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 approximately 45 km of packed and tracked ski trails ranging from beginner to advanced levels, the Castlegar Ski Club hosts approximately 15,000 to 20,000 visitors every season to these trails.  There are trails for everyone, including a 7.5 km circular route from Mud Lake to the Ben Shaw cabin that is ideal for young families and beginners, and an additional 8 kms of untracked trails for the super advanced 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 at Nancy Greene Lake. The area where the trails are located has been designated as a Forest Recreation Area by the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.  Click here to download a general location map.

Membership and day-use fees are listed on our Membership page. 

USE OF GROOMED TRAILS: Our trail network is not designed for snowshoeing, nor do we have any designated snowshoe trails.  We prefer snowshoeing to take place in other areas, however if you choose to snowshoe within our trail network we request that you stay off the groomed trails.  Travel adjacent to, and infrequent crossings, should not unduly impact 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.