JOB OPPORTUNITY: 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 thriving and 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; as well as support for the Club’s school outreach program and masters training groups.

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.

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;
  • Is organized and demonstrates integrity; and
  • Holds valid NCCP coaching certification (CCD-L2C preferred) and valid first aid certification.

The detailed job profile is available here. NCCP coaching certifications (CCD-L2C preferred) and valid first aid certification are required.

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.

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. Please send documents to General Manager Jaime Frederick at jaime@nelsonnordicski.ca by midnight (PDT) May 15, 2022. 

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

About our Club & Community

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 is a vibrant community located on the West Arm of Kootenay Lake in the Selkirk Mountains in southeastern BC and 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.

Trails and Grooming Update

Good morning,

Conditions at our club as of 7:00am are -15c with overcast skies. Skies are to clear later in the morning and temperature should rise to about -4 by midday.

Mark has refreshed all our trails on both sides, minus the connector, Wolverine and Camp busk Loop.

This morning we have dark news, that seem to be out of step with our times, and more belong in the headlines of a newspaper in 1938, rather than 2022. I imagine that the unity shown almost entirely around the world will lead to a positive outcome. But that won’t alleviate the immediate tragedy and suffering of the innocent Ukrainian people. Let us keep these brave people close in our thoughts today and the days going forward as the events unfold.

“I prefer peace. But if trouble must come, let it come in my time, so that my children can live in peace.”-Thomas Paine

Teck Kootenay Cup Recap

Last Saturday and Sunday, skiers from Invermere, Golden, Fernie, Kimberley, Rossland, Valhalla Hills and Nelson raced last Saturday and Sunday at Apex & Busk in the final two Teck Kootenay Cup races of the season.

We had a large contingent of local skiers who helped Nelson Nordic secure second overall in the Teck Kootenay Cup race series, edged out only by Black Jack Ski Club out of Rossland!

On Saturday, we had a great sprint course set up including our famous bumps – one athlete even did a star jump in the air (new sport – aerial cross country for the next Olympics). On Sunday, our individual classic course wound through our big forest on the Busk side of the highway.

For some young racers it was their first time in a race and big smiles by racers and parents showed the enthusiasm for the event. It helped to have Ms. Jacquelyn Rabbit along to show them the way!

Great fun was had by all, the weather was perfect and trail conditions were awesome, thanks to our new PistenBully, operated by Graham. A HUGE thank you to ALL the volunteers who did a great job making this a super fun event for everyone to participate in. We couldn’t have done it without our volunteers so a big thanks to everyone!

Special thanks are due to our race organizing committee: Louise Poole, Andrew Chewter, Jay McKimm, George Edney, Kim Horrocks, Mike Knapik and Nicole Perrin. And to our perennial MC Rich Milde. THANK YOU!

Serving nordic skiers in Nelson & area since 1983