Meet the Grooming Team

When Larry Hennig retired in 2010, he needed something to keep him busy so he joined the local Nordic ski club and began learning Nordic ski trail grooming and maintenance.  In 2016 he and his wife Alix moved to the Crowsnest Pass and Larry joined the Crowsnest Nordic Ski Club grooming team.  Since then he has been instrumental in updating the club’s grooming equipment and building a dedicated team of volunteers who brave the cold and snow to bring you the fantastic ski conditions you enjoy.  You’ll see him at Allison doing trail or equipment maintenance, out on the groomer or skiing fresh tracks.  Stop by and say hi.

Doug Nicholson has been living in the Crowsnest Pass for thirteen years.  He’s been involved with the CNSC for many years and brings a wealth of experience to our team.  Whether it’s grooming ski trails, brushing and clearing summer trails or repairing any of the equipment we use to maintain the Allison trails, Doug is always available to lend a hand.  He’s hard working, dedicated and a great team guy to have around. 

Other members of the team will hopefully provide a photo and a short bio soon!

Ron moved to the Crowsnest Pass with his wife and family in 1989 to work in our local Health Care Centre.  The community of people, along with the natural beauty, have provided tremendous experiences that continue into retirement.  In 2016, Ron joined the Nordic board and helps with organizing social events like Moonlight Skiing and Flight of the Crows Loppet. He has joined the Grooming Team and is now organizing the switch over of new maps and signs on our trails.  Ron appreciates the Crowsnest Nordic board’s effort and commitment to provide a great outdoor experience on the Chinook trails.

Brad and his wife moved to the Crowsnest pass 2 1/2 years ago.  He recently retired from the Calgary fire department and before that worked for the Alberta Government in Parks and recreation in various capacities such and winter trail grooming summer trail maintenance and as a Park Ranger. He and his wife are avid hikers, mountain bikers and cross country skiers. Brad joined the trail grooming team here in hopes of giving back a little to our new community.

You will see Hal Nummi working with the maintenance team clearing brush, grooming trails, repairing equipment or whatever he is asked to do. Hal and his family have been using the trails at Allison Chinook for over 40 years and in 2009 relocated to reside in the beautiful Crowsnest Pass. Hal retired in 2017 saying it was time give back to the community and now really appreciates the camaraderie of working with other volunteers.

Dave Whitten moved to Crowsnest Pass from Edmonton in 2008. Deb and Dave both joined the ski club board and helped put on the XC ski races for the 2009 Alberta Masters Games. 

Dave particularly enjoys designing, building, modifying, and repairing grooming equipment, such as the controls that allow the tracksettters to be adjusted from inside the cabs of the new mini-trucks.

Dave manages the infrared traffic counters on the trail system and analyses the data so that the club can demonstrate to funding organizations that the trails get a lot of use.

Dave also enjoys snowshoeing and fatbiking on narrow primitive trails and has established several of the new trails for these activities.