Nickel Plate Nordic Centre is located in the scenic Okanagan Valley, just 45 minutes from downtown Penticton. It boasts 56 km of groomed trails for both classic and skate skiing and 22 km of marked snowshoe trails. At 1850 meters of elevation, we enjoy one of the longest ski season in the western hemisphere, with trails for all abilities.

The Nickel Plate Nordic Centre, with its existing trail system and cabin, was developed and built by the Nickel Plate Cross Country Ski Club, a volunteer non-profit society, assisted by of a large number of companies, individual donors and volunteers, and government agencies.

All monies received through membership and donations help pay for operating, maintaining and upgrading the Nordic Centre. We are also proud to have joined other community-minded organizations as a Living Wage Employer. This ensures our staff are taken care of and receiving wages sufficient to meet their needs.


The Club has now developed 56 kilometres of groomed ski trails, and more than 22 kilometres of marked snowshoe trails. This 4,000 square foot day lodge, our modern washrooms, a fuel storage shed and an equipment storage shed were all constructed using volunteer labour. Annual facility maintenance and trail development is also carried out by volunteers so it is quite obvious that we have the founding members and our dedicated volunteers to thank for the continued success of Nickel Plate.

Our History

Nickel Plate Cross Country Ski Club was formed in 1989 by a group of Nordic ski enthusiasts who saw the potential for a world class cross country ski facility in the mountains west of Penticton, BC.

The original signors to the Club constitution were Steve and Carolyn Buzikievich, Graham and Gail McNeil, Larry Reiswig, Jerome Jang and Frank Cunsolo. These people had a vision for this area and, along with many other volunteers such as Buck Pacholzuk, Ernie Winstanley, Edgar Scherzinger and Dick Reimer to name but a few, they established the Club, negotiated with the Provincial Government for a Special Use Permit, constructed the original facilities and cleared many kilometers of trails. 


General Manager: Tricia Wilson,
Past President: Kevin Dyck,
Marketing & Communications Manager, Kevin Dyck,
Vice President: Shona Schleppe,
Secretary: Paul Donkersloot,
Treasurer: David de Git,
Director: Ray Mumby,
Director: Mike McInnes,
Director: Ian McAndrews,
Director: Crystal Schuhmacher,
Director: Rick Watson,
Director: Kevin Wilson,
Director: Jens Peterson,
Coach: Vacant (but not for long!),
Kathryn Fairweather and Steve Bamford:

Starting at 1850 metres above sea level, Nickel Plate offers an unparalleled experience of blue skies, endless mountain vistas, and one of the longest ski seasons in Canada.

We love to ski.

Nickel Plate Nordic Centre is located 6.5 kms (4 miles) past Apex Mountain Resort on the Hedley/Nickel Plate Road, an all-weather road maintained by the BC Ministry of Highways.