The Nelson Nordic Ski Club is fundraising for a new groomer. Photo submitted

Nelson Nordic Ski Club fundraising for new groomer

The club’s current machine is beginning to break down

Submitted by the Nelson Nordic Ski Club

The Nelson Nordic Ski Club is a non-profit society actively fundraising for a new grooming machine.

There have been some real mechanical issues with the existing machine this year, which put it out of service for two full weeks. The machine has 6,000 hours of use and maintenance is very costly. The club needs a reliable, more energy efficient and environmentally friendly grooming machine to provide members and the public with 25 kilometres of groomed trails and programs and schools with an awesome stadium and play area.

With support from the regional district and the club’s own capital funding, fundraising is already at $94,500. If the club makes it to $125,000 then Columbia Basin Trust will help out with $40,000, which reaches the goal of half the funds, $163,442. The club hopes to get matching funds with the B.C. Capital Gaming Grant.

You can help the club get to $125,000 by visiting https://www.canadahelps.org/me/cAntWK6. If you donate before April 2 you will also receive a tax receipt for your donation.

The trend of growth in Nordic skiing is experienced all across B.C. In the past 30 years, membership in B.C. clubs has steadily increased from less than 10,000 to almost 20,000 province-wide in 2019. In the winters of 2017-19, B.C. had the highest recorded levels of enrolment in the youth skill development programs that help build skills of younger skiers so they are well positioned to enjoy the sport well into adulthood.

The ski area maintained by the club is a valued community recreational asset and is supported by Recreation Sites and Trails B.C. for some of its trail maintenance. It encourages an active healthy lifestyle in the West Kootenay and is an asset open to people of all ages and abilities, members and public alike.

Run as a non-profit, the Nelson Nordic Ski Club keeps fees for use very affordable and used equipment can be purchased economically. Cross-country skiing provides an option for outdoor recreation in the winter when activity is harder to find. The club’s events and programs offer opportunities for volunteering with over 100 people actively participating, which helps the club grow and flourish.

cross country skiingfundraiser

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

Just Posted

Brittny Anderson. Photo: Submitted
UPDATED: NDP’s Brittny Anderson named provisional winner in Nelson-Creston

The final result won’t be known until November due to mail-in ballots

NDP headquarters on election night, Oct. 24, 2020. (Katya Slepian/Black Press Media)
ELECTION 2020: Live blog from B.C. party headquarters

BC NDP projected to win majority government – but celebrations will look different this election

B.C. Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau outlines her party's climate action platform at Nanaimo's Vancouver Island Conference Centre earlier this month. (News Bulletin file photo)
Green leader Furstenau declared victor in her home riding on Vancouver Island

Cowichan Valley voters elect freshly minted party leader for her second term

John Horgan has been re-elected the MLA for Langford-Juan de Fuca. (File-Black Press)
Horgan trounces challengers to be re-elected in his Vancouver Island riding

MLA has represented constituency of Langford-Juan de Fuca and its predecessors since 2005

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Interior Health reports 18 COVID-19 cases, highest daily count since July

The total of COVID-19 cases in the region is now at 662

NDP Leader John Horgan celebrates his election win in the British Columbia provincial election in downtown Vancouver, B.C., Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Horgan celebrates projected majority NDP government, but no deadline for $1,000 deposit

Premier-elect says majority government will allow him to tackle issues across all of B.C.

A police pursuit ended with an arrest in Williams Lake on Highway 97 Sunday afternoon. (Facebook video screenshot)
Video catches police pursuit that ends with man kicked, punched in Williams Lake

A video of the arrest is getting widely shared on social media

FILE – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets Premier John Horgan during a press conference at the BC Transit corporate office following an announcement about new investments to improve transit for citizens in the province while in Victoria on Thursday, July 18, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Trudeau congratulates Horgan on NDP’s election victory in British Columbia

Final count won’t be available for three weeks due to the record number of 525,000 ballots cast by mail

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

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Comedic actor Seth Rogen, right, and business partner Evan Goldberg pose in this undated handout photo. When actor Seth Rogen was growing up and smoking cannabis in Vancouver, he recalls there was a constant cloud of shame around the substance that still lingers. Rogen is determined to change that. (Maarten de Boer ohoto)
Seth Rogen talks about fighting cannabis stigma, why pot should be as accepted as beer

‘I smoke weed all day and every day and have for 20 years’

Provincial Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau speaks at Provincial Green Party headquarters at the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe in Victoria. (Arnold Lim / Black Press)
VIDEO: Furstenau leads BC Greens to win first riding outside of Vancouver Island

Sonia Furstenau became leader of BC Greens one week before snap election was called

NDP Leader John Horgan elbow bumps NDP candidate Coquitlam-Burke Mountain candidate Fin Donnelly following a seniors round table in Coquitlam, B.C., Tuesday, October 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Horgan, NDP head for majority in B.C. election results

Record number of mail-in ballots may shift results

The Canadian border is pictured at the Peace Arch Canada/USA border crossing in Surrey, B.C. Friday, March 20, 2020. More than 4.6 million people have arrived in Canada since the border closed last March and fewer than one-quarter of them were ordered to quarantine while the rest were deemed “essential” and exempted from quarantining. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Majority of international travellers since March deemed ‘essential’, avoid quarantine

As of Oct. 20, 3.5 million travellers had been deemed essential, and another 1.1 million were considered non-essential

Most Read