Smithers Ski Club


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SSSC host to Canadian SX Championships 2015

With the western Canadian ski resort industry struggling through a weak snow pack and warm temperature, Hudson Bay Mountain Resort is thriving with a snowfall of 450+cm and a base of 125cm. Alpine Canada Alpin recently announced that the 2015 Canadian Ski Cross Championships have been cancelled at Tabor Mountain and rescheduled for Smithers.

The Smithers Ski and Snowboard Club will host for the first time ever a Canadian Championships at Hudson Bay Mountain. This is a unique and amazing opportunity for our community, Ski resort and Club to play host to such a big event.

This event will see the likes Brady Leman (multiple world cup SX Gold medals and Chris Delbosco XGames SX champion. “We will be ready to race and look forward to showing Canada what we can accomplish in our small Northwest BC community” Smithers Ski Club President Gary Huxtable. We look forward to seeing the community out and enjoying some world class Ski Cross racing.

What can you do?

Please let us know if you can help out in any form to make this event an memorabale one for the athletes, coaches, parents and volunteers. Either you can help with setting up the course on March 12, 13, 14. Or, you can help us with the race in it self. MArch 17, 18 and 19. Please email me with your eagerness to help! 

If you're not available during the days, make sure to come up and watch all the wickedly great athletes, including our own JASON OLIEMANS. AND BRING ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY.


SSSC Special Olympics athletes are gearing up!

If you're up there skiing and riding, please come over to Turkeyshoot on Sunday to cheer on the SO athletes in a mock GS race. These athlets are getting ready to head down to Sun Peaks and we thought a camp prior would be great.

Luke Smith and Torben Schuffert are our guys that will try for the Championship and also represent our club. Eris Person is their coach that will tackle the challenge.

Saturday will be freesking with technical components in the PM on Turkeyshoot, followed by a GS race on Sunday. Awards are at the club cabin around 1-2 PM, so if you're around swing by to give your support.

Big White Ski-X Club Trip.

These are all important steps in an athletes growth becoming an athlete/adult. To do well and perform to ones skill level is fantastic. To be part of a large group and being able to socialize without screens and connectivity is priceless these days.
I'm proud to see our athletes and parents being able to work so well together during our road trips! It's a ton of fun and I would like to thank everyone for their share of making this another fun road trip.

The trip to Big White was great! Period. The weather was, well, BIG WHITE, with the exception for Sunday when the sun woke up from its slumber. 

The results where good and we competed against the best in BC and Alberta in each age category. The beauty with sport is that is does not always go as expected, but you'll always get another chance around the next corner. Never, NEVER give up!

The importance of gaining experience and learning to move forward after "failure" is grand, and one can only hope that our athletes learn as they go.


A NEW era in Volunteer help!

With our VolunteerSpot program we have created a group page for the SSSC to make it very easy for you to see where you would like to lay waist to all the volunteer hours. 

All you need to do is to hit this link and follow the procedure to sign up with your email. It's safe and sound!

By doing this, we can make sure that we have all positions filled and that your hours are tracked.

Please do have some patience as I'm new to this. Rome was not build over night.

Canadian Ski Councils Grade 4-5 SnowPass now available!

One of Canada's easiest ways to get kids involved and active this winter is now available.  The Canadian Ski Council's Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass is available online and is an unbeatable offer: Skiing and Snowboarding for kids (in grade 4 or 5), three times at each of the 150+ ski areas in Canada, for only $29.95!


Cold temperature cut off for U12 and older

The itch for snow and winter!

This is one of the coolest films I have seen in terms of light, snow and longing to shred the pow in a LED suit. Sit back, pour yer' family a hotdrink and enjoy together!

HIT IT: AFTERGLOW the movie.

Northern Weasels at Canada Winter Games!

As Northernes we stick together and work together! The CWG are around the corner and we should be proud having the games in our back yard!

Prince George SC are the host of the games and need any help they can get to run the events February 12-22, 2015.

Gary Huxtable is compiling an alpine crew to work the slopes of Purden mtn. He has booked a house on Tabor Lake that will hold between 10-15 adults. It has a pool, sauna and hot-tub. It's a great place to relax and enjoy the view over the lake. He's is looking for a cook and a driver to bring you to and from the hill to ensure a great time.

When you sign up for this week of fun, good food, camraderie and great events you'll come back a changed person.

The TEAM will travel to FUNquarters at Tabor lake on Feb 12 and arrive back in Smithers on Feb 22, 2015.

Sign up with Gary Huxtable

The following is a link to the house that I booked for the 10 days.

SSSC club apparel is here!

Jeff Scholz grew up in the Bulkley Valley and since age 5 has skied the mighty Hudson Bay Mountain slopes ever since.
Jeff started off in the Nancy Greene/U10 program and was committed to the club all the way up to the FIS level, where he competed around the province for another four years.
Rob Maurer and Scott Marko was his coaches back then and taught him the ropes of free skiing, ski racing as well as BIG air. Jeff is a pretty complete free-skier that still can kick our butt in airtime and on the slopes!

During school at UNBC Jeff decided to start a business which could combine his interests. Northern Life Apparel was created to support sports and outdoor activities in local communities by sponsoring youth athletes.
Since returning to Smithers he have joined the SSSC and have been coaching with the club for two years, and will do so until the antlers fall off the moose?!

