Our 2020 Chili Sunday is on January 12th – starting at 11 until approximately 2 pm, at parking lot P2. Beginner lessons at 1 pm. Bring some chili to add to the communal pot – the club is providing buns, drinks and cookies. We’ll have a fire to warm yourself by and share some camaraderie with your fellow skiers. Chili Sunday is a free community event, so fees no are collected that day (only!) We do need people to join the club, so memberships will be available that day too.
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.
A reminder – dogs are only allowed on Matthew’s Loop and the access trails leading to this loop and Aspen trail between P5 and Harmon Lake.
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 : firstname.lastname@example.org 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.