Omineca Ski Club, Burns Lake, B.C.

Sharing the Magic of Cross Country Skiing

Since 1927

Watch our promo video on YouTube

Did you see our trailer playing at the Beacon Theatre last winter?  If you enjoyed that, check out the longer video playing on YouTube.

Biathlon BC Cup #3 - SUNDAY DELAY - ZERO HOUR MOVED TO 10 AM DUE TO TEMPERATURE

Coming to the Omineca Ski Club on the weekend of February 16th – 18th

Click here to find the official information page

What’s happening at Omineca?

Get your 2017/18 Membership NOW!

Zone4 is live so don’t delay in getting your 2017/18 membership – then THINK SNOW!!

Click on this link to get you to the website.

Adult Skate Ski Lesson Series to start February 6th

Wren Gilgan will be leading a series of four lessons in the skate ski technique.  Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4:30 to 6 pm.  Meet up at the Wax Cabin.  February 6th, 8th, 13th and 15th.

For more information, please contact Doug Campbell at 250-692-7300 or email Wren

 

Important Decisions on Fat Biking

At the most recent executive meeting (December 4th) some very important decisions were made regarding fat biking on our groomed trails.  There were three important resolutions passed.  Please follow this link to our new page on fat biking and scroll to the bottom to read the resolutions.

We really appreciate all the feedback we can get on this topic.  Fill in the survey – send us comments on the IDEA CARD

The Omineca Store is now open!

Take a peek in our online store for great OSC branded items or custom order a puffy jacket.  Just look to the top right of your screen in the menu bar and click for the doors to open…

Have you got used equipment you want to buy or sell?

For all of you who missed out ski swap at the Open House – check out our online swap that happens all year long!

Just click here for a journey to our equipment swap webpage.

Teck Northern Cup #2 in Smithers rescheduled for February 11th

Due to the cold weather on December 31st this race has been rescheduled for February 11th. More updates will be posted as they become available.

Here is the race notice: Race Notice-Teck Northern Cup 2 and Chris Dahlie Open-2018 Feb 11

Registration is through Zone4.

Who Are We?

The Omineca Ski Club is situated just 6 km south of the Village of Burns Lake in north-central B.C.

Jean Paulson Lodge

Our lodge is available to rent for your party, family reunion or meeting.  Take advantage of an inside or outside event with a fully equipped kitchen, portable sound system and media apparatus.

Dog Trail

Take your pooch for some great outside exercise!!  This 3.8 km trail is accessed via Gilgan Pit Road (entry is about 1 km south of main club entrance on Hwy 35 – at the top of Hopper’s Hill).  There is ample parking at the start of the trail.

Biathlon (Omineca Owls)

The Owls are known to haunt the biathlon range winter and summer!!  Join them in training sessions and competitions on the range.

Trails and Grooming

The Omineca Ski Club maintains over 30 km of ski trails of every level of difficulty.  The trails, that are also ideal for mountain biking or hiking in the summer, are within our recreation area plus extended trails within the adjacent Burns Lake Community Forest.  We have a 1.5 km lit track and a 3.8 km dog friendly trail. We also have two specially designated trails for snowshoeing.  Follow this link for a map of our main trails and find some recommendations for routes of various lengths.

Social Events

Join us throughout the year whether it be for a ski, a potluck dinner or a workbee to meet new people and enjoy outdoor activities in a family friendly atmosphere!

*Skills Development Program * Track Attack * Junior Racers*

Learn to ski for fun or take it to the next level and compete in local and regional races…

Join Our Club!

Whether it’s cross country skiing, biathlon shooting, snowshoeing, walking the trails of the woodlot or just socializing … Omineca Ski Club offers you lots of camaraderie, plenty of fresh air and exercise and many volunteer opportunities.  Come on out!!

Latest Grooming Reports

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Grooming Report

more grooming. After a weekend of work on the BR275 we managed to get in back on the trails. I groomed the main, boulder, Aspen rise, Rowan, Squirrel, stride and glide, Creekside , and Nightmare. I did roller coaster as well but I had to lift the tiller up the hills....
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Grooming Report

more grooming. I was up early this morning and took the pisten bully out for a run. I got Summit to the new dog trail, home run and back down Summit. Even after track packing the PB struggled up the hills in the deep snow. Valentines candlelight ski tonight, hope to...
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Grooming Report

Groomer down! So we have a good news bad news story from OSC. The bad news- a bearing in the tiller of the BR275 went yesterday putting it out of commission for a few days. The good news- we got the pistol bully out of the shed and started training a new operator, Mr....
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Grooming Report

More trails groomed The groomers were busy last night and got the Boulder and the dog trail done. Many other trails have been “track packed” a technique were we lift the tiller and compact the snow with the tracks. The snow is so deep and soft that the BR275 can’t...
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Grooming Report

Snowmageddon! Snowmageddon! I went out today and groomed Squirrel, creekside, Dragons Back, Stride and Glide. It is going to take a while to catch up to all this snow, we will pick away at it over the next few days. Enjoy the winter wonderland!...
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Get involved in the Social Scene…

Join the February Challenge!

