OUR HISTORY

CLUB HISTORY & WORK PROJECTS:

  • 1960 to 1975 - a small cross country ski club that operated sporadically.
  • 1975 - trails were established at the south end of 17th street. At that time the club operated between 8th street and the Bear Mountain downhill area.
  • 1988/89 - Doug MacLennan and Pat O'Reilly initiated the establishment of the 1700 hectare Bear Mountain Demonstration Forest.
  • 1990 to 1992 - layout of the trails within 500 hectares of the Demonstration Forest.
  • 1992 to 1995 - George Hauber and Pat O'Reilly, with volunteers clear the trails system 3 to 5 metres wide.
  • Winter of 1993/94 - club began ski activities at the new location at Radar Lake. We continued to operate both locations from 1992 to 1995, then began focussing only on our present facility as it was put together.
  • 1992 to present - We have cleared and cleaned up 23 kilometres of intersecting trails 5 metres in width. We have placed 44 steel culverts, 80 drainage features, 7 bridges, 2 small heated log shelters, 1 large heated log shelter, 1 log cabin and 4 toilets. We have a parking lot, complete trail signage including large directional signs at the trailhead, a steel gate and cattle guard.
  • 1980's to date - we set and groom trails in Kin Park for the use of schools and city residents, subject to demand and availability of equipment.
  • 1993 to date - we have operated a viable club on this facility. Our paid membership has ranged between 85 and 150 people. We benefit about 500 skiers. However, most of these do not buy memberships, but rather pay day fee. We also have a number of users that do not pay.
  • 2003 - established the Bear Mountain Nordic Ski Association.
  • 2004 - widened 25 kilometres of trails from 3 metres width to 5 metres. Cost = $15,000.00+
  • 2004 - purchased 1995 twin track Alpine II snow machine for trail maintenance.

2005/2006

  •      December-04 to August-2005, built a 14 X 34' race shack.
  •      Machine time to fill hundreds of root ball holes along the length of the trails. 186.5 hours
  •      Total cost of this project was shared by two donors and the club.
    $15000.00
  •      Brushed 25 km of ski trails, costs shared three ways.
    $6300.00
  •      Purchased two pieces of small grooming equipment for the twin track.
  •      Cat work, cut and fill to level the stadium area removing trees and roots. $7500.00.
  •      Sidecut and contour several hills along the length of the trail system. $2000.00.
  •      Work on fences, gates, danger trees, blowdown and other maintenance.

2006/2007

  • Replacement of 20 metre foot bridge
  • New decking and railings plus substructure repairs on 216 and 28 metre footbridges
  • Replace superstructure and repairs to substructure on 3 10 metre vehicle bridges
  • Upgrading of toilet facilities, new holes with steel cribbing and adding one more toilet for a total of 5 toilets on the trails
  • Complete re-signing of the whole trails system with 125 signposts
  • One mile of fencing
  • Development of our kids adventure ski area
  • Felling over 300 danger trees
  • Purchased a new powersaw for falling danger trees
  • Gravelling of parking lot and loading area
  • Building of a new loading ramp
  • Acquiring a snow roller
  • Dirt work in 8 areas along the trail system to improve contouring and drainage
  • Brushing along trails where growth was becoming a problem
  • Placed new steel gate, 6 metres wide at the trail head
  • Sold our old and failing 1974 snowcat(originally donated to us in 1995 by B.C. Hydro)

2007/2008

  • Initiation of work on an adventure ski playground as a resource for our instructional ski programs for kids.
  • Removed 300 beetle killed Pine trees from the trailhead area with the support of the Ministry of Tourism Culture and the Arts.
  • Planting of 800 pine and spruce seedlings in this area.
  • Annual removal of blowdown trees and danger trees along the trail system. 300+ trees this past year.
  • Arranged an investment of $37,500.00+ in a gravel pad, forms, steel and concrete for a shop floor
    to eventually support a shop for our equipment and a small suite to house a caretaker.
  • Purchased a 1997 Bombardier Plus MP snowcat and track upgrades. ($50,000.00)
  • Completed major maintenance upgrades on this machine. ($37,000.00)
  • Made a $13,800.00 down payment on a snow tiller and track setting pans for this machine.
  • Placed 8 picnic tables along the trail system. 6 have yet to be assembled.