NL will start out small with the SSSC club gear and evolve as interest grows. There will be sizes available for youth and adults as well as for the U10 program!

There will be two delivery dates for you to get your hands on the gear:  December 1, 2014 and January 15, 2015. So, don't wait, place your orders on our website and sit back.

JumpStart with Canadian Tire.

Canadian Tires JumpStart program has been around for many years and it's a great program that allows children a chance to get acitivated by sports. The recreational Department of Town of Smithers is the Chapter around here. Please have a look on how to apply and much more info under the jumpstart link.

Team work is the name of the game!

With the rain lurking over the slopes and temperatures perfect for a working day, 10 adults and 10-12 kids set off and cleared our work duties in less than four hours.

The cabin is spick and span inside and out, leaky roof repaired, all wood taken care off, old gritty couches gone to the dump and we widened the finish line on the Cinderella run. In my opinion, this is what a club is all about. Members meeting up and working together to ensure that we have maintained our belongings prior to winter.

Now I know that we have club members with extensive chain saw experience, work goes twice as fast (Kathy and Warren) Some danger tree removal was done, trees limbed and bucked and carried away by the troops of kids and parents.

For next year we'll add a BBQ and more photo ops. This was great fun and we had many laughs!

Thanks again,


PacSport North and SportMed BC came to town!

It was great to see the strong attendance from our club at the two seminars, coaches both from Snowboard and the Apine sat like little lambs listening with big ears.

Why do we take these seminars you might ask? 

We (the club) feels it's of outmost importance to remain pro-active in our quest to offer a great program to kids and youth. We strive to not only to have a great on-snow program, but also have a common knowledge regarding off-snow training and in case of an injury, such as concussion. Concussions are one of the most common injuries in sports, and also one of the hardest to assess and treat. New protocols are coming out every now and then, and the SCAT3 program is one of the latests ones.

The SCAT3, Sport Concussion Assessment Tool, seminar was great and we all walked away with more knowledge than we arrived with. This is a program/tool that SSSC will introduce to all our coaches prior to the new 2014/15 season. 

The seminar was promoted and offered by PacSport North/Kim Bennett and SportMed BC. Hats off to both for bringing this to the North!

See ya' out there,


NEW and easy ways to volunteer with the club!

VolunteerSpot is web-based program that will allow us not only to manage all our volunteers and hours, but also for YOU in very easy steps SIGN UP for an event of choice. Let's face it; Our club is only as strong as our numbers of volunteers. No volunteers, no fun! We all would like to see a healthy strong club that our kids and you as parent can enjoy.

All you need to do is to look for an email with a link to an event send from me, such as the Club Cabin Clean up day in September. Hit the link and it will bring you to the VolunteerSpot page where you need to sign up with your email. No fees or passwords.
Or, you can go to our website under Events and follow the instructions at the end where it says PARENTS!

You will be able to find all kinds of events thoughout the season, on and off the snow, you'll be able to switch days with other signed up members as well. Best of all is that the club can manage the hours you have put in and ensure that we have enough people for each position. 

Please spread the word reagrding this program, as we need as many parents as possible to be SIGNED UP with the VolunteerSpot program. 

Thanks everyone!


2014/15 HBM Season Pass price for SSSC club members is reduced to $329!

SSSC are very pleased with the continued support from Hudson Bay Mountain. Together we're striving to be the most affordable Ski and Snowboard Club in Westrern Canada, for the amount of training days offered.

Please make sure to register with the club prior heading to the HBM office for your season pass.

Tax receipts for your child

The rant from the Program Director

Regardless what you as a parent have to say, we coaches will deal with the SSSC athlete's lack of respect towards coaches, peers, HBM staff, equipment and club cabin.

We do give the athletes two verbal chances to improve their behaviour, usually a chat to make sure that we understand each other. Coaches will also at this time let the parent know about the situation.

If the above happens a third time, that athlete/s will usually not be welcome for much longer in the program. I will make the final decision if that particular athlete will remain in the program or not.
The athlete/s is more then welcome to be re-instated, but only after a written explanation to me, why he/she would like to join the club again.

The backbone of this club has to, and will be build on RESPECT, TRUST and FUN. If we can not control this, none of us will have fun.

ALL of us are involved in the athletes life at some point and to some degree, and in my opinion, it's a duty that all of us need to establish guidelines for the athletes. We as a club, will guide athletes in the athletic department, and all that comes with that.

You as a parent, have to guide your child in the manners department. We do this together and the athletes will have fun, but also learn some very important values for the future.

I think that is important!

Convinced Of Your Chances

Over the past 27 years of coaching, it's still this priceless show of emotion that draws me to continue coaching Humanbeings, be it at the Olympic stage or club level.

In my opinion (I'm opinionated) we need to expose the kids (and ourselves as adults) to components and activities in life that will challenge, change, sometimes scare and sometimes deemed impossible by yourself to be able to grow within.
We need to keep pushing ourselves to remain healthy and to have fun for years to come. To accomplish a set out goal will give you a serene feeling of joyment, be it physical or psychological, big or small.
I have had the joyment of see both, and I can only recommend and suggest, how important it is these days for kids to engage in both. 

Our Club Program is designed to help in this process. Athletes are being exposed to various components depending on skills, and we as coaches see the challenge in their eyes as well as the satisfaction and joy.

The one important piece is that we BELIVE  AND ARE CONVINCED OF OUR CHANCES!