COVID-19 Safety Plan

 Return to Sport COVID-19 Safety Plan


The health and safety of our Club members, employees, visitors and communities is the highest priority for the Castlegar Nordic Ski Club Executive as we implement a safety plan with measures to help keep everyone safe during the current COVID-19 pandemic.  The Club is committed to operating our trail network, facilities and programs this winter season following the guidelines set out by governments and health authorities.  Members and visitors will notice some changes to our normal operations this ski season, especially related to the use of the Viking Centre and shelters, including occupancy limits and an emphasis on physical distancing.

We appreciate how important access to the ski trail network is for our nordic skiing community and the benefits of being able to participate in a safe, healthy outdoor activity during these times.  The Club Executive thanks you for your patience and cooperation as we navigate the challenges presented by the pandemic and work to maintain opportunities for everyone to enjoy our amazing cross country skiing environment.

COVID-19 User Agreement

In order to use the ski trails, facilities and any activities provided by the Castlegar Nordic Ski Club at the Paulson Cross Country Ski Trails, all individuals must agree to the following rules:

  • Complete the COVID Self-Assessment on a daily basis (see below)
  • If you are sick or experiencing cold, flu or COVID-19-like symptoms, stay home or return home and self isolate
  • Follow the occupancy, traffic flow and distancing rules posted at facilities
  • Wear a mask in any indoor spaces
  • Bring your own water bottle, mask, hand sanitizer and/or wipes
  • Follow the rules and requirements of the Castlegar Nordic Ski Club Return to Sport COVID-19 Safety Plan (see below)

Key Elements of the Safety Plan

In addition to the rules of the User Agreement above, the following are some important elements and measures that members and visitors must be aware of when using the Paulson Cross Country Ski Trails.  To download and read the full Return to Sport COVID-19 Safety Plan, click on the link under More Information below.

  • Sign-in for COVID-19 contact tracing is required by all individuals at both trailheads (Mud Lake & Glenmerry) and all shelters.
  • All personal items are to be kept with you at all times, or stored in your vehicle, and are not to be left in any of the shelters.  All personal garbage is to be taken home.
  • Be considerate to your fellow skiers and leave break/rest areas as soon as you have finished your break to allow others to have an opportunity to use the space.
  • Bring your own water bottle, hand sanitizer and/or wipes and make sure you sanitize your hands before and after using shelters and outhouses.  You may wish to bring your own pen/pencil for signing-in when a volunteer is not on site to provide sanitized ones.
  • Comply with physical distancing measures at all times.  Refrain from congregating and socializing at trailheads or elsewhere on the trail system.
  • Avoid physical contact with others (including shaking hands, ‘high fives’, close talking, sharing items, etc.).
  • Viking Centre: Enter through the main/east door and exit through the back/west door only, following floor arrows.  Maximum occupancy is 17 (inclusive of Club volunteers) and visitors must remain with those family & friends in their social ‘bubble’, within one of the three marked zones.  Masks are mandatory except when eating or drinking.
  • All Shelters: Maximum occupancy is 8. Masks are mandatory except when eating or drinking.
  • At shelters, the use of outdoor seating and fire pits is encouraged, where available.
  • Outhouses: As facilities are volunteer run, outhouses are not cleaned every day and therefore are used at your own risk.  Come prepared with your own sanitizer and sanitizing wipes to ensure maximum safety.  Avoid lining up at the outhouse, stand well away from the entrance, and maintain physical distancing.
  • Skier Development Program: All of the same safety rules are applicable and emphasis will be on keeping activities distanced and outdoors.  The program coordinator and head coach will provide detailed safety measures.
  • Members and guests must not enter any work area used by Trail Groomers and must maintain physical distancing if conversing with Groomers on the trails.
  • Notification of a COVID-19 illness, for any person attending the ski trails, should be made to one of the following two designated Club Executive members, who will immediately coordinate a response through the Interior Health Authority:
      • Al Skakun, President, Phone: 250-608-3015
      • Kathy Sykes, Director, Phone: 250-365-5776

COVID-19 Self-Assessment

Everyone who visits the Paulson Cross Country Ski Trails must review the Self-Assessment questions below on a daily basis when participating in any activities at the Club.  A link to the full BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool is included under More Information below.

1.  Are you experiencing cold, flu or COVID-19-like symptoms, even mild ones?

Symptoms include: Fever, chills, cough or worsening of chronic cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose, loss of sense of smell or taste, headache, fatigue, diarrhea, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, muscle aches.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, please stay at home, get assessed for COVID-19 and self-isolate while you wait for test results.  Self isolate for a minimum of 10 days.

2.  Have you travelled to any countries outside Canada (including the United States) within the last 14 days?

If you responded yes to this question, please stay at home, self-isolate for at least 14 days and self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.

3.  Did you provide care or have close contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19?

Note: This means you likely would have been contacted by your health authority’s public health team.

If you responded yes to this question, please stay at home, self-isolate for at least 14 days from your last contact with the positive person and self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms .

More Information:

Castlegar Nordic Ski Club Return to Sport COVID-19 Safety Plan
BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool