Skiers have been out on the trails at the Kimberley Nordic Club (KNC) for weeks, but the club officially opens this Saturday December 21st. If you need to pick up your membership, Fit Certificate or day pass, the kiosk will be open from 9am - 6pm daily starting Saturday.
There are many exciting developments that hint at the great ski season ahead! These include pre-season work to allow skiing with minimal snow, a parking lot expansion, hiring of the first general manager in the club’s history, and skate skiing gear for rent!
Over many years, KNC volunteers have spent many hours spreading and raking bark mulch onto much of the trail network. This layer of mulch is great for trail levelling, covering rocks, and limiting vegetation regrowth. In the fall trails were mowed using a tractor and "bush hog" mower to make them ready for skiing.
Early in the ski season, and in low snow conditions like we currently are experiencing, the KNC relies on grooming the trails with an Arctic Cat snow machine and "Ginzu" groomer. In some conditions a roller/spreader were used as well.
Wayne Gilbert is a volunteer groomer at KNC. He is responsible for the excellent skiing conditions currently available at KNC, having done all the grooming to date. When asked about the skiing, he humbly reports, “The seasonal preparation and early season grooming with the "Ginzu" is why we are so fortunate to be able to ski on very limited amounts of snow. Having said that, it's time for more snow!”
In cooperation with the City of Kimberley, KNC expanded their parking lot during the summer to nearly double the capacity. This will ease the stress of finding a parking spot during the busiest days at the club.
New Skate Gear For Rent
The club has purchased some skate gear for rent this season. An entire set of boots, skis and poles is available for $35.00 for 3 hours. This is a great deal as it includes your trail pass! This will make skate skiing more accessible to a wide range of skiers this season.
If you haven’t been up skiing yet, you will likely be surprised by the excellent conditions on offer at the Kimberley Nordic Club. See you on the trails!