COLUMN: Say good bye to winter and hello to spring activities

A sure sign of the winter/spring transition is the need to know if we should be suiting up with ski boots or gum boots.

A sure sign of the winter/spring transition is the need to know if we should be suiting up with ski boots or gum boots.

Either way looks good as getting in the last of a great season or looking forward to the new one always offers an alternative to this time of years’ cabin fever.

The spring season often provides skiers with early sun tanning (let’s hope) as well as the last of the season finales.

r Whitewater Ski Resort continues to be in full swing until the April 6 ‘splash” weekend, while the Nelson Nordic Ski club remains open for March, but is best to call the snowline to check conditions ahead of time at 250-354-4292.

r Nelson Curling Club is winding it up to end another season on the March 14/15 weekend.

Friday, March 14 celebrates the league champs with DJ, dancing and raffles while the following day sees the family open house on Saturday, March 15,  from 12 to 4 p.m.  with fun and games for all ages, on and off the ice.

Refreshments are provided. Be sure to take a pair of clean indoor shoes (or curling shoes) and wear warm layers. Helmets are required for kids under 12.

r NMHA has wrapped up its regular season with playoffs just completed.  The Pee Wee team is hosting the Tier 3 BC Hockey Championship, March 16 to 21 with a number of events going on for the week.

Opening on March 15 with the player’s banquet the week long tournament offers some great spectator opportunities. Sunday, March 16 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) is “Scotia Bank Volunteer Day.”

Hot dog and hamburgers (compliments of Save-on-Foods), a bake sale, silent auction and raffle tickets/baskets are all part of the fun.  All proceeds for this day will be matched by Scotia Bank. Take in the finals on March 21 and cheer on the home team.

r World Figure Skating Champion and Olympic Silver medalist Patrick Chan recently noted that as a young boy his hockey coach recommended he take figure skating lessons to improve his skating skills.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

With that in mind the spring CanSkate session is open for registration with The Nelson Figure Skating Club. The session runs March 31 to May 8 with options for one to two days of skating per week.

This is the last chance for learn to skate lessons until summer and a great opportunity to prepare your little one to skate circles around the competition. Call 250-352-6510 or visit

r So, onto spring. Little League registration is now on. Visit the Little League website at  for a registration form and schedule.  This is Little League’s 75th anniversary and is the largest youth organization in North America. It all started in 1939 in Williamsport, PA where the Little League Baseball World Series is still played today.

The new baseball diamond at Lion’s Park is home for Nelson Little League. The Priority Concrete Cardinals are the defending two-time West Kootenay champions. Nelson will be hosting the West Kootenay Little League playoffs again this year in June, while Trail is hosting the U10 BC Little League provincials in July.

r Kootenay Rhythm Dragonboat Club is holding its membership drive on Saturday, March 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Chamber of Commerce (enter door facing the recreation centre), 225 Hall Street.

Coffee and muffins will be  served and all women interested in dragon boat paddling for the 2014 Dragon Boat season are welcome.

The boat is located across from Lakeside Park. Paddling is scheduled several times a week and there are different groups for all interest levels.

Give it a try and learn the basics of rhythmic paddling and be part of a great team that likes to have fun. For more info contact Dorothy Hatto at 250-551-3104.

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