Winter fun picks up in Nelson

A look at winter sports and recreation in Nelson with Kim Palfenier

With official opening days upon us, Whitewater Mountain Adventure Centre is preparing to offer mens and ladies days. The Powder Room (ladies day) and The Board Room (mens day) are great ways to get out with friends and improve your skills with a ski or snowboard pro. Daily packages starting at $48 for a lesson and lunch, discounts on booking multi-days and discounts on lift tickets and rentals.

The Powder Room is on Mondays beginning January 2 for 10 weeks and The Board Room is one Friday per month, December 30, January 6, February 3, March 2 and April 6.

Already underway is registration for the Nelson Figure Skating Club’s Tiny Tots program. Launching this January, Tiny Tots is the perfect program for three and four-year-olds too young for CanSkate but ready to take their first brave steps onto the ice. Using teaching aids, music and a wide variety of activities, Skate Canada certified coaches offer a fun and relaxed environment that instills fundamentals and prepares skaters for Stages 1 or 2 of Canskate. Registration for January is also open for CanSkate, Junior Academy and StarSkate.

The Kootenay Swim Club returned home from the Kelowna Aquajets Fall Classic swim meet with a trophy in their hands for outstanding performances from a small team. An amazing start to the swim season! Before the Christmas break starts, the Kootenay Swim Club will be heading to the Kamloops Classic Swim Meet. Wish them luck! With pool fees being very high, the club has to make great effort to raise funds to cover operating costs.

The club will be selling their annual Christmas raffle tickets during the Christmas season with amazing prizes to be won. Keep your eye open for ticket sellers and help out this club and buy some tickets.

Lastly, the Nelson outdoor skatepark has made the semi-finalists in the Aviva Community Fund competition. Now we need locals to vote again, and again, and again to help make this dream a reality in our community.

Kim Palfenier is the executive director of the Nelson Regional Sports Council. You can reach her by phone at 250-352-3989 via email at