About the Club
Telemark Nordic Club is a non-profit winter sports organization located in West Kelowna, BC. This club was unofficially founded in 1974 by four men who were passionate about nordic skiing and outdoor adventure. In 1978, the club was incorporated as a non-profit society, and has been successfully dedicated to promoting and fostering Nordic winter sports since then. Today, the club sees thousands of outdoor enthusiasts flock to the trails during the snowy months (mid November – mid March). Whether you’re a first time nordic skier or snowshoer, there are a variety of trail difficulties, making it accessible for everyone.
Telemark Nordic Club is located in the rolling mountains of West Kelowna. To access it, turn north off Highway 97 onto Glenrosa Road. Follow the winding road for about 10 minutes, and you’ll arrive. On busier weekend days, the parking lot can fill up quickly, so we recommend getting there early.
There’s no shortage of space here at Telemark. The 2500 acre facility boasts hundreds of kilometers of well marked and maintained winter trails. Have you ever Nordic skied at night? Well, the 4.3 km of lit trails allow you to do just that. This, plus a full size biathlon range make it one of the best winter clubs in the Okanagan.
With a wide variety of programs offered here, Telemark allows people of all ages to express themselves outdoors, in a fun, positive environment. Offering development, recreational, and competitive programs for all ages, their goal is to foster a lifelong love for cross-country skiing. Each season, 2400 children take part in the Nordic ski lessons, programs, and teams. Skill development and competition are important here, but the main focus is encouraging a strong community and inclusivity for all.
Telemark Nordic is a perfect place to spend a winter day with the whole family. Explore the many trails that weave through the thick pine forests and provide beautiful viewpoints along the way. At the end of your ski or snowshoe, warm up and relax in the spacious and cozy chalet, equipped with washrooms and a concession. And yes, they do sell hot chocolate!
With skate ski, classic ski, and snowshoe rentals & lessons, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Telemark Nordic boasts over 50 km of perfectly groomed cross country ski trails that invite both classic and skate skiers. The trails vary in difficulty, and similar to downhill skiing, are well marked with either Easy (Green), More Difficult (Blue), and Most Difficult (Black). With a healthy mix between the three trail difficulties, it’s perfect for both first timers and experienced skiers alike. If you’re interested in biathlon, take advantage of the only range in the region. There’s nothing quite like trying to slow your heart rate down while trying to shoot a tiny target from a distance.
Both classic and skate ski rentals are available. Rentals costs are below:
Adult Classic – Skis, Boots & Poles: $22
Adult Skate – Skis, Boots & Poles: $26
Youth/Child Classic (Up to 18 yrs. old): $11
Youth/Child Skate (Up to 18 yrs. old): $13
Single Item (Skis, Boots, Poles) Youth/ Adult: $8/$10
With over 50 km of snowshoe trails to explore, you won’t be needing to hit the same trail twice. There are five main trail areas that cater to all abilities. The trails range 2 km – 15 km in distance, each following a unique loop through a variety of terrain. The shorter trails (Chalet Loop & Pine Forest) are optimal for a quick stroll and are ideal for those with small children. The Panorama Ridge Trail offers incredible views of the Connector highway and Okanagan Lake. The 10 km Jack Creek trail has a 200m elevation gain and follows an old logging road to a more remote part of the area. Snowshoes are available for rent in the Chalet, at $13 for adults, and $8 for individuals below the age of 18.
No matter what you choose to do here at Telemark Nordic, you’re sure to enjoy yourself. Get amongst nature in this winter wonderland. Try a new sport, pick up an old hobby, and go explore the endless trails that this place has to offer!