We're hittin' the road!
The Canadian Ski Marathon is going places! This year we will continue to take part in events, expos and presentations to introduce athletes to and provide in depth information about the CSM. We are getting an early start this year by presenting at the Vermont City Marathon Sport and Fitness Expo on May 24 and 25, 2013.
Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center
870 Williston Road
South Burlington, VT 05403
Friday May 24 from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday May 25 from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Stop by to satisfy your curiosity. Our Vermont Ambassadors Dan, Kaekae and Gudrun will be there to answer your questions. And while you are there, sign up to win one free entry to the 2014 event!
Hope to see you there!
Dear CSM Friends,
you did it! We all had one of the best CSM weekends ever. It wasn't easy and some did not achieve what they set out to do, but that's what the event is all about - there's always another hill to climb. For the second year in a row, we were lucky with the weather and were able to ski a great course along the trail from Lachute to Buckingham under blues skies and bright sun. Great memories of adventure, excitement, challenge and comradeship. Congratulations to you all. And thank you to you all for signing up and skiing. You are the life blood of this event and we want you back again.
And thank you again to all the volunteers, including the Canadian Armed Forces, helping at the checkpoints, between the checkpoints, crossing the roads and behind the scenes; and to Denis Marcotte and his team for providing such a great trail. They had to do a lot of overtime this year to clear away the damage after the December storm before they could even begin to prepare the trail.
As you know, Allegiant Travel became a gold sponsor of the CSM. We want to see that relationship prosper so if you decide to fly Allegiant, let us know. Cheap direct flights to Florida and Las Vegas sound like fun. Welcome and thank you Allegiant!
This year we bid farewell to the Man in the Wolf Hat, Gaëtan Pelletier, after 32 years tireless work on the operations side. We are sad to see him go, but he deserves a rest and a different life style in January and February of each year. We hope to have the benefit of his wise counsel as we grow the event towards its 50th birthday in 2016.
My own two years as President also come to an end and I would like to thank everybody: my fellow directors, staff, volunteers, other sponsors and above all - you, for your support, your patience and your participation. I shall continue to serve on the Board and rest assured that Lixar will continue to provide the technical back-up that is so essential to a cost-effective operation.
As I step back, the current Vice-President of the Board, Paul Boomer Throop, is stepping forward into the role of President, on an interim basis. Please welcome him and continue the same support and engagement with this unique event that you have shown over the last two years. I, along with the rest of the Board and our growing cadre of CSM Ambassadors, will be working with him to achieve the target that we have set: we want to see at least 2,500 on the trail by 2016.
To reach that goal, we are also appealing for your help in the following ways:
(1) register each year for the next 3 years, at least;
(2) get one other person to register - if each of the 1560 skiers in last week's CSM brought along just one other person, we would pass our 2,500 goal comfortably;
(3) become a CSM Ambassador. these are people who not only have ideas, but they do things, from putting up posters and distributing fliers to giving talks in schools, interviews to the media, or writing articles for the local press; plus whatever else they may dream up to promote the CSM. To become a CSM Ambassador, just send an email to email@example.com, giving your contact information, the skills that you can bring, and the time you are prepared to devote to the job.
(4) become a Volunteer. We need: volunteers at checkpoints and crossroads; a Director of Operations; a Volunteer Coordinator; and Task Leaders for crossroads security, drivers and vehicles management, transportation, municipal relations. If you would like to help with any of these, please contact the CSM office: Toll free 1 877 770 6556 or 819 483 0456; or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
My very best wishes to you for the year ahead,
President's Welcome Message:
CSM 2013 is right around the corner and I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has signed up to ski, volunteer, sponsor and support the Canadian Ski Marathon. Because of your contribution, energy and enthusiasm, the CSM will reach its 47th consecutive year. I'd particularly like to thank the over 200 landowners who give us the green light to use their land, year after year.
Mother Nature has provided us with an abundance of snow ... and ice which has caused quite a bit of damage on parts of the trail. As a result, the CSM has had to spend a significant amount of money to insure that the trail is as close to the original trail as possible. Many volunteers, landowners and organizations have really stepped up to make this happen. A big thank you goes to them and a big thank you goes to the skiers for adapting to the conditions and the possible trail changes.
2013 is a very special year with Chandra Crawford as our Honorary President. I'd like to personally thank Chandra and the Fast & Female team for making a real difference in the lives of so many youth and young girls in Canada. F&F provides encouragement and empowerment by connecting youth between 9 & 19 with their inspirational and Olympic level heroes. The CSM is truly honoured to welcome Madeleine Williams, 2010 XC Olympic team member to the CSM this year to host a F&F Champ Chat event on Saturday afternoon at the Fairmont Le Château Montebello: 3:30 - 5:30.
