Why Cross Country Skiing?

Cross-country skiing is great fun and offers great affordability. It is a low impact, low risk outdoor winter sport and is truly a “sport for life”.

At a basic level, it is a sport that is easily learned, with “no boundaries” for age, gender or fitness level. At the highest level of competition, its mastery demands exceptional skills and fitness.

So what are you waiting for? Embrace winter with GNSC!

Why Golden Nordic Ski Club?

GNSC’s trail system is a premier cross-country skiing destination just twenty minutes from downtown Golden!

Our facilities include a log-built club house which provides a warm, comfortable and safe base for the participants of all our programs.

Our team of youth coaches have all been trained to the standards set by the coaching development program of Cross Country Canada to set your child on the right track and keep them on it!


All our programs run on-snow from January until spring-break. The program fee includes all coaching plus registration in the GNSC Huckleberry Loppet***.

Affordable – Our programs offer exceptional value.

Register for all of the programs listed below via our membership registration system.


Ages 3-5

Kids are introduced to the sport through play-based activities. Emphasis is on basic skills including balance, movement on skis, as well as falling and getting back up again! This is an excellent time to learn this fun sport. The Ski Bunny Program is specifically designed for this age group and emphasizes fun and balance.

A parent or guardian is required to participate with their child to provide help with getting up, keeping warm, and staying engaged for the short session.

1-hour session per week. Wednesdays at 4:00 pm OR Saturdays at 11:00 am (starting January 3) / $55.00


Ages 6-9

Does your child have so much energy that you can’t keep up? Leave that up to our superstar volunteer coaches! In Jackrabbits your child will learn the essential skills of cross-country skiing.

Levels 1-4 are based on a combination of age and ability.**

One OR two 2-hour sessions per week / Wednesdays at 4:00 pm and Saturdays at 10:00 am (starting January 3) / $80 / $130

track attack

Ages 10-12

The Track Attack program introduces skate skiing and some racing around the province and includes some early  season sessions in December.

One OR two 2-hour sessions per week / Wednesdays at 4:00 pm and Saturdays at 10:00 am (starting January 3) / $80 / $130

Winter fit

Ages 12-18

Does your child participate in summer sports and want to stay fit through the winter? Cross country skiing is one of the best cross training sports for biking, swimming and soccer. This program is for those kids who want to stay active throughout the winter to keep their fitness levels up.

One OR two 1.5-hour sessions per week / Mondays at 4:00 pm and Wednesdays at 4:00 pm (starting January 3) / $90 / $150

Junior Race Team

Ages 13-14

The competitive team is intended for young teens and older who wish to take a more focused approach to skiing and training. The competitive team includes coaching support at regional races and weekly training plans. Training is from September 21-March and consists of skiing when there is snow and running, roller skiing, hiking and strength circuits when there is not. 

2-hour sessions on Tuesday at 4:00 pm, Thursday at 4:00 pm, and Saturday at 9:00 am. / $300


Ages 15-18

The competitive team is intended for young teens and older who wish to take a more focused approach to skiing and training. The competitive team includes coaching support at races and weekly training plans and individual follow up from the Head Coach. Training is ongoing during the summer season and consists of running, roller skiing, hiking and strength circuits. 

2-hour sessions on Tuesday at 4:00 pm, Thursday at 4:00 pm, Saturday at 9:00 am, and Sunday at 9:00 am. / $450

Ski to School

Grade 2 and 7

All Grade 2 and Grade 7 classes in the Golden area get to enjoy nordic skiing with their classes, building outdoor aerobic activity into regular school days. Grade 7 students come out 3 times while grade 2 students will come out 4-6 times during the ski season. We are also exploring the possibility of adding additional grades.

Club instructors teach the students basic cross-country skiing technique through a variety of games and activities. All skiing equipment is provided and lessons are provided to all of Golden and Nicholson’s students. 

Special Olympics

Weekly sessions led by volunteers and coaches teach the fundamentals of classic style skiing to children and adults with developmental disabilities. One of our athletes, Shelly Poland won a gold and bronze medal at the Special Olympics World Championships in 2013.

If you are interested in joining as an athlete or volunteer, please contact coordinator Sue Rowe

Ski Rentals

To keep our programs affordable GNSC has a fleet of rental skis, boots and poles. Rentals are available on a first come first served basis*.

Seasonal rental package - $50

Registration Instructions

Registration and payment of fees is managed through Zone 4 (www.zone4.ca).

Huckleberry Loppet

The Huckleberry Loppet will be held in February. All children registered in GNSC youth programs can participate at no extra charge. Please do not register for the loppet on Zone 4 or you will have to pay the registration fee. Coaches will be asking their skiers whether they would like to participate in the loppet.

Parent/Guardian Involvement

Aside from the Head Coach, our ski program is entirely dependent on volunteers. Volunteers are needed for coaching, tail guiding, lodge sitter, preparing snacks and hot chocolate, and many other duties. Please plan to volunteer at least twice during the season. Check with your child’s coach for sign-up. Also, we are always in need of coaches - please contact one of the coaches if you are interested in becoming a coach.


* Rental packages cover the provision of skis, boots and poles for the season for the coaching sessions your child is signed up for. Rental equipment must not be removed from the Dawn Mountain site as it is required to support delivery of other GNSC programs (e.g. local school programs, weeklong camps). GNSC is unable to guarantee the availability of rental equipment for all participants.

** Levels – GNSC will do its best to put your child in the suitable level group based on age, ability and coach availability. The categorisation of kids in suitable levels is at the discretion of the program coordinator and coaches.

*** In addition to the program fee registrants are required to pay the $19.00 Cross-Country BC membership fee which provides liability coverage for the participant and GNSC.