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.
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!