I'm honored to announce that Allegiant Air has become a 2013 Canadian Ski Marathon Gold Sponsor. Allegiant Air's mantra is "Travel is our Deal" supported by a company pledge to offer you the very best travel deals. Over one hundred flights depart from locations like Plattsburg & Niagara Falls to choice travel destinations like Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, and Orlando, to name a few. After you finish your CSM journey, perhaps a trip to the sunny south is the perfect reward. Visit the Allegiant website for more information: allegiantair.com.
The CSM forever thanks Canadian Forces and DND for their continued involvement in the marathon. The 33rd signal Regiment (Ottawa) will return for their 11th year (1992 - 2013) with roughly 65 members. We will also have cadets from Lachute and Outaouais helping out at Gold Camp and baggage control. We also have an elite group of military personnel skiing the CSM this year. They have been given permission to stay at Gold Camp where they will be putting on a winter safety seminar. So if you see them on the trail or in camp, please give them a big thank you. They appreciate it.
Lastly, thank you to the CSM Board. This is my last year as President and I want to thank everyone for their support and enthusiasm over the past two years.
The CSM is an incredible event ... "challenges your body, tests your mind and feeds your soul". I truly hope you enjoy your challenge ... and "Let the 2013 Adventure Begin".
President, Canadian Ski Marathon 2012 & 2013
Honourary President's Message:
The CSM is a tremendous event for participants of all ages and abilities to push their limits in a fun and supportive environment.
This is extremely in line with Fast & Female's values of inspiring all girls to follow their passions for sport and continuously challenge themselves to improve as athletes and as human beings.
I'm sure all the girls attending the Fast & Female activity will learn a lot from Madeleine's presence and her lessons on perseverance and determination.
Honourary CSM President
Trail is ready to go!
160km CSM trail, Lachute - Montebello - Buckingham, all cleared, all groomed, all ready for you. Come and ski!!!
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Friday Night "Welcome" Reception
You're invited to a Friday Night "Welcome" Reception in the Nova Scotia and New Brunswick Room, at Fairmont Le Château Montebello.
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. with:
Lieutenant Colonel Geoff Blair
Ted Kalil, Fast and Female Board Member
Greg Koegl, Past President
Bill Syrros, CSM President
Sponsored by Lixar IT - Mobile and Big Data Integration Boutique for Innovative Business
Remember to sign up for the Fast and Female event with 2010 Olympian Madeleine Williams
Outaouais Room - 1
Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 3:30 - 5:30 pm
Fast and Female Champ Chat - Saturday, February 9, 2013
Event led by Madeleine Williams, 2010 Olympian and Law Student at McGill. Inspirational activity for female sports enthusiasts ages 7 - 19
- 3:30 pm Check in & Snacks
- 3:45 pm Inspirational Presentation
- 4:10 pm Leadership exercise
- 4:30 pm Dance/Yoga by Victoria Lynes, Your Own Path Yoga and Meditation - www.yourownpathyoga.com
- 5:15 pm Autographs
- 5:30 pm Farewell
FEE: $25 includes gift, snack, magazine and poster
REGISTRATION: Online until February 8 @ www.fastandfemale.com
Marathon Girl Contest
Fast & Female will select 10 lucky girls between the ages of 7 to 19 registered in the CSM to win a free signature Buff. To enter the contest, tell us in 250 words or less what makes YOU a most awesome Fast & Female Marathon Girl. Send your response to: email@example.com
160km CSM trail, Lachute - Montebello - Buckingham, all cleared, all groomed, all ready for you. Come and ski!!
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Fast and Female Partners with the Canadian Ski Marathon to Host Inspiring Event and Marathon Girl Contest
Montebello, QC (January 17, 2013) - Fast and Female is inviting female cross country ski enthusiasts ages 7 to 19 to attend an afternoon activity of inspiration on February 9 led by 2010 Olympian Madeleine Williams as part of the Canadian Ski Marathon.
Williams, an accomplished cross country skier and runner as well as a current Law student at McGill university will join the girls for an inspirational presentation followed by a personal development exercise on attitude as well as fun dance and yoga sessions. The event will take place at Château Montebello - one of the largest log-built hotels in the world - from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm.
