The Canadian Ski Marathon

RLC commits to participating in a signature Canadian challenge

By Graham Vogt, Assistant Head of School, Academics

In this space, I have written about the power and importance of challenging ourselves just beyond the limits of our perceived capabilities. As I’ve said, we believe that is where magic, epiphany and lasting learning occurs. So then, what about pushing ourselves WAY beyond our perceived capabilities?

The Canadian Ski Marathon covers 160 kms over two days in early February in the beautiful Outaouais region of Quebec, centred on Montebello. If that sounds impossibly hard, well that may be because it is! And so, Rosseau Lake College is of course compelled by this challenge, and this year we are committed to our participation.

A couple of factors are driving our participation. We do in fact have a history at CSM. Many of our alumni from the 1980s, for instance, can recall their successful completion of the marathon at the bronze, silver and gold levels. Also, RLCs participation had been an ambition of Robert Carreau, in part because of his own successful participation and because the marathon passes through the grounds of his old school, the now closed Sedbergh School that draws many comparisons to RLC in both size and ethos. In fact, because of Robert and the connections he inspired, many Sedbergh alumni are excited to connect to RLCs participation. 

So, this is an open invitation to all to join RLC, accept the extreme but wonderful challenge, and participate in the Canadian Ski Marathon, February 11th and 12th, 2023. If this sounds overwhelming, do not worry, as “there is something for everyone at the CSM!” Indeed, the CSM website is some ways assuring, exclaiming.

“Skiers of all ages and abilities can register for distances ranging from 12 km to 160km on classic groomed trails through a breathtaking winter landscape! The CSM is not a timed race, but a personal ski adventure set in some of Canada’s best, most picturesque countryside.”

At the moment we have at least 10 students and nine faculty members committed, and training has already begun with weekly runs. Over the coming weeks, training will intensify in frequency and distance. Of course, once the snow falls, we will all be committing ourselves to our skis.

Registration has not yet opened, but you can reach out to me directly to indicate your interest. We would love to hear from you, and perhaps even share a trail or two.