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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.

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

Tuesday April 5, 2022

Good Morning,

Conditions at our club at 7:00am is .4c and mainly cloudy. It will remain partly cloudy for most the day, with the possibility of some sun peak through. Temperatures should rise to 9c by late afternoon.

Graham is already back at base and finished grooming. Clearwater including loops is refreshed and Busk/Euphrates is finished including all loops except the north east Busk section that goes from Busk Main to where the connector enters east Busk. On the Apex side, Rail Grade, Night Loop and Cottonwood are done. We are discontinuing grooming stadium and the Apex Meadows trail going forward (the section from the hard right at bottom of hill to the bridge).

Trails and Grooming Update

Friday March 25, 2022

Good Morning Skiers,

Conditions at our club, as of 7:15am is -1c with partly clear skies, which should be the case for the remainder of the day. Temperatures should rise to 6c by midday.

Graham has finished grooming Clearwater and loops, minus moose, and Busk/Euphrates including all loops. On Apex side Night Loop is complete and Cottonwood is just being finished. Rail Grade also remains closed. Thank you Graham!

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