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!

Teck Kootenay Cup Race Weekend 2022

We are excited to once again host the Teck Kootenay Cup Race Series at Nelson Nordic Ski Club! The Teck Kootenay Cup is a fun community race series with skate sprints one day and a longer classic race the next. All levels and abilities. Ages 4-85. No experience required!

Click here for more information and the Race Notice.

 With the race taking place this weekend, please take note of where you can park and ski:

On Saturday, February 5, racing will take place at Apex. If you are not part of the race, please ski and park on the Busk/Clearwater side until racing is finished mid-afternoon. The Apex trails and parking lot will be busy with racers all morning. The Stadium and Night Loop will be closed except for racing.

If you wish to ski the Apex and Cottonwood Rail Grade, it will remain open, but please park at Busk and ski over, or you could also park at Cottonwood Lake.

On Sunday morning, February 6, Busk, Euphrates and Clearwater will all be closed for racing. Unless you are part of the race, please park and ski on the Apex side on Sunday morning. We apologize for any inconvenience and we will open the Busk, Euphrates and Clearwater trails in the afternoon, after racing is completed.

Moonlit Ski!

Join us this Saturday evening, January 15, for a ski by moonlight to the Euphrates A-Frame. An outdoor fire. Hot apple cider. Tiki torches to light your way out & back on the Rail Grade. (Please note: the Cabin will remain closed.)

Please bring your own mug and a headlamp.

Time: 6:00 to 9:00 pm

Cost: by donation for Club members — $5 for non-members.
A fundraiser for our Nelson Nordic Ski Team!


For years, we have been getting requests to open a dog-friendly cross-country ski trail on which you can ski with your four-legged canine friends. We are happy to announce that the 1.5km section of Rail Trail from the highway by Cottonwood Lake to our network boundary is now groomed and trackset for both classic and skate skiing — with your dogs!

This section of the Rail Trail is a public access trail, which we will be keeping groomed and trackset this season in partnership with the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK).

Dogs are allowed on this 1.5km section of the Rail Trail only! The RDCK manages and maintains a now expanded parking area at Cottonwood Lake from which to access this trail. There is an orange gate across the Rail Trail (pictured) that clearly marks the end of the dog-friendly trail.

As usual, dogs are not allowed past the orange gate on the Rail Trail toward Apex and, also as usual, Club fees must be paid beyond this point.


The School Outreach Program has been serving regional schools for 10+ years! We host school groups of all ages and abilities on weekdays from January through mid-March. Our groups range from kindergarten to high school aged and from never skied to veterans of the program. The program aims to build enthusiasm for cross country skiing through skill development and lots of fun and games! 

Job description

Reporting to the School Outreach Program Coordinator, the Instructor will be responsible for providing quality cross-country ski instruction to students that is age and ability appropriate, skill building and fun. The instructor will work collaboratively with other instructors to ensure the smooth flow of programming and may also work independently to coach students, run games and supervise ski groups on the trails. A strong foundation in cross country skiing is an asset, as well as experience working with kids and youth in outdoor or recreational settings. There is lots of creativity in adapting to daily conditions and student and group needs. 

Duties and responsibilities, including but not limited to: 

  • Co-leading groups of up to 40 students of varying ages in all winter conditions
  • Communicate and collaborate effectively in small instructor teams to run cohesive ski sessions
  • Facilitate orientation to the ski centre and the process of outfitting kids with equipment
  • Facilitate games, ski drills and activities that are fun and age appropriate for kids while also building foundational ski skills
  • Set up and take down any props used to run games and drills
  • Sanitize equipment and high touch surfaces in the warming hut between each group
  • Work with teachers to identify and deliver group specific needs and requests
  • Represent Nelson Nordic both to school groups and the public while on duty, this includes upholding and role modelling the School Outreach Program’s COVID-19 practices
  • Attend to any first aid needs that arise during program and seek appropriate help

The ideal candidate has…

  • Experience working with kids and youth 
  • Experience facilitating outdoor and educational programming
  • Experience managing groups in dynamic environments with minimal supervision
  • Experience cross-country skiing, ideally experience teaching or coaching classic technique
  • Passion and creativity for fun, games and skill building
  • Strong teamwork and communication skills
  • Cross-country ski coaching certifications an asset
  • Minimum a standard first aid certification, wilderness first aid or occupational first aid training would be an asset
  • This position requires a criminal record check
  • This position requires proof of vaccination with a government-approved vaccine

Working Hours and Conditions

This season we will have up to two groups of 50 students each program day (Tuesday to Friday). There will be one morning and one afternoon session, each two hours long. Instructors typically work both sessions, arriving at 8am and wrapping up by 3pm. 

The flow of the day includes: 

  • a brief planning meeting with co-instructors and set up for program in the morning;
  • morning session from 9-11am;
  • some work over lunch to sanitize the hut and shared equipment and reset for the next program; 
  • afternoon session from 12-2pm; 
  • clean up from the day’s activities

There will also be mandatory staff training and season prep days mid December and/or early January (dates tbd)


Starting pay for this position will be $16-17 per hour.

If you are interested in applying to this position, or would like to request more information please send a brief cover letter and resume to Judith Robertson, School Outreach Program Coordinator, at schooloutreach@nelsonnordicski.ca

Serving nordic skiers in Nelson & area since 1983