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TRAILS UPDATE

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.

HELP US WIN!

Blue skies at Nelson Nordic Ski Club

Thanks to the more than 1,100 members who have signed up for their membership for the 2021-22 season at Zone4.ca, Nelson Nordic Ski Club is leading the CCBC membership contest for Group B, ahead of Golden, Black Jack, Larch Hills and Bulkley Valley!

Purchase your membership before December 1, 2021, and help us win a fleet of skis for our youth programs!

Become a member of our not-for-profit society and our active Nordic skiing community! Your membership fees allow access to our designated ski and snowshoe trails all season long!

Membership Card Pickup

We are planning to offer a few different opportunities for you to pick up your new membership card over the next couple of months. Please stay tuned to our Facebook page and our eNews for more information.

If you wait until your first ski to pick up your membership card, please note:

New members

If you’re a new member, please come to the APEX Kiosk when you arrive for your first ski of the season. Our Apex parking lot is located at the base of Whitewater Road, 10 minutes south of Nelson. The kiosk attendant will take your picture out the window of the kiosk and then print you a card, which you will retain for this year and future seasons.

Returning members

If you already have a membership card from previous seasons, please bring it with you to either kiosk (Busk/Clearwater or Apex) to get a 2021-22 sticker for your card. If you no longer have your membership card, please come to the Apex Kiosk.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: SCHOOL OUTREACH PROGRAM INSTRUCTORS

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)

Compensation

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


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!

CLICK HERE FOR THE SURVEY

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!

THAT’S ALL, FOLKS!

Wow! What a season we have had at Nelson Nordic Ski Club!

As we are starting to see bare patches on some trails, we have made the decision to stop grooming operations, effective today. We are very happy to have been able to extend our Nordic ski season until April 15 this year!

Thanks to our dedicated grooming staff for continuing their nightly excursions well into the spring. Conditions these past few weeks have been quite excellent despite limited snowfall and warm daytime temperatures.

Thanks to all our members for an incredible ski season, under somewhat difficult circumstances presented by the pandemic.

Stay tuned for our member survey in the days to come, for your chance to win great prizes!