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.

What’s happening at Omineca?

Biathlon BC Cup February 10 - 12, 2017

Whether you are a participant, a coach, an official or a spectator this will be a fun weekend.  The Snow Moon (full moon) is scheduled to appear Friday night so you can ski the trails without your headlamp.  Competitions will happen Saturday (Individual) and Sunday (Pursuit).  For all the up to date information click on this link.

Thursday is Ski Night at Omineca!

The lodge will be open every Thursday from 3:30 to 8 pm so bring out your friends and family for a ski or snowshoe on the trails.  There will be some organized events starting at 5:15 pm – such as friendly guided tours and games for kids.  Have you seen the new terrain park that Randy Hamp created?  At 6:30 pm there will be “Meet the Trails” for a guided tour of some of our trails – bring your headlamps for the adventure past the lit trail!
Best of all is that there will be a warm lodge to meet in after your outdoor exercise – bring your supper, enjoy some hot chocolate…

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Women's Weekend is coming February 24th and 25th!

Join the fun at the ever-popular Women’s Weekend for a great time of outdoor activity, relaxation, tasty food and lots of great socializing!!
The weekend will include yoga, a night ski, catered meals and best of all – coaching on how to prepare for a loppet (the Lakes Loppet happens on Sunday, February 26th) from our very own Olympian Esther (Miller) Grondalen.  Check out the flyer below.
Pre-registration is recommended.  Please contact Karen Broadworth (250-692-7475) or Rachelle van Zanten (250-692-0642).  Cost is $60 for members and $80 for non-members (get your friends out there skiing!).

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It's time to get your 2016-17 Membership!

Snow is on the way so it’s time to get your season pass for a great winter at Omineca.  Follow this link to Zone4 and sign up now.  Or come out the Open House if you need some help with the online world.  Cherelle and her crew will be glad to help you – and if you have already signed up she will have your passes ready for you.
Need more info?  Follow this link to our membership page.

Celebrate 90 years of Omineca throughout 2017

We’ve got birthday themed events planned throughout 2017 and special challenges too.  Just follow this link to our birthday page.

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…

Sign up for a Teck Race - the Omineca Open is on January 29th

The Teck Northern Cup Series is happening!  Time to head out to the races for a fun day of competition.

Vanderhoof: Saturday, January 14th nechako-nordics-2017-race-notice-dec-14-16
Burns Lake: Sunday, January 29th click here to go to our webpage
Smithers: Sunday, February 12th

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.  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…

Latest Grooming Reports

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Grooming Report

** Awesome Skate Skiing ------------------------------------------------------------ The skate lane has been refreshed with the G2 on the tour de Omineca 22.5km course. It's still to soft to take out the BR 275 but hopefully -8 tonight will enable the big machine to...
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Grooming Report

** Blue Extra is Back!!! ------------------------------------------------------------ Blue extra really never left however, as Cole pointed out Polar worked excellent in the polar conditions. Fresh grooming in progress on Cedar , Reid Round About, cliff hanger, and...
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The Grooming is GREAT!!!!

** Ooohhh yah!!! ------------------------------------------------------------ Thanks to all who came out to the grooming clinic on Saturday. Your input and enthusiasm gives a tremendous boost to the OSC. Also thanks to Matt Nealis for providing such tremendous...
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Lights are on

** Lights are on ------------------------------------------------------------ We have enough snow to go everywhere with the big machine. The lights are on until 10. Let's go for a ski. It's only a 5 minute drive from town. Omineca Ski Club-Grooming Report Box 1008...
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Spud connector has been plowed

** Cedar is now an out and back ------------------------------------------------------------ Spud Road between Aiden's (Dog Trail) and Cedar Junction has been plowed for harvesting purposes so Cedar from the Roller Coaster Junction is now an out and back so best to...
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Get involved in the Social Scene…

Need a break? Join the Women’s Weekend fun on February 24th and 25th!

Relax with some yoga, head out on a night ski, let someone else do the cooking (best part?) and most importantly get some tips on preparing for the Lakes Loppet on Sunday (the 26th). Esther Miller Grondalen will be coaching and providing you some inspiration on how to...
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Thursdays are Ski Night at Omineca!

Come on out for a ski or snowshoe with friends and family on Thursday afternoon/evening.  The lodge will be open from 3:30 to 8 pm for a warm place to congregate. Out on the trails there will be games for kids (and adults) starting at 5:15 pm, "Meet the Trails" guided...
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It’s time to get your membership!

Ready for a snow filled winter? Considering the fact that you could have been skiing last weekend...  Our membership page is now open at Zone4 so it's time to get your 2016-17 membership and join the club as we celebrate our 90th year. Follow this link to the Zone4...
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Come to the races this winter!

OSC will be hosting two major competitions this winter.  The Teck Northern Cup #2 for cross country skiers happens on Sunday, January 29th.  Then a short two weeks later we have a busy but fun-filled weekend of biathlon with the hosting of the BC Cup #4 on the weekend...
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Picnic on the Boulder!

Our new picnic area is ready for the ski season - just down the Boulder trail from the Omineca Main it features a picnic table, fire pit and outhouse. Thanks to Matt and Wes for getting things set up and the Bender-Bernard clan for brushing out the...
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We’re turning 90 in 2017!!

Join us throughout 2017 in various celebrations of our 90th anniversary.   There will be special events, special challenges and lots of fun throughout the ski season culminating in a big bash in October!! Check out our special birthday page by following this...
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Help Build Our History

Consider the fact that 2017 is our club’s 90th anniversary. Help us build the Omineca History by submitting an old picture and the story that goes with it.

Fun Facts from 1927

  • The National Museum of Canada was created
  • The boundary between Labrador and Quebec is established by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council accepting the claim of the Dominion of Newfoundland over the claim of Canada
  • The Old Age Pension Act is introduced in Parliament
  • On July 1st Confederation was celebrated with the first cross-country radio broadcast
  • BC’s Premier John Oliver died in office and was replaced three days later by John MacLean
  • Ten CPR cars carrying a valuable cargo of silk went off the rails near Yale, BC and five cars landed in the Fraser River
  • The National Gallery of Canada opened an exhibit of Emily Carr works bringing her out of obscurity

And most importantly, the OMINECA SKI CLUB is established in Burns Lake, BC!!

CANADA turns 150 years old as OMINECA turns 90!

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To find out more about OSC birthday celebrations just follow this link to our special birthday page!