December 2006

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Link to Keith Nicol's Ski Tips Posted on Dec 26th, 2006

Keith Nicol (Atlantic Technical Committee rep, Tele Level III and X-C Level IV) has a web site with numerous excellent tips. See them at and click on Nordic Ski Tips.

Warm December in Ontario Doesn't Mean No Skiing Posted on Dec 19th, 2006

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Daytime temperatures reaching +12c caused the cancellation of some courses in Southern Ontario, but on Sunday, December 17, a Telemark Refresher course was held at Mount St Louis Moonstone, north of Barrie.


Fall 2006 issue of XCitation is now available (with correction) Posted on Dec 2nd, 2006

Hello CANSI members,

It’s time to hit the trails and the slopes again and I have a feeling it’s going to be an epic snow year… knock on wood! I’ve already skinned up the mountain for a few turns in waist deep powder. Heaven!


Ontario 2006-2007 XC Courses Posted on Dec 2nd, 2006


As you may have noticed, we now have several X-Country courses scheduled for this coming season and available at the course page. From this page you can find information about each course and register for it on-line. Here is a quick summary of these courses and how you can register for (or cancel from) them.


Do you RSS? Posted on Dec 2nd, 2006

For those of you who use RSS to keep up-to-date with various news sources,’s news is available by RSS. Go to and subscribe or copy the URL into your favourite RSS news reader.


2006 AGM Reports (Updated) Posted on Dec 1st, 2006

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President’s Report (by Paul Graner)
Pacific Region Report (by Tiffany Edwardsen)
Mountain Region Report (by Henry Madsen)
Central Region Report (by Ian Hughes)
Ontario Region Report (by Anne McRuer)
Atlantic Region Report (by Keith Payne)

National Office Report (by Renee Scanlon)
Financial Statements (Un-audited) (by Ian Hughes)

Technical Committe Report (by Richard Haywood)
Instructor’s Manual Report (by Tiffany Edwardsen)
Course Conductor’s Manual Report (by Mark Simpson)

XCitation Report (by Karla Wikjord)

XC Ski Your Best Program (by Steve Gentles)
XC Ski Your Best DVD Production (by Michael Lalonde)

Web Project Report (by Garry Almond, Glenn Lee and Jan Vopalensky)

2005-2006 Pacific Region Year End Report Posted on Dec 1st, 2006

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The 2005-2006 season was a busy season for the Pacific Region. A number of courses were scheduled and run through out the province including a northern BC XC refresher in 100 Mile, a level 2 XC course in Smithers and a number of tele courses throughout the BC and the Yukon. It has been exciting to re-establish contact with northern communities and provide improved service to these areas. We have tried to utilize the Xcitation newsletter more in order to cut some of our mailing costs but still keep our members informed.


2006 Instructor's Manual Posted on Dec 1st, 2006

After a 3rd summer of reviews and changes the manual is all but finished. Michel Desautels will be translating it come January and then we will have a bilingual instructor manual that looks updated and professional thanks to many people.

I acted as coordinator and editor and, on occasion. It was painful but I’m very satisfied with the end result. After this season I will be turning it over to the Tech Committee to maintain and keep up to date. It is my hope that now that it is in an electronic format that this task will be much easier to accomplish and that it will occur.

Many thank you’s to all those individuals who spent considerable time and effort in making contributions to the instructor’s manual.

Tiffany Edwardsen