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COVID-19 Reopening Plan

Overview 

Nelson Nordic Ski Club memberships are now on sale at earlybird prices! To register, please visit Zone4.ca

The health and safety of our members, visitors, staff and community is our highest priority. In light of COVID-19, we understand that this coming season is going to be quite unlike any other we have seen before, and our Club staff and Board of Directors are working hard to create solutions that will help keep our members, staff, and community safe during this time.

The Club is committed to operating our trails, facilities and programs this winter following the guidelines set out by the government and health authorities. This season, you will notice some operational differences: including limited access to huts and cabins, a focus on keeping our programs outside and on-snow, and more flexible cancellation policies.

We are currently finalizing our Return to Sport plan for our youth programs (Bunnies & Jackrabbits, Track Attack, Junior Racers) and Masters Program. We are also working hard to determine how we will deliver our School Outreach Program this year. More details will be available soon.

We know how important it is for our nordic skiing community to be able to access the healthy, active, outdoor activities we all love and depend upon so much. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we navigate the challenges presented by the pandemic. We will get through this together.

Parking Lots and Trail Heads

Physical distancing begins in the parking lots at Apex and Busk. Signs will be used to encourage skiers to be mindful, give space and take turns if parties in neighbouring vehicles are arriving or departing at the same time. If 2m physical distancing is not possible, skiers are encouraged to wear a mask in high traffic areas, including outside at trailheads. As we did last March, we will be asking members and visitors to maintain proper physical distancing with those outside their “bubble” and to refrain from congregating and socializing at trailheads or elsewhere on the trail system.

Kiosks

The following safety precautions will be implemented in the kiosks at Apex and Busk trailheads:

  • Only staff or volunteers on duty will be permitted in the kiosks.
  • Memberships will be purchased independently online on Zone4.ca and picked up at the kiosk to minimize contact time. Please contact info@nelsonnordicski.ca if you are unable to register online.
  • As usual, we request that you retain your membership card from previous years so that we do not have to issue you a new one. As in past years, we will issue a new sticker to returning members.
  • A new system will be developed for members who need to have their photo taken for their membership card. Visitors purchasing day passes will be encouraged to pay by credit or debit card using the Square. We intend to minimize cash transactions whenever possible.
  • Staff and volunteers will be instructed to wear masks when interacting with members or visitors in enclosed spaces. 
  • Staff will perform additional cleaning duties in the kiosks, Apex Hut and outhouses.
  • Members will check in at the kiosk window instead of coming inside the kiosk.
  • New this year, snowshoe rentals at Busk will be brought outside by the kiosk attendant. Rental equipment will be cleaned and sanitized between uses.

Apex Hut

The following safety precautions will be implemented in the Apex Hut:

  • We are currently working out the occupancy capacity for Apex Hut. Regardless, we will request that members and visitors please leave belongings in their vehicles while they are skiing.
  • Anyone entering the hut will be expected to wear a non-medical mask. 
  • Entry will be through the back door (nearest the kiosk) and exit through the front door (nearest the trailhead). 
  • Seating will be limited or removed.
  • Staff will provide additional cleaning duties in the hut as required.

Outhouses

  • Outhouses at Apex and Busk parking lots will remain open and will be cleaned regularly, as per Provincial protocols.

Cabins

We are presently calculating occupancy limits and considering whether or not Clearwater and Euphrates cabins will be able to be open this season. We do not anticipate these spaces will be able to accommodate large numbers of people.

COVID-19 Agreements

For all individuals and activities, if you choose to participate you must follow these rules: 

• Complete the COVID Self Assessment on a daily basis (see below). 

• Wear a mask in any indoor spaces. 

• Wash your hands before participating. 

• Bring your own equipment, water bottle and hand sanitizer. The possible exception is that we are planning to have snowshoes available for rent at Busk kiosk this season. More details to follow.

• Comply with physical distancing measures at all times. 

• Avoid physical contact with others, including shaking hands, high fives, etc. 

• Leave Nelson Nordic Ski Club as quickly as possible after you finish your activities. 

COVID-19 Self-Assessment

Everyone who comes to Nelson Nordic Ski Club should complete the Self-Assessment below by answering these questions on a daily basis when participating in any activities at the Club.

  1. Are you experiencing cold, flu or COVID-19-like symptoms, even mild ones?

• Symptoms include: fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat and painful swallowing, stuffy or runny nose, loss of sense of smell, headache, muscle aches, fatigue or loss of appetite. 

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please stay home and get assessed for a COVID-19 test, and self-isolate for at least 10 days. 

  1. Have you travelled to any countries outside Canada (including the United States) within the last 14 days? 

If you respond yes to this question, please stay home, self-isolate for 14 days and self-monitor. 

  1. Did you provide care or have close contact with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19? 

• This means you likely would have been contacted by the public health team at your health authority. 

