It’s often said that the right people show up at the right time and that’s exactly what the Nelson Nordic Ski Club directors and staff experienced recently.
In August 2013 the group’s storage facility was broken into. One of the items stolen was a satellite phone. A satellite phone is essential for the night groomer as there is no cell service on the trails and the satellite phone is needed to make emergency calls.
Through social media and the local paper, a gentleman by the name of Robert Hill, a professional climber, heard the story and called the club to donate a phone that he had been given but was no longer using. Hill climbs to raise money for Crohn’s Disease.
The club’s spring and fall work bee events — where member volunteers paint, clean, chop and pile wood, brush, fix up shelters, and other jobs — have helped tremendously to prepare for the 2013-14 season. Donations by Color Your World (Dulux Paint), Oso Negro, and Save-on Foods have helped significantly.
During the summer, $5,000 was spent on trail improvements. Hopefully, members and day pass holders alike will notice and enjoy the improved trails this coming season.
Pre-season membership sales in November yielded approximately 550 memberships (includes 110 new members and approximately 50 kids in the Jack Rabbit and Track Attack Program). Directors hope membership numbers will surpass the 720 of last year. This season marks the 30th year in operation for Nelson Nordic Ski Club.
For those anxious to get on the trails, check out the Nelson Nordic website at www.nelsonnordicski.ca or call the snow phone at 250-354-4292 for the latest in snow conditions, grooming, and to find out the club’s opening date.