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Windsor Park Nordic Centre Clubhouse Closes March 17th. Trails Remain Open.

Dear skiers,

Thank you for your support in what has been another wonderful ski season at Windsor Park Nordic Centre!

The new snow we received yesterday made for excellent trail conditions today and for another few days to come, at least. With more snow expected on Thursday, it’s looks like we can keep the trails groomed and the lights on for at least another week or two. As per usual, this time of year we are on a day-by-day basis, in terms of skiable conditions.

We had planned to keep the clubhouse open until this Sunday, but in light of the escalating COVID-19 pandemic and in the interest of public heath and safety we decided today to close the clubhouse for the season, effective tomorrow (Tuesday March 17th).

Enjoy the last glorious days of skiing*!

*Ski at your own risk. Be mindful that conditions, at this time of year, can change by the hour. We do not recommend skiing on waterways, including the Seine River crossings at Windsor Park.

Press Release: Nordiq Canada Cancels 2020 Canadian Ski Championships

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 12, 2020

Nordiq Canada Cancels 2020 Canadian Ski Championships at Sovereign Lake Nordic Ski Club in Vernon, B.C. 

CANMORE, Alta.—In support of Canadian efforts to minimize the transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Nordiq Canada in consultation with the local organizing committee at the Sovereign Lake Nordic Ski Club, have chosen to cancel the 2020 Canadian Ski Championships, scheduled for March 25 to April 2.

The safety and health of athletes, coaches, volunteers and staff is, and always will be, our top priority. COVID-19 is a fast-evolving situation globally and we believe this decision is in the best interest of our broader sport community with regards to handling the situation we are all facing.

We are grateful to the significant amount of preparation work invested by the Organizing Committee – a volunteer group assembled with the Sovereign Lake Nordic Ski Club – who were excited to welcome the nation’s best skiers back to their trails near Vernon, B.C.

An annual stop on the Haywood NorAm circuit each December, Sovereign Lake Nordic Ski Club has a rich history in hosting world-class events such as the 2005 World Cup and 2011 World Masters Championships, in addition to the 1995 Canadian Ski Championships.

We look forward to working with the club on staging future events.

Nordiq Canada is the governing body of para-nordic and cross-country skiing in Canada, which is the nation’s optimal sport and recreational activity with more than one million Canadians participating annually. Its 60,000 members include athletes, coaches, officials and skiers of all ages and abilities. With the support of its valued corporate partners – Haywood Securities Inc., AltaGas, Swix and Lanctôt Sports– along with the Government of Canada, Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee, Own the Podium and B2Ten, Nordiq Canada develops Olympic, Paralympic and world champions. For more information on Nordiq Canada, please visit us at www.nordiqcanada.ca.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

Chris Dornan
Media and Public Relations
Nordiq Canada
T: 403-620-8731

POUR DIFFUSION IMMÉDATE:

Le 12 mars 2020

Nordiq Canada annule les Championnats canadiens de ski de 2020 au Club de ski nordique de Sovereign Lake à Vernon, en Colombie-Britannique 

CANMORE, Alberta— Afin de soutenir les efforts canadiens visant à minimiser la transmission du coronavirus (COVID-19), Nordiq Canada, en consultation avec le comité d’organisation local du club de ski nordique de Sovereign Lake, a décidé d’annuler les Championnats canadiens de ski 2020, prévus du 25 mars au 2 avril.

La sécurité et la santé des athlètes, des entraîneurs, des bénévoles et du personnel est, et sera toujours, notre priorité absolue. Le COVID-19 est une situation qui évolue rapidement au niveau mondial et nous pensons que cette décision est dans le meilleur intérêt de l’ensemble de notre communauté sportive en ce qui concerne la gestion de la situation à laquelle nous sommes tous confrontés.

Nous sommes reconnaissants de l’important travail de préparation investi par le comité d’organisation, un groupe de bénévoles organisé avec le club de ski nordique de Sovereign Lake, qui était enthousiaste à l’idée d’accueillir les meilleurs skieurs du pays sur leurs pistes près de Vernon, en Colombie-Britannique.

À chaque année, en décembre, le circuit NorAm Haywood s’arrête au club de ski nordique de Sovereign Lake, qui possède une riche histoire dans l’organisation d’événements de classe mondiale tels que la Coupe du monde de 2005 et les Championnats du monde des maîtres de 2011, en plus des Championnats canadiens de ski de 1995.

