Wednesday, 4 March 2015

a last update - 2015 Alberta Youth Cross Country Ski Championships

Hi folks
condtions are great in bragg creek - two days out from the event and we have lots of fresh snow and -10 in bragg creek today.
I have attached the rooming list - you can print this off if you want and bring along your copy so you know where you and your kids are staying at camp kiwanis. I went through the confirmation list this morning and am pretty confident i didnt miss anybody. - let me know if i did.
- please plan to arrive between 630 and 700pm - Camp Kiwanis is at the intersection of higways 8&22 north of bragg creek, west of calgary, south of cochrane.
- please plan to be all moved in and settled in time for our welcome meeting at 8pm - this will be a short 10 minute welcome followed by snack - there will be some bowls of fruit set out.
this meeting will take place in the dining hall of Kiwanis lodge (the big building).
coaches - we will have our coaches meeting directly following the welcome meeting.this meeting will take place in the upstairs multipurpose room in Kiwanis Lodge
relay teams - please register your teams for the relay before you arrive at Kiwanis on friday -
official relay teams are 2 boys, 2girls, at least 2 minimidgets (born 2003, 2004) all from the same club
unofficial teams are any any combination of boys/girls/midgets/minimidgets from any combination of clubs
lots of teams have already done this - thank you very much! As you will notice when you register your teams our relay has returned to the 2012 format of two legs of classic to start followed by 2 legs of skating. The organizing committee decided this to recognize our sport has two disciplines and at a provincial championships we should have both skating and classic legs. we realize this creates some more work for coaches, but the event is about the kids, and creating opportunities for success. we think doing 2 legs classic and 2 legs skating will provide opportunities for success for some kids, plan to wear a costume!
waxing spaces - Roper is the name of the cabin that we have as an indoor waxing space at Camp Kiwanis - it is heated, with lots of plug ins - bring your own forms, etc.
waxing at west bragg - there is no electricity, water at west bragg - come prepared with a generator. also, bring lots of water.
busing information - new this year we are providing buses for transportation of kids and chaperones on saturday. we realize many of the coaches will head off earlier in their own vehicles to west bragg. there will be two bus pick ups at kiwanis
815 - intended for the midgets who start at 10am
915 - intended for the minimidgets who start at 11am
minimidgets can ride the first bus, but push comes to shove, the midgets get first priority as they start first.
it is a 20 minute bus ride from kiwanis to west bragg.
245-300pm buses will depart west bragg for camp kiwanis
430pm coaches meeting
6pm - ayc banquet - followed by program at 645 - in keeping with our tradition of having a successful athlete present at ayc each year, this year we are pleased to have Annika Hicks, former alberta ski team, cdn jr team athlete sharing her story of becoming a ski racer.
we will also present awards during our program
- medals to 10th place in each of single year, single sex categories
- medals for 1st - 3rd in official relay
- medals for 1st place in the unnoficial relay
8pm - dance for kids in venturer lodge; coaches/chaperone social in mulitpurpose room in kiwanis lodge
followed by bedtime - dance will shut down about 845-9pm
We are very pleased with the response by clubs in AB, SK, and NWT to this event. we have 145 kids registered, 15 ski clubs, including some new clubs joining this year who havent participated in teh past including Fort Smith Ski Club from NWT. Welcome! Our hope is that the event continues to grow each year and becomes the biggest, most important event on the yearly calendar for the four year age group of minimidget and midget.
We will see you soon - we are very thrilled to host the event and to have such excellent conditions with mild temperatures forecast for west bragg on the weekend!
give me a call or email if you have any other questions.
Roy Strum
Chief of Event
2015 Alberta Youth Cross Country Ski Championships

Monday, 2 March 2015

5 days till 2015 Alberta Youth Cross Country Ski Championships

Things are looking great in Bragg Creek for this coming weekend's AYC.  While it snowed very little in Calgary and Canmore the past week, Bragg Creek has received 4 days of snow and conditions are great!  This morning, we are receiving another big dump of snow - at this point we are very confident we will be skiing at West Bragg Trails this weekend.  Here are a few images from my ski there on Sunday March 1, 2015.

West Bragg Meadow - this is our Stadium - start-finish area

this is West Crystal line - a new trail we will use as part of this year's AYC

our trail groomers, Carver and Jeff, on the new West Crystal Link Climb that will be part of the 3k skate course and 2.5/5k classic courses

top of stairway to heaven descent that will be used as part of 3k skate course and 2.5/5k classic races

at the bottom of the toboggan hill about 1k from the end of the skate race course

another view of West Bragg Meadow Stadium

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Stadium Maps - AYC 2015. West Bragg Ski Trails

Here are the stadium maps for the 2015 Alberta Youth Cross Country Ski Championships in Bragg Creek.

Saturday March 7, 2015 - Individual Start - Skate race - Stadium map

Saturday afternoon, Mar 7, 2015 - 4x1km Relay - Stadium map

Sunday morning, March 8, 2015 - Wave start Classic race - Stadium map