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Nelson Nordic Ski Club opens fundraising driver for snowcat grooming machine

NNSC board members and volunteers, from left, Yev Malloff, Jaime Frederick, Denise Uhrynuk, Eric Jorgensen, Louise Poole, Kjell Bronson, Mike Knapik and Leo DeGroot, stand in front of a demo model Pisten Bully 100 snowcat that is under consideration for purchase by the Club at the end of its Love Your Club fundraiser. — Submitted photo

Nelson Nordic Ski Club is in the final stages of fundraising for a new snowcat grooming machine for its cross-country ski trail systems at Apex, Busk and Clearwater, just south of Nelson.

With the support of a generous benefactor, the Club is currently holding a “Love Your Club” fundraiser, to raise $25,000 in matching donations by February 14, 2021. If the campaign is successful, the Club will be in a position to purchase a new snowcat before the end of the season.

In the first two weeks of the campaign, the Club has raised $13,000 toward this goal, with other funds coming from a variety of sources, including granting agencies and regional and municipal governments.

“This is the final push for Club members and other supporters of Nordic skiing in the Nelson region to get behind the Club and show their affection and appreciation for the cross-country ski trails at Apex, Busk and Clearwater,” says Nelson Nordic Ski Club General Manager Jaime Frederick.

“Over the last year, we have secured funding and commitments in excess of $275,000. We’re looking for a little support to take us the rest of the way and secure great grooming of this community resource for years to come.”

The Club’s cheeky love Your Club campaign suggests that a new snowcat will set them up for a long-term relationship with curvy classic tracks and firm, rippling corduroy. Donations eligible for a charitable tax receipt can be made through Nordiq Canada at https://www.canadahelps.org/me/Puyaf79

Donations may also be made by cash, credit or debit card at the Club’s trailhead kiosks at Apex and Busk.

About Nelson Nordic Ski Club


Formed in 1979, Nelson Nordic Ski Club is a thriving non-profit organization that manages and operates the cross-country ski trails at Apex, Busk and Clearwater, south of Nelson. The Club currently has over 1,300 members, with an additional large contingent of day users enjoying approximately 30 kilometres of groomed trails. The Club also boasts a well-subscribed school outreach program, extensive youth programs for Jackrabbits, Track Attack and Junior Racers, and a masters program and learn-to-ski programs for adults.