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.
April 15, 2021
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 provide feedback and win great prizes!
April 15, 2021
As of 07:30AM, conditions at our club is -3 Celsius clear skies and a light breeze. Predicted day time high is +18 Celsius with clear skies to continue.
Alida is grooming this morning and she has completed Clearwater and Busk main and Euphrates. She tells me that the initial hill on Clearwater is icy and thin with some material showing through. She asks that you be very careful on this section. Alida rates the lower section poor, but upper Clearwater is good still. Thanks Alida, and all the groomers for doing such a great job this season.
This is probably my last post, so I would like to take the time to say I had a great time posting the daily updates and I really enjoyed seeing you all while working at the Kiosks this winter. Some of you I have known for years and some I have met for the first time. Everybody has been super positive and I am proud to be connected with this club!
April 14, 2021
Conditions at our club as of 07:11Am are -3 Celsius, clear skies and calm winds. Predicted day time high will be +15 Celsius with sunny skies. Wind will become 20km/hr from the north in the afternoon.
Some changes are occurring today for grooming. We are discontinuing grooming of the Apex side, and the first hill on Clearwater. We are continuing to groom the Clearwater Bypass. Clearwater is complete now and is fair/poor lower down and good higher up. Busk main and Euphrates is complete and in fair condition.
This is a poem from 1624 by John Donne, which seems relevant in this Covid world.
No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as any manner of thy friends or of thine own were; any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. And therefore, never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
April 13, 2021
Good Morning Nelson Nordic,
It is nearly the middle of April and we are still skiing, amazing!Conditions at our club are, nearly -5 Celsius and clear skies and calm winds, with no new snow overnight. Predicted daytime highs are +11 Celsius with clear skies to continue.
Alida is grooming today. She has completed Clearwater, including all loops except Wolverine, and Busk/Euphrates main trail is also complete. On the Apex side, Night Loop is complete, and after grooming on the Busk side, the Rail Grade and Cottonwood will be done. Alida tells me it is a bit icy on the first 1 km of Clearwater and the West fork of Busk. She also tells me that she counts upper Clearwater as good and all other trails fair! Thanks Alida!
Our trails are shared with a number of species of wildlife. There is a population of Elk that frequents the area, this also means that predators will be in the area. Recently some cougar tracks were spotted on one of our trails. Leo DeGroot, our board member and local biologist, will sometimes count wolf tracks up Clearwater. Coyotes are common in most areas, and like to den near our Cottonwood trail. And of course in a few weeks Grizzly bears will move into the General Apex area to feed on spring growth. Just be aware that these species are present and know that they are most active at dusk and dawn, dawn being the best time to ski right now.