2008/2009

  • Felled, limbed and bucked flat several thousand trees along 25 kilometres of trail.
  • Roughed out 7 kilometres of hiking trail.
  • Improved drainage by brushing the upstream and downstream ends of 40 culverts and 7 bridges, extended 8 culverts and added 5 new culverts.
  • In 25 areas along the trail system we sidecut and widened to 7 metres.
  • Built one new toilet and placed it over a cribbed hole; replacement of roof on one toilet.
  • Fenced the trailhead area placing one new double gate on the driveway.
  • Built 3 wood fences around 3 shelters.
  • Raised two shelters and placed them on cement blocks.
  • Significant improvements on an adventure ski area.
  • Fire guarded all buildings.
  • Built a driveway from the access road to the shop area.
  • Removed stumps along the trail system.
  • Placed and built 12 picnic tables and 8 benches along trails.
  • Placed shale to bring the grade up to the shop floor level.
  • Purchased trusses for the shop roof.
  • Purchased metal roofing for the shop.
  • Purchased metal siding for the outside of the shop.

2010

  • Planted 100 spruce trees at the trailhead.
  • Landscaped shop pad and placed concrete.
  • Placed sewer line for the caretaker quarters.
  • Build a pad 16 X 60 which will support the caretaker living quarters.

2011

  • Completed cat shop, fully insulated, heated and wired for generator.
  • Completed caretaker living quarters, Solar powered with water and sewer.
  • Removed 300+ blow down trees from the trails.
  • 2500 hours of volunteering by club members.
  • Placed new donor signs at the trailhead.

 

 

DONORS & PARTICIPANTS

Many, many individual volunteers from a broad segment of the community
Bear Mountain Nordic Ski Club members
Bear Mountain Downhill Ski Club
Action Industrial First Aid
Alberta Energy Corporation
AltaGas
Arnie Jonasen and Spir-L-Ok Industries
B.C. Forest Service partnership
B.C. Hydro (donated 1974 Bombardier snowcat)
B.C. Ministry of Forests
Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts
B.C. Winter Games Committee
Bernard O'Reilly Welding
Bob\rquote s Service
Caribou Road Services
Case Power and Equipment
City of Dawson Creek
Dave Caldwell
Dawson Co-op
Dawson Creek Athletic Association
Doug MacLennan
Educational Forest Society
Encana
Exel Heliarc Welding, John Sudnik
Firewood Sales
FRBC
FRDA II
Gary McCullough
George Hauber Contracting
Heather and Bob Newman
Henderson Roofing
Herb Nodes Construction
John Miller Mechanical
Kiwanis Club
Leo Offerson
Loiselle Ranches
Louisiana Pacific
Ministry of Highways
North Slope Enterprises
O'Reilly family
Paradise Valley Snowmobile Club
Peace Country Maintenance
Phil Erickson and crew
Peace Region Internet Society
Peace River Regional District
Powder King Ski Resort
Reg Norman Trucking
Rentco Equipment
Rotary Clubs
Rotary Mega Lottery
Signs and Things
School District #59 partnership
South Peace Chiropractic
South Peace Electric, Steve Mizeri
Talisman
Tiger Printing and Stationers
Tim Erickson
Tyler's Excavating and Contracting
Windsor Plywood
cooperation with seismic companies and AEC
30 additional small local companies and many private individuals

This is a flavour of the cooperation we have had. The list is much longer and is available if you are interested.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q. When is the Bear Mountain Nordic Ski Facility open?
    A. Its open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week year round.

    Q. What are the major health benefits of cross-country skiiing?
    A. It is as good an aerobic workout as swimming -a great cardio builder

    Q. Is cross-country skiing hard? Is it something for seniors?
    A. Cross-country skiing ranges from easy to hard depending on how much effort you want to put in. Its very popular with seniors as they can participate at their own pace and ramp up based on their personal heath.


    Q. Can you get lost on the trails?
    A. All trails marked with trail names and a map at every trail junction. Skiers must be prepared to look after themselves, ski with a buddy.  There is no ski patrol on duty and no sweep of the trails at the end of the day.
     

 

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