Welcome to the Castlegar Nordic Ski Club

The Castlegar Nordic Ski Club has been providing well maintained cross country ski trails in the Paulson area for the last 50 years.  The club operates and maintains the Paulson Cross Country Ski Trails, located 32 km west of Castlegar.

With approximately 50 km of packed and tracked ski trails ranging from beginner to advanced levels, the club hosts thousands of user-days every season.  There are trails for everyone, from a popular 7.5 km circular route from Mud Lake to the Ben Shaw cabin that is ideal for young families and beginners, to numerous longer, more challenging loop trails for intermediate and expert skiers.  Several kilometres of untracked trails are available for more advanced backcountry skiers. The Viking Centre and four modern warming huts offer opportunities for a variety of adventures from a short hour-long ski to a full day outing.  Our trails are groomed and tracked primarily for classic style skiing but some opportunities exist on the wider packed trails for skate skiing as well.

Since becoming a registered non-profit Society in 1990, club membership has grown greatly, varying year-to-year from 600 to over 1200 members.  Members and day-users include individuals and families from Castlegar, Trail, Rossland, Nelson, Grand Forks, Christina Lake, the Slocan Valley, Washington State and many other communities.

Our trails are located 32 km west of Castlegar on Highway #3, or 33 km north of Rossland, just west of the junction of Highway #3 and Highway #3B near Nancy Greene Provincial Park.

Click here to download a General Location Map

Our ski season usually starts by late November and extends until late 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.

For more information about our club, click on the links at the top and bottom of this page.

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 consider using the trails and areas outside of the Paulson Ski Trails for snowshoeing, such as around Nancy Greene Lake or along the roads and trails on the north side of highway #3.

Please note that dogs are not allowed within the ski area.

Thank you!