BIG Roll 2019

The Big Roll brought members of the cross-country ski community together from across three provinces, who roller-skied and skied their way, collectively, 2.85 times from Halifax Nordic to North Highlands Nordic – at the first annual “Big Roll” held on Sunday, November 10th, 2019. A collective total kilometres was calculated by adding each person’s distance travelled. The Nova Scotia cross-country ski team hosted this event to increase awareness for roller-skiing and raise funds to off-set competitive training.

Published: November 15, 2019

The Big Roll brought members of the cross-country ski community together from across three provinces, who contributed towards a collective distance travelled. Participants included a wide-range of ages and abilities.

Event Highlights – Video

There were many memorable experiences at this event – view highlights in the video below.

From first time roller-skiers through seasoned athletes, the Big Roll offered something for everyone – including some fantastic home-baked goods and hot beverages at the team’s bake sale table.


Slideshow – click “arrow” on photo below to view additional photos. Swipe left on cell phones.

Try-It Roller-Skiing – Halifax Nordic

Halifax Nordic hosted a session alongside the Big Roll for members to try roller-skiing. Coordinated by David Hubley, it was a fantastic opportunity for first-timers to give it a try and add to the Big Roll’s collective kilometres. Halifax instructors Hannah and Jack led the youth roller-skiing group during the event – thank-you!

Halifax Nordic has a fleet of roller-skis available to members during club events. Roller-skiing is cross-country ski specific training and FUN!

Supportive XC Community

The provincial cross-country ski team received many encouraging messages from the community leading up to the Big Roll. Thank-you to all friends and family of the team for taking the time to write positive notes.

A few more words of support. A complete listing of messages to the team can be found on the event page.

Building Tomorrow’s High Caliber Instructors

Supporting the provincial team is an investment in future cross-country ski communities. The provincial program cultivates volunteerism, technically-skilled skiers, and provides life purpose through sport for young athletes – who in turn pay it forward.

Lilla Roy, provincial team alumni, assists a first-time roller-ski participant during the Big Roll.

Let’s go back to 1979, when Pierre Roy was president of the P.A. Arctic Fox Cross-Country Ski Club. Roy initiated a 24 hour relay roller-thon. The event flyer included his quote, which holds true today: “Your support will guarantee a high caliber of instructors for tomorrow’s skiers”. Indeed, many alumni of the P.A. Arctic Fox club continued on to coach and volunteer within the cross-country ski community.

A generation after the Arctic Fox relay, Pierre Roy’s daughter, a provincial team alumni who also trained with Arctic Fox, volunteered at the Big Roll. Lilla Roy coached participants in the “try-it” roller-ski, and provided support to the provincial team athletes during the event. She volunteers with the current provincial team and served as assistant coach at the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

Thank-you to all supporters of the Nova Scotia cross-country ski team, a historic program, that provides meaningful life-long experiences for many Nova Scotians.

Read more about the P.A. Arctic Fox Roller-Ski Relay (click this link).

Online Content

#BigRoll2019 – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

Facebook Event Page


Event Videos



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