Many of you may have heard that Rec Sites and Trails BC is closing ski trail facilities on Crown land, which applies to part of our trail system. However, since we have already closed our buildings and are not taking payments, we would like to reassure our members and the public that we have received permission to continue grooming for now. Hopefully the weather cooperates, and we can maintain grooming through the first weekend in April.
We continue to monitor the pandemic situation at both a provincial and local level. Our staff are practicing disinfection and distancing measures as recommended by health authorities to keep themselves and our community safe. While caution is ramping up in our local stores and establishments, we’ll continue to keep the trails groomed and ready for your enjoyment for as long as possible while supporting all efforts to prevent transmission of the virus.
First and foremost, health and safety is a primary concern for Nelson Nordic Ski Club.
We continue to follow updates on the COVID-19 pandemic, and while we have no further programs or organized events scheduled for this season, the NNSC Executive Board wishes to confirm our commitment to provide ongoing grooming of our trails for our membership and community.
It is, however, essential that we all follow guidance from Interior Health Authority on how best to protect ourselves and others from the spread of this virus. First, if you feel sick or are in self-isolation for any reason, please refrain from using the Club and the trail system. Additional efforts are being made by staff to sanitize common areas. For the safety of our staff and volunteers, we are taking measures to minimize direct contact with skiers and ask all non-members to deposit trail use fees (cash or cheque) in one of the depositories located at the sign-in kiosks at Apex and Busk trailheads. If you do not have exact change, it is permissible to put a cheque in the depository instead of cash.
How you can help:
Bring personal hand sanitizer with you if you intend to use outhouses, cabins and hut.
Minimize social gatherings at the Apex hut, warming cabins(Euphrates & Clearwater), kiosks and trailheads.
Practice social distancing by keeping at least 2 metres away from others.
Be respectful of others.
We will continue to update you if stronger measures are necessary. In the meantime, enjoy the trails!
The cost of a new grooming machine is $327,000 after we trade in our current machine. We now have more than one-third of that amount secured through the club’s capital reserve and donations.
Our fundraising campaign is well underway and with the recent addition of one very generous donation we are changing our goal to reflect more reliance on donations and slightly less on grant money – which gives us an even greater chance of reaching our goal!
Please donate generously to our club fundraiser and help us reach our final goal! The more money we are able to raise through donations, the fewer Club reserves will need to be spent on this necessary equipment upgrade.
As you know, Nelson Nordic Ski Club is a non-profit community resource for members and non-members alike – we offer courses for over 900 schoolchildren annually through our popular School Outreach Program plus other youth and adult programs. We are also a draw for winter tourists, offering 26km of beautiful groomed track – and this helps support many other businesses in Nelson and area.