Monday, January 21, 2019


After the cold weekend, 5-10cm of snow either fell or has blown around (!). Trails are not groomed due to the cold weather - tentatively planned for grooming on Monday evening.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Deep River -Silver Spoon Event Coming Up

The 47th Silver Spoon Ski Fest in Deep River is coming up on Saturday February 2, 2019.
Started in 1973, this annual tradition brings together both competitive and recreational cross-country skiers.  All ages can enjoy courses from 0.5 to 15 km along beautiful wooded trails.  Races are mostly classic, with some skating sprints.  The event is hosted by the Deep River Cross-Country Ski Club (DRXC).

Registration: (deadline Jan 30)

Wednesday, January 16, 2019


A new classic track was set around the Green trail this morning.  The Blue and Yellow trails were groomed for skating.

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

O-Cup #2 Results - Thunder Bay

Day 1

 1,3km Free Sprint - Open (Sr. Men, Jr.Men & Jr.Boys)

                                                Qualification            Quarter Finals
Guillaume Pelchat                          30th                            6th
Thomas Pelchat                              38th
Raphael Guerout                            39th

Day 2

10km Interval Start - Free Technique

                                                 Combined Results                     Jr Boys
Guillaume Pelchat                               11th                                      1st
Thomas Pelchat                                   38th                                     9th
Raphael Guerout                                  39th                                   10th

Day 3

7,5km Mass Start - Classic Technique
                                               Jr. Boys
Guillaume Pelchat                      1st
Raphael Guerout                        5th
Thomas Pelchat                          6th                               

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Happy New Year!

Trails were groomed this morning.  Thanks to Tammy and Damien.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Racing Season has begun !!!!

Great results at O-Cup #1 Nakkertok

Saturday 1,3 km free sprint Challenge (Jr. & Juv. combined)

Guillaume Pelchat         1st B final          7th overall
Samantha Csisztu          5th Quarters       23           
Sophie Levasseur           qualification      39
Raphael Guerout            qualification      44
Thomas Pelchat             qualification      52
Jamie Hopkins               qualification      54

Note: As you can tell, Pembroke Racers are not built for speed !!!!!!  They can however go the distance !!!!!!!! 

Sunday 10/5/2,5km interval classic

Guillaume Pelchat - Jr.10k                       1st
Sophie Levasseur - Jr.10k                        6th
Liam McDonald - Midget 2,5k                8th
Samantha Csisztu - Juv. 5k                    19th
Raphael Guerout - Jr.10k                       20th
Jamie Hopkins - Juv.5k                         24th
Thomas Pelchat - Jr.10k                        24th

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Invitation by Little Angels Blood Fund, Gatineau Loppet

Dear Pembroke Cross Country Ski Club members:
My name is Liesa Grant. I am on the board of directors of the Little Angels Blood Fund, in Ottawa and a survivor of Lymphoma. 
I wanted to let the Pembroke Cross Country Ski Club and its members know about an annual Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe fundraising event that our charity takes part in that supports the valuable work of our charity through skiing (& snowshoeing) in the Gatineau Loppet. As, a club that exists for people who enjoy getting out in the Canadian winter to enjoy snowshoeing and cross-country skiing., I thought perhaps this would be of interest to your members (especially since some of your members may already be planning to take part in the 2019 Loppet) . Could this maybe be mentioned in your next newsletter or an emailing to members?
What is the Little Angels Blood Fund about?
The Little Angels Blood Cancer Fund is a registered* non-profit charity founded in 1996 in Ottawa. It is run by a volunteer group of blood cancer survivors. Over 98% of the funds we raise go to patients who need help, with the balance supporting direct operating costs.
The Ottawa Hospital Foundation administers the Fund. Decisions regarding which blood cancer patients qualify for Little Angels assistance are made by Social Workers associated with the blood cancer treatment program at the Ottawa Hospital.
To date, Little Angels has helped hundreds of patients and their families through the financial stresses and uncertainty associated with blood cancer treatment in Ottawa. The number of patients qualifying for assistance has been growing at about 20% per year.
Many of the recipients of Little Angels Blood Fund assistance are coming to the Ottawa Hospital  for treatment from areas outside of Ottawa (such as Pembroke) 
About Little Angels Blood Fund:
Ski for Little Angels- a history of our Little Angels fundraising team in the Gatineau Loppet.
To help with her recuperation from a bone marrow transplant in April 2001, Little Angels’ president. Evelyn Stone, decided to train for the 2002, 10 km Keskinada Loppet (now called the Gatineau Loppet). She realized that she could turn this activity into an annual fundraising event for Little Angels.
The first year, 2002, 20 people skied and raised $7,000 by being sponsored by friends and family. The number of participants and funds raised has risen steadily over the years. In 2018, there were 55 skiers who brought in a total of over $33.000 in pledges. 
In January 2011, the Ottawa Citizen interviewed Evelyn and wrote an article for their Up Beat section describing Evelyn’s recovery from cancer and her 10 of years for support for Little Angels. Here is a copy of that article here.  
If any of your members would be interested in joining our Little Angels ski & snowshoe team to fundraise they would need to 1st register for the Loppet (and then email us to let us know their intention to join us). Then, in January, Little Angels emails team members with details about the event and sends a link to set up at personal fundraising (donation) page on the Ottawa Hospital Foundation site.
FYI- If you register by Dec 16, 2018  for the Loppet, there is a discounted fee.
Register for the Loppet:
Hope that some of your members will join us.  The Loppet is lots of fun, great exercise in the pretty Gatineau Park and a fun FAMILY activity for Family Day Weekend.
Our 2019 event poster is attached.
Please feel free to contact us for more information about this event.