Nous sommes impatients de travailler avec le club pour organiser de futurs événements.

Nordiq Canada est l’organisme directeur du ski para nordique et de fond au Canada; sport d’hiver et activité de loisir par excellence pratiqué annuellement par plus d’un million de Canadiens.  Ses 60 000 membres regroupent des athlètes, des entraîneurs, des officiels et des skieurs de tous âges et de tous niveaux.  Avec le soutien de ses partenaires d’entreprise,  Haywood Securities Inc., AltaGas Swix et Lanctôt Sports, ainsi que le gouvernement du Canada, le Comité olympique canadien, le Comité paralympique canadien, À nous le podium et B2Dix, Nordiq Canada forme des champions olympiques, paralympiques et mondiaux.  Pour plus d’information sur Nordiq Canada, veuillez nous visiter à l’adressewww.nordiqcanada.ca.

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POUR DE PLUS AMPLES RENSEIGNEMENTS:

Chris Dornan
Médias et relations publique
Nordiq Canada
Tél.: 403-620-873

Media Release: Grant from City of Winnipeg for green initiative helps keep clubhouse warm

Media Release

March 5, 2020

Cross Country Ski Legacy
Grant from City of Winnipeg for green initiative helps keep clubhouse warm

March 5, 2020 – Windsor Park Golf Course – The purchase of new windows for the Windsor Park Nordic Centre clubhouse located at 10 Rue Des Meurons was made possible by support from Councillor Brian Mayes and the City of Winnipeg Golf Services and have resulted in reduced heating costs and increased comfort for skiers using the clubhouse and locker rooms.

Ben Fey, Director of Winnipeg Golf Services, commented; “The new windows will be great for the golfers and the citizens of Winnipeg who use the golf course. They will add to the views of beautiful Windsor Park Golf Course in the summer and the nordic skiers in the winter.”

Last year, the Cross Country Ski Association of Manitoba (CCSAM) approached Councillor Brian Mayes with a proposal to replace the old windows in the clubhouse. The project was approved and completed this season.

Brian Mayes St. Vital Councillor; “(Windsor Park is) A very well used facility that is used year round. I’m glad to support the golfers and the cross country skiers.”

For over 40 years, Windsor Park has been the centre of cross country skiing in Winnipeg.  Since 2000, CCSAM has operated the Windsor Park Nordic Centre through a lease agreement with the City of Winnipeg. Each winter, it offers Winnipeggers groomed, night-lit ski trails, lessons, rentals and many programs and events. 

The centre averages 10,000 ski visits each winter. CCSAM’s partnership with the City of Winnipeg leverages city assets for year-round use and increases recreational and lifestyle opportunities for Manitobans.

Cross Country Ski Association of Manitoba Executive Director, Karin McSherry said: “The new windows project at Windsor Park Golf Course/Nordic Centre is just one example of how collaboration between the private and public sectors and between different user groups (golfers and skiers) can work for the benefit of so many. This is an important green space and recreational space in Winnipeg – not just for golfers and skiers but for other community members who walk and run and bike past here and stop in for coffee or hot chocolate to warm up or meet with friends. We all need to work together to maintain this place and that is what we plan to do.”

About

Cross Country Ski Association of Manitoba

The Cross Country Ski Association of Manitoba (CCSAM) is the Provincial Sport Organization for cross country skiing in Manitoba. CCSAM is a volunteer-based organization that provides leadership and direction towards athletic excellence, individual achievement, and broad participation in the sport while being dedicated to the promotion and development of cross country skiing in Manitoba.

Windsor Park Nordic Centre

Windsor Park Nordic Centre is a not-for-profit Nordic skiing facility maintained and operated by the Cross Country Ski Association of Manitoba since 2000. All trail fees go toward trail grooming and maintenance, clubhouse amenities and utilities, staffing and facility upkeep. The historic facility and valuable green space offers 15 km of lit, groomed classic and skate technique trails, a clubhouse with a café, ski rentals, and a ski school – it is a place for all Nordic ski needs. It boasts the longest urban lit Nordic trail system in the country (each day until 10 p.m.) and is one of only two urban Nordic facilities in the entire country – the only one west of Quebec.

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For more information, or for additional active, ski photos please contact:

Laurie Penton
Manager, Windsor Park Nordic Centre
204-471-3447
Wpnc@gmail.com

Karin McSherry
Executive Director, Cross Country Ski Association of Manitoba
204-791-3195
info@ccsam.ca