Winter winding down for Nelson area sports scene

Just a few last chances to try out or participate in some winter activities before they finish up their seasons.

Spring break is almost in the air! That means you have just a few last chances to try out or participate in some winter activities before they finish up their seasons.


The Nelson Speed Skating Club has four athletes training hard three times a week in preparation for the BC Winter Games in Vernon, February 23 to 26. Tyler Hartleb, Max Thiessen, Claire Young, and Emily Musa will be representing the Kootenay zone in short track distances ranging from 500 m, 1,000 m sprints to 10,000 m races on a 100 m track.

Perhaps this is the sport for you next winter? Your chance to give it go and find out can be had at the NDCC on Mondays and/or Thursdays 5 to 6 p.m. until March 8.


To bring their season to an end the Nelson Figure Skating Club is hosting their Wish Upon A Star: a Disney themed ice show on March 3 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the NDCC arena. This annual ice show will be its most ambitious in years. Skating to the music of Disney, there will performances inspired by many of the favourite Disney films, like Mary Poppins, Pirates of the Caribbean, Alice in Wonderland and Tron. The show will include a performance from a special guest soloist. Admission by donation. For more info call 250-352-6510.


Whitewater is celebrating the passion of powder with competitions, events and social activities. The annual Kootenay Cold Smoke Powder Fest is happening February 24 to 26. Featuring three days of clinics from beginner to advanced levels, it is an opportunity to learn skills like route finding, skiing styles for off-piste, backcountry basics, and telemark skiing. Let legends such as Eric Pehota, Alison Gannett, and Greg Hill help you hone your skills. For the more competitive, there is the ROAM Randonee Rally, the Valhalla Pure Powderkeg Slopestyle, the Poker Run or NEW this year, and the Backcountry Olympics. Try them all and be crowned the King or Queen of Coldsmoke! Register now as spaces are limited. Go to or call 250-354-4944.


The Kootenay Swim Club has returned from AA’s swim meet in Chilliwack and congratulations go to Gabrielle Hanvold who received two gold medals, one in each the 200m fly and 400m fly. The next on the agenda is the AAA’s meet in Surrey. Jordan Andrusak will be working towards her age group national time and Niallan Collier and James Pilla will be swimming for a western national time. The short course season is finishing up while the long course season is starting in March. New swimmers are always welcome to the club. For more info please contact Angela 250-352-7401.


The Rotary Club of Nelson Daybreak along with Kootenay Lake Outdoor SkatePark Society is hosting SK8Fest: Bringing it from the street this Friday at Selkirk College/Mary Hall: An interactive fundraising evening of street culture with buskers, artists, food vendors, dancers, skate demonstration and much more! Doors will open at 6 p.m. Proceeds will be going to KLOSPS and the skatepark building fund. Tickets $50 available at: Ripping Giraffe, Husky Gas Station, Eddy Music, Nelson Ford, 103.5 the Bridge, Investors Group.

Skateboarding is anything but square, but starting that night, KLOPS is giving everyone a chance to be just that by sponsoring (with your name) a minimum of a square foot of the new Skatepark. Bronze, silver, gold or platinum levels of sponsorship will also be available.



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