All posts by Jaime Frederick


Friday, April 9th

The temperature at 6:30am is -3C and no new snow has fallen overnight. The forecast is for a chance of flurries/showers all day with a high of +4C.

The trails groomed for today are: Clearwater main, along with Moose loop and Cabin loop, Cottonwood trail, the Rail grade, Night Loop, Busk, Euphrates and Camp Busk. The East fork on Busk trail remains closed for the season, but is open from the hill onwards.

Trails are generally in good condition for skate and classic.

Have a wonderful ski!


April 8, 2021

Good Morning Skiers,

Conditions are our club, as of 06;45AM, are 0 Celsius and overcast skies, and about 1cm of new snow overnight. Predicted daytime highs are +8 Celsius, with some flurries this morning, with a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon.

Grooming is complete on the Busk/Euphrate main trail and Camp Busk loop. Clearwater is being groomed at the moment with the Bypass, Moose and Cabin loops also complete. Grooming on Apex side should commence shortly, with Cottonwood, Rail-grade and Nightloop.

“Excellence” is not a gift, but a skill that takes practice. We do not act “rightly” because we are “excellent”, in fact we achieve “excellence” by acting “rightly”. Plato


April 7, 2021

Good Morning Skiers,

Conditions at our club, as of 07:15 are, -2 Celsius with overcast skies and light wind. No new snow fell overnight. Predicted day time highs are +9 Celsius with overcast skies to continue.

Busk main trail and Euphrates have been groomed. Eastern Busk and the connector have been closed for the season. This is due to thin coverage. This was effective as of yesterday afternoon. Clearwater is also groomed, as well as Moose and Cabin loops. Wolverine Loop is being deactivated , due to being melted out. Clearwater is in fine condition still. On the Apex side cottonwood and the Rail Grade have been groomed as well as the Night Loop. Apex is being decommissioned, as it is getting thin and has lots of material down on the trail, since the last snowfall is a distant memory.

On this day in 1706, Johann Pachelbel passed away. Pachelbel was a German composer of the early Baroque Period and was a huge influence on J.S. Bach. Pachelbel even composed the music for Bach’s older brother’s wedding. Pachelbel is not as well known as Bach, but everybody, probably have heard his most important composition, Canon in D. It has been in movies and many events and graduation ceremonies. Often the Canon in D is played with accompanying Piano, but Pachelbel probably never saw a piano as he died only 6 years after its invention. Originally it would have been played with a Harpsicord, Organ or Clavier.


March 6, 2021

Good Morning,

Conditions at our club as of 07:08AM are -5 Celsius, clear skies calm winds, and no new snow over night. Predicted day time highs are +11 Celsius with clear skies to continue.

Grooming is ongoing, currently on the Cottonwood trail, which is nearly complete. Clearwater, Busk/Euphrates and the Night loop are complete and Apex will be the last trail completed shortly. Thank you to the groomers, for their hard work and sleepless nights!

Remember the Alamo!

On this day in 1836 the Alamo fell to the Mexican army. 186 defenders, trying to defend the newly born Republic of Texas, that had been carved off from Mexican Territory, fought for 13 days against 3000 Mexican Soldiers. Almost all of the 186 defenders were killed when the Mexican Army took the small Stone Alamo Mission.


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!