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.


Photos

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 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).


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1979 P. A. Arctic Fox Roller-Ski Relay

Athletes roller-skied for 24 hours in a 1979 roller-ski relay organized by P. A. Arctic Fox Cross-Country Ski Club, at the KMart parking lot in Dartmouth – complete with tents and a sofa to rest between intervals. Arctic Fox paid $183 for radio ads and $32 for printing costs to organize what proved to be a memorable event. Thank-you to Pierre Roy for sending along this information.

Published: November 8, 2019

“Yes that was a fun time. We raised $2000 to support our team activities. The funds raised bought roller skis and helped fund camps. At the time we were mostly students from Prince Andrew high school.” – Pierre Roy


Sue Corrigan (Hill) participates in the event. Thank-you to Sue for contributing this photo.


President’s Note – Flyer

“Your support will guarantee a high caliber of instructors for tomorrow’s skiers.

Pierre Roy – President’s Note, 1979 Event Flyer

A historically accurate quote. Many of the PA/Arctic Fox skiers, have chosen to pay it forward to the next generation of skiers, as identified in Pierre’s commentary below. Fast forward to today’s provincial team, and coaches with Arctic Fox backgrounds are amongst volunteers supporting the next generation.

“I have fond memories of the fabulous group of skiers that have their roots from PA/Arctic Fox I suspect the list is quite long of those that enjoyed many training camps in Wentworth HI hostel , those that honoured the provincial ski team and those that gave back and are still on the go”, Pierre Roy.

Carl Purcell, a former teacher at Prince Andrew High School, initiated the P. A. Arctic Fox Cross-Country Ski Club, in the 1960’s. Purcell’s efforts and enthusiasm to build this team, contributed to many victories during his years as coach, and helped set the foundation for cross-country skiing in Nova Scotia.

Arctic Fox History – Flyer

“The P.A. Arctic Fox Cross-Country Ski Club started through the enthusiasm of Carl Purcell, a former teacher at Prince Andrew High School.” – Pierre Roy, club history as outlined in the event flyer.


2019/20 Provincial Team Roller-Thon, Nov 10th

The provincial cross-country ski team is set to host its first annual roller-thon, to increase awareness for roller-skiing, and raise necessary funds for training expenses. Halifax Nordic is hosting a “Try-It Roller-Ski” session alongside this event. Event listing (click link)


BIG Roll, Provincial Cross-Country Ski Team

Try-It Roller-Skiing, Halifax Nordic Ski Club

SUN NOV 10 | 10 – 2 | Chain of Lakes Trail | 115 Chain Lake Drive


Event Listing | gofundme | nsxcski@gmail.com

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World Cup Returns to Québec City

Québec City is hosting the FIS Cross Country Ski World Cup on March 13th – 15th, 2020. The world’s elite skiers will race on the historic Plains of Abraham – one of the most unique venues for competitors and spectators on the world tour! 60,000 ski fans supporting the best skiers in the world, within steps of vieux Québec – makes for the experience of a lifetime.

Published October 26, 2019

Québec was voted the “Best Stop on the World Tour” by an FIS survey of national team skiers, after hosting the 2017 World Cup Finals.


BEST Stop on World Tour – Québec

National team skiers voted Quebec as the “Best Stop on the World Tour” in 2017, while responding in an FIS survey. If your family or friends are considering travel this spring, you’re sure to leave inspired by the friendly athletes, spirit of Québec sports fans, the historic venue, and the charm of vieux Québec.

“I strongly encourage anyone from the NS ski community to watch a World Cup xc ski race….especially in North America. Not only is the level of athleticism inspiring to watch, the athletes are also incredibly down to earth. Combine this with crowds of happy-go-lucky xc ski enthusiasts (who cheer for ALL competitors), you will get a memorable experience that exemplifies why xc skiing is such a beautiful sport.”

Daniel Murray
Head Coach | Nova Scotia Cross-Country Ski Provincial Team

Experience Matters

A world class event right here in Canada. Are you travelling with friends or youngsters who want to try cross-country skiing? Last year, during the World Cup weekend, the itinerary featured “try-it cross-country skiing” sessions – available at no cost with equipment included, right on the Plains of Abraham.


A Nation’s Hero. Québec’s Alex Harvey.

An emotional Alex Harvey, after finishing second in the 15KM mass start, in front of a hometown crowd, before his retirement. FIS World Cup season finale, 2019 Québec.


