Welcome to the 2022-2023 Ski Season

We look forward to welcoming everyone near and far for this ski season! We would love it if you could join us for our AGM on November 28th at 7pm. It will be held at the Nicola Valley Arts Centre ( the door is by the Local Butcher)

We are lucky to have so many hardworking volunteers to fix up our shelters and remove debris from our trails. We hope you’ll purchase a membership to support our club, the monies from memberships are used for new signage, snowmobile & equipment maintenance, and materials needed for trail upgrades and repairs.

                                                 Membership Information!                       

All season passes purchased before December 25th, 2022 will be entered into a draw for a free pass for next year.

Memberships can be purchased online through our website nicolanordic.ca (under memberships) or in person at 378 Board Shop in Merritt.

Gavin, Sarah, Thomas and Ruth won the free family pass last year

ATTENTION DOG OWNERS

We will be continuing with our dog-friendly trails for the 2022-2023 season! Dogs will be allowed with their owners on all marked ski trails north of/above the Kane Valley Road. They will not be allowed on any ski trails south of/below the Kane Valley Road, including the very popular Matthew’s Loops. The success or failure of this initiative rests in the hands of all skiers. Responsible owners need to keep their dogs under control and respectful of other skiers; non-owners need to show a degree of understanding and tolerance. Let’s all work together to make the Kane Valley Ski Trails an even better jewel than it already is. Thank-you.

Happy Skiing!

 

For a low-resolution.pdf copy of our Kane Valley brochure click here: Kane Valley nordic ski brochure (1.1 MB). High quality printed copies are available at all Kane Valley trailheads 

The Nicola Nordic Ski Club is based in Merritt, BC. We maintain the Kane Valley Ski Trails, situated in the beautiful Kane Valley, just 18 km from Merritt. Here you can choose from over 50 km of groomed trails, offering a variety of terrain and skill levels, but all ideal for wilderness Nordic skiing. Our trails are not suitable for skate-skiing. All our trails are marked with maps and trail indicators and there are several shelters where you can stop for a break. Go to our Kane Valley Trails page to get more information, download a copy of the trail map or get directions on how to get there. There is also information on local accommodation. Copies of the trail map are  available at the trailheads in the Kane Valley.

Please note: the Kane Valley Ski Trails are not patrolled; use at your own risk.

The Kane Valley cross-country ski trails were established by local volunteers working with the BC Forest Service many years ago, but for over 15 years these trails have been maintained solely by our club. The club is run entirely by volunteers. Membership and trail fees go towards grooming (our major cost) and the maintenance of the trails and shelters in the summer. Our trails are open to members or with a daily ski pass (fee under review). Go to our Membership page to download a membership form.

Snowshoeing is becoming a popular activity in the Kane Valley – at the moment there are no official trails set aside for snowshoeing but there are many wilderness trails available.  Please do not snowshoe on our groomed ski trails (i.e. any smoothed or tracked trails). For information on snowshoeing options in the Merritt area please e-mail the Nicola Valley Explorers : frite@telus.net  or go to their Facebook page  Explorers Facebook

Go to our Events & Programs page for information on upcoming events, including our popular Chili Sunday. Check out our Photo Gallery page to see more photos of the Kane Valley ski trails and other places that our members ski.

Visit our Blog & Trail Conditions page to report (or read about) recent snow conditions, downed trees or any other points of interest. Regularly posted snow and track conditions help others decide when and where to ski and help the club keep track of trail grooming needs and safety concerns.

Wilderness skiing at its finest! Fresh powder snow on a groomed trail

Wilderness trail skiing at its finest! Fresh powder snow on a groomed trail through old-growth forest. Tolko loop, January 2012. Photo: Alan Burger

Shaw TV has made a short video of the Kane Valley Trails – to view this on YouTube click here (the video will open in a new page): Shaw TV video