Kane Valley Skiing – December 2017

We have snow in the Kane Valley! It might not be good for skiing yet – but winter is here and we should have groomed trails sometime in the coming weeks. Keep checking this website.

The Nicola Nordic Ski Club AGM was on Tuesday November 21st 2017. Some important announcements and decisions:

  • We have a brand-new snowmobile and will soon have a new smaller (4ft) groomer/tenderizer. This was funded by the Thompson Nicola Regional District courtesy of local directors Herb Graham and Randy Murray. Thank you Randy, Herb and the TNRD!

TNRD area “N” director Herb Graham, Nicola Motorsports owner Grant Klassen, Nicola Nordic Ski Club member Shelley Cressy-Hassel and area “M” director Randy Murray celebrated the purchase of a new snowmobile and groomer at Nicola Motorsports on Nov. 21. While the club will be receiving a new snowmobile, it won’t be the one pictured here, which belongs to Klassen. (Cole Wagner/Merritt Herald).

  • To read the full Merritt Herald article click here: Herald Ski Article
  • We have two new grooming contractors who will be trained and working this winter.
  • With two grooming machines and two contractors we should be able to groom the trails more efficiently and the new machine will handle some of the steeper and narrower trails much better.
  • Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resources Operations (FLNRO) Recreation Sites and Trails have given us new signage to mark our ski trails and also identify the unofficial snowshoe trails in Kane Valley. Thank you Tim Bennett and FLNRO!
  • We have a second dog trail now available – skiers with dogs are now allowed on the Aspen trail between P6 and P5. This is a trial arrangement for the coming season. If you ski here with a dog please do not go on to any of the adjacent trails (Kane and Sundown). Matthews Loop remains open to skiers with dogs.
  • Membership fees have gone up for the first time in many years – now $50 Single, $90 Family and $10 for day-use. Go to our membership page for a membership form.
  • Directors elected for 2017-2018: John Anderson, Kate Anderson, David Brown, Linda Brown, Alan Burger, Shelley Cressy-Hassel, Travis Fehr, Dorothy Molnar and Mischelle Pierce.
  • We have a new membership drop-off location: Breathe Bikes at 1960 Quilchena Avenue. Owner Travis Fehr is our new membership coordinator. Merritt and area residents can now drop off membership forms with payments and pick up membership tags. Tags will still be mailed to out-of-town members.

Travis Fehr, owner of Breathe Bikes (1960 Quilchena Ave.) holds NNSC membership tags. You can drop off your membership here and pick up your tags. Travis also sells and rents skis and snowshoes – check it out. Photo: Shelley Cressy-Hassel

Our ski club is in great shape and we are looking forward to a great season of skiing in the Kane Valley so join the club and get out on the trails.

Been skiing in the past day or so? Leave us a comment about which route you used, what the trail was like, and anything that needs attention. You can also leave (or respond to) questions on the Kane Valley Trails or about local weather.

We’ll also use these posts to tell you what’s been groomed, what is scheduled to be groomed, and anything else club members and trail users should know about. Our trails are not suitable for skate-skiing.

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