Our efforts to groom yesterday generated some promising results, but in general the quality of the grooming was not adequate for us to open the trails at this time. We need a little more accumulation so we can get out with the larger Prinoth Husky snowcat.
The good news is that the packing we were able to do will set us up well to retain the snow that has fallen to date.
Unfortunately, there is little new snow in the forecast, but that can change and let’s hope it does! We will keep you posted as things develop.
We received approximately 5 cm of fresh snow at the Club overnight. We are currently working on packing and grooming with the snowcat on the Apex trails. We’ll assess trail conditions and potentially set track with the sled/ginzu later on this morning.
The Club is currently CLOSED. Please stay off the trails for the time being as Grooming operations are currently in progress. If we are able to open trails later today, we will post an update to let you know.
IMPORTANT: there is active logging taking place up Clearwater until December 1, so it is not recommended to park in the Busk parking area at this time.
Thank you all for your patience and understanding. We are as eager to ski as anyone, and the day is quickly approaching.
Nelson Nordic is very close to having a few trails open but we need a little more snow yet.
We managed to pack and groom a bit on the Apex side with the sled and ginzu yesterday, with some promising results, but the conditions are very uneven and we have decided to wait until we have a little more snow to open the trails.
There is a little snow in the forecast for the next few days, so with any luck we may be able to open a few trails on the Apex side by mid-week.
A little fresh snow (3-5 cm) fell at Club elevation overnight, so we are going to attempt packing with the sled today on the Apex side. If conditions warrant it, after the packing is done, we may also attempt a little grooming with the sled/ginzu. Please stay tuned for further updates. With any luck, opening day will not be too far in the future!
Please stay off the Apex trails today as we work on the packing. The Club is not yet open.
Given the forecast for cooler temperatures in the days ahead, we hope that packing the fresh snow that has accumulated will help us retain a good base for grooming operations once we are open.
Please note: Clearwater Trail is closed at this time due to active logging taking place up Clearwater. There may be fast-moving trucks on the road, even on weekends. It is not recommended to use Clearwater Forest Service Road for activities until after active logging has ceased.
Nelson Nordic Ski Club needs your help to purchase a new grooming machine!
Our fundraising campaign continues to gather steam. Thanks to a combination of grants and generous donations from our members, we have now raised over $150,000!
We are very grateful for your support! As we’ve noted before, the cost of a new machine is in the range of $327,000. At the moment, we are in the process of completing an application to BC Capital Gaming for matching funds and we have commitments from other granting agencies that will be honoured if we are successful in that application.
However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have also been informed that gaming funds for capital projects are not assured and may be somewhat more limited than in recent years. In the meantime, we continue to hold the funds raised to date in a restricted account. These funds will be used only toward the purchase of a new grooming machine.
In order to put the Club in the best position possible to purchase a new grooming machine sooner rather than later, we continue to seek donations from our supporters: If you have not yet made a donation and would like to do so, there are two options:
If you are interested in receiving a tax receipt for your donation, please visit Nordiq Canada’s Donation Page (then select “Click Here to Support a Club” and then “Nelson Nordic”).
If you don’t need a tax receipt and would prefer to donate directly to the Club, please email General Manager Jaime Frederick (jaime AT nelsonnordicski DOT ca)
As you know, Nelson Nordic Ski Club is a non-profit community resource for members and non-members alike – we offer courses for over 900 schoolchildren annually through our popular School Outreach Program plus other youth and adult programs. We are also a draw for winter tourists, offering 26km of beautiful groomed track – and this helps support many other businesses in Nelson and area.