Why join Halifax Nordic Ski Club?
~ HNSC is 100% volunteer. All of the administration, communications, coaching and amazing grooming team are donating their time. Your membership fees go towards supporting these endeavors with the majority funding the equipment and fuel needed to groom trails for your skiing enjoyment. Plus you join a great network of people who love winter!!!
I’m brand new to skiing? What do I need to know?
Cross Country Nova Scotia has a wonderful website with all things XC skiing in NS. Trail details and updates (including but not limited to ours), upcoming events and even a “New to Ski” Page.
Where can I ski with a HNSC membership? What is the Brunello Pass?
We have expanded to 7 locations.
Our home base is The Links at Brunello Golf course where we have the ability to make some snow for “The Bowl” which is a field sized area that allows us to teach and train for our programming. It is also illuminated, allowing us to expand our programming into weekday evenings. While the bowl is not a “destination” ski location, many do take advantage of it for working on technique or building endurance. You are able to add on a Brunello Pass, to gain access during non-lesson times. When there is natural snow we are also able to groom the cart paths and the driving range.
Graves-Oakley Park in Spryfield which is a nice flat field area, great for beginners.
MacDonald Sports Park is in Waverley.
Our 2 snow-belt gems are Smiley’s Provincial Park and Dollar Lake Provincial Park. These are the locations that have the most consistent snow (less rain) and skiable days per year.
Lastly our 2 new Golf course partners, Oakfield Golf and Country Club and Paragon XC.
With your membership you are welcome to ski at any of these venues.
More details/maps/photos on the Trails Page HNSC Trails
Why so many locations?
~ Due to the unpredictable weather in NS the best course of action is to be ready for anything and have lots of options. Often there is no snow in HRM but within an hour’s drive you can be enjoying the trails. Follow our FB page and Twitter for up to date conditions.
Do you have lessons?
~ Yes. This year we are running a full complement of youth programming, hosting the NS XC Provincial Team and offering both Skate and Classic lessons for Adults. Programming is currently full. Programming registration opens early November.
Do you have rental gear?
~ The focus of HNSC has been to facilitate the seasonal rentals of youth gear to help families with the cost of rapidly growing children requiring different gear every year. Priority is given to youth registered in club programming. Rentals take place in the fall.
We do not have daily rentals for Adults for use or for programming.
Our partner Brunello has 8-10 sets of both skate and classic skis. First come, first serve. Brunello Rental
Our sponsor The Trail Shop also has several sets of rentals (6 pairs of Skate and Classic) available for 24 hour rentals. Contact them for details. The Trail Shop
See also this directory from CCNS with Rental/Borrowing options are various other clubs/recreations centers. CCNS Directory Rental/Borrow Gear
Where can I buy gear?
XC Skiing is having a boom year this year much like biking did in the spring of the pandemic. This is making gear hard to acquire, new and used.
Hub Cycle – HNSC 10% Discount
The Trail Shop– HNSC 10% Discount
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