Omineca Ski Club, Burns Lake, B.C.

Sharing the Magic of Cross Country Skiing

Since 1927

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It's time for our Annual General Meeting!!

The date has been set for Monday, May 14th.  Appetizers will be served starting at 6 pm.  The meeting will start at 6:30 pm.

There is a larger space dedicated to the AGM if you scroll down the home page.  Please come out and show your support for the club!

 

 

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.

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. I went out tonight and got a few trails done including Boulder, Rowan, Aspen Rise, Paulson Hills, Squirrel, and Dragons Back. Happy skiing! ============================================================ **...
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Grooming Report

More grooming. Looking for something to do with the kids on spring break? How about a great ski on freshly groomed trails? Chris was out this morning and groomed the main, Cedar, Spud, the tower, dog trail, and Home Run. Have a great ski!...
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Grooming Report

Happy Easter! The Easter Bunny left us a gift of grooming, trails done include Dynamite, Rowan, Aspen Rise, Cedar, Larch, Spud up to the tower. Enjoy some great spring skiing! ============================================================ **...
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Grooming Report

April fools? It may be April fools day on the weekend but this is no joke. We got about 15cm last night so I got out early this morning and groomed lots of trails including Boulder, Squirrel, Stride and Glide, Paulson Hills, Summit, and Dog trails. The forecast looks...
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Grooming Report

More grooming. I got out again tonight and groomed lots of trails including Dynamite, Huff and Puff, Rowan, Aspen rise, Roller Coaster, Twister, Paulson Hills, Summit, Dog trails, and home run. It looks like mid-winter our there, great skiing for late March. Also...
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Get involved in the Social Scene…

Annual General Meeting

Come on out to our AGM on Monday, May 14th.  Starts at 6 pm with some delicious appetizers.  Then we get down to business at 6:30 pm.  Please see larger item below for more information.
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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.

It’s AGM time!

It’s time for our annual get-together to talk about the Omineca Ski Club.  Our past year’s activities, our financial picture, our outlook for the future and most importantly just to get together with friends and share our great skiing experiences. This has certainly been a winter to remember!  We had one of the longest seasons  in recent memory (probably extending into May), very little ice on the trails (instead some days it was almost too much snow at one time…), great social events that got many people in the community out enjoying the trails and the camaraderie of the club, we hosted a Northern Teck race and the Biathlon BC Cup, we did some harvesting on our woodlot.  The list goes on…

When does it happen?  Monday, May 14th

What time?  Appetizers will be served at 6 pm.  The meeting starts at 6:30 pm.

As you can expect, there are many required items that we have to cover and we don’t want to keep you in the lodge all night.  Therefore we have created an agenda that outlines all of the topics to be covered.  We know the importance of giving our members this annual opportunity to participate in decisions made by the club so we are introducing a resolution session to make these presentations formal (please see article to the right for more information).

Agenda:

  1. Welcome
  2. Review of minutes from 2017 AGM
  3. Review of agenda
  4. Directors Reports
  5. Resolution Session
  6. Election of Officers
  7. Signing Authority
  8. Adjournment

Agenda Draft (April 19th version): OSC 2018 AGM agenda 2018-05-14   By meeting time it will contain some time periods so that we can keep ourselves on track.
The minutes from the 2017 AGM can be viewed here: OSC AGM _May 2016
The Executive has appointed a nomination committee in order to find willing and able people to help us fill our vacancies.  If you are interested in serving on the Executive, please contact Nellie Davis.

What is a resolution session?

This year we are introducing a resolution session to our AGM to allow members to submit ideas in a formal manner so they may be discussed within a consistent format and voted upon by a quorum of members.

This is an advisory resolution session.  This means that all resolutions that are approved by the members will be passed on to the Executive for further consideration but they are not binding on the Executive.  They must be discussed further within the context of the club’s mission, objectives, priorities, constitution and bylaws.

A set of guidelines has been developed.  It contains the procedures for the session and the follow-up that will occur.  Please download and read them: OSC Resolution Session Guidelines final 2018-04-09

If you wish to submit a resolution to the 2018 Annual General Meeting, it must be done in advance and in writing.  You must have this resolution seconded by another club member.  One of you must be present at the meeting to speak to the resolution.  You will be given 3 minutes to outline your resolution and then we will have approximately 5 minutes of discussion from the floor (time will be determined by the chair of the resolution session).  After that, there will be a vote of members on whether to approve the resolution and pass it on to the Executive for further study or to not approve.  If a resolution is not approved, it will be marked as so and retained in our files.

To submit a resolution, please use this form: Resolution Form 2018-04-13 Please note that the ‘whereas’ section of the form is where you put the background information about your issue, any notes that you think are pertinent to your discussion.  Your actual resolution is to go in the ‘Be it Resolved’ section.  The resolution should contain some type of action.

Resolutions must be received by midnight, Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 in order to be addressed at the 2018 AGM. They may be submitted as follows:

  • by mail to Omineca Ski Club, Box 1008, Burns Lake  V0J 1E0
  • by the website using the online form found at this link
  • by email to info@ominecaskiclub.ca (download, print and then scan your form to submit in pdf or jpg format)
  • by depositing your completed form in the green day use bin in the Wax Cabin
  • by personally delivering it to a member of the Executive

Recognition of Contribution to Omineca Ski Club

At the April 9th, 2018 Executive meeting, a new policy was approved that outlines how we will recognize volunteers and athletes at the Omineca Ski Club.  The section on volunteers is new but the section on athletes makes formal what has already been happening.  We have created four classes of volunteers: Founder, Pioneer, Builder and Contributor.  People must be nominated to be considered for recognition.  Athletes will be placed on the Roll of Honour as they achieve a specific level of excellence.
Please have a read of the policy: OSC Recognition Policy final 2018-04-09

If you wish to nominate a past or present member of the Omineca Ski Club for recognition, please submit this form along with your signature and that of five (5) other members. Recognition Award Form 2018-04-09

The intake for consideration of a recognition of a volunteer is between March 1st and May 1st of any year.  We would like to have the recognition made in time for the following Open House in November.

To see the current Roll of Honour please click here.  To have a look at our trophy cabinet please click here. To have a look at some of our photo albums please click here. To read some archived newsletters please click here. (this final section is still under construction but thanks to a great donation from Aidan Carroll it will be populated soon!)

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?