All posts by Jaime Frederick


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!


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!


April 5, 2021

Good Morning,
Conditions at our club (as of 07:15) are -4 Celsius and clear skies with calm winds. No new snow has fallen overnight. Predicted daytime highs are +11 Celsius with clear skies to continue.

Mark is grooming Cottonwood trail right now. He informs me that he has completed Clearwater and Busk/Euphrates. Apex should be next. Conditions should be good to excellent, if you get skiing early. Thanks Mark!

“The Pessimist Sees Difficulty In Every Opportunity. The Optimist Sees Opportunity In Every Difficulty.” Winston Churchill


April 4, 2021

Good morning Skiers,

Conditions at our club at 07:03 is +2 Celsius with light precipitation. Daytime highs will be +8 Celsius with precipitation to continue till early afternoon.

Jason is grooming today and he has completed Clearwater including all loops except the first one. Conditions on clearwater is excellent. He has also groomed Cottonwood, Rail grade and refreshed the skate lane on Night Loop. Thanks Jason for all the hard work this season!

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” Henry David Thoreau