Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club

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Revelstoke Ski Club photo of 1891 is the oldest photo of skiing in western Canada.
The Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club can trace its roots back to 1891. Today, the club is a registered non-profit organization. Almost all of the services provided by the club are accomplished by dedicated volunteer members. These services include trail maintenance, trail grooming, groomer servicing, special events, our newsletter, and a Ski League Program for children. The club has four seasonal employees: a head coach, an operations manager, a general manager, and a book keeper.

Under the provisions of a User Agreement with the BC Ministry of Forests and Range, our club maintains a system of ski trails on Mount Macpherson. The trailhead and lodge is located 7 km south of Revelstoke on Highway 23, on the west side of the highway, at an elevation of 640 metres.

The Revelstoke area is famous for its huge snowfall–almost 350 cm per year, measured at the Revelstoke Airport at valley bottom.  The trail system’s easterly aspect helps maintain excellent snow conditions. Approximately 26 km of trails are groomed for both skating and classic technique with a Prinoth 350.

Grooming usually starts in late November and ends in late March or early April. The User Agreement requires the trails to be groomed at least once a week (usually prior to the weekend or after a significant snowfall) and it authorizes the club to collect fees for trail use.

In 2014, the club installed lights to illuminate 6 km of trail. The trail lights are located on the Sprint loop, Terrain Park, Mickey Olson loop, Evelyn’s Choice, Titan, and Dynamite Trails. The lights are turned on by a solar solenoid as it begins to get dark in the evening, and turned off by a pre-set timer.