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Photo credit: Steve Ogle, Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism

Just learning to cross country ski, need a tune up on your technique, or just want to feel more comfortable on different terrain and become more proficient at skiing? Join our instructors for group adult learn to ski lesson series in classic or skate skiing.  

Qualified Nordic ski instructors will teach up to eight students per course in three one-hour courses in Classic Ski or Skate Ski techniques. Using an inclusive and student-centred approach, instructors will teach the principals of balance, coordination, propulsion and direction change on flat to gentle uphill terrain.

More information and registration.


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)


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

COVID-19 Information

Updated: December 5, 2020


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 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.

Provincial Order on Events and Gatherings

On December 2, 2020, the Provincial Health Officer issued an order on events and gatherings that has a significant impact on our Return to Sport plan for our youth programs (Bunnies & Jackrabbits, Track Attack, Junior Racers) and adult programs (Masters and Learn to Ski). The intent of the order, which took effect on Thursday, December 3, 2020, and applies indefinitely, is to reduce social interactions and travel.

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 cooperation. 

Bunnies Program

The Bunnies program (ages 4-5), will be postponed until either mid-January or until we get clarity about the possibility of parental involvement in the program, which has always been integral to the operation of the Bunnies program at Nelson Nordic.

If, by mid-January, we are not able to start the Bunnies program, the Board will make a determination about refunding program fees.

Jackrabbits, Track Attack, Junior Racers

The remainder of our skills development programs for youth, including Jackrabbits (ages 6 to 9), Track Attack and Junior Racers, will continue with physical distancing increased to 3m from 2m. There will be registration caps on all group sizes for Jackrabbits, Levels 1 through 4.

Adult Programs

Registration for our adult group programs (groups larger than 3), including Masters and Learn to Ski lessons, has been postponed. We will update if and when we are able to open registration for these programs.

Teck Kootenay Cup

At this time, we anticipate that our annual Teck Kootenay Cup races, originally scheduled for January 16 and 17, 2021, will be canceled given the order against travel for training or competition for all but elite athletes.

2020/21 COVID FAQs

Can I enter the Apex hut and store my belongings there?

No, for the time being we will be leaving the hut closed. We may be able to offer limited access to the hut at certain times, but we are still working out the details.

Even once the hut is available, we will be asking people to store their belongings in their vehicle, as hut access will be limited.

  • Anyone entering the hut will be expected to wear a non-medical mask. 
  • Entry will be through the front door (nearest the trailhead) and exit through the back door (nearest the kiosk). 
  • Seating will be limited or removed.
  • Staff will provide additional cleaning duties in the hut as required.

Note: From January 4 to March 13, 2021, the Apex hut will be reserved for the exclusive use of the School Outreach Program from 8 am to 3 pm, Tuesday through Friday. We thank our members for their understanding, as this will be the only way that our School Outreach Program can operate while meeting the school district’s COVID-19 protocols.

Will the cabins at Euphrates and Clearwater be open?

No. Due to the cleaning protocols required, we are unable to open the cabins this year.

Are masks required at trailheads and in the parking lots?

No, but the Club strongly encourages the use of non-medical face masks or face coverings when 2m physical distancing cannot be maintained. Masks and face coverings should:

  • allow for easy breathing
  • fit securely to the head with ties or ear loops
  • maintain their shape after washing and drying
  • be changed as soon as possible if damp or dirty
  • be comfortable and not require frequent adjustment
  • be made of at least 2 layers of tightly woven material fabric (such as cotton or linen)
  • be large enough to completely and comfortably cover the nose and mouth without gasping

Are the outhouses open?

Yes. Outhouses at Apex and Busk/Clearwater parking lots will remain open and will be cleaned and sanitized regularly, as per Provincial protocols.

Can I change into my ski gear at the Club?

You may use the outhouses at Apex to do so, however we strongly encourage people to arrive at the trailheads ready to ski, and then to leave immediately after skiing. We strongly discourage socializing at the trailheads and in parking lots, even when 2m distancing can be maintained.