"I'm very excited to be leading the Fast and Female event at the Canadian Ski Marathon because this event is one of our country's premiere ski events," said Williams. "This is a great opportunity to reach an audience of racers and recreational skiers alike. Inspiring girls to stay in sport is important to me because sport teaches so many vital life lessons and encourages lifelong health," concluded the retired World Cup cross country racer who still competes in cross country running.
As a two-day event, the CSM features 160 kilometre of skiing divided into 5 sections each day, with an average of 16 km per section. Skiers of all ages and abilities are welcome to participate and can do so safely. There are checkpoints at the end of each section providing food, first, aid an other services, as well as shuttle buses that run between accommodation and checkpoints throughout each day. The CSM alternates its direction each year, from East to West one year and then West to East the next between Gatineau and Lachute.
Unlike most ski events, there are no winners or losers in the Canadian Ski Marathon. Each skier can select his/her own level of challenge and try to achieve it. One can ski as little as 12 km or up to the maximum of 160 km over the weekend.
"Chandra Crawford, Madeleine Williams and the Fast and Female team have brought an inspiring energy to the 2013 Canadian Ski Marathon," said Bill Syrros, CSM President "We recognize and respect the level of empowerment and encouragement they're offering to CSM youth; to ski and to be the best that they can be."
Fast and Female is a non-profit organization launched in seven years ago by Chandra Crawford 2006 Olympic gold medalist and honorary president for this year's edition of the Canadian Ski Marathon. The organization's mission is to support, encourage and motivate girls to stay in sports. It is believed that girls are six times more likely to drop out of sports than boys by the time they reach 14 years old.
"I'm super pumped that we are able to bring the Fast and Female message of joy for sport to the girls taking part in the Canadian Ski Marathon," said Crawford who is in Europe for the remainder of the World Cup season. "The CSM is a tremendous event for participants of all ages and abilities to push their limits in a fun and supportive environment. This is extremely in line with Fast and Female's values of inspiring all girls to follow their passions for sport and continuously challenge themselves to improve as athletes and as human beings. I'm sure all the girls attending the Fast and Female activity will learn a lot from Madeleine's presence and her lessons on perseverance and determination."
The February 9 Fast and Female activity in Montebello is open to female youth Canadian Ski Marathon participants as well as non participants from the area.
The cost for the events is $25 for youth and includes a Fast & Female t-shirt, a healthy snack, a magazine subscription (Pedal or SkiTrax) and an autographed poster. Online registration is open until February 8 at lunch time at http://fffeb9montebello.eventbrite.com or at www.fastandfemale.com.
As a complement to the event, Fast and Female and the Canadian Ski Marathon are also partnering to run a Marathon Girl Contest. As part of the contest, girls ages 7 to 19 registered in the Canadian Ski Marathon are invited to submit a short paragraph on what makes them exemplary Fast and Female Marathon Girls. Ten young women will be selected as part of this contest and will be rewarded with a free Fast and Female Buff. Entries in the contest can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Canadian Ski Marathon and to register, visit: http://www.csm-mcs.com/index2.html
Canadian Ski Marathon
Fast and Female
The Adventure is near!
History repeats itself. Fifteen years ago, the "Ice Storm of the Century" nearly threw us off the track - but it didn't. This year, after several years of very little snow, we have almost too much. Tons of heavy wet snow before Christmas bent and broke thousands of trees across our trail. Crews have been out there since then working hard to clear a way through. In 1998, we held a successful event. I am making the same commitment to you this year: there will be a great trail to ski on. The extra work is taking us over budget. How can you help?
One, register now and join the adventure.
Please note that we are freezing the rates for Tourers and Coureurs des Bois at the 3 January levels; and that Junior Tourer rates stay the same at $75. The 2013 event won't be the same without you! How to Register
Two, persuade others that this is the year to ski the CSM again or to try it for the first time.
Three, make a donation to "CSM 2013". Send to:
CSM, 650, rue Notre-Dame, Montebello, Québec J0V 1L0
Or you can do all three of the above!
Thank you for your help. Happy skiing. See you on the 9 & 10 of February.
Great food at Checkpoint 8 (St Sixte) again!
Members of la Table de Concertation Agroalimentaire del'Outaouais (TCAO) will be serving up delicious locally produced food at this checkpoint. Click here to find out more about them.
Ski fast while supplies last.
