Nickel Plate Nordic Centre, known for great cross-country ski conditions and trails, hosted the Canadian national cross-country wax technicians and the paranordic team in May. Western News file photo

Canadian national cross-country team trained at Nickel Plate

Nickel Plate Nordic Centre conditions provide perfect training ground for Canadian national team

Canada’s national cross-country ski team was at Nickel Plate May 14 to 21.

The club hosted wax technicians and the Canadian Paranordic team, which is preparing for the upcoming Pyoeng Chang 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.

“With this year’s large snowpack, the conditions were excellent with 15 kilometres of trails groomed daily for skiing,” said Nickel Plate Nordic Centre general manager Murray Farbridge. “The spring snow conditions are similar to what is expected at the Olympic site, making it suitable for team training and the testing of ski waxes. With its high altitude and long season, Nickel Plate has received international attention as a high performance training centre.”

In the past, Nickel Plate welcomed the Swedish National cross-country ski team during the 2006 and 2010 Olympics. There are more regional and national team camps and early season races planned for next season.

Nickel Plate will be holding their annual general meeting June 21 at 7 p.m. in meeting room 4 at the Community Centre. There will be nominations for three board positions. Other topics include annual budget, a new strategic plan initiative, ongoing forestry issues, and upcoming fall and winter activities. For more detailed club info or inquiries go to or email

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