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Fundraising campaign purchases new snowcat for Nelson Nordic Ski Club

Members of the Nelson Nordic Ski Team celebrate the purchase of a new PistenBully 100 snowcat, purchased with the support of the community. The snowcat will help the ski club manage and maintain its trail network for years to come. — Submitted photo

With the support of more than 300 donors, including local businesses, an anonymous benefactor and significant grants, Nelson Nordic Ski Club has purchased a new snowcat to groom its cross-country ski trail systems at Apex, Busk and Clearwater, just south of Nelson.

The Club recently concluded its cheeky Love Your Club fundraising campaign, which brought in more than $30,000 in donations from local supporters attracted by the prospect of a long-term relationship with deep, luscious classic tracks and firm, rippling corduroy.

The PistenBully 100 snowcat purchased by the Club boasts better grooming performance, improved reliability, operator ease of use, and is more environmentally friendly than the Club’s older machines, offering both better fuel economy and lower emissions with its 250 horsepower Tier IV engine.

“We are overwhelmed by the tremendous community support, which has helped us to purchase this new snowcat to manage and maintain our beautiful community trail network for many years to come,” said Nelson Nordic Ski Club general manager Jaime Frederick.

“On behalf of the Club, I’d like to thank Nelson and the surrounding area for the amazing generosity and sense of community spirit.”

The Club owes a debt of gratitude to past-president Louise Poole and current board director Katie Weir, both of whom were instrumental in securing grants from various organizations, including regional and municipal governments.

Nelson Nordic Ski Club also recognizes the contributions of current board member Christine Nichol and volunteer graphic designer Nichola Lytle (Pink Dog Designs) for their clever and fun contributions to the recent fundraising campaign.

An anonymous benefactor made a very generous contribution, which includes matching funds for the $30,000 in individual donations, helping put the Club in a position to purchase a new snowcat before the end of the current season.

The Club also acknowledges the generous support of Columbia Basin Trust, the Regional District of Central Kootenay (including specific contributions from Areas A, E, F, H and I), the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust (SIDIT), and the City of Nelson.

While the campaign has met its goal, it is not too late to make a tax-deductible contribution 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 master’s program and learn-to-ski programs for adults.