Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are self-isolation at its best, says a Central Okanagan recreation centre.

Telemark Nordic Centre in West Kelowna is reminding local residents that they will remain open during the COVID-19 outbreak.


With over 50 km of ski trails and an additional 50 km of snowshoe trails, outdoor enthusiasts can avoid the risks associated with the mass gatherings of people.

Telemark has stepped up cleaning and sanitizing protocols in the day lodge and washrooms. This includes additional handwashing and sanitizing for the staff and hand sanitizers readily available throughout the facility.

Telemark supports cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and biathlon as healthy recreational activities for life.  A statement issued to members, states, “At this time, it is more important than ever to stay active and healthy, so long as you maintain ‘social distancing.’ With our large network of trails, social distancing at Telemark is easy to do.  Enjoy our wonderful facilities and encourage your friends and family to do the same.”

Telemark’s trails are in excellent condition with lots of snow. The club is planning to be open 8 am to 6 pm, 7-days-a-week with regular grooming until March 29 and with modified hours and grooming until at least April 5.

Located in West Kelowna, nine kilometres up Glenrosa Road, the Telemark parking lot is three kilometres before Crystal Mountain. Telemark is a 25-minute drive from downtown Kelowna and 15 minutes from downtown West Kelowna. The lodge is located at an elevation of 1,000 metres.