COLUMN: Head for the hills, the snow has fallen

The snow gods have been generous so far this season and the local hills and trails are consequently awesome!

The Nelson Nordic ski club trails are open seven days a week and the night loop is lit until 10 p.m. every evening.

Children’s programs are currently running with  the Jack Rabbits, Bunnies and Track Attack programs continuing through to March.  There are almost 60 kids in the Bunnies and Jack Rabbit program this year – almost double from last year which shows the success of the program.

The Bunnies (ages 4 and 5) is $70 and runs on Sundays from 10 to 10:45 a.m. until March 5. Parent participation is required. Jack Rabbit (ages 6 to 10) is  $80 and runs on Sundays from 10 to 11:15 a.m. and on Thursdays (in February) from 4:45 to 6:15 p.m. until March 9. Parent volunteering is required.

Track Attack (ages 9 to 12) is $95 and runs until March 9 as well, Those sessions take place on Sundays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and Thursdays from 4:45 to 6:15 p.m. Parent volunteering is required.

Call 250-354-4292 for the latest snow conditions on the trail system or view online at nelsonnordicski.ca/conditions.html.

n The Nelson Curling Club’s curlers are happy to return from the Christmas break. The mixed league, curlers of all ages and varying levels, curl in social and non-competitive games on Friday nights with much fun to music and laughter.

The Kootenay Zone playdowns for the senior men’s qualifier for the BC Provincials is being hosted January 17 to 19 in the Nelson center. Drop by to watch as the runner-up in last year’s provincials, Tom Shypitka, defends his berth (Nelson’s Fred Thomson is third on this team).

Teams challenging Shypitka for the opportunity to represent the Kootenays are Fahselt, McHargue and Bothamley from the East Kootenay and Nichol, Salviulo and Ferguson from the West. These teams promise to provide us with entertaining games and the public is invited to come and watch. The curling draws and competitors can be seen at playdowns.com/curlbc/event.php?id_cmp=550.

n The Procter Gymnastic Classes started January 12 at the Procter Hall on 3rd Avenue. There are more spots available, but please pre-register by calling or e-mailing Janice at janicelder@shaw.ca or 250-229-5796 or Shelley at smushynsky@yahoo.ca or 250-229-2278.

This great little club is fully loaded with terrific equipment and qualified coaches. It is however, in need of volunteer organizers. This is your chance to jump in and maintain the club’s success. Call the numbers provided to offer your help.

n Yes, it seems early to be thinking about soccer, but this being a World Cup year, Nelson Youth Soccer Association is thinking ahead.

First of all there is a need for volunteer coaches, please call Sveta at 250-551-6972 for details. The registration for the 2014 season is now open. The deadline for rep is January 31 and for house the deadline is March 1.

The 13-week season will run April, May, June and September. Visit nys.ca or call 250-551-6972 for more details.

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