Is the Club limiting membership sales?

We do not see the necessity to limit membership sales at this time. That being said, there are changes taking place and a request for all users to come at different times throughout the day so we can ensure that we can safely fit all pass holders and day ticket users into the parking lots. We encourage Members to consider skiing more early mornings and afternoons this winter to help reduce parking lot congestion during peak periods.

How do I get my membership card?

As in past years, returning members are asked to bring their membership card from previous years so that we do not have to issue a new one.

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 2020-21 sticker for your card. If you no longer have your membership card, please come to the Apex Kiosk.

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. Please be patient with our staff and volunteers as we have many new members to process this year.

What safety precautions are in place at the kiosks and trailheads?

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 and picked up at the kiosk to minimize contact time. Please contact if you are unable to register online.
  • 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.
  • Members will also sign in, either on the online form, or on the sign-in sheets provided before every ski. This has always been the case but is especially important this year for contact tracing.
  • New this year, snowshoe rentals at Busk will be brought outside by the kiosk attendant. Rental equipment will be cleaned and sanitized between uses.

Is the Club limiting Day Pass sales?

We have no plans to limit Day Pass sales at this time, but that may change depending on circumstances.

Visitors purchasing day passes will be encouraged to pay by credit or debit card using tap on the Square. We intend to minimize cash transactions whenever possible.

Is rental equipment available?

We are currently working toward having snowshoes available to rent from our Busk kiosk this season. More details to come.

Due to space limitations, the Club does not have a rental program for Nordic skis. if you are interested in renting or purchasing Nordic equipment. lease visit our sponsor, Gerick Cycle and Ski, in Nelson.

Will the Club be hosting a ski swap this year?

Due to space limitations, the Club does not have a rental program for Nordic skis. If you are interested in renting or purchasing Nordic equipment, please visit our sponsor, Gerick Cycle and Ski, in Nelson.

Can I come to the trails if I’m sick?

No. Please stay home if you are feeling at all unwell and use the BC COVID-19 Self Assessment Tool and follow the instructions of the BC COVID-19 Self Assessment Tool results.

Get tested if you think you may have been infected.

Are there any parking restrictions? 

Not at this time. Physical distancing begins in the parking lots at Apex and Busk/Clearwater. 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. We are 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.

If there’s an outbreak and the area is forced to close, can I get a refund on my membership?

Yes. Our refund/credit policy is as follows:

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. This choice was made during the registration process on Zone 4.

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.

Can I buy food and a coffee/tea at the trails?

No, the Club does not have a concession or food/beverage sales of any kind.


Nelson Nordic Ski Club COVID-19 Safety Plan, v2, December 4, 2020.

Interior Health

BC Centre for Disease Control

Government of Canada-Health Services

Dr. Bonnie Henry & Minister Adrian Dix COVID-19 Updates

viaSport Return to Sport Guidelines for B.C.

Sport-specific updates from Cross Country B.C.

WorkSafeBC COVID-19 Safety Plan Checklist

Nordiq Canada Risk Assessment and Mitigation Checklist Tool

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.


Club Members! We’re down to the last two days to offer your feedback on our 2019-2020 season in our Nelson Nordic Member Survey 2020

More than 350 members have already taken a moment to share their input about the recent Nordic season. If you have already completed the survey, you’ve been entered in a draw for a free membership for the 2020-2021 ski season! Thank you!

If you haven’t yet done so, please don’t miss your opportunity to share your thoughts with us. Average completion time for the survey is about 8 minutes. The survey will close on Sunday, April 26, 2020.

As the Board and management begin to plan for next season, we would love to get your input on a number of aspects of the work that we do.

As a token of our gratitude for your participation, all current Club members who complete the survey by the deadline will be entered in a draw for two (2) complimentary Adult (or Senior) Memberships for the 2020-2021 ski season!

Thanks for your participation! We look forward to seeing you again next season!

The NNSC Board