Omineca Ski Club, Burns Lake, B.C.

Sharing the Magic of Cross Country Skiing

Since 1927

Jump for joy fresh snow and fresh grooming

** Jump for joy fresh snow and fresh grooming ———————————————————— Nick Hawse was out last night limping the BR 275 along as its two front solid...
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Ski Ski and Ski Some More

** Ski Ski and Ski Some More ———————————————————— Nick Hawse has been clocking lots of Hrs in the big snow cat and enjoying some local talent as he...
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SKI

** SKI ———————————————————— The base has finally set up!!! The big snow cat is purring along and the tiller is cranked!!! Blue Extra is back!!!...
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Grooming Report January 24

** Grooming Report January 24 ———————————————————— A big thank you to Guy who groomed the dog trails, Marathon, and Summit with the G2 yesterday....
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January 22nd 2016

** January 22nd 2016 ———————————————————— Lots of grooming today. All the priority trails have seen some grooming. I had to really be careful...
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Watch our promo video on YouTube

Did you see our trailer at the Beacon Theatre – better than Star Wars?

Then you’ll really enjoy our OSC promo video.  Watch it here on YouTube

What’s happening at Omineca?

Ski At School Program

The elementary schools in our neighbourhood (Decker Lake, William Konkin, Francois Lake and Grassy Plains) will all be getting ski tracks and a terrain park in their playgrounds this winter thanks to Cross Country Canada and Alta Gas who fund the program.  Now kids can play on skis throughout the winter in their own backyard!!  For more information, just scroll down this page.

VALENTINE CANDLELIGHT SKI

Take your sweetie for an evening ski around Creekside Glide – it will be lit up with candles.  Then join people in the lodge for a social visit.  From 6 to 7:30 pm.  Drop-in rate of $5 for non-members.

PS It’s Sunday, February 14th…

It's Loppet Time again!

The Lakes Loppet and Family Marathon is coming to Omineca on Sunday, February 28th.  Get your skis waxed up and pick a trail for a new adventure…  Follow this link to our webpage for more info.

RACING ROCKS !!

Racing Rocks will be held on Saturday, March 5th.  Come on out and see all the schools compete against each other in fun competition.  Event usually happens from 9:30 am to 2 pm.  More details will be added to our webpage as they become available – just click here

Another Omineca AMAZING Relay

Due to popular demand the Omineca AMAZING Relay is coming back on Saturday, March 12th.  See the excitement of biathlon when seriousness is left off the ski course (but not the shooting range).  Lots of obstacles will be put in front of the teams – fun hats and costumes – excellent bbq on the deck.  Check out the webpage by clicking here.

Want to see the most up to date grooming report?  It can be found in the footer of every page – just scroll to the bottom of this page.

Our Club

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.  It is fully equipped with a kitchen and media apparatus.

Dog Trail

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.  In 2014/15 we are introducing specially designated trails for snowshoeing.  Want to see a map of our main trails?  Or check out some routes of various lengths.

Social Events

Join us for a ski and a potluck dinner to meet new people, dress in green and test the luck of the Irish in our annual St Patrick’s Day Poker Ski or try out candlelight skiing on Valentine’s Day!

Omineca Skiers on the Road

Biathletes traveled to Whistler February 13 and 14th for a BC Cup and came home with some medals – congratulations to all the racers.

The BC Winter Games start on February 25th  in Penticton and three of our skiers will be competing – Cole Bender and Ava Nealis in biathlon and Kyle Nealis in cross country skiing!

The Teck Race was a great success with 97 skiers registered.  They skied courses that ranged in distance from 500 m to 22.5 km and the racers ranged in age from 3 to 73.  Weather and trails were excellent – we hosted skiers from Terrace, Smithers, Telkwa, Burns Lake, Vanderhoof and Prince George.  Click on this link to see some of the highlights.

Here are the official results: Omineca Open Official Race Results 2016-01-31

We will be offering a pair of skis as a door prize – all participants will be entered into the draw!  Come on out and have a fun ski around the trails.

Ski at School Program

Coming to an elementary school near you!!  Thanks to generous funding from Cross Country Canada and Alta Gas Ski-at-School program and the volunteer efforts of Rachelle van Zanten and Chris Paulson, there will be opportunities to ski right in your own school’s backyard this winter.  The goal is to groom a ski track around the playground in early January and then again in advance of the coaches visits.  Then on your designated days there will be a chance to build a terrain park and enjoy a whole bunch of skiing fun!!   Let’s embrace the snow!!

