COLUMN: Head for the hills, the snow has fallen

The snow gods have been generous so far this season and the local hills and trails are consequently awesome!

The snow gods have been generous so far this season and the local hills and trails are consequently awesome!

The Nelson Nordic ski club trails are open seven days a week and the night loop is lit until 10 p.m. every evening.

Children’s programs are currently running with  the Jack Rabbits, Bunnies and Track Attack programs continuing through to March.  There are almost 60 kids in the Bunnies and Jack Rabbit program this year – almost double from last year which shows the success of the program.

The Bunnies (ages 4 and 5) is $70 and runs on Sundays from 10 to 10:45 a.m. until March 5. Parent participation is required. Jack Rabbit (ages 6 to 10) is  $80 and runs on Sundays from 10 to 11:15 a.m. and on Thursdays (in February) from 4:45 to 6:15 p.m. until March 9. Parent volunteering is required.

Track Attack (ages 9 to 12) is $95 and runs until March 9 as well, Those sessions take place on Sundays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and Thursdays from 4:45 to 6:15 p.m. Parent volunteering is required.

Call 250-354-4292 for the latest snow conditions on the trail system or view online at

n The Nelson Curling Club’s curlers are happy to return from the Christmas break. The mixed league, curlers of all ages and varying levels, curl in social and non-competitive games on Friday nights with much fun to music and laughter.

The Kootenay Zone playdowns for the senior men’s qualifier for the BC Provincials is being hosted January 17 to 19 in the Nelson center. Drop by to watch as the runner-up in last year’s provincials, Tom Shypitka, defends his berth (Nelson’s Fred Thomson is third on this team).

Teams challenging Shypitka for the opportunity to represent the Kootenays are Fahselt, McHargue and Bothamley from the East Kootenay and Nichol, Salviulo and Ferguson from the West. These teams promise to provide us with entertaining games and the public is invited to come and watch. The curling draws and competitors can be seen at

n The Procter Gymnastic Classes started January 12 at the Procter Hall on 3rd Avenue. There are more spots available, but please pre-register by calling or e-mailing Janice at or 250-229-5796 or Shelley at or 250-229-2278.

This great little club is fully loaded with terrific equipment and qualified coaches. It is however, in need of volunteer organizers. This is your chance to jump in and maintain the club’s success. Call the numbers provided to offer your help.

n Yes, it seems early to be thinking about soccer, but this being a World Cup year, Nelson Youth Soccer Association is thinking ahead.

First of all there is a need for volunteer coaches, please call Sveta at 250-551-6972 for details. The registration for the 2014 season is now open. The deadline for rep is January 31 and for house the deadline is March 1.

The 13-week season will run April, May, June and September. Visit or call 250-551-6972 for more details.

Just Posted

Castlegar daycare selected for universal childcare pilot program

MLA Katrine Conroy presents letter of acceptance to the program to the Children’s Centre at Selkirk College

Kootenay region posts 10-per-cent return rate on electoral reform ballots

As of Nov. 13, only 5.3 per cent of ballots had been returned province-wide

Talking transgender issues with Nelson advocate

Nov. 20 is the Transgender Day of Remembrance

Leafs Roundup: Nelson adds a win and a tie on two-game road trip

Nelson native Reid Vulcano scored in his KIJHL debut

Calgarians vote ‘no’ to bidding for 2026 Winter Games, in plebiscite

Out of 767,734 eligible voters, 304,774 voted and 171,750 said ”no.”

Canada Post strike having ‘critical’ impact on retailers, eBay tells PM

Canada Post says it is now facing an unprecedented backlog of shipments, largely as a result of strikes

NASA wants Canadian boots on the moon as first step in deep space exploration

The U.S. is seeking broad international support for the next-generation space station to send into orbit a in 2021

B.C. Lions GM Ed Hervey has plan for busy off-season

The Lions’ season ended Sunday with a crushing 48-8 loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the East Division semifinal

Vancouver Island man survived for ‘days’ trapped in smashed truck

Duncan Moffat, 23, found by hunter by the side of the road near Sayward

Fundraising firefighters complete quest for B.C. Paralympian

The four Penticton residents raising money for Victoria Paralympian complete journey

PHOTOS: Hockey history in B.C. as Team India comes to play

Squad played its very first game in Canada on Tuesday against Surrey Falcons

B.C. man wanted in connection to domestic assault in Edmonton

Sterling Miles Booker has ‘ROCK’ and ‘ROLL’ tattooed on his hands

Canada wants free trade deal with southeast Asian nations, Trudeau says

ASEAN nations combined have nearly 650 million people, an economy of US$2.8 trillion, and are already Canada’s sixth-biggest trading partner.

Most Read