Category Archives: Club Updates


Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Well, we are not quite there yet. But closer.

Mark went out this morning, like the superstar he is, and groomed Clearwater Main Trail for skate only. He was unable to set classic track while also working to shape the trail, which is necessary in this early season while we are building the base for our future winter fun.

Kjell is going to head out soon to set a classic track with the sled & ginzu. If you are skiing on Clearwater, you do so at your own risk. We do not yet have attendants in the kiosks as the full network is not open. Please also note that the Nelson Nordic Ski Team will be skiing on Clearwater from 4:30 to 6 pm this evening.

Busk is getting close to being ready, and we have been packing in there, but it still requires a couple more significant snowfalls before we will be able to groom it.

Apex is still very soft underneath, though we are looking at colder temperatures in the forecast so hopefully all the low-lying trails will freeze up this week.

Unfortunately, there is no more significant snowfall in the forecast until Thursday. If that materializes, we will likely groom again Thursday night or Friday morning.

Thanks for your understanding. We will continue to update you on our progress.

We will have volunteers at Gerick Cycle & Ski in Nelson again tomorrow (Wednesday) from 11 am to 5 pm if you missed last week and want to pick up your pass or sticker.


Monday, December 13, 2021

We groomed Clearwater with the Husky on Saturday (thanks, Mark!) and it came out okay, but the snow was very wet and conditions were average at best.

We have been busy packing Busk with the snowmobile, as well (thanks, Kjell!), in preparation for the snow that is in the forecast this week.

We are still dependent on more fresh snow, and it looks like it will begin falling later today. We may try again to groom something tomorrow, and if the snow materializes as forecasted we anticipate official opening of trails and kiosks later this week.

We will continue to update you on our progress. Thanks for your patience and understanding.


Saturday, November 27, 2021

With the recent precipitation, the very keenest among you have naturally begun asking when we will have the trails ready for skiing.

Currently, we have about 22cm accumulation, but it’s a very thin base and will not support grooming, even with the sled and ginzu, as the ground is still quite soft underneath.

We did begin packing snow (but not tracksetting) on Clearwater FSR on Friday with the snowmobile. However, the forecast is calling for the snow level to rise to 2600m overnight tonight, with rain in the forecast again for tomorrow.T

he long-range forecast toward the end of next week is for colder temperatures and more snow, which will hopefully allow us to begin grooming operations before too long.

Please stay off the trails for the time being. Reports are that trails at Biathlon (Black Jack) and Paulson (Castlegar Nordic) are in good early season condition.


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

ANNUAL MEMBER SURVEY – We Want to Hear from You!

Complete our brief 10-minute member survey by Sunday, May 9, for your chance to WIN one of two adult or senior memberships for the 2021-22 season!


Thanks to the almost 250 people who have already responded to our annual Nelson Nordic Ski Club member survey. We very much appreciate you taking the time to offer your feedback.

We would like input from more of our 1,300 members this year. Whether you’ve been with us for the long haul or it was your first time joining, your feedback and ideas will be invaluable for Board and management as we plan operations for next season and future projects to improve and develop our Club.

If you weren’t a member, but skied or snowshoed at Nelson Nordic this season, we’d like to hear from you, too!

Thank you for participating, and good luck!