Saturday, 20 February 2016

Feb 20, 2016 Alberta Youth Cross Country Ski Championships Update - This event is going to take place!

Greetings coaches from AB, NWT, and Sask

The organizing committee of the 2016 AYC is pleaesd to let you know that we are planning full steam ahead for this years alberta youth cross country ski championships.

As the largest provincial event for minimidget and midget age skiers in alberta XC Bragg Creek Ski Club is happy to once again be hosting the event in Bragg Creek march 4-6, 2016

We wanted to let you know that we have secured Canada Olympic Park Ski Trails in Calgary as our back up venue for the event.  We will share our decision as to whether we will be at COP or at West Bragg on Tuesday March 1, 2016.  Our first choice remains hosting the event at West Bragg although we are prepared to move the event to COP if necessary.

Snow conditions at West Bragg are currently skiable, but marginal.  there is considerable snow in the trees and we are preapred to harvest snow from the trees during the week of March 1 to add to our base there.  

Camp Kiwanis will once again be our camp facility for the event. 5 meals will be provided including a snack on friday night, breakfast on saturday and sunday, a bag lunch on saturday and sunday, and a banquet on saturday night.

Many familiar and popular features of AYC remain including:
- medals to 10th place in each individual category

- single year age categories

- official, unofficial, and coaches relay categories (bring a costume)

- club aggregate banner 

- effort and sportsmanship awards

- the biggest draw prize event in the world (even great draw prizes for coaches)

- camp style accommodation - bring your own sleeping bag, pillow, towel, and toiletries

- a guest speaker at our banquet - this year the organizing committee has asked national junior biathlon team member and three time world jr championship competitor Matt Strum to share his joiurney.  Matt has been a member of the Alberta Ski Team and Alberta BIathlon Team and grew up in Bragg Creek.  He was the classic late developing december birth month kid who regularly finished 25th as a midget and juvenile in AB Cup races.  Matt has an inspirational story for kids in that he persevered without much success for much of his teen years.  In a sport like ours kids who finish far back in the pack as teens are easy to overlook. Matt's story is one that every successful athlete faces - adversity and setback - an important message for kids to hear.

A couple of important notes

1. registration is still open until Monday Feb 29, 8pm Newfoundland Standard time (430pm MST) 

2. bunk room assignment will happen on tuesday March 1 and will be mailed out to coaches on wednesday march 2.  historically we have grouped kids in club bunkrooms and for smaller clubs put them together with other clubs.  There should be an adult from each club or two or more (ratio of 1 adult to 8-10 kids) who are supervising kids at camp.

3. there is a waxroom available at camp kiwanis - roper arts and crafts building - same one as in previous years.

4.  there is no electricity or running water on site at west bragg creek and should we be at COP, we will also not have elecrtricity available - therefore bring a generator and appropropriate equpment - many clubs bring their own waxing tent to set up at west bragg.

5.  race trails at west bragg will be open to the public during the race - our course marshalls and course selection and signage will all encourage the general public to ski on alternate trails

6.  west bragg trails are 100% natural snow and are maintained by K country and the greater bragg creek trails association.  Snow holds very well at these trails as they are mostly on a north facing tree covered slope.  exact race trails will be determined closer to the date of the race so as to make best use of available snow conditions.

7.  no open fires are permitted at west bragg trails.

8.West Bragg Meadow is the stadium just south and west of the parking lot

9.  Transportation - as part of our use agreement with K Country, we are providing bus transportation from camp kiwanis to west bragg (or COP) on saturday only.  We are assigned the west parking lot at west bragg trails for our use, It is not a really large parking lot so please have one coach vehicle per club and for smaller clubs, please try to share a vehicle.  Since Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association have taken over most of the grooming at West Bragg, it has become the busiest of all K Country Ski trail sites due to it being the closest K Country trails to Calgary. As such, K Country has stated that it is important that we leave room for general public at the site.

This is a really fun event for kids.  Being able to do three events in two days and ski on trails that kids dont get to usually except at AYC makes it a special event.  Plus staying at a camp, sharing meals with every body from around the province (and NWT and Regina the last number of years).  

Thank you for your support of this event.  It is successful because it is important to clubs from all over the province and because XCBC has really taken it on as their big yearly club event.

Please share this email with anyone and everyone that you know who might be interested - including every kids family who is in your club minimidget and midget proigrams as well as any club coaches who i might have inadvertently omitted from this email (my apologies).

You will hear from me next on Tuesday March 1 regarding our decision about where the ski events will take place.

Good news is - this event is taking place! please spread the word!

thanks everyone

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