November Update

The fall season is well underway and we have snow! I was looking at pictures from our start shack construction last year and as of December 8 we had only a light dusting on the ground. I can only hope the snow stays but we are already way ahead of last year and if it stays cold the hill should be able to start snowmaking soon. It would be great to have a lot of runs open and in good shape for the season opener on December 21st.
The Tremblant camp is organized and we have a bigger group going this year from the TSR. The program has been unified with NOD and looks like it should be a tremendous learning experience for the kids. Melanie Turgeon will be giving some sports psychology sessions after the on hill training is done for the day which should be very informative.
Our master electrician Herb Buschold has (with the help of several parents) laid the new timing wire for the club, replacing the one that was irreparably damaged last year by the Downhill expansion. Hopefully this new line will last us for many seasons to come.
Dryland has seen improved attendance since the last time shift. It is difficult trying to coordinate training times for 35 kids who all have different activities on their plates. Hopefully, we can continue to get feedback on the times so that we can continue to improve our program next year.
This weekend we are hosting a tuning clinic at Norfil (corner of Algonquin and Brunnette) to teach new parents the skills of ski tuning. Everyone is welcome so we hope to see lots of new faces.

Upcoming Season

Here we are once again, into fall and starting to notice the cooler temperatures. I know there are still leaves on the trees that that will change before we know it and then comes the snow. The TSR board has already been hard at work, trying to get prepared for the upcoming season. Equipment has been purchased, meetings held and much planning has already taken place. I’ll just touch some of the major points.
The Registration night is set for October third and we are planning on using the Sportsplex upstairs pool viewing area again. All members will be notified but I will post final times and any changes on the homepage of this site. Similarly, the Annual General Meeting is set for October 17, and it will again be held in the Timmins and District Hospital Administration Boardroom. Final times have not been set.
Work is being done at the hill to put the doors on the start shack and replace the damaged timing wire on the Downhill. Unfortunately, the wire we had was stolen over the summer so we will be looking to find new cable to run this fall.
The Tremblant training camp is planned for December 16-21 and we are hearing great interest from the membership. This is a fantastic week that lets our racers log a lot of miles and get their ski legs into shape for the season.
Speaking of getting in shape, dryland training will start up the end of October with one day/week for the U10s and two days for the older kids. We are still confirming the location and dates/times but a general memo will be sent once the details are firmed up.
Yuk Yuk’s is set for Friday, November 15 at Thériault High School at 8PM. The comedians are being arranged and confirmed but we will have tickets to distribute at the registration night.
Spread the word - TSR is continuing to grow and we anticipate great things from our racers this year.

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!