Nordic Skiing is available in every community in the Nelson and Kootenay Lake area. If a trail isn’t groomed you can break your own.
The Nelson Nordic Ski Club resides a mere ten minute drive from downtown Nelson at the Whitewater Ski Resort turnoff. You can ski in the valley bottom on the Cottonwood Trail or climb up the Clearwater trail taking advantage of the hills the mountains offer. Do not miss the pretty Busk trail on the east side of the highway that follows the meandering creek and the old railway bed.
Nordic skiing involves not just your big muscle groups but also the small in the quest for balance on your skis. The much underused core area gets a terrific workout on the skinny skis, a wonderful counter balance to all the time people spend behind the wheel of a car or in front of a computer.
Whether you classic ski or skate ski Nordic skiing burns lots of calories (more than 600/hour) and exercises your whole body. The outdoor activity while improving your cardiovascular health also ensures you get outside in the winter and heightens your chance of absorbing some much-needed vitamin D from being in the sun. You get the added benefit of encouraging endorphins to flit about your body improving your health and mood while also calming your inner self by enjoying the clean white landscape of a Canadian winter.
By going to the Nelson Nordic Club you can put on your boots in the wood-stove-heated hut, peruse the trail map before you start to choose your route, check on the trail conditions and use one of the nicest outhouses found this side of the Rockies. Afterwards you can eat out at one of Nelson’s fine restaurants guilt-free.