Frequently Asked Questions
Why join SCOTIA XC Ski Club?
~ SCOTIA XC is a volunteer organization. All of the administration, communications, coaching and amazing grooming team is supported with volunteer time. Your membership fees go towards supporting these endeavours 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. Check it out….
Where can I ski with a SCOTIA XC membership? What is the Brunello Pass?
We have expanded to 7 locations.
Our home base is Brunello XC, at the Links at Brunello, where we have the ability to make snow for “The Snow Bowl.” The Snow Bowl 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 at Brunello XC.
Graves-Oakley Park is in Spryfield and is a nice flat field area, great for beginners.
MacDonald Sports Park is in Waverley. We share this trail with walkers so get there early to enjoy at it’s peak.
Our snow-belt gem is Dollar Lake Provincial Park. This is the locations that has the most consistent snow (less rain) and skiable days per year.
In 2020, we also expanded our grooming to Haliburton House Grounds in Windsor.
Lastly our 2 new Golf course partners, Oakfield XC, at Oakfield Golf and Country Club and Paragon XC in Kingston.
With your membership you are welcome to ski at any of these venues.
More details/maps/photos on the Trails Page.
Why so many locations?
~ Due to the unpredictable weather in NS the best course of action is to be ready for anything and to 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. Program registration will open October 18th, 2022 and fills up very quickly.
Do you have rental gear?
~ The focus of SCOTIA XC 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 continues to expand their rental fleet. First come, first serve. Brunello Rental – Information will be updated when the 2022 Season Opens
Our partner, The Trail Shop, also has a dozen sets of classic rentals skis. Contact them for details. The Trail Shop – Information will be updated when the 2022 season opens.
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 – SCOTIA XC 10% Discount
The Trail Shop– SCOTIA XC 10% Discount
Can’t find the the answer you are looking for?
Email us at SCOTIA XC