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JOB POSTING: 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 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; and provide technical support for the Club’s school outreach program and masters training groups.

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 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.

Nelson is a vibrant community located on the West Arm of Kootenay Lake in the Selkirk Mountains in southeastern BC. The Kootenay region 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.

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; and

• Is organized and demonstrates integrity.

The detailed job description is available here.

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.

Compensation for this position will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate, in the range of $24,000 to $28,000, inclusive of benefits. The eight month contract is set to commence August 15, 2021, with potential for extension. The Club is currently exploring grant opportunities that may allow us to transition to full-time year-round employment for this role.

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. These documents will be accepted until midnight (PDT) May 30, 2021. Please email documents to jaime@nelsonnordicski.ca.

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

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!

SUPPORT OUR PARKING EXPANSION PLANS

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!

FEELING THE LOVE!

With the support of more than 300 donors, including local businesses, an anonymous benefactor and significant grants, Nelson Nordic Ski Club has purchased a new snowcat to groom its cross-country ski trail system.

Our Love Your Club fundraising campaign brought in more than $30,000 in donations from local supporters attracted by the prospect of a long-term relationship with deep, luscious classic tracks and firm, rippling corduroy. Thank you all for your amazing generosity and sense of community spirit!

The PistenBully 100 snowcat we have purchased boasts better grooming performance, improved reliability, operator ease of use, and is more environmentally friendly than the Club’s older machines, offering both better fuel economy and lower emissions with its 250 horsepower Tier IV engine.

The Club owes a huge debt of gratitude to past-president Louise Poole and current board director Katie Weir, both of whom were instrumental in securing grants from various organizations, including regional and municipal governments. We also recognize the contributions of current board member Christine Nichol and volunteer graphic designer Nichola Lytle (Pink Dog Designs) for their clever and fun contributions to the recent fundraising campaign.

An anonymous benefactor made a very generous contribution, which includes matching funds for the $30,000 in individual donations, helping put us in a position to purchase a new snowcat before the end of the current season. The Club also acknowledges the generous support of Columbia Basin Trust, the Regional District of Central Kootenay (including specific contributions from Areas A, E, F, H and I), the Government of Canada, the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust, and the City of Nelson, British Columbia.

While the campaign has met its goal, it is not too late to make a tax-deductible contribution through Nordiq Canada at https://www.canadahelps.org/me/Puyaf79.

Donations may also be made by cash, credit or debit card at the Club’s trailhead kiosks at Apex and Busk.

Photo: Members of the Nelson Nordic Ski Team celebrate the purchase of a PistenBully 100 to keep the Club’s trails groomed for years to come. Thanks to coach Andrew Chewter for the pic!

CONTACT TRACING

It has always been mandatory to sign in when using the trails at Nelson Nordic, and this year, due to the requirements of contact tracing, it is more important than ever.

To make this easier for you and help reduce congestion at the trailheads, we have created an online form that you can use to sign in with your phone or at home. You must sign in every day that you ski! Thank you for your cooperation!

Access the online form here.