Spirit of the Race

Previous World Cup event in Québec City.


EVERYTHING Winter in Québec

Québec is a winter-wonderland. Close to the Hôtel De Glace, historic toboggan slides beside the St. Lawrence, and “vieux” Québec” which is often referred to as the most European of any Canadian centre – see Québec in all of it’s glory as it plays host to yet another FIS World Cup.


FIS App

Stay up-to-date with the FIS Cross-Country World Cup – try using the FIS App. Learn more (click here).


Background – FIS Cross Country World Cup

The Fédération International de Ski (FIS) is the world’s highest governing body for international winter sports, including cross-country skiing.

FIS governs the World Cup, which is a series of designated races, wherein the world’s top skiers attempt to accumulate the most points. At the World Cup season finale, skiers with the most points will be awarded the Overall World Cup. Athletes are also acknowledged for achieving overall points in two sub-categories – Sprint World Cup and Distance World Cup.

Additional Information

Coup du Monde Ski de Fond Quebec

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FIS Cross Country

Website | Facebook | Calendar Listing Québec City | 2019-2020 Cross Country World Cup Calendar | Points Lists | FIS APP

View schedule details on FIS calendar (click link).


Coop – Title sponsor FIS Cross Country (in case you were wondering). Coop is one of the largest retailers in Norway, founded in 1887. If you’re in Norway… drop in. View the Coop website (click link).


For generations the sport has brought us together and allowed us to share great experiences.

COOP – TITLE SPONSOR FIS CROSS COUNTRY

Coop is a significant sponsor for the world’s elite skiers. Cross-country skiing is a fundamental part of Norwegian culture.


Learn more about FIS Cross Country and the World Cup series by visiting the FIS website (click link).

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World Cup “Finale” in Canmore, AB

Get excited! The 2020 FIS Cross-Country World Cup season finale will be held at the Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park on March 19th – 22nd, 2020.

Published: October 23, 2019

See what’s it’s all about! Sneak a peek at the excitement and plan your trip to Canmore for the season finale. (Video posted by Alberta World Cup.)


World’s Best 200 from 20 Countries

The world’s top 200 elite cross-country skiers will race for three days in the season finale of the FIS World Cup, right here in Canada. The first ever mixed relay will be held on the final day of competition. Teams will consist of two women and two men per nation, racing in both skating and classic techniques. The season finale is a special race, as overall World Cup winners are determined and awarded. Plan your March travel to Canmore, or view televised coverage.

Art, Music & Cultural Events

The Alberta World Cup Society has been working on this event for three years. Spectators will have much to enjoy, in addition to the excitement of the races. The Alberta World Cup Society is planning many community activities – including art, music, and cultural displays. Be inspired by these athletes within a festive environment.

Background – FIS Cross Country World Cup

The Fédération International de Ski (FIS) is the world’s highest governing body for international winter sports, including cross-country skiing.

FIS governs the World Cup, which is a series of designated races, wherein the world’s top skiers attempt to accumulate the most points. At the World Cup season finale, skiers with the most points will be awarded the Overall World Cup. Athletes are also acknowledged for achieving overall points in two sub-categories – Sprint World Cup and Distance World Cup.

Wrap up 2018-2019 World Cup Season

FIS World Cup season overview – complete with massive crowds, tenacity of human spirit, and the thrill of competition. Live this experience first-hand in Canmore, March 2020.


Additional Information

Alberta World Cup Cross Country Society

Website | Facebook | info@albertaworldcup.com

FIS Cross Country

Website | Facebook | Calendar Listing Canmore | 2019-2020 Cross Country World Cup Calendar | Points Lists | FIS APP

The Canmore Nordic Centre is a world-class nordic venue with over 60 kilometers of impeccably groomed trails and the largest snow making system in North America.  Learn more about this venue (click here).


View directions to Canmore Nordic Centre on Google Maps (click here).


View event details on the FIS Calendar (click link).


Coop – Title sponsor FIS Cross Country (in case you were wondering). Coop is one of the largest retailers in Norway, founded in 1887. If you’re in Norway… drop in. View the Coop website (click link).


For generations the sport has brought us together and allowed us to share great experiences.

Coop – Title Sponsor FIS Cross Country

Coop is a significant sponsor for the world’s elite skiers. Cross-country skiing is a fundamental part of Norwegian culture.

Learn more about FIS Cross Country and the World Cup series by visiting the FIS website (click link).

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