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.

It's time to start thinking about your Ski Season Membership

Zone4 should be up and running in early October so don’t delay!  Early Bird deadline has been set for midnight on Saturday, December 1st.  Follow this link to see all the info you need…

To connect directly to our Zone4 page, just click here.



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

Snow! Finally some snow! We got a good 12” of snow over the last two days and have been busy rolling trails. Many of the trails are done and we hope to have all the club done early this week. Once they set up we will run the G2 and set tracks but for now you can ski...

Snow arrives on September 15th!

It may have been fleeting but after an August filled with smoke and forest fires it may also have been a blessing! We have not started grooming yet but work has started on all the grooming machines and the trails are being brushed and mowed.  Ski season may not be...

Get involved in the Social Scene…

It’s time to get your 2018/19 Membership…

We will be getting Zone4 activated by the middle of October so don't delay in getting your 2018/19 annual membership.  What can be better than a winter spent out on the trails - whether it be cross country skiing, snowshoeing or fat biking (at sanctioned events only)....

Skills Development Program (otherwise known as kids’ lessons) starts on January 6th

They may not be back in school from the Christmas break, but ski season will be well underway.  So get them registered for lessons from qualified instructors and get out on the snow on Sunday, January 6th at 2 pm. Sign up happens in Zone4 when you are getting your...

Open House on Saturday, November 24th

It's just about time for our annual Open House and the official start to our ski season.  Come on out and join friends for a hot lunch and peruse the Ski Swap and other displays - including an installation from the Burns Lake Museum showing some of Kaare Engstad's...

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...

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.

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!)

Update on Fat Biking at Omineca Ski Club

At the May 2018 AGM, two resolutions were carried regarding fat biking. The first resolution asked the OSC to consider sharing the dog trails and Spud network with fat bikers. The second asked OSC to develop and implement strategies for fat bike use on trails maintained
by the Omineca Ski Club once the Executive is confident that outstanding concerns are successfully resolved. Those outstanding
concerns relate to insurance and membership support.
The Executive has been informed by Cross-Country BC that fat biking cannot be offered as a service and that there cannot be any sharing of trails between skiers and fat bikers. The only exception to the above would be where a ski trail and a bike trail cross each other. This potential scenario could only be realized if a fat biking club is created, obtains its own insurance, seek its own government approval, and works with OSC to build its own trails and/or agree on which trails would be permanently closed to skiers. Other conditions would also apply, including but not limited to, signage and grooming equipment rental fees.
Considering this new information, fat biking will continue to be prohibited on all ski trails. We ask all members and club users to respect this decision and help us ensuring that OSC and its members are properly insured.
Please note OSC requires CCBC insurance to operate and must abide by all insurance conditions.

Snowshoeing on Ski Trails

During the investigation into our insurance coverage with CCBC it was also discovered that snowshoeing was not allowed on ski trails either.  This means that we have suspended our snowshoe membership option for the 2018/19 season and will be working on developing trails for snowshoers that only cross ski trails but do not use the ski trails specifically.

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.

Omineca Spirit November 2018

Browse our newsletter for November 2018.  The Open House has come and gone but the ski season is ready to start!

Omineca Spirit 2018-12

If you missed the ski swap but are still looking for equipment (or have something to sell) there are two options:
– put up a notice in the Wax Cabin; or
– send a note using the ‘contact us’ form on the bottom of the page detailing your equipment or your needs and we will post it on the website on our ski swap page

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?