SCHOOL SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS
Welcome to the 25th annual School Ski Championships hosted by the La Ronge Ski Club and Norther Sport, Culture & Recreation! As in other years, the School Ski Champs will include a reasonably short distance race, team relays and cash sprints. It’s pretty well always a good time!
Date & Time
Friday, March 17, 2023. Bib Pickup by 10:00 a.m. Main race starts 11:00 a.m. sharp!! Bibs are to be picked up by school coaches/chaperones at the Don Allen Trails. Coaches/chaperones will be responsible for distributing bibs to the skiers in their groups as set out in a list to be provided by the race organizers.
Don Allen Trails, 20Km north of La Ronge, at the Nemeiben Lake Road junction.
Registration & Deadlines
Registration deadline is Wednesday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m. Please note that ALL registrations must be made on the www.zone4.ca website.
Zone4 registration requires a credit card payment at the time of registration OR you can bring a cheque made payable to NSCRD upon bib pick up.
Late registrations may be accepted at the discretion of the Race Organizing Committee. Any late registrations accepted will pay an additional late fee of $10 per race.
Registration for the Junior and Open Relay – please email email@example.com with names and ages of athletes on each team.
Please be careful to register in the correct gender and age categories.
Fees (per race)
Entry fee is $5.00 per skier. Cost for team relays is $10.00 per team. Zone4 registration requires a credit card payment at the time of registration OR you can bring a cheque made payable to NSCRD upon bib pick up.
Who Can Race?/Skill Required
The School Ski Championships event focuses on school ski groups. However, the Championship is a Sask Cup event, and it is open to entries from ALL skiers regardless of age.
The event will accept entries from individuals who are not part of a school ski group, and those individuals will be able to earn Sask Cup points if they are registered with an affiliated
CCS ski club.
The Don Allen Trails have challenging terrain, therefore skiers should have the ability to climb the up hills and snowplow and slow down on the down hills if required.
All competitors must sign a waiver as part of the online Zone4 registration. Competitors under 19 years of age must have this waiver signed by a parent or guardian.
The main event is a free technique distance race with mass starts. Racers are to be at the race venue on Friday by 10:00 a.m. to be ready for the race start at 11:00 a.m. Race office opens at 9:30 a.m. at the Don Allen Trails and will remain open until the day’s official results are posted.
In the Junior Relay, schools are invited to field a team of 4 skiers who will each ski a 300-metre loop. A Junior Relay Team must consist of 2 girls and 2 boys from the same school in the U12 category or younger.
In the Open Relay, schools are invited to field a team of 4 skiers who will each ski a 460-metre loop. An Open Team must consist of 2 girls and 2 boys from the same school. Skiers can be from any age class. Schools will be allowed to enter more than one team.
There will be fun, short distance cash sprints held in the stadium just prior to the awards ceremony for racers under the age of 18. $10.00 for 1st and $5.00 for 2nd. A good chance to win some cash!
Seeding for start order for all skiers will be determined by random draw.
Schedule of Events
Team Captain’s Meeting: 8:00pm - Meeting will occur via Zoom. Follow this link:
Race Office Opens: 9:30am
Course Closes: 10:45am
Race Start: 11:00am
Relay Race Start: 12:30pm
Sprint For Cash: 1:00pm
Event Categories & Distances
Will be posted on this website on Thursday, March 16 by 9PM. Start lists will also be available on Zone4 at https://zone4.ca/event/2023/WzqKba/ and at the Team Captains’ meeting.
Course Maps & Profiles
In the event that weather or trail conditions require cancellation of the race(s), the Race Committee will notify Cross Country Saskatchewan by 12PM on Wednesday, March 15 if the race(s) must be cancelled.
Races must be cancelled, delayed, or postponed if the temperature on the coldest part of the course is below – 20oC. U12 – U8 categories must be cancelled, delayed, or postponed if the temperature on the coldest part of the course is below -15oC.
The Race Committee also reserves the right to modify race format, distances and start times before or on race day due to weather or trail conditions.
Waxing Facilities & Policy
An indoor wax room with electrical plug-ins suitable for irons will be available to coaches and athletes. However, race organizers reserve the right to control the number of persons in the wax room at any one time.
Cross Country Saskatchewan follows Nordiq Canada fluoro policy. For the 2022-23 season there will be a full fluoro ban applied for all Nordiq Canada sanctioned events. Details can be found HERE.
Free hot dogs, cookies and drinks will be served at the end of the race.
While the Government of Saskatchewan does not currently require wearing of masks or proof of vaccination, participants should be aware that respiratory viruses like the common cold, flu, Covid-19 and RSV are currently circulating in the population. There are no restrictions at this Sask Cup event but participants should consider limiting their time indoors (e.g. in the day lodge), wearing masks when they must be in close contact with other people. Participants should not attend if they are sick.
Cross Country Saskatchewan Sask Cup Series Rules (2022-23 version); and FIS ICR-CCR (Canadian Competition Rules) November Precisions 2021. Para Nordic categories will also be governed by Para Nordic International Competition Rules (ICR), October 2022.
Unofficial Results and Protests
Unofficial results will be posted at the race office. The time of posting will be marked on the unofficial results. Any protests must be made to the Competition Secretary within 15 minutes of the unofficial results being posted, after which the results will be declared official.
Ribbons: Ribbons for 1st, 2nd and 3rd will be awarded to racers in all categories at the race stadium at the close of the races.
Banners: Gold banners will be awarded to the top schools in both a “large school” and a “small school” category based on participation points and other considerations. Banners will also be awarded to schools winning the Junior Relay and Open Relay.
Official Race Notice
The official race notice PDF here.
If you have any questions, please contact Gabe Andrews at firstname.lastname@example.org 306-425-8832.
La Ronge has five hotels/motels where skiers may book a room:
La Ronge Hotel & Suites: Located on La Ronge Avenue (a busy hotel). Phone (306) 425-2190 to confirm rates and book.
Harbour Inn: Also located on La Ronge Avenue on the lake side 3 blocks east from the La Ronge Hotel & Suites (and next to the Legion Hall). Quiet location. Phone (306) 425-3262 to book.
Waterbase Inn: Located on La Ronge Avenue across from Robertson Trading. Phone (306) 425-5550 to book.
Riverside Motel: Motel located on the west side of Highway 2 just as you cross the bridge on the way into town. Phone (306) 425-2150 for room rates and availability.
Drifters Motel: Motel located off Highway 2 just as you turn into La Ronge on Brown Street. Phone (306) 425-2224 to book.
Eagle Point Resort: Resort is 2 kilometers north of La Ronge on Highway 102 and then 1.5 kilometers east on an access road. Resort has 2-bedroom cabins available for winter use. Phone (306) 425-2273 to book.