Liesa Grant
Vice-President, Little Angels Blood Fund.

Monday, December 03, 2018

Early Bird Winners - 25$ Gift cards at GearHeads!

And the winners are...
Matthew Lalonde and Justin Biggs! Congrats and thanks for the early registration. You can pick up your gift cards at GearHeads.
Also a big thanks to Margo and Mark of GearHeads for their awesome support of PAXC!

Friday, November 30, 2018

Grooming Done

The Green trail has been packed and trackset for classic.  Trails are still bumpy and the odd rock and wet spot showing, but overall not bad for late November.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Survey for Cross Country Ski de fond Canada’s brand

Hello Cross Country Ski de fond Canada clubs,

Please share this message with your members.

In the 20 months I have had the pleasure of working for Cross Country Ski de fond Canada (CCC), I have evaluated all facets of the organization. The resounding message from stakeholders across the country is that CCC needs to change, revitalize, and move in a new direction.

Today, we need your participation as we embark on the most important part of our revitalization – brand identity. Our brand is more than our logo. It identifies who we are as a community and communicates a common vision for the future. Our brand must align with our strategy and core values. It will force us to make decisions on where to focus.

Like any successful brand, Cross Country Ski de fond Canada’s brand will be built from the inside out. As a result, we are seeking input from our entire community. This process will provide us all with an opportunity to come together and discuss, decide and create the future we want.

Please help us revitalize and define this wonderful Canadian sport by being part of this next step. Please join the discussion and take part in this exciting journey by taking our brand survey. 

I wish you a wonderful 2018-19 season.

Shane Pearsall
CEO, Cross Country Ski de fond Canada

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Bonjour clubs de Ski de fond Canada,

Veuillez partager ce message avec vos membres.

Au cours des 20 mois où j’ai eu le plaisir de travailler avec Ski de fond Canada (SFC), j’ai évalué toutes les facettes de l’organisation. Le message retentissant des intervenants de partout au pays est que SFC doit changer, se revitaliser et adopter une nouvelle direction.

Aujourd’hui, nous avons besoin de votre participation alors que nous abordons la partie la plus importante de notre revitalisation: l’identité de la marque. Notre marque est plus que notre logo. Elle identifie qui nous sommes en tant que communauté et communique une vision commune pour l’avenir. Notre marque doit s’harmoniser à notre stratégie et à nos valeurs fondamentales. Cela nous obligera à décider où concentrer nos efforts.

Comme toute marque réussie, la marque de Ski de fond Canada sera bâtie à partir de l’intérieur. Par conséquent, nous sollicitons les commentaires de toute notre communauté. Ce processus nous donnera l’occasion de nous réunir tous ensemble pour discuter, décider et créer l’avenir que nous voulons.

Aidez-nous à revitaliser et à définir ce merveilleux sport canadien en participant à la prochaine étape. Joignez-vous à la discussion et prenez part à ce voyage passionnant en répondant à notre sondage.

Je vous souhaite une merveilleuse saison 2018-19.

Shane Pearsall Directeur général, Ski de fond Canada

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