CSM Operations is searching for volunteers:
- Volunteers at checkpoints and crossroads for the weekend
- Director of Operations (for next year, but willing to be trained this year)
- Volunteer Coordinator
- Task Leaders:
- Crossroads Security
- Drivers and vehicles (snowmobile, VTT, Quad) management
- Municipalities contact
If you are interested in one of these positions, please contact the CSM office: Toll free: 1 (877) 770-6556
Telephone: (819) 483-0456.
Canadian Forces and Gold CdB
Thanks to the Canadian Forces, the following information sessions will be offered:
Information sessions for the Gold Coureurs de bois on winter camping:
- At 8:30 pm on Friday night at the Gold dorm in Lachute (for Gold Coureurs de bois only)
- At 6:30 pm on Saturday night at the Gold Camp site (for Gold Coureurs de bois only)
They will also provide Safety and First Aid services on the trail both Saturday and Sunday.
The following additional services ($) will be offered to skiers at these locations during the CSM weekend:
- Massage therapy
- Château Montebello services provided by the Château
- Polyvalente de Papineauville individual massotherapist
- Saturday from 3:30 pm to 10 pm
- $30 / 30 minutes
- Payment by cash only
- Polyvalente de Papineauville individual physiotherapist
- Saturday from 3:30 pm to 10 pm
- $30 / 30 minutes
- Payment by cash only
- SWIX Boutique (items for sale)
- Château Montebello and Polyvalente de Papineauville
- Friday from 7 pm to 9 pm
- Saturday from 5 pm to 9 pm
- Payment by cash only
- SWIX Waxing Clinics
- Château Montebello and Polyvalente de Papineauville
- Friday and Saturday night at 8 pm
A BIG CSM Thank you
Thank you to our Friends, Sponsors and Volunteers! The Canadian Ski Marathon continues to be the uniquely Canadian event it is because of your support. Thank you! We'd like to offer a special mention to Randonnee Adventure:
Our friend and sponsor, Randonnée Aventure, has donated another $500 to trail expenses to match their donation of the last 2 years. Thank you, Randonnée Aventure. They are a Montreal based not-for-profit outing club that offer Saturday and weekend bus outings for cross-country skiers. Check out their activities by clicking here.
Canadian Ski Marathon / SkiTrax - Special Offer!
Canadian Ski Marathon and SkiTrax Magazine, the largest cross-country ski magazine in North America, have teamed up to bring you great savings. SkiTrax keeps you up to date on all the latest Nordic news, ski gear, adventure and recreational skiing, including race reports from across Canada, the USA, and around the world - check out www.skitrax.com.
CSM participants save 30% off regular subscription prices - try a SkiTrax / Pedal Combo Deal and get Pedal Magazine as well - to order click here.
Thank you to all CSM Sponsors & Partners
Lixar, DND, Psion, Enervit, Fast and Female, Cross Country Canada, Ski Trax, Sugoi, Budget, Swix, TCAO, Chelsea Freshmart, Faster Skier, Fairmont Chateau Montebello, Ville de Gatineau, MRC D'Argenteuil, Ville de Lachute, Ville de Brownsburg Chatham, MRC Papineauville, Ville de Montebello, Ville de Lachute, XC zone.tv, Randonée Aventure, McDonalds, Stephanie Vallée, wood runners, boutique Norway Nordic, The Cyclery, Le Suroît Cycle et Ski, Pecco's, Mountain Equipment Coop, Trailhead, Argenteuil Ski Doo Club, Viking Ski Club, Papineauville & Montebello Walking Club, Hibou Blanc Ski-Doo Club, Argenteuil ATV Club, Ottawa & Lachute Amateur Radio Club, Club de Amateur Radio de Lachute, Guy Thibaudeau, Imprimerie ECO, Joe Drouin Enterprise LTD, Canadian Ski Museum, Landowners (more than 200), Outaouais Cadets, Orleans Girl Guides, Aylmer & St.-Pierre Chanel & Ste Maria Goretti Pioneers (scout), Outaouais, Rockland & Cumberland Scouts, Lachute Scouts & Cadets, Genville-sur-la-Rouge, Mayo, 33rd Military Police Platoon (Ottawa), 763rd Communications Regiment (Ottawa), Canadian Forces, Buffet des Continents.
CSM FEES are frozen at Jan 3 Rates!
|Category||Registration Fee Schedule|
|Sept 21||Nov 23||Jan 3||Feb 8|
|Coureur de Bois (18+)||$200||$225||$285||$315|
|Junior Coureur de Bois (U17)||$125||$150||$195||$220|
|Junior Tourer (9-17)||$60||$75||$75||$75|
|Mighty Mite (U9)||$30||$30||$30||$30|
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