Can you ski all of the Omineca trails in the month of February?  Join the challenge by adding your name to the chart in the Wax Cabin and see if you can find all of the trails listed and enjoy the excellent ski conditions we are experiencing this winter.  There may be...
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Want to learn to Skate Ski?

Wren Gilgan will be leading a four session series on the freestyle technique of cross country skiing.  Starting Tuesday, February 6th and continuing on February 8th, 13th and 15th (Tuesday and Thursday afternoons). Meet up at the Wax Cabin by 4:30 pm and the lesson...
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Valentine’s Day Candlelight Ski

Ski the Creekside Glide with only tiki torches and candles to light the way.  Then meet up with friends in the lodge for hot drinks and snacks (pot luck - please bring something to share).  Free for members, $5 for non-members.  Ski starts at 6 pm.  Did I mention it...
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Women’s Weekend happens on February 2nd and 3rd

Join a group of enthusiastic women for a weekend of skiing, yoga, coaching and fun (a little wine might be involved...).  There will be two certified coaches coming to help with your ski technique - along with great food and camaraderie. Cost is $75 per person.  The...
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Do you need some help with waxing your skis? Check out one of these wax clinics in the new year…

Doug Campbell (and friends) will be hosting three wax clinics over the next month.  So whether you classic ski or freestyle, one of these is right for you! Each clinic costs $20 and will take place at the Wax Cabin. Call Doug at 250-692-7300 to register or if you need...
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New trail signs are going up and the snow is coming down!!

Just in time for this early winter snow - our new trail signs are being installed.  Thanks a heap to Karen Broadworth for all her hard work in getting the signs made and installed.  Got some time on your hands and a cordless drill?  Give her a call and lend a hand. ...
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Did you know we updated our grooming protocol in 2016?

The executive approved an updated grooming protocol in the fall of 2016 and it is a guideline document for the groomers and for our members.  It outlines the priority trails for grooming if time is short.  Normally, the groomers can go out and do the whole set of...
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We won an award for the woodlot!

On Monday, October 2nd the Omineca Ski Club was presented with the Minister's Award for excellence in woodlot management.  It came with a cheque for $2500 that will be used to purchase some legacy items (such as updated metal trail signs and possibly a water...
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As a common courtesy we are asking that all users of the lodge clean up after themselves when leaving – sweep the floor, wipe the counter, take your garbage and recycling with you and put away all foodstuffs.  If we all put in the effort it sure makes it easier for the next person… And please keep your dogs outside.

Fat Biking at Omineca Ski Club

The executive is working hard to address the complexities and possibilities of introducing fat biking to our groomed ski trails.  At the December 4th meeting three resolutions were passed.  In short:

  • a working group will be formed to collect information and submit recommendations to the executive and members.
  • Sanctioned, single day events will be held this winter and event insurance will be purchased for them
  • Fat bikes will not be permitted on groomed trails during the winter of 2017-18 with the exception of sanctioned single day events

Please follow this link to our fat bike information page, fill out our user survey and send us your comments.

Omineca Ski Club is a participant in the fun of the BC Punch Pass – and our club will benefit from any pass we sell.  Consider buying one when you purchase your club membership on Zone4.  You can try skiing at any of 23 participating clubs across the province at a reduced rate – plan your winter trip!!

Explore More – for $49 you can ski once at seven different clubs
Double the Fun – for $89 you can ski twice at seven different clubs
Nordic Nirvana – for $199 you can ski twice at ALL of the participating clubs (and you get a free Swix Gunde toque)

Best of all, the pass is transferable.

If you want to buy a Punch Pass and have already got your membership you can still do it!  Just go back to our page on Zone4 and sign up. You will not be charged any extra CCBC/CCC fees.

Help Build Our History

We turned 90 years old in 2017 but we are still young at heart!. Help us build the Omineca History by submitting an old picture and the story that goes with it.

Watch for the photo mosaic that is going up on the wall in the lodge.  And the new shadow boxes with some historic clothing…

Do you have something to contribute?