COLUMN: Winter is here, time to play

For those who were itching to get on the slopes or on the cross-country trails the latest snow storms provided the very thing.

It is easy to forget that only a few green weeks ago we were all wondering if winter was going to bypass us this year. For those who were itching to get on the slopes or on the cross-country trails the latest snow storms provided the very thing responsible for many an ear to ear grin seen about town this week.

The Nelson Nordic ski club held their ski improvement clinics last weekend with each class filled with enthusiastic participants, (of which I was one). If you haven’t tried cross-country skiing yet, you really must.

The NNSC is a well-run group of competent community volunteers so willing to share the local Nordic gem that makes the sport affordable and physically accessible.

Take the 10 minute drive from town to get to the full body workout while breathing in our beautiful fresh air and winter scenery. It’s so worth it. NNSC is offering guided leisure ski sessions for seniors starting February 2 for six consecutive Mondays from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Contact ajpop@netidea for costs and details. Also, there are still spaces available in the Bunnies/BC Rabbits and Track Attack kid programs. For details contact Lisa Butterworth lisab05@shaw.ca or call 250-229-2116

For an indoor winter activity the Nelson Curling club is offering the junior curling league (youth age 10-18) which started up on January 10 and runs until Spring break. Juniors play Tuesday and/or Thursday from 3:45 to 5 p.m.

Youth can play one day or both, as they like. The Little Rockers league (kids age five to 10) starts up on Thursday, January 15 and runs until March 13. Little Rockers play from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays.

Helmets are required for Little Rockers. Fees are Little Rockers: $30/child and Juniors: $40/child, plus $15 Curl BC affiliation fee if they are over 14. In both leagues, players need warm layers and clean indoor running shoes.

Glacier Gymnastics Club is offering classes from now until March 21 for Gymnastics For All; Parent & Tot spaces which run weekday mornings. To register, visit www.glaciergymnastics.com or contact info@glaciergymnastics.com or 250-352-2227.

The Kootenay Jiujitsu Club’s Nelson location shares it’s facility (646 Baker Street, under the Dollar Store) with the Nelson Boxing Club. The 2014 Western Canadian champion instructor has coached and practiced grappling since 1993 and is affiliated with Rigan Machado, the Academy founder and heavyweight world champion. For information on classes and fees check out the website and Facebook page. Classes for children and adults available.

The 2015 outdoor Soccer House and Rep registration is now open with Rep deadline on January 31 and House deadline on March 1. To get more information about all programs visit www.nys.ca, call 250-551-6972 or drop in the indoor soccer facility at 308 Cedar Street.

The Kootenay Rhythm Dragons will be holding their annual general meeting on February 2 at the Hume hotel at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting thereafter. Those interest in attending should contact Linda Hoffmann at 250-352-5852 or lmhoff@telus.net.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Jessica Ogden, who calls herself a water protector, not a protester, has lost an internal police complaint following several interactions with the RCMP and the legal system in 2019. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Kootenay logging blockader loses police complaint, files counterclaim against company

Court actions and police complaints stem from blockades in the Balfour and Argenta areas in 2019

Nelson Amnesty is holding its annual Write for Rights campaign Dec. 12 at the Nelson Public Library. Photo: Submitted
Amnesty International Write for Rights relevant during the pandemic

Nelson Amnesty will host the annual event Dec. 12 at the Nelson Public Library

RNG plant
Construction on ground-breaking RNG plant in Fruitvale set to go in spring 2021

REN Energy partners with Calgary engineering firm for innovative West Kootenay gas plant

Katrine Conroy’s swearing in ceremony. Photo: Kootenay West Katrine Conroy Facebook
Forestry Minister West Kootenay MLA Katrine Conroy talks about her new role

Conroy will also oversee Columbia Basin Trust, Columbia Power Corporation and Columbia Basin Treaty

This picture of Taghum resident Marc Savard was taken in February when he first spoke to the Nelson Star and little was known about the virus that had shut him out of his job in Wuhan, China. Photo: Tyler Harper
VIDEO: Once an outlier, Nelson man’s COVID-19 experience now typical

Savard was living in Wuhan, China, when the pandemic began

A B.C. Ambulance Service paramedic wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 moves a stretcher outside an ambulance at Royal Columbia Hospital, in New Westminster, B.C., on Sunday, November 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. records deadliest weekend of COVID-19 pandemic with 46 deaths; more than 2,300 cases

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provides COVID-19 update

Black Press Media and BraveFace have come together to support children facing life-threatening conditions. Net proceeds from these washable, reusable, three-layer masks go to Make-A-Wish Foundation BC & Yukon.
Put on a BraveFace: Help make children’s wishes come true

Black Press Media, BraveFace host mask fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Foundation

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Christy Jordan-Fenton is the co-author of the book Fatty Legs, which has been mentioned amid the controversy of an Abbotsford school assignment on residential schools.
Fatty Legs co-author responds to Abbotsford class assignment on residential schools

Children’s book mentioned amid controversy at W. A. Fraser Middle School

Kootenay East MLA Tom Shypitka takes over as energy and mines critic for the B.C. Liberal opposition. Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick (right) moves from health critic to assistant deputy speaker. (Hansard TV)
B.C. Liberals pick critics to take on Horgan’s NDP majority

Interim leader Shirley Bond takes seniors, long-term care

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland listens to a question from a reporter on the phone during a news conference in Ottawa, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Spending too little worse than spending too much, Freeland says as Canada’s deficit tops $381B

‘The risk of providing too little support now outweighs that of providing too much’

Still from a video surveillance camera of a man alleged to have stolen from several people at knife-point in Chilliwack (Rosedale) early on Nov. 28, 2020. (Facebook)
B.C. man defends his family against intruder, saves neighbour while wielding hockey stick

RCMP looking for footage that captures violent crime spree in Chilliwack

Jim Neufeld, 55, was last seen leaving his home in Penticton Jan. 21, 2009. (RCMP photo)
Human remains found off U.S. coast in 2009 identified as Penticton man

Jim Neufeld, 55, was last seen leaving his home in Penticton Jan. 21, 2009

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond speaks to a reporter in Vancouver on November 13, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
No evidence that B.C. ER staff played blood alcohol level game, but Indigenous racism ‘widespread’

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond releases findings of independent investigation

Most Read