About

Strathcona Nordic Ski Club (SNSC) is Vancouver Island’s cross-country ski club. Our activities are based at Mount Washington Alpine Resort near Courtenay, B.C. Mount Washington boasts over 55 km of groomed nordic ski trails that cover a variety of terrain.

SNSC is a not-for-profit society dedicated to skier development and the promotion of nordic skiing for fun, fitness, recreation, and health. We are also working to improve the infrastructure and facilities for nordic skiers on Vancouver Island.

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History

Nordic ski clubs enjoy a rich history on Vancouver Island.  Cross-country skiers have been taking to the Vancouver Island backcountry for years. There are photos of skiers on Mount Becher in the 1920s. Many of the original nordic ski clubs, like the Nanaimo Nordics and the Discovery Nordics, based their activities on backcountry trips. Several outdoor and mountaineering clubs, such as the Alberni Valley Outdoor Club, hiked in the summer and skied in the winter.

During the 1960s and 70s the development of downhill facilities at Green Mountain, Mount Arrowsmith, Forbidden Plateau, Mount Washington, and Mount Cain provided access and a basis for the development of track skiing facilities. New nordic ski clubs like the Vancouver Island Nordics emerged.

Track skiing at Mount Washington began with the Paradise Meadows loop and Lake Trail. This was initiated by local nordic clubs in cooperation with BC Parks. Early Loppets consisted of multiple loops of Paradise Meadows and one year even circumnavigated Mount Washington itself. Mount Washington Resort became involved in nordic skiing in the 1980s when they took over the park use permit and trail maintenance.

The Strathcona Nordic Ski Club (SNSC) was formed in 1999 through an amalgamation of  Vancouver Island ski clubs — the Vancouver Island Rabbits, the Courtenay Biathlon Association, the ICCS Racing Team, the Campbell River Discovery Nordics, and members of the former Nanaimo Nordics and Vancouver Island Nordics. SNSC was incorporated as a non-profit society under the BC Society Act in October 1999.

Since 1999, SNSC has continued to evolve. The membership has been growing steadily, and through the efforts of dedicated volunteers, SNSC programs continue to develop with the membership.

Future

SNSC works closely with Mount Washington Alpine Resort and BC Parks to improve the nordic ski area.

SNSC looks forward to continuing to meet the recreational and competitive needs of its membership and to hosting more national and international nordic events.  SNSC also looks forward to seeing its members compete at provincial,  national, and international events!