Start of Season

The ski season has officially arrived. After months of preparation we are finally hitting the snow! Kamiskotia opened the hill to a degree yesterday on December 22 with the Tee bar and opened the Skyway chair today. Mother nature helped things along with a big dump of fresh snow on the 20th and 21st. That should help the rest of the runs along to full opening for the training camp which starts on the 27th and runs right through to January 4 with a day off for New Year’s. The coaches are ready to make this a solid start to the season for both the new and established racers.
Twelve of our racers attended the Mont Tremblant pre-season camp which also benefitted from a lot of natural snow over the week. The kids and adults had a great time on the hill and got a definite jump on the season with some solid coaching both on and off the snow. Everyone came home pumped up for the season here. I have to sort through the mass of pictures to pick the best to get them on the site so check back regularly.
We have had a flurry of activity at the hill getting the TSR infrastructure ready for the season. The start shack now has siding and is ready for the doors when we can get them to the top and install them but the hut itself looks beautiful at the top of the hill. Inside the TSR chalet, we have installed new carpet and used more of the cedar siding to finish the interior walls. New shelving and revision of the wax room gives the whole place a new and improved look.
We are starting to get more serious about preparations for the Boreal Cup even though it is still 5 weeks away. Over the next few weeks, most of the parents can expect to be approached about committing to volunteer on the race weekend to make this a great event for the kids and a profitable race for the club. We are planning to make another run at the Slalom Derby this year on March 22-24. While we have had some weather issues over the last several years, traditionally, we have been able to keep the hill conditions up for this end of season race so we are hopeful it will work out again this year. Outside of Timmins, the race calendar is set and people are booking their hotels for the out of town races. Check with the calendar on the resource page if you haven’t already so you can plan your winter racer travels.
The board members of the TSR want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season. Take time to relax and enjoy your family and we will see you all on the hill!

Fall 2012 Update

Sorry for the lost blogs. I had some major IT problems and lost all of the website material and updates from last spring on and had to rebuild the site. It wasn’t worth it to retype blogs. I have bee reminded the hard way about data redundancy. Thankfully most stuff had duplicates.
The fall ski season is going strong. The club had registration and the AGM in October and so far we are well ahead of last year for numbers. Now that there is snow on the ground it is easy to get excited about the upcoming season. We welcome Jamie Miller as the new head coach. He has past experience with coaching the TSR and welcome him back this year to run the on hill program. Dryland training has been underway since the start of October with up to three days a week. The kids are having a blast and don’t even know they are exercising!
The club hosted another Yuk Yuk’s night on November 23 to a sold out crowd. The snow storm stopped a few people from coming but a lot still made it for a two hour show by Martha Chaves and Christophe Davidson. People had a great time at the show and the big crowd means good financial shape for the club to start the season.
We are heading to Mont Tremblant for the pre-season camp from December 16-21 and have 13 members signed up. The snow conditions are doing OK at Tremblant and they already have as much open as they did at last year’s camp. Hopefully the weather holds and we don’t get a thaw.
Kamiskotia is set to open December 22 so we will get a few days of skiing in before Christmas then head full tilt into the Christmas camp. Our Boreal Cup race is scheduled for the Feb 3 weekend this year which is great since the snow conditions will be bullet proof.
Out at the hill we have replaced the TSR chalet carpet this fall and also finally got moving on building a start shack for the race season. We also received Trillium Funding this summer for use in upgrading our timing equipment so we are in great shape for races from an infrastructure perspective.
Everyone hope for a fantastic snow year!

TSR News

Fall is finally getting colder and the snow and ice make us all think of the upcoming season. The Timmins Ski Racers welcomes a number of enthusiatic new members to the ranks. Dryland training is well underway at Rehab Plus where the kids are getting great workouts to prepare ski muscles for the rigours of downhill skiing. A number of the racers are getting excited for the Mont Tremblant preseason ski camp coming up in less than two weeks to give them a head start on the Timmins season.
The renovations at the club are all done and we are grateful for the efforts of all the volunteers who have made the chalet that much more welcoming for the kids this winter. Kamiskotia is planning to open December 17 if the weather cooperates and the Ski Racers should be able to get a few on hill days before Christmas. We are getting prepared for the upcoming Boreal Cup the weekend of January 7-8 which is shaping up to be a great start to the racing season.
We also have the Yuk Yuk's comedy night planned for Friday Feb. 3 so keep your calendars clear and plan on attending a hilarious night of fun to support our young skiers.