Welcome to the Castlegar Nordic Ski Club
The Castlegar Nordic Ski Club has been providing well maintained cross country ski trails in the Paulson Recreation Area for the last 50 years.
With 45 km of packed and tracked ski trails ranging from beginner to advanced levels, the club hosts approximately 15,000 to 20,000 visitors every season. There are trails for everyone, including a popular 7.5 km circular route from Mud Lake to the Ben Shaw cabin that is ideal for young families and beginners, as well as several longer, more challenging loop trails for intermediate and expert skiers. An additional 8 kms of untracked trails are available for the more advanced backcountry skier.
Since becoming a Society in 1990, club membership has grown from 400 to over 800 individuals and families from the Castlegar, Trail and Rossland areas. Membership also extends to Grand Forks and Nelson, with a few members from Washington State and as far away as Vancouver.
The trails are located about 32 km west of Castlegar on Highway 3, just west of the junction of Highways 3 and 3B near Nancy Greene Lake. The area where the trails are located has been designated as a Forest Recreation Site by the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. Click here to download a General Location Map.
Our ski season usually starts in mid-November and extends until the end of March. We offer full season memberships as well as day-passes at very affordable, family-friendly rates. See our Membership page for fee rates and registration information.
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Use Of Groomed Trails: Our trail network is not designed for snowshoeing and currently there are no established snowshoe trails. If snowshoeing within our trail network area we request that visitors stay off the groomed trails, travel adjacent to track-set trails and that trail crossings be infrequent and avoid disturbing the tracks set for classic and skate skiing.
If you happen to use our cabins or other facilities we would appreciate a donation towards their maintenance.
Please note that dogs are not allowed within the ski area.