one paid coach, the ski club is run entirely by the efforts of tireless volunteers. Volunteering for our club is a great way to learn new skills, meet new people and have fun!

You can help by volunteering in different ways:

Here are a list of the key positions that need to be filled, in addition to those mentioned above.

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