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JOB OPPORTUNITY: HEAD COACH

Nelson Nordic Ski Club is seeking a Head Coach with the vision, energy and collaborative attitude to lead and develop youth and adult ski programs in our thriving and growing club community. 

The Head Coach will lead programming for long term athlete development (LTAD) at all levels, with a priority placed on the Club’s Track Attack and Junior Racing programs. Supporting and following Nordiq Canada’s LTAD model, the head coach will provide on-snow and dryland training sessions for recreational and competitive athletes, year-round training programs where applicable, and ongoing feedback and communication with athletes and parents. The head coach will also support program growth, development and promotion; coach and instructor training; as well as support for the Club’s school outreach program and masters training groups.

Nelson Nordic is a thriving club showing steady growth and entering an exciting period of development and strategic planning. The Head Coach will play an important role in the continued development of the Club through collaboration with members, volunteers, staff, and board executive.

The Club is seeking a coach who:

  • Has vision and displays passion and enthusiasm for Nordic skiing;
  • Works collaboratively and has a flexible mindset;
  • Consistently seeks knowledge and skill improvement, and shares knowledge and skills openly;
  • Is highly energized and a motivator;
  • Is technically skilled;
  • Is an effective communicator and a good listener;
  • Is organized and demonstrates integrity; and
  • Holds valid NCCP coaching certification (CCD-L2C preferred) and valid first aid certification.

The detailed job profile is available here. NCCP coaching certifications (CCD-L2C preferred) and valid first aid certification are required.

The Head Coach will report directly to the General Manager and work in collaboration with program coordinators, volunteer coaches, programming and operations staff and the General Manager. This position offers an annually renewable contract with a competitive compensation package based on experience, abilities and certification. The hours of the Head Coach vary seasonally, with more hours from September to March and reduced hours in spring and summer.

The position will require travel, as well as working in the evenings and on weekends.

A cover letter (1,000 words maximum) sharing your coaching vision and demonstrating your suitability for the position should accompany your resume, along with three professional references. Please send documents to General Manager Jaime Frederick at jaime@nelsonnordicski.ca by midnight (PDT) May 15, 2022. 

For more information, please contact Jaime Frederick at (250) 354-4299, or by email at jaime@nelsonnordicski.ca. We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those considered for an interview will be contacted.

About our Club & Community

Nelson Nordic Ski Club is a registered not-for-profit, full-service ski club that provides Nordic ski facilities to a growing membership of more than 1,300 skiers. Located 10km south of Nelson, BC, the Club grooms approximately 30km of trails for both classic and skate skiing and has programs for all levels of skiers, from Bunnies and Jackrabbits to Masters, as well as a large, well-subscribed School Outreach Program.

Nelson is a vibrant community located on the West Arm of Kootenay Lake in the Selkirk Mountains in southeastern BC and boasts many recreational opportunities year-round, as well as a thriving cultural scene. It has frequently been voted one of the best places to live in the province, the country and even the world.

Trails and Grooming Update

Tuesday April 5, 2022

Good Morning,

Conditions at our club at 7:00am is .4c and mainly cloudy. It will remain partly cloudy for most the day, with the possibility of some sun peak through. Temperatures should rise to 9c by late afternoon.

Graham is already back at base and finished grooming. Clearwater including loops is refreshed and Busk/Euphrates is finished including all loops except the north east Busk section that goes from Busk Main to where the connector enters east Busk. On the Apex side, Rail Grade, Night Loop and Cottonwood are done. We are discontinuing grooming stadium and the Apex Meadows trail going forward (the section from the hard right at bottom of hill to the bridge).

Trails and Grooming Update

Friday March 25, 2022

Good Morning Skiers,

Conditions at our club, as of 7:15am is -1c with partly clear skies, which should be the case for the remainder of the day. Temperatures should rise to 6c by midday.

Graham has finished grooming Clearwater and loops, minus moose, and Busk/Euphrates including all loops. On Apex side Night Loop is complete and Cottonwood is just being finished. Rail Grade also remains closed. Thank you Graham!

Trails and Grooming Update

Good morning,

Conditions at our club as of 7:00am are -15c with overcast skies. Skies are to clear later in the morning and temperature should rise to about -4 by midday.

Mark has refreshed all our trails on both sides, minus the connector, Wolverine and Camp busk Loop.

This morning we have dark news, that seem to be out of step with our times, and more belong in the headlines of a newspaper in 1938, rather than 2022. I imagine that the unity shown almost entirely around the world will lead to a positive outcome. But that won’t alleviate the immediate tragedy and suffering of the innocent Ukrainian people. Let us keep these brave people close in our thoughts today and the days going forward as the events unfold.

“I prefer peace. But if trouble must come, let it come in my time, so that my children can live in peace.”-Thomas Paine

TRAILS & GROOMING UPDATE

Grooming conditions overnight were very challenging, so Busk Euphrates and Night Loop have been groomed and are in fair to good condition for classic and skate skiing.

We elected to leave Clearwater network and the rest of the Apex trails ungroomed this morning. These trails remain in fair condition after yesterday. Please use caution descending Clearwater early this morning as sections may be icy and very fast.

Temperature as of 5:45 am is around -3, with heavy snow forecasted to begin falling around 8am this morning. We are hopeful that the freezing level will remain below Club elevation as forecasted. If you are skiing today, expect midday highs around zero and plenty of fresh snow on the trails.

Please also use caution on the roads today!