All posts by Jaime Frederick

Winter Fun & Fitness are back!

Sunshine & Shadows on Clearwater
Photo: Steve Ogle, Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism

Nelson Nordic Ski Club is excitedly preparing for another year of winter fun and fitness in the heart of nature — and at the heart of our community!

We are thrilled to welcome back our more than 1,300 members, staff and volunteers for another fun and eventful ski season.

Did you know that Nelson Nordic is also coming up on its Big 4-0?! It’s true! In March 1983, we registered as a not-for-profit society, the Kokanee Nordic Ski Society, before changing our name to Nelson Nordic Ski Club three years later in 1986. Stay tuned for announcements about FUN anniversary celebrations coming in the months ahead!

Annual Memberships are now available on Zone 4.

Earlybird prices will be in effect until November 5, 2022.

We encourage members to sign up easily online, but if you need a little extra help or would prefer to pay by cash or cheque, please visit us at Gerick Cycle & Ski this Saturday, September 24, from 10am to 3pm.

Membership Card Pickup

We are planning to offer a few different opportunities for you to pick up your new membership card over the next couple of months. Please stay tuned to our Facebook page and our eNews for more information.

If you wait until your first ski to pick up your membership card, please note:

New members

If you’re a new member, please come to the APEX Kiosk when you arrive for your first ski of the season. Our Apex parking lot is located at the base of Whitewater Road, 10 minutes south of Nelson. The kiosk attendant will take your picture out the window of the kiosk and then print you a card, which you will retain for this year and future seasons.

Returning members

If you already have a membership card from previous seasons, please bring it with you to either kiosk (Busk/Clearwater or Apex) to get a 2022-23 sticker for your card. If you no longer have your membership card, please come to the Apex Kiosk.

Maya’s Memories of Nationals

In March, Junior Race team member Maya Abraham, 15, was Nelson Nordic Ski Team’s sole representative at this year’s Canadian Cross-Country National Championships in Whistler. Maya, who trains very hard year-round, performed characteristically well, placing fifth overall among U16 Girls in her Interval Start Free Technique race, and finishing less than one second off the podium. This is her story of her trip to Whistler and what she learned from the experience. Maya was also recently named to the provincial Development Squad. Congratulations, Maya! We are very proud of you!

From the moment we arrived at the trails to the very last time I looked at them, it felt like each and every one of the people there were part of something special, something that all of us will remember for a very long time. I experienced many new elements of our sport at nationals, things I have never felt before, and that are now integrated into every race I will do in the future.

My races at nationals started off on a high, getting fifth place, something I had not been expecting, before immediately crashing to an all-time low on the second day after a big fall (in the Interval Start Classic Technique race). 

Regardless of the placing however, each race taught me something new. I learned the importance of managing my nerves, expectations, and mindset before, during, and after a race. I learned how to be happy for others even when I was having a terrible day, and how to be a good friend to someone going through the same thing. 

The first race taught me not to underestimate my abilities, because I could surprise myself at any moment. It also taught me that visualizing my course can be a superpower, because when I raced through that course, it felt like I had skied it a million times before, and I felt like I had wings on my skis. 

After the joy of the first day, the second day took me down a notch. But sometimes, failure can teach you the most about racing. The Classic race taught me the importance of pacing, and of keeping a positive mindset throughout a race, no matter what happens. With negative thoughts and feelings of stress, your performance spirals until there is no hope for saving your race. After my crash, I felt stressed and angry, and then continued on to gasp and barely drag myself up the hills, which I had glided up with ease just one lap before. But I was proud of the way I collected myself to race again while keeping these important lessons in the back of my mind.

Day 3 was a sprint day (Classic Sprint Heats), and I learned the power of recovery and of having a team that day. My qualifier was fast, and I felt exceptionally happy, because improving on my sprinting was my season’s goal, and it had been achieved. Then, there was an intermission that lasted several hours. Unfortunately, I felt too busy to make the proper recovery choices that would dictate the day’s future races. I ate little and drank even less. I walked around instead of putting my feet against a wall and relaxing, and then I did a forty-five minute warmup which completely burned up all my energy. By the time my first heat rolled around, I was exhausted. 

But then I saw Teslin, Tara and Andrew waving madly in the crowd, and was overcome with new determination to perform for my cheering squad. Without them and my awesome dad, I would never have done so well. In the end, I managed to squeak into 13th place. 

On the fourth day of racing, the pressure was off. I was just doing one 90-second sprint qualifier, before watching the others compete in a team sprint. My qualifier was one of the faster ones I have ever done, and therefore I was pleased, although disappointed that I was stuck on the sidelines for the rest of the day. While watching the others compete however, I realized the importance of being a team, being loyal to each other, supportive, and having good communication. Even though my team was at home in Nelson, each one of them helped me get here with their love and support, and in future I look forward to racing the team sprint together, dressed up in glitter, costumes, and our Nelson Nordic gear. 

The final day was rough. I had a position at the back of the mass start race (free technique), and had to fight for every position, while rainwater ran down my back and dripped off my chin. We were the last racers to go, and the conditions were the most treacherous I have ever seen. The officials changed the course during our race because they deemed the course too dangerous. Every few kilometres, there was evidence of carnage: a broken pole here, drops of blood from someone’s nose a little ways on, a girl crying with a broken ski and her bib turned out. This race separated the flexible, positive, determined and brave skiers from the faint of heart snowplowers. And while many of the brave skiers paid the price of crashing, so did the snowplowers. For me, this race taught me the importance of putting my head down, hoping for the best, and grinding it out. It was not a fun race, but it taught me a lot about the importance of character and positivity in an athlete. 

Nationals, for me, were a range of highs and lows, but the one consistent thing was new experiences, friends, and memories that I will cherish and hold on to throughout my racing career. I can’t wait to represent our club alongside my teammates in the future, and my message to all Nelson Nordic athletes is that nationals is not just about racing, but about learning skills for the rest of your life, making friends, and discovering just how far you can push yourself. No matter how you place, ski racing is worth it, and I look forward to showing all younger athletes the magical experiences of racing alongside 700 other people who share your interests, feelings, successes, and failures. It is a week I will never forget, and I want to thank all the people who helped me get there.

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 & GROOMING UPDATE


Well, friends, it’s our last day of grooming today and temperatures as of 6am are around -4C. Forecast is for cloudy skies today, with showers beginning later this morning.

Graham has groomed Clearwater main trail, Cabin Loop, Moose Loop, Busk rail grade and Euphrates.

Many thanks are due to our groomers, Graham, Mark and Jason, for a season of excellent grooming!

Enjoy the last day of groomed trails and thanks also to our members for an excellent season.

Trails and Grooming Update

Sunday, April 17, 2022


Good Morning,
Conditions at our club as of 7:00am is -1c with partly cloudy skies. There may be flurries this morning turning to periods of rain by the afternoon. Temperatures should rise to 6 or 7c by late afternoon.


Graham groomed the trail late last evening and completed Clearwater and Moose Loop for skate and classic. Busk/Euphrates main and Euphrates south loop were groomed and in fair condition. Catch the tracks while you still can, spring is nibbling away at our trails!


“The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.” -Jean-Jacques Rousseau