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Annual Pumpkin Hunt 2023

Join Nelson Nordic’s Track Attack and Junior Racers at our popular annual Pumpkin Hunt to raise funds for our youth ski programs!

We will hide 150 pumpkins in our Enchanted Forest. Children 12 years and under are invited to hunt for a pumpkin, with our ski team athletes to guide them into the forest. FUN for the whole family!

Rubber Boots are recommended:)

Admission of $20 includes one pumpkin, two hot chocolates and 2 cookies.

In order to spread out participants and make it a fun and safe event, we will have three sessions, one beginning at 10:00 am, second at 10:30 am, and third at 11:00 am.  All tickets must be purchased online in advance at nelsonnordicski.square.site

**Please remember to bring your own mug for hot chocolate and your own drinking water. Special thanks to our generous local sponsors; Save-On-Foods, Safeway, Kootenay Coop, Oso Negro and Kootenay Bakery!

We look forward to seeing you out at the Nelson Nordic Apex trailhead on Sunday, October 22. Rain or shine!
Approx. 10 mins S. of Nelson on Hwy 6, across from Whitewater Rd.

Moonlit Ski

Join us for a beautiful ski by moonlight (and Tiki torches!) to the Euphrates Cabin. We’ll have an outdoor bonfire, hot apple cider and plenty of good vibes!

The cabin will be open. Please be sure to bring your own mug for cider, as well as a headlamp.

The route will be partially illuminated with Tiki torches back from the cabin along the Rail Trail.

Cost: $5 each for non-members
Or by donation for Nelson Nordic Ski Club Members

A fundraiser for our Nelson Nordic Track Attack and Junior Racers Ski Team!

JOB OPPORTUNITY: SCHOOL OUTREACH PROGRAM INSTRUCTORS

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)

Compensation

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 schooloutreach@nelsonnordicski.ca


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!