If you respond yes to this question, please stay home, self-isolate for 14 days and self-monitor.

COVID-19 Refund/Credit Policies

Prior to Opening Day

In the sad possibility that the Club is required to shut down prior to opening day due to COVID-related concerns, registered members can choose to either receive a credit toward their 2021-22 membership fees OR receive a refund for the value of their 2020-21 membership fees.

After Opening Day

If the Club is required to shut down after opening day due to COVID-related concerns, we will issue registered members the following pro-rated credits to be used toward the 2021-22 season:

  1. If the trails are closed on or before December 31, 2020, members will receive a credit for 50% of the value of membership fees paid.
  2. If the trails are closed between January 1 and January 31, 2021, members will receive a credit for 25% of the value of membership fees paid.
  3. If the trails are closed between February 1 and February 15, 2021, members will receive a credit for 10% of the value of membership fees paid.
  4. No credit will be issued if the trails are closed after February 15, 2021.

For all other considerations, the Club’s standard refund policy will apply: Membership fees are non-refundable except in special circumstances when approved by the NNSC Board of Directors.

Job Opportunity: Head Coach, Youth Programs

Nelson Nordic Ski Club is seeking a Head Coach to provide coaching and coordination for the Club’s Track Attack and Junior Racing programs. The Head Coach is responsible for overall program administration, planning and development, including coordination of parent coaches and other volunteers.

Reporting to the General Manager, the Head Coach also develops annualized training plans for athletes in the program and works with individual athletes on fitness and technique. Program promotion, event planning, equipment management and travel to races outside of Nelson will be required. Ensuring compliance with the Club’s Covid-19 safety plan, Return to Sport plan, and other physical distancing requirements will be a key component of the position this season.

To view the complete Job Description, click here.

Desired Qualifications/Experience

  • Nordic ski coaching experience, including past experience developing training plans for youth athletes
  • Advocate for and active participant in the sport of Nordic skiing
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Nordic ski techniques and equipment (skate and classic)
  • Proven excellence working in a team environment
  • Demonstrated personnel management skills and attention to detail; volunteer management and event planning experience would be an asset
  • Self- motivated and organized
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

Preferred Start Date: September 1, 2020

Application Deadline: August 16, 2020

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to submit their covering letter and resume to General Manager Jaime Frederick at jaime@nelsonnordicski.ca. We thank all applicants; however only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: School Outreach Program Coordinator

Nelson Nordic Ski Club is seeking an experienced coordinator to lead its School Outreach Program, which provides children in primary and middle schools with an affordable, positive outdoor experience through the introduction of basic cross-country skiing skills in a fun environment. The program serves more than 800 School District 8 students annually, with sessions running four days per week from early January to mid-March.

Reporting to the General Manager, the successful candidate will be responsible for program planning, set-up and operation, including hiring and supervising staff, program marketing and promotion, coordinating events, and communicating directly with schools to ensure the program is fully subscribed. Ensuring compliance with the Club’s Covid-19 safety plan and Return to Sport plan, the school district’s pandemic protocols and other physical distancing requirements will be a key component of the position this season.

To view the complete Job Description, click here.

Desired Qualifications/Experience

  • Advocate for and active participant in the sport of Nordic skiing
  • Nordic Ski coaching experience an asset
  • Proven excellence working in a team environment
  • Demonstrated personnel management skills and attention to detail
  • Self- motivated and organized
  • Strong verbal and written communication and public relations skills.

Preferred Start Date: August 24, 2020

Application Deadline: August 9, 2020

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to submit their covering letter and resume to General Manager Jaime Frederick at jaime@nelsonnordicski.ca. We thank all applicants; however only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.


FUNDRAISER: NEW GROOMING MACHINE!

Nelson Nordic Ski Club needs your help to purchase a new grooming machine!

Our fundraising campaign continues to gather steam. Thanks to a combination of grants and generous donations from our members, we have now raised over $150,000!

We are very grateful for your support! As we’ve noted before, the cost of a new machine is in the range of $327,000. At the moment, we are in the process of completing an application to BC Capital Gaming for matching funds and we have commitments from other granting agencies that will be honoured if we are successful in that application.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have also been informed that gaming funds for capital projects are not assured and may be somewhat more limited than in recent years. In the meantime, we continue to hold the funds raised to date in a restricted account. These funds will be used only toward the purchase of a new grooming machine.

In order to put the Club in the best position possible to purchase a new grooming machine sooner rather than later, we continue to seek donations from our supporters: If you have not yet made a donation and would like to do so, there are two options:

  1. If you are interested in receiving a tax receipt for your donation, please visit Nordiq Canada’s Donation Page (then select “Click Here to Support a Club” and then “Nelson Nordic”). 
  2. If you don’t need a tax receipt and would prefer to donate directly to the Club, please email General Manager Jaime Frederick (jaime AT nelsonnordicski DOT ca)

As you know, Nelson Nordic Ski Club is a non-profit community resource for members and non-members alike – we offer courses for over 900 schoolchildren annually through our popular School Outreach Program plus other youth and adult programs. We are also a draw for winter tourists, offering 26km of beautiful groomed track – and this helps support many other businesses in Nelson and area.


MEMBER SURVEY UPDATE!

You’ve responded. We’re listening.

Thanks again to the 432 Nelson Nordic Ski Club (NNSC) members who responded to our member survey in April. That’s approximately half of our membership! So we (the board and management of the club) feel we have a pretty good idea of where the membership wants us to head. 

We thought we would take this opportunity to let you know the major findings of the survey and what we are planning to do about them.

  • We asked how long respondents have been members. They were pretty evenly split between 1-2 years, 3-5 years, 6-10 years, 11-15 years and 15+. Slightly more have been with us for either 1 -2 years, or 15 years+.
  • 53% of respondents ski classic only, 19% skate ski only and 28% ski both. 
  • Most respondents ski between 2 and 5 times per week.
  • The most popular trail is Busk/Euphrates, with twice the respondents as for Clearwater or Apex. 
  • Most respondents (89%) hold either regular adult memberships or senior memberships.
  • Most respondents felt that the grooming in 2019-2020 was ‘consistently excellent, very good, or good’, both in terms of quality and quantity. 
  • We were all disappointed with the number of grooming machine breakdowns last year! The board continues to work tirelessly to write grants to purchase a new grooming machine – donations are always welcome! Timely repairs will continue to be prioritized; we thank our staff for their hard work last year and continue to improve our planning for next season.
  • With regard to the quality and frequency of plowing in the parking lots and Busk Road, the overwhelming majority were very satisfied, satisfied, or somewhat satisfied.
  • Many people mentioned the pothole at the entrance to Busk Road, and the ruts in the road. The board is planning to work on filling the pothole and remediating the road surface prior to next season. We continue to work hard to keep the road and parking lots in good condition.
  • Many people offered to volunteer for the club over the next season. Thank you!
  • Although most (92%) respondents did not try out the snowshoe trails last year, there was lots of enthusiasm expressed by those who did, and many said they would like to try them out next year. We plan to offer snowshoe rentals from the Busk kiosk next season.
  • If the club had the opportunity to expand the ski trail network, the majority of respondents said they would like a moderate ski trail in the Busk/Euphrates area.
  • Many people missed the Cottonwood and Field Loops this year. We respect the landowners’ decision and thank them for their many years of service to the club. We also considered resurrecting the Beaumont trail. However, that trail is in very poor condition and would need considerable summer work with heavy machinery before it could be groomed. Spending significant resources on this very steep trail does not fit with the survey results that the majority of the members prefer easier trails. There may be the possibility of adding other sections of the rail trail. We will do our best!
  • Most (74%) respondents receive trail condition and grooming information from the website and 31% from Live GPS grooming. The Facebook Page was next at 32%. Only about 18% of respondents use the snowphone.
  • Many of you requested that trail conditions be posted earlier in the day. We are considering how to do that more reliably next year. 
  • Most of you found the new trail signage helpful. However, a number of suggestions were made to improve signage that the club is looking into.
  • In terms of club programs, respondents prioritized lessons/clinics and kids/youth programs the highest. And in terms of events, members prioritized the Full Moon Ski, Tour de Soup and Valentine’s the highest.
  • We are considering, based on your feedback, which programs and events to offer in the coming year.
  • We asked you to rate the general priorities of the club. Here is your response, in order of priority:
    • Grooming 
    • Trail brushing and maintenance
    • Reasonable prices
    • Communication regarding trail conditions
    • Parking lot plowing
    • School Programs
    • Lessons/Clinics
    • Programs
    • Events
    • Snowshoeing 
  • With regard to the question about NNSC providing good value for your money, the vast majority of respondents strongly agreed or agreed with this statement.
  • Also, the vast majority of respondents said they are ‘very likely or likely’ to purchase a membership again next year. NNSC thanks you for your support!
  • Most of you said your number one reason for being a member of NNSC is that it is close to Nelson, and, of course, most of our members live in the area. You also mentioned the beautiful scenery and friendly atmosphere as your second and third reasons.
  • The respondents indicated there is room to improve in terms of grooming and expanding the trail system. The board continues to work hard to limit machine breakdowns and seek out possibilities for additional trails.
  • Thank you again for your wonderful support over the past season, and always. We are happy to hear from you at any time, and again, thank you for taking the time to respond to our survey. We will endeavour to address as many of our concerns and suggestions as we can. And we look forward to welcoming you back for the start of the 2020-21 ski season at Nelson Nordic.