JOB POSTING: HEAD COACH

Nelson Nordic Ski Club is seeking a Head Coach with the vision, energy and collaborative attitude to lead and develop youth and adult ski programs in our growing club community. 

The Head Coach will lead programming for long-term athlete development (LTAD) at all levels, with a priority placed on the Club’s Track Attack and Junior Racing programs. Supporting and following Nordiq Canada’s LTAD model, the head coach will provide on-snow and dryland training sessions for recreational and competitive athletes, year-round training programs where applicable, and ongoing feedback and communication with athletes and parents. The head coach will also support program growth, development and promotion; coach and instructor training; and provide technical support for the Club’s school outreach program and masters training groups.

Nelson Nordic Ski Club is a registered not-for-profit, full-service ski club that provides Nordic ski facilities to a growing membership of more than 1,300 skiers. Located 10km south of Nelson, BC, the Club grooms approximately 30km of trails for both classic and skate skiing and has programs for all levels of skiers, from Bunnies and Jackrabbits to Masters, as well as a large, well-subscribed School Outreach Program.

Nelson Nordic is a thriving Club showing steady growth and entering an exciting period of development and strategic planning. The head coach will play an important role in the continued development of the Club through collaboration with members, volunteers, staff, and board executive.

Nelson is a vibrant community located on the West Arm of Kootenay Lake in the Selkirk Mountains in southeastern BC. The Kootenay region boasts many recreational opportunities year-round, as well as a thriving cultural scene. It has frequently been voted one of the best places to live in the province, the country and even the world.

The Club is seeking a coach who:

• Has vision and displays passion and enthusiasm for nordic skiing

• Works collaboratively and has a flexible mindset;

• Consistently seeks knowledge and skill improvement, and shares knowledge and skills openly;

• Is highly energized and a motivator;

• Is technically skilled;

• Is an effective communicator and a good listener; and

• Is organized and demonstrates integrity.

The detailed job description is available here.

The Head Coach will report directly to the General Manager and work in collaboration with program coordinators, volunteer coaches, programming and operations staff and the General Manager. This position offers an annually renewable contract with a competitive compensation package based on experience, abilities and certification. The hours of the Head Coach vary seasonally, with more hours from September to March and reduced hours in spring and summer.

The position will require travel, as well as working in the evenings and on weekends.

Compensation for this position will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate, in the range of $24,000 to $28,000, inclusive of benefits. The eight month contract is set to commence August 15, 2021, with potential for extension. The Club is currently exploring grant opportunities that may allow us to transition to full-time year-round employment for this role.

A cover letter (1,000 words maximum) sharing your coaching vision and demonstrating your suitability for the position should accompany your resume, along with three professional references. These documents will be accepted until midnight (PDT) May 30, 2021. Please email documents to jaime@nelsonnordicski.ca.

For more information please contact Jaime Frederick (Nelson Nordic General Manager) at (250) 354-4299, or by email at jaime@nelsonnordicski.ca. We thank all applicants in advance. Only those considered for an interview will be contacted.

THAT’S ALL, FOLKS!

Wow! What a season we have had at Nelson Nordic Ski Club!

As we are starting to see bare patches on some trails, we have made the decision to stop grooming operations, effective today. We are very happy to have been able to extend our Nordic ski season until April 15 this year!

Thanks to our dedicated grooming staff for continuing their nightly excursions well into the spring. Conditions these past few weeks have been quite excellent despite limited snowfall and warm daytime temperatures.

Thanks to all our members for an incredible ski season, under somewhat difficult circumstances presented by the pandemic.

Stay tuned for our member survey in the days to come, for your chance to win great prizes!

NELSON SKIERS SELECTED FOR PROVINCIAL SQUADS

Two athletes from the Junior Racing team at Nelson Nordic Ski Club have been recognized for their commitment to the pursuit of high performance goals in our sport.  Maya Abraham, 14, has been named to the Cross Country BC Ski Team Development Squad. Aleah Smith, 12, was named to the Talent Squad, a feeder program to the Development Squad. 

In 2020, Maya raced to a bronze medal and two fourth place finishes at the BC Games in Fort St. John, BC, and had many strong results in regional racing. In 2020, Aleah also had many strong showings in regional races, including gold medals in Teck Kootenay Cup races and fourth and fifth place finishes (and a technical excellence award) at the Teck BC Midget Championship racing in Kamloops, BC.  

Although the athletes were not able to formally compete this year due to COVID-19 restrictions against racing, they have shown exceptional commitment to training and skills development over the course of the 2021 season.

“Making the BC Development Squad, motivates me to train harder between camps and gives me a chance to compare and improve,” says Maya, a first-year U16 athlete who will complete 400 hours of training in her annual regimen, with nordic skiing and trail running in the off-season. I also love seeing my friends from around the province in the summer and fall. My main challenge this season has been trying to find ways to stay motivated without the prospect of races in the future. Training can sometimes seem pointless without races but my team always motivates me.

“For me, being on the Talent Squad means training experiences with other athletes and coaches from across BC,” adds Aleah, a hard-working, motivated athlete who always wears a smile and gives every challenge her best effort. She also trains year-round, with a mix of nordic skiing and trail running.  

Next steps for the athletes, as long as Covid protocols will allow it, include training camps both for dryland training and on-snow. These camps include kids from across the province. If racing is allowed again next season, Aleah will set her sights on making the BC Games team. Meanwhile, Maya will be targeting the national championships, as they are currently scheduled to take place in BC. 

“I cannot be more proud of the entire ski team this year,” says Doris Hausleitner, one of the team’s dedicated volunteer coaches. “They were supportive and encouraging of each other. In some ways the pandemic opened up opportunities to train strength,endurance and technique as we were not travelling for races. This is a group of dedicated young athletes and having two of their members make squads of this calibre in the province is testament to the strength of the team as a whole.”

Congratulations, Maya & Aleah! We are all proud of you!

SUPPORT OUR PARKING EXPANSION PLANS

CALLING ALL SKIERS IN NELSON AND RDCK AREAS E, F, G, AND H! We are seeking your help before April 9, 2021, to expand our parking lot at the Busk trailhead this summer.

Nordic Ski Club has applied to the Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Program (CIP/AAP) for grant funding to do some excavator work that would expand the capacity of the Busk trailhead parking lot from 75 car capacity to 115 car capacity. As our membership grows, we need more parking space, especially on weekends or at other times when programs, lessons and events are taking place. 

To participate and voice your support for our parking lot expansion, please visit this webpage.

Then select “Area Nelson CIP” 
Then “Nelson Nordic Ski Club – Busk parking lot expansion”
Provide your feedback in the box provided. That’s it!

Columbia Basin Trust administers the CIP/AAP in conjunction with the RDCK and municipalities. As part of this process, an online engagement tool is being used to allow the public to give feedback on proposed projects for the area in which they live.

The engagement tool allows you to provide feedback on the projects that you feel are most important.

The public engagement period runs until next Friday, April 9, at 4:30 p.m. 

Thank you for your support!

Serving nordic skiers in Nelson & area since 1983