Race Notice: Birch Classic

Club News January 13, 2014

Manitoba Cup #4 – The Birch Classic

Manitoba Games Qualifier for Central & Westman Regional Teams

Technique: Classic technique, interval starts
Date: Sunday, January 19, 2014
Registration Deadline: Thursday, January 16th at midnight on Zone4. Late registrations will not be accepted.
Organizers:  Birch Mountain Sports
Results:  Red River Nordic Club


Chief of Competition               Mike DePauw                     rmdepauw@mymet.net
Chief of Course                       Victor Chappellaz              nicovic@mts.net
Competition Secretary             Sue Davidson                    peas4@mymts.net

Location: Birch Ski Area

Birch Ski Area is situated in the scenic Pembina Hills, approximately 120 km southwest of Winnipeg and 35 km southwest of Carman, Manitoba. The area is situated at the foot of the Herman beaches situated along the Darlingford Moraine which offers a wide range of gully and valley terrain with exceptional elevation and scenery. It offers a challenging and expertly groomed trail system of over 25 km of skate and classic set trails for expert and novice skiers. The trails journey through beautiful gullies and valleys and are on average 5 meters wide. From spring to fall Birch Ski Area is used as a prime mountain biking race course. For a map of the ski trails including the topography click on the link below. http://www.birchmountainsports.com/interactive_map.html

Driving Directionshttp://www.birchmountainsports.com/directions.html

Schedule of Events

Tuesday January 14thRegistration opens on Zone 4
Thursday January 16th @ MidnightRegistration deadline on Zone 4
Sun January 19th  12:00pmInterval starts

CCSAM Competitive Age Categories

Your competitive age category is based on how old you are as of December 31st in the current competitive season. For example, in 2013 – 2014 your age as of December 31, 2013 is your age for the entire 2013 – 2014 competitive season. Our Competition Model makes it possible for young skiers to compete in categories that are a better match for their development age if not their chronological age. For example, a Midget aged skier may race as a Juvenile whenever the athlete, their parents and coach together determine that to be the most appropriate competitive category. Skiers wanting to race in a category other than their competitive age category must notify Ron Pelletier, the competition secretary by e-mail skinnyskis@me.com by Jan. 16th at midnight.

Sunday, January 19th 2014
Classic Distance – Interval starts @ 12:00pm

CategoryDistance (km)
Subject to change due to conditions
MB Games Qualifier Categories
Pee Wee Boys*2.5Boys born 2001 & 2002
Pee Wee Girls*2.5Girls born 2002
Midget Boys5Boys born 1999 & 2000
Midget Girls5 kmGirls born 2000 & 2001
Juvenile Boys7.5Boys born 1998
Juvenile Girls7.5Girls born 1998 & 1999
Junior Boys10n/a
Junior Girls10n/a
Junior Men10n/a
Junior Women10n/a
Senior Men (U23)10n/a
Senior Women (U23)10n/a
Masters Men10 or 15n/a
Masters Women10 or 15n/a

*Atom skiers may race in the Pee Wee categories with the careful recommendation of their club coaches.


All competitors from Juvenile and up must have a valid CCC race license or hold a CCC supporting member day license in accordance with CCC Document 2.2.2 – Race License Policy. The zone 4 registration page will allow you to indicate whether you have a CCC race license or need a day license ($5.00).

Manitoba Games Qualifiers

Age groups stated above apply for Manitoba Games athletes. All skiers participate in the Manitoba Cup standings as well as the qualifier at the same time. No additional charge is applied for Games participants. Please indicate on Zone 4 that you wish to qualify for the Central or Westman regions for the winter games during the registration process. Minimum age is 11 as of December 31, 2013. Exceptions may apply – contact your regional team coach to request an age exception.

More Games information here: www.games.ccsam.ca and www.manitobagames.ca

Registration Deadline

Registration is to be completed online: Zone4.ca

The deadline for registration is January 16th at midnight. NO LATE REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

*Entry FeesRegister on Zone 4 by Jan. 16th, 2014
Juvenile, Junior, Senior, Masters$20
Midgets + Pee Wee (no license required)$15

*Trail fees are included in the registration fees for race day. We encourage families to explore the beautiful trail system at Birch Ski Area. A $5 trail fee is required for all non-racing skiers.


Birch Ski Area has 25 km of trails accommodating both classic and skate skiers. All trails have significant climbs, descents, and flats. There is a clubhouse with a canteen, a seating area, and bathrooms. There will be a large heated 30 x 30 tent with tables/chairs and food for athletes, coaches and spectators. Change rooms and waxing facilities will be available on site. Bathroom facilities will be on site. The parking lot has the capacity for 100 vehicles.

First Aid

First Aid will be available on site courtesy of the Canadian Ski Patrol. Medical Facilities are available in Carman and Morden, MB.

Download: Race Notice Birch Classic 2014