Proposed Schedule

January 6th and February 1st – Francois Lake
January 11th and February 8th – Decker Lake
January 18th and February 15th – Grassy Plains
January 25th and February 22nd – William Konkin

Night skiing can be pretty awesome but due to a few technical difficulties the automatic lights have not been working normally and it will take a few weeks to get parts.  During that time you will have to turn the lights on using the switch inside the wax cabin – and please remember to turn them off when you are the last to leave.  And thanks so much to Doug Campbell and Rick Schritt for all their hard work keeping everything working!!

night trails

Dog Trail Expansion

At the February 1st, 2016 Executive Meeting it was decided that we should recognize the Spud Trail system as a dog trail.  While this area is outside of our Recreation Area boundary (and jurisdiction) it was felt that it was important that we warn dog owners of the active trapline in the area.  Dogs are welcome on the Cedar up to the junction of the Reid Roundabout (from the Spud side) and anywhere on the Spud/Tibbets trails.  Please respect other skiers by picking up after your dog.

Check out our bright ‘new’ wax cabin.  A colourful set of new lockers with the design based on waxes, new lighting, new paint, safe floor coverings…the list goes on!!  

The snowshoe trails are in great condition with lots of fluffy powder to plow through – the weather is perfect for a wander through the woods…get out there!!

snow shapes

The biathlon range underwent a complete renovation this past fall.  Want to see more?  Click here to see how things have evolved.

Volunteerism is the foundation of our club…

Our club was founded in 1927 by some enthusiastic ski jumpers and it has evolved to the active cross country skiing and snowshoe club that we have today due to the dedication and hard work of volunteers.  We are proud to call the Lakes District home and to be part of a very vibrant community!!

The past month there has been a busy hive of activity around the club in preparation for the upcoming season.

  • The biathlon people have constructed a new roof over the target area and re-installed the targets on a more permanent system that will be the envy of other clubs!!  Thank you to the Burns Lake Community Forest for their generous donation of $15,000 for supplies and to all the volunteers for their in-kind work pouring cement and building the structure.  And there’s hardly a day goes by that Randy H. is not there playing in his excavator…
  • The wax cabin has had a big facelift inside – lots of clean-up, painting, roof patching and new lockers.  Thanks mostly to a grant from the Burns Lake Community Foundation.  Next it will be a new roof…
  • Sunday, October 18th saw over 40 people put in at least 180 hours of volunteer time brushing trails, mowing trails, clearing downed trees from trails, cutting, splitting and stacking firewood, painting signs, washing windows, burning brush and painting in the wax cabin.
  • A new snowshoe trail will take you from the lodge through plantations around the Rowan and Aspen Rise then back through by the biathlon range.  It has been signed, ribboned and brushed – ready for some snow!!
  • Lakes District Maintenance and the Wilson bros. (Dean and Blair) did a tremendous amount of work on the driveway and parking lot – you no longer have to dodge potholes or park in a small lake.  New gravel…new culverts…whole new surface…

If you want to help out with any work on the trails, please call Sean Broadworth at 250-692-6746 and he can set you up with a job.

Many people contribute to our club by donating their time and/or machinery.  Over the past couple of months we have these people to thank for all their hard work:

Randy Hamp, Lakes District Maintenance, Blair and Dean Wilson for all the work on the driveway and parking lot
Doug Campbell and Randy Hamp for installing new poles and getting the lit track all fixed up for the season
Randy Hamp & Des Willson for fixing the septic system at the lodge
The Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club for all their help clearing blowdown on the trails

Kai Epkens for all his hard work in the wax cabin
Agathe Bernard for organizing all the painting in the wax cabin and for making it such a happy place!
All the biathlon families and individuals for creating a pretty awesome new range
Audrea Wulf for our new driveway sign
Gianna Ragsdale for spiffing up the old driveway sign (soon to be installed in a new home)
Sean Broadworth for getting a fall workbee all organized

I sincerely apologize if I missed anyone or any other important job that has been completed – let me know (just use the contact us page)

After putting up new signposts this spring to support the driveway sign we found out it needed some sprucing up – but unfortunately due to the impacts of many seasons of snow and rain it could not be brought back to it’s original condition so it will be retired to a new home outside the equipment garage.

Thanks so much to Audrea Wulf for designing and painting a new sign to replace the one she painted so many years ago!!  And with the new posts donated by Decker Lake Forest Products, this new sign will be standing for the next generation of Omineca skiers.

Our Newsletter is called:

‘Omineca Spirit’

Hot off the ‘epress’ – our January 2016 newsletter has been emailed and you can read it by here: January 2016 Newsletter

Want to read more newsletters?  Click here to find archived newsletters.

Help Build Our History

Help us build the Omineca History by submitting an old picture and the story that goes with it.

OUR WOODLOT SIGN IS SHOWING ITS AGE AND NEEDS A FACELIFT!  CAN YOU HELP?

The new sign will ultimately be painted on a 4X8 foot sheet of plywood. Consider the multi-use of the area – logging, skiing, wildlife, trails, plantations…  The only limit is your imagination

Submit your idea for a new mural-type sign by painting/colouring/drawing your concept on a simple piece of paper. Drop off your entry at the wax cabin (in designated box) OR scan and send to the website (use contact us page).

The winning designer will be given the sheet of plywood and the paint to create the final sign.

Got questions?  Just click here to contact us for an answer.