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!

LOVE YOUR CLUB! GROOMING MACHINE FUNDRAISER!

Nelson Nordic Ski Club is in the final stages of its grooming machine fundraiser!

We need to raise $25,000 by Valentine’s Day to match the affection of a generous donor and start a new relationship with classic curvy tracks and firm rippling corduroy!

A new groomer would be the cat of our dreams and will stand by our club through thick and thin! Show your Club how much you care and help us set up a lasting relationship with amazing trails!

Donate online or at the kiosks by February 14, 2021. Charitable tax receipts are ONLY available by online donation through Nordiq Canada!

BC Capital Gaming Swiped Left

In early January, Nelson Nordic Ski Club Board members got the disappointing news that the Club’s application to BC Gaming’s Capital Projects Fund was not successful. This was due to no fault of the Club, but resulted from variation in the Commission’s funding priorities from year to year.

Thankfully, the Club has received incredible support from an anonymous donor, to the extent that the dream of a reliable grooming machine and impeccable trails is not only still alive, but is also likely to still be possible for the latter half of this season. The recent grooming machine breakdown again last week makes it clear how pressing this project is for our skiing community.

However, the final piece of funding is up to us! So the Club is reaching out again to our members, friends and supporters to raise funds to match the generosity of our private donor. We now have more than 1,300 members registered so far this year — if half of us contributed just $20 each, we would have $13,000. If we can get close to $25,000, we can and will have excellent skiing for years to come.

Show your club how much you care! Click on the link to Love your Club! and let’s have an awesome Valentine’s Day 2021.

Serving nordic skiers in Nelson & area since 1983