Nicola Nordic Ski Club
PO Box 1499
Merritt, B.C. Canada V1K 1B8

  • Kane Valley Cross Country Ski Trails
  • Getting There
  • Nicola Nordic Ski Club
  • Membership
  • Map
  • Accommodation
  • Summer Activities
  • Bulletin Board

Kane Valley Cross Country Ski Trails …

When winter blows into the British Columbia Interior, the Kane Valley, south of Merritt, becomes a haven for Nordic skiers. With a base elevation of 1160 metres (3800 feet), the timbered valley has a micro-climate that can provide ideal Nordic skiing conditions. The snow is generally dry, seldom more than 1 to 1.5 metres deep, and the air temperature is usually between 0 and -15 degrees Celsius throughout the winter.

The trails are located on crown land. However, there is privately-owned land adjacent to and within the trail system. Portions of the Valley have been farmed since the 1890s and selectively logged during the past 30 years. The ski trails follow old logging roads and skid trails through open timber and across natural grassy slopes.

The Kane Valley accommodates a variety of users, including timber companies, ranching, trapping and four-season recreational users. In partnership with the Ministry of Forests, the Nicola Nordic Ski Club has been maintaining the Kane Valley Cross Country Ski Trail System since 1991.

There are five parking areas with the largest being P3. This parking spot can accommodate buses and also has a shelter with a fire pit. There are shelters with fire pits throughout the trail system as well as outhouses. There is, however, no cabin with a wood stove.

The trails are not track set. The trails are groomed with a roller-packer pulled by a snowmobile. Present trail width and grooming do not encourage ‘skating’ or racing.

Dogs on Trails …

The Kane Valley Cross Country Ski Trail system is the only trail system in BC that allows dogs on a portion of its trails. Dogs are allowed on Chute, Matthew’s Loop and on Kane between P3 and Nicklin Landing. In order to ensure that EVERYONE enjoys skiing in the Kane Valley and the wildlife is not traumatized, PLEASE RESPECT this limitation.

Getting there …

The Kane Valley is centrally located on British Columbia’s Coquihalla Highway network. The Valley lies 20 minutes south of Merritt, an hour west of Peachland and an hour north of Princeton.

The best winter access to the ski area is via the Kane Valley Road which joins Highway 5A/97C near Corbett Lake, 18 km south of Merritt.

Access to the skiing area is also possible from the western end of the Kane Valley Road near Kingsvale. Take exit 256 (Coldwater Road) on the Coquihalla Highway (Highway 5) and turn north towards Merritt along Coldwater Road until Kane Valley Road. Turn right.

Nicola Nordic Ski Club …

The Nicola Nordic Ski Club was formed in 1991 to assist in the development and maintenance of the cross coutnry ski trails in the Kane Valley. The vision of the Club is to maintain a wilderness experience where skiers can enjoy nature in peace and tranquility.

The Nicola Nordic Ski Club is a non-profit society with a volunteer board of directors. The President for the 2003-2004 season is Katharine Shewchuk. To contact the Club, please write to Nicola Nordic Ski Club, Box 1499, Merritt, BC V1K 1B8 or post a message on the bulletin board.

Memberships …

Membership fees and donations pay for the year-around maintenance of the Kane Valley trails. An annual membership costs $30.00 for an individual and $60.00 for a family for the 2004/2005 season. Members receive periodic newsletters about upcoming Club events.

Users who are not members of the Nicola Nordic Ski Club are requested to make a $5 voluntary donation each time they use the trails. As memberships and donations are the only funding the Club receives to maintain the trails (grooming in the winter, signs, maps, removing trees and overall trail maintenance), the revenue from these two sources is vital to ensuring an enjoyable and safe skiing experience for all skiers.

Click Here –> Membership Form  for a copy of the form. daftar situs slot online terpercaya osg777

Maps …

There are maps of the ski trails posted throughout the trail system including on the registration boards found near the parking lots and at various trail junctions. Brochures containing the map are available on site at no cost.

Copies of the Kane Valley Trails map have been posted on the web site to help you identify the area. They are not intended to replace the on-site trail maps or brochures.

Click Here –> Kane Valley Trails Map  for a low-resolution copy of the map.

Click Here –> Kane Valley Trails PDF Map for a higher resolution PDF version of the map.

Accommodation Information Available …

Visitor services and accommodations are plentiful in Merritt and the Nicola Valley. Contact the Merritt and District Chamber of Commerce at (250) 378-5634 for more information.

Summer Activities …

If Nordic skiing doesn’t fit into your lifestyle, the Kane Valley also has a life when the snow has gone.

Summer activities on the trail system include hiking and mountain bicycling as well as bird-watching and wildlife viewing. The British Columbia Forest Service recreation site at Harmon Lake is one of the busiest in the area. However, despite the activity, the rolling grassland and light timber create a sense of privacy not often found in campgrounds.

Please keep on the trails winter and summer!

Much of the Kane Valley is private rangeland. Abuse through improper horseback or trail bike riding can cause permanent damage to the grasslands and timber.

As a final reminder, drive with caution winter and summer as loggers and ranchers also use the Kane Valley Road.

Bulletin Board …

The Club maintains a Bulletin Board as a means of communicating the skiing conditions and to provide information to its membership about upcoming events. Members and others are encouraged to post a brief note about the skiing conditions they found when they went skiing. Sharing this information will help others decide how to prepare for their ski outing.

Click Here –> Bulletin Board   to access the Bulletin Board.

To use the Bulletin Board:

  • To view the posted messages
    click on ‘Nicola Nordic Ski Club’ heading on the left side of your screen. This will take you to a new page listing recent postings to the Bulletin Board. Click on the ‘topic’ that you wish to read.
  • First time users
    click on the word ‘register’ on the right hand side of your screen and follow the instructions.
    BE SURE to record and save your ‘username’ and ‘password’ somewhere other than in the Bulletin Board.
  • To post a message on the Bulletin Board
    click on ‘To Post New Topic’ and fill in the boxes including your username and password. Once your message is complete, CLICK on ‘Submit New Message”.