Category Archives: Club Updates

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!

FEELING THE LOVE!

With the support of more than 300 donors, including local businesses, an anonymous benefactor and significant grants, Nelson Nordic Ski Club has purchased a new snowcat to groom its cross-country ski trail system.

Our Love Your Club fundraising campaign brought in more than $30,000 in donations from local supporters attracted by the prospect of a long-term relationship with deep, luscious classic tracks and firm, rippling corduroy. Thank you all for your amazing generosity and sense of community spirit!

The PistenBully 100 snowcat we have purchased boasts better grooming performance, improved reliability, operator ease of use, and is more environmentally friendly than the Club’s older machines, offering both better fuel economy and lower emissions with its 250 horsepower Tier IV engine.

The Club owes a huge debt of gratitude to past-president Louise Poole and current board director Katie Weir, both of whom were instrumental in securing grants from various organizations, including regional and municipal governments. We also recognize the contributions of current board member Christine Nichol and volunteer graphic designer Nichola Lytle (Pink Dog Designs) for their clever and fun contributions to the recent fundraising campaign.

An anonymous benefactor made a very generous contribution, which includes matching funds for the $30,000 in individual donations, helping put us in a position to purchase a new snowcat before the end of the current season. The Club also acknowledges the generous support of Columbia Basin Trust, the Regional District of Central Kootenay (including specific contributions from Areas A, E, F, H and I), the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust, and the City of Nelson, British Columbia.

While the campaign has met its goal, it is not too late to make a tax-deductible contribution through Nordiq Canada at https://www.canadahelps.org/me/Puyaf79.

Donations may also be made by cash, credit or debit card at the Club’s trailhead kiosks at Apex and Busk.

Photo: Members of the Nelson Nordic Ski Team celebrate the purchase of a PistenBully 100 to keep the Club’s trails groomed for years to come. Thanks to coach Andrew Chewter for the pic!

CONTACT TRACING

It has always been mandatory to sign in when using the trails at Nelson Nordic, and this year, due to the requirements of contact tracing, it is more important than ever.

To make this easier for you and help reduce congestion at the trailheads, we have created an online form that you can use to sign in with your phone or at home. You must sign in every day that you ski! Thank you for your cooperation